Muse flew their drones again and it was magical

I don’t believe I’ve said this before, but I don’t really love writing gig reviews. It’s not that I hate it; it’s just that I can hardly ever fully put to words the ambiance of the night or my feelings of joy and pure bliss. That is when I am having a good time, of course.

And yesterday was one of those nights, so I will try and describe it as best as I can! To start from the beginning, I’ve been meaning to go to a Muse concert since 2007, when I saw them live in Athens. The problem there was I was too far from the stage. So I promised to myself that, next time, it would be different.

There you go; only nine years later (I can’t believe it took me so long), the timing was finally right, so I attended the Drones World Tour at the O2 Arena. I love all of Muse’s albums, although their early years were my favourite – a lot of fans will surely agree. However, I actually like Drones, even though the record could not possibly compete with the likes of Showbiz and Absolution.

Still, I was dying to go to that gig, which is why I had booked the tickets months ago. And so I did. As expected, Muse were brilliant. I realised that the setlist was never going to be what I wished for, since they can no longer play all of their older songs; but even so, I loved how it turned out, including some of my favourite Drones tracks, like The Handler, as well as some unexpected classics like Bliss. (Although I saw that they played Citizen Erased on the 11th… Arghhh!) Continue reading “Muse flew their drones again and it was magical”

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Taylor Swift honours 1989 tour with ‘New Romantics’ clip

Taylor Swift has now officially unveiled the music video for New Romantics, the seventh and final single off her 1989 record. Even though the song is not part of the main album – but one of the three bonus tracks in the deluxe version – it surely deserved a vibrant clip like this one!

The video includes footage from Swift’s hugely successful ‘1989 World Tour’, with the singer showing her appreciation to her fans as well as everyone who worked hard on it. The outcome looks amazing and it does make me jealous for not being able to attend any of the shows!

As Swift mentions in the clip, “I don’t want to forget anything that happened on this tour. It’s one of those remarkable moments in time when everything felt exciting… Looking out into an endless ocean of crowd, that was everything. We’re all really sad that it’s ending but we’re really happy because of what it was.”

Already released a week ago via Apple Music, the clip is now available for everyone to watch on YouTube. So feel free to enjoy Taylor’s spectacular shows through it and relieve the magic if you were one of the lucky ones to be there. So long, 1989! Hopefully there’s still more fun to come.

The Good Charlotte charm lives on and it makes total sense (GC live at the O2 Arena, 11-02-16)

These past few days have been very busy, but particularly exciting. One of my highlights was definitely Good Charlotte’s gig at the O2 Arena last Thursday. It’s been more than five years since the band’s last album was released, and now that this long hiatus has come to an end, I couldn’t think of a better way for them (and us!) to celebrate, than a spectacular live show.

Good Charlotte have joined All Time Low during their UK tour and even though I also enjoy the latter’s music, nothing could really beat my love for GC. And this concert proved exactly that. Last time I saw them live, I was standing inside London’s KOKO in 2010, between some overly excited fans who were jumping up and down while drinking beer and throwing most of it on my clothes! But I didn’t mind; I was simply hoping that the night would never end.

Five years later and I could not contain myself as I entered the O2 on Thursday night. I felt slightly bummed that Good Charlotte were not the main act, but this was certainly better than all the years of absence! So standing right there with my sister, we were waiting impatiently for the show to start. Continue reading “The Good Charlotte charm lives on and it makes total sense (GC live at the O2 Arena, 11-02-16)”

Gerard Way performs unreleased track

Playing live in Kiev last week, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way performed a new song, called Pinkish.

The singer, who released his debut solo album almost a year ago, has since introduced us with several tracks that were written for Hesitant Alien but, in the end, did not make the cut for the album. One of them was Don’t Try, played first in this video.

Although I love Don’t Try, I can’t say I’m too excited about Pinkish. Of course, the quality of the sound is not great, but I also feel the energy is fading at parts. What’s really surprising – and not in a good way – is the fact that Way looks a bit tired and, may I add, slightly stoned? It’s just an assumption, but, the truth is, it’s been a while since he’s looked that sluggish and kind of sad… But perhaps it’s just me.

I have to admit, though, that both of these songs don’t really relate to the rest of the Hesitant Alien material (which is probably why they weren’t included in it anyway) and they sort of remind me of the good old My Chem days; especially Don’t Try. Hopefully minus the drugs…

Mikey Way joins Sum 41 frontman live

Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley will be playing three shows in July under the name Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines, performing some of the band’s songs.

After collapsing from alcohol abuse in May, Whibley is ready to return on stage before the upcoming Sum 41 comeback. But he won’t be alone; former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way will apparently join him, as he announced on his Instagram account.

It will be nice to see this sort of ‘band merger’, and since we don’t have My Chem anymore, this is probably as good as it gets…

The dates of the shows are as follows:

3 July: Santa Ana Constellation Room
5 July: San Diego Casbah
7 July: Los Angeles Lyric Theatre

Muse perform new track at Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Finally, a new Muse song worth listening to! The band are about to release their seventh studio album, Drones, in June, and so far, I’m not really impressed by the first signs.

But after the somewhat indifferent Psycho and the slightly annoying Dead Inside, Mercy sounds like a pretty decent track. Muse performed the new single live at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Saturday.

I can’t deny that Mercy reminds me of their previous work, but at least, it does so in a good way. The track is quite spectacular, although I’m sure that the whole concert vibe has something to do with it – Muse are famous for their epic live performances and this one is no exception.

In any case, Matt Bellamy’s voice highlights the greatness of the song and all I can say is, please, let the rest of the album be like that!

You Me At Six and All Time Low – live at the O2 Arena (14-02-15)

Here’s what a perfect Saturday looks like: You’re wearing your beloved Vans again, replacing the annoying ‘work shoes’ that keep on giving you leg cramps over the last few days, and you’re ready to have fun at the O2! Maybe that’s just me, but a good rock concert always makes my day.

So what if it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone’s out having dinners and exchanging gifts and paper hearts? I get to dance to my favourite music and scream at the top of my lungs while overly energetic ‘pop-punkers’ push one another -and ultimately me- into a giant mosh pit. It might not be the definition of romance but I’d choose it over candles every time! Continue reading “You Me At Six and All Time Low – live at the O2 Arena (14-02-15)”