Saturday, February 17, 2007

Isle of Wight Festival 2004

My first experience of a weekend music festival that included the Who headlining on the Saturday. I say weekend when in-fact we purchased a day ticket.

I and my boyfriend stayed in a hotel on the Island for two nights, getting the bus early on Saturday morning to travel to the festival site. Thinking it was a small island – the journey was quite lengthy. After arriving exactly on opening of 12:00 pm, we ate and took to the front of the stage at 1:00 pm during Lea Wood’s set.

Looking back now it was unnecessary to be near the front of the stage this early.

We perched ourselves behind two women who were Manic Street Preachers fans. As soon as the gates opened they got to the stage at 12 and stayed there till the Manics finished around 9:30 pm. Even I couldn’t do that.

Proud Mary were fairly competent, followed by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel who were fairly good and the crowd loved Come Up & See Me.

British Sea Power were very strange and not fantastic music either, Electric Soft Parade were pretty poor. I remember them supporting the Who in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall; they were far better then. The Stands were alright but nothing to get excited about but Jet were fantastic. By this time my legs were aching and as the weather was very warm, after a few hours of nothing to eat or drink – I started to feel faint and had to be carried over the barrier to a spot where my boyfriend rushed to buy a bottle of coke to make me feel better. It worked although disappointed as we agreed with the Manics fans that after the Manic Street Preachers finished their set, we could move into their space and be in the front row.

It wasn’t to be but by the time the Who came on, we managed to get close to the front as a lot of the crowd were moving back and forward.

Set List:

I Can't Explain (9/10 The band were up for this, as with any big event and the crowd loved it.)
Substitute (9/10 Even I was surprised by how familiar the crowd were to these songs)
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere (9/10 Brilliant although there were technical problems where the sound was cutting out on one speaker. In the end it was fixed and the problem didn’t happen again)
Who Are You (9/10)
Behind Blue Eyes (8/10)
Bargain (10/10)
Baba O'Riley (9/10 I think fans at Who concerts know this song more than general music fans, but received well none the less)
The Punk And The Godfather (9/10 A welcome change)
5.15 (10/10 Fantastic solo by Pete)
Love Reign O'er Me (9/10 Great performance by Roger)
Eminence Front (8/10)
Drowned (9/10 Was happy not the crowd weren’t nosy during this song)
Naked Eye (9/10 Good acoustic performance by Roger & Pete)
Real Good Looking Boy (8/10)
You Better You Bet (8/10)
My Generation (9/10)
Old Red Wine (8/10)
Won't Get Fooled Again (10/10 Brilliant)
Pinball Wizard (9/10 Great Tommy melody)
Amazing Journey
See Me Feel Me
Magic Bus (9/10 Was expecting them to be finished after See Me, but this was a welcome surprise)

Very tired in the end but well worth the trip. We stayed another night but went back home the next morning.

Royal Albert Hall 29th March 2004

Only a week after Kentish Town, I had the pleasure of seeing the boys again at the Royal Albert Hall – first concert I was to drag my boyfriend to, being first of many. :)

Getting to our seats just in time to see the support group the Coral – we found out what restricted view seats were like; basically I couldn’t see Pino or Zak, although able to watch the most important members: Roger & Pete. Slightly aggravated with the money paid for them, (see Kentish Town review) the sound wasn’t disappointing.

The Coral were a fairly decent support, but considering them to be quite average. Once the boys came on, I was looking forward especially for the whole of Tommy to be performed.

When it got to Eminence Front, it became clear they weren’t going to play it and that it was a similar show to the Kentish Town concert.

Although annoyed by this, it was still an enjoyable concert, but there were some fans who were disappointed. I remember reading a fan's review saying an American fan flew to London especially to hear Tommy.

Set List:

Who Are You (8/10)
I Can't Explain (8/10)
Substitute (8/10)
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere (9/10)
Baba O'Riley (10/10)
Behind Blue Eyes (9/10)
(10/10 Great guitar solo by Pete, wouldn't mind hearing that in the set again)
Sea And Sand (9/10 Nice to hear more from Quad)
Love Reign O'er Me (9/10 Great performance by Roger, despite him suffering from a cold)
Eminence Front (9/10 I do enjoy this live, despite not being one of my favourite Who songs)
You Better You Bet (8/10 Good but enjoyed it more at Kentish Town)
Real Good Looking Boy
The Kid's Are Alright (9/10 Can't remember if this was the long or short version)
My Generation (10/10 What can I say)
Old Red Wine (9/10 Wouldn't mind if they played the whole song live, prefer it to Good Looking Boy)
Won't Get Fooled Again
(10/10 Never disappoints)
Pinball Wizard (9/10)
Amazing Journey (10/10 Amazing)
Sparks (10/10)
See Me Feel Me

Great show but the Isle of Wight was to be even better, review to follow.

The Who - Who Are You RAH 2004
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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Who European Tour 2007

The Who have announced European Tour Dates for this year:


31: Royal Albert Hall, London


16: Lisbon Atlantico Pavilion
17: Madrid Sport Palace
19: Bilbao Arena
22: Birmingham National Indoor Arena
23: Sheffield Arena
25: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
26: Hull City Football Club
30: Isle of Man TT Festival


1: Swansea City Football Club
2: Southampton Rose Bowl
5: Rotterdam Ahoy
6: Paris Bercy Arena
8: Antwerp Sportpalais
9: Stuttgart Schylerhalle
11: Verona Arena
13: Munich Opympichalle
14: Zurich Hallenstadion
16: Fulda Airfield
18: Hamburg Colorline Arena
23: Knowsley Hall Festival
24: Glastonbury Festival
26, 27: London Wembley Arena
29: Dublin Marley Park
30: Cork Live At Marquee


4: Norway Quart Festival
6: Stockholm The Globe
7: Denmark Roskilde Festival
9: Helsinki Hartwell Arena

It seems tickets for the UK dates go on sale Friday week. One question: why on weekdays when me and a lot of people are at work! I think my father will kill me if I ask him to try and get tickets again, after the joy of the Royal Albert Hall!