Thursday, August 27, 2009

You Probably Couldn't See for the Lights but You Were Staring Straight at Me

Listening to: Radio 1 least I hope so, Alex! (or should that be ____?!)

Oh. My. Goodness. So Shorty and I are standing in the crowd, waiting for it all to kick off. I tell her about a rumour I'd read on the Arctic Monkeys website about who the support act might be, and we giggle about how amazing it'd be if the rumour were true. Yeah as if, right? But then the lights dim, the spotlights brighten, and who walks on stage? It's only flippin' DAVE GROHL!!! Followed by John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age). OK I'll admit I didn't recognise the others (yes you may hurl insults at me now :P ), but I had heard about the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures being formed...I get points for that, right?

They were a-meh-zinggg. Maybe it was just the fact that we didn't know the songs (the band has been performing publicly for less than a month), but it felt like we were spying on a private jam session. An absolutely phenomenal jam session. I can see these guys rocking well into their nineties. Two non-music related observations: I lost track of how many times Josh Homme switched guitars, and now I know why Dave Grohl has long hair :D

Then it was the Arctic Monkeys' turn to wow us. And oh boy did they?! I have a sneaky suspicion that Alex Turner had downed many a bevvy before coming on stage, but his performance (and that of the whole band in general) was spectacular. The new material was awesome (I ♥ 'Cornerstone'!), and the old favourites were extra-special. The crowd reaction to 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' was electric, to put it really really mildly. As was the reaction to 'Still Take You Home'. It was an indication that the crowd was full of proper Arctic Monkeys fans...which is always nice.

Oooh purple!

It was definitely the most energetic gig I've been to, and the aches and pains I'm suffering from today are proof. An excellent evening, and I'm still struggling to believe my luck. To whoever performs at the next gig I go to, I say: good luck at topping this.


  1. O_O

    freaking brilliant!!! you saw 1/4th of arguably the best hard rock band of all time! :O

    and congratulations on the 250!!! :D

  2. Lucky bastard! *shakes fist in the air*

  3. I won't throw insults at you.
    I didn't recognize even any of the names you've mentioned there.

  4. Oooo Purple!! Indeed! =D =D. Love the stage deco and stuff. Lucky shit u.


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