Post by Barrow-wight aka MELLON on Jun 14, 2004 23:44:08 GMT
I did it .... I am back from the Judas Priest concert. Now, I listened to JP esp. in the 1980s and I did like them. Actually, I still have some early albums in my collection. .... Tonight it was the first time I saw them live. And for sure, it is also the last time.
I was hoping for an enjoyable concert... well, the support band SOULFLY were absolutely GREAT !!! And I am grateful for that part of the evening. (The Annihilator did not show up at the end for some reason).
Yet the main act, JUDAS PRIEST, were pathetic ... it was purely a bad bad bad concert. It was exactly the situation when one shall stick to canned music from early times and shall not venture a live act. Sad in a way, I actually got almost sick just from the sound. Which perhaps may be part of the reason : the PA did not feel exactly right (Soulfly's sound was by far better), yet still apart for the very last 2-3 tunes all the songs were as if never properly rehearsed, and Halford sounded terrible ... he was in great physical shape, but that was about all.
Oh well, in the middle of that concert I left the front line and struggled back to get some coffee ... and there in the back of the arena I was standing like idiot hoping for some good tune ... It was quite a stressful situation.
I am terribly sorry to state that this was one of the worst concerts I have ever been to. Apart for Soulfly, that is.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. Hunter S. Thompson
On June 7, Paulo and I went to see South African singer Johnny Clegg at the Hammersmith Apollo. I have been a fan of his for over ten years now, ever since I first heard his Third World Child CD (a classic, IMHO). Back then, I was heavily into World Music, especially African artists like Youssou N'dour, Ismael Lo, etc. I really got into it after I got back from Senegal.
He is wildly popular in South Africa (as you can imagine) and the London show was great, even though I was one of the few non-South Africans there! ;D To top it all off, it was Johnny's birthday so the band members and crew all surprised him by bringing out a cake on stage.
Paulo (who had never heard of him) really enjoyed the show also.
Anyway, now you know more about my electic tastes in music! Plus, it was great to visit the famous "Hammersmith Odeon" for the first time, where Whitesnake has played many times and where David Bowie has his famous farewell concert as Ziggy Stardust back in 1973. (http://www.5years.com/zstmpremaster.htm)
I really love Johnny Clegg's lyrics (which are a mix of English and Zulu).
Here are the lyrics to some of my fave songs:
GIYANI Siyayibiz' as'hambeni! Hayi, Ngane YamaShangane! (We are calling: hey! let's go child of the Shangaan)
Oh the river is wide And the water is deep Got no money and I can't get to sleep Takes all my courage to look down that long road I am going to Giyani With such a heavy load I've got to: Shintsha (change) Qinga (strengthen myself) Qingel'isibindi (take courage) And don't give up
Oh I'm going to Giyani Siyayibiz' as'hambeni! As'hambeni Oh I'm going to touch That magic mystery Leaving my troubles behind me
Did you hear about the mouse That went to the cat for love The cat said: "Mouse, I can't be what you’re dreaming of. You're so lonely. You've got it mixed up. You're looking down below for what lies up above."
You've got to Shintsha (change) Qinga (strengthen myself) Qingel'isibindi (take courage) Don't give up
ASIMBONANGA Asimbonanga (We have not seen him) Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela) Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is) Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)
Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey Look across the Island into the Bay We are all islands till comes the day We cross the burning water
A seagull wings across the sea Broken silence is what I dream Who has the words to close the distance Between you and me
Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge Neil Aggett Asimbonanga Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother) Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is) Laph'wafela khona (In the place where he died) Hey wena (Hey you!) Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well) Siyofika nini la' siyakhona (When will we arrive at our destination)
Here are some photos taken from his website (http://www.johnnyclegg.com)
Last-minute (and free!) tickets to see The Corrs last night at the Hammersmith Apollo. Paulo and I had 7th row! Too bad we didn't bring a camera but I am posting photos from their website that were taken a few days ago in Bonn, Germany and in Catania, Italy.
It was a very enjoyable performance. This family is not only gorgeous by talented as well. The Irish jigs were very popular with the crowd.
I think this was Paulo's first "pop" concert ever so I'm not sure he enjoyed it that much. ;D He kept telling me that he saw Slayer from almost the same seats ages ago!
When they sang the cover of the Stones' "Ruby Tuesday", I could just imagine Jana becoming violently ill! ;D As a matter of fact, Jana wouldn't be caught dead at a Corrs concert!
Anyway, a trip to the Hammersmith Apollo is always a treat! What a great place!