Sunday, 20 September 2009
Nice photo, isn't it ? It was taken by NB my gig buddy at the Coldplay tour finale yesterday . Himself, The Boy (his son), Eldest Beautiful Daughter and I went to Wembley to see Coldplay.
We had to arrive early as we all wanted to see White Lies and they were the first band on, they were fab and we all agreed that we would have happily paid the £40 ticket price for their 40 minute set.
Next up were Girls Aloud and I had no notion that a band could be so truly dreadful, we lasted 1 and a half songs before leaving our seats in search of sanctuary, well sanctuary and chips. They sounded atrocious, the ginger one had forgotten to take her rollers out and as EBD said even their dancing was out of tune.
We could not be enticed back in by Jay Z who I'm sure was grand if you like that sort of thing or should I say ting or am I taking that too far ?
Well, I'll be the first to admit it that I'm not a massive Coldplay fan, I can see why people like them and all that but I've never bought any of their stuff. They put on a very good show. Here's my likey and no likey bit...
The fireworks and lit up world balloony type things around the stadium (I know, NME are gutted I don't write for them)
The fact that Mr Paltrow forgot some words and lost his place a few times also the few bum piano notes.
The atmosphere and the company I was in.
NB's dad dancing - tres tres amusant.
Their drummer was very good, I hadn't appreciated that before.
There was very little musical wanking (Turin Brakes did a ferocious amount of that last week) this is always good in my opinion.
Coldplay were on stage for just short of 2 hours.
Me no likey
The X factor bit, Simon Cowell spliced in on a big screen saying we were fabulous, Mr Paltrow and his 70,000 strong choir auditioning for the X factor was just a wee bit silly for me.
Their Billie Jean rendition but I didn't like the original either.
You couldn't buy chips on their own, c'mon.
Beer was £4 a flat pint.
So by musical maths it was a good gig as I had more me likeys than me no likeys.