Guns N’ Roses, Stade de France, Paris, France

GN’R were also playing in Stratford, twice… It’s so close to where I live I can see the stadium from my place, the cost however of a standard standing ticket was more than Golden Circle ticket in Paris… Therefore I headed to Paris and joined Greg and Stephanie. Originally I had planned to join them in Imola, but Paris kind of worked better.

Kristina and Vinny also decided to join. This then spread with a load of others from the Garbage crew joining in, so all in all, this was a far better experience than seeing them in my back yard, even if they are the greatest band of all time!

A few weeks before the show a plan was hatched by Greg to try and get Simon to the show as well. Unfortunately he was unable to join, and in all honestly I’m kind of glad he didn’t, It was so hot during the day, even inside the stadium. I’m not sure how he’d have coped. Where he’d have been sat he would have been in the scorching hot sun for a good hour or two. At least in the standing area we could walk to the other side of the ground into the shade.

Guns N' Roses, Stade de France, Paris, France

GNR played for over 3 hours and were far better than the time I saw them at the O2 without Slash & Duff.

Line Up:

  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Overall the trip to Paris was a good one.

Papa Roach, The Hippodrome, Kingston

Did it really happen? This show was meant to be for people who purchased a copy of their album, it was then cancelled, then cancelled again. I never even had a ticket for the initial show, I obtained mine after the Angelfish gig because I gave Simon a suit to wear.

The day was super hot in the thirties, we grabbed lunch on the Thames, then headed to queue at the venue. Easily stood in it for way too long, doors were meant to be at 4pm, they didn’t open and it was gone 5 when eventually they did, seems fitting to wait even longer for this show.

They hit the stage after 6 and played;

  • Fear
  • Born for Greatness
  • Between Angels and Insects
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Revenge
  • Getting Away With Murder
  • Scars
  • Last Resort
  • Gravity
  • Help

It was good but not what I would call amazing, this should have been better than it was due to the wait everyone had. They then went off for a few minutes, got changed and come back out for a quick Q&A with some really shit questions from the crowd. They also played a show after which was also meant to have had a Q&A but that was canned, most likely due to how lame the questions were. I did start to record it with the intention of putting it online. After the second it was obvious that it was a waste of battery and memory on my phone.

Despite the fact that the view we had was pretty good, the venue as a whole was shite, a club which fucking stunk. The toilets were so grim they made The Borderline’s circa 2011 “clean” and trust me, they were far from clean! Kristina said that the ladies even had carpet down in there… Can’t imagine how bad that stunk in there. The floor was a throwback to the 90’s when your shoes stuck to the floor as you walked, and guess what I wore my new trainers ffs. Then there were the rules of the bar, 1 drink per person, it was only possible to buy 2 if you were both at the bar at the same time! That tells you everything you need to know about the youth of Kingston…

The only thing good about this venue was that they came out with ice cold water for the queue in the scorching hot sun. Someone really special would need to play The Hippodrome in Kingston for me to venture here again for a gig. The place doesn’t seem a right fit at all being that the town looks pretty nice and vibrant from what we saw.