Queen + Adam Lambert, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Queen return to Hammersmith, scene of their legendary Christmas 1975 gig, with new singer Adam Lambert. How would they fare? Would the gig be any good? Only one way to find out…

Kylie, O2 Arena, London

This was the first time I’ve seen Kylie in concert; I have heard many times that she puts on a great show, so I had high expectations, Kylie had a lot to live up to!
Did she succeed?

McFly, Wembley Arena, London

The UK leg of their Above The Noise tour reached Wembley on 1st April (originally scheduled to be the final date until other events necessitated the rescheduling of the first couple of dates), and also reached the computers, iPhones and iPads of many other McFly fans across the UK and around the world as this […]

Derren Brown, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

This won’t be a review of the gig in the conventional sense – pretty much the first thing Derren said when he came on stage, and the last thing he said before leaving it, was a plea to the audience to not divulge any of the happenings, and rightly so – the show works far […]

Russell Howard, O2 Arena, London

First gig of 2011, and it’s Russell Howard filling the 15,000 capacity O2 on his Right Here, Right Now tour (he filled the O2 for two nights, it turns out. Perhaps comedy really is the new rock’n’roll). You know, that blond Bristol-born comedian off the telly. I first became aware of him on Mock The […]

Status Quo, Wembley Arena, London

My final gig of this year, Quo at their 2010 visit from the tour that pretty much never ends, it just changes its name from time to time. As ever, there was a huge range of ages in the crowd with pretty much all groups covered – people (or parents thereof) I spoke to there […]

Stephen Hawking, Royal Albert Hall, London

When I heard that Stephen Hawking was going to be presenting a very rare public lecture, I have to admit I wasted no time at all rushing to snap up a ticket. After all, how could I possibly turn down the chance to hear perhaps the most brilliant, and almost certainly the most famous, scientist […]

McFly, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

As part of the build-up to the launch of their 5th studio album Above The Noise, the boys embarked upon a small and intimate 5-date mini tour of the UK, hitting Southampton Guildhall, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Bristol Colston Hall, Manchester Apollo and Edinburgh Playhouse…

McFly, iTunes Live Festival, Koko, London

This was an unexpected gig, I have to say. I spotted that McFly were playing at the iTunes Live Music Festival ’08, so I entered the free prize draw for a ticket, never expecting to win, and sure enough, heard nothing more about it. Then on the Tuesday before the gig when I got a text letting […]

Jean Michel Jarre, RAH, London

Released in 1977, Oxygene has always been Jarre’s most successful album, and one he has revisited more than once.  In 1997 he produced a “sequel” Oxygene 7-13, and in 2007 he rerecorded Oxygene in its entirity (with the original synthesisers) to produce Oxygene – 30th Anniversary.  In support of the new version of Oxygène, he took fellow musicians Francis Rimbert, Dominque Perrier […]

Focus, West End Centre, Aldershot

Focus.  I’d only knowingly heard two of their pieces ever before (Synvia, of course, and Hocus Pocus complete with its excellent yodelling!), but when my mates’ fledgling prog-rock band Merchants Vice (now sadly disbanded) got a slot opening for Focus, I came along for the show, not really knowing what to expect. This particular line-up of Focus […]

Monsters Of Rock, Donnington Park.

Who could you have to top the bill with such guests as W.A.S.P.m Anthrax, Metallica and Dio? Admittedly Bon Jovi probably doesn’t spring to mind as the most likely candidate given such a line-up, but back in 1987 that’s exactly what we got for the Monsters Of Rock bash! Most likely because Bon Jovi were […]

Queen, Knebworth Park

My first ever proper gig! Alas, it was also Queen’s last ever gig, but what a gig – over 120,000 people crammed into Knebworth Park on a gloriously hot and sunny day. I ended up going purely by chance – I happened to see a poster in a local shop advertising a gig with Status […]