Paul started this regular feature last month (read it here). I asked to do this one as I had a fantastic month of live music and wanted to share the spoils of some of the performances I was lucky enough to witness.
Bastille – Pompeii
On the 1st of June I saw the brilliant Muse in Manchester as they rolled their Stadium tour around Europe. But it is not Muse I want to talk about here, rather the excellent Bastille who opened the show that day.
This is a band who I had heard a few times, but largely ignored. No more. They played a superb (if short) set that day; I bought the album just a few days later. This has been out for a while now, but check out ‘Pompeii’ from their debut album Bad Blood.
The Who – Baba O’Riley
A few weeks later I had the pleasure of seeing The Who live. I had never seen them before and having seen mixed quality recorded performances recently there was a little trepidation. I shouldn’t have worried – they were fantastic! So, so good. I enjoyed the full two-hour show – where they played Quadrophenia in its entirety.
There were many stand out moments, however this stuck out above the others.
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
Off to the Download Festival I went and saw many bands over the weekend. I also had a few Trooper Beers, but that is a another story! I go every year but it was particularly exciting for me as Iron Maiden were playing their UK Maiden England show. This was them going back to 1988 and playing a version of a set which would later become the classic Maiden England VHS.
I have seen Maiden live many times, however it was the first time I ever heard much of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album live, and (even) older cuts such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Their sound was slightly ropey at the beginning but the soon got into the swing of things, rounding off a great Saturday night headline slot.
I’ve chosen ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’, as I remember standing in a slightly muddy field thinking this is probably the only time I’ll ever hear this live.
Ghost – Year Zero
I’ve seen Ghost once before, and at the time I thought I really enjoyed them. However those I was with really didn’t, which coloured my opinion at the time too. When album Infestissumam came out, I decided to give it a spin and really enjoyed.
On the Sunday at Download Festival the band hit the second stage mid-afternoon and I instantly loved the performance. Sure, I’d seen the Nameless Ghouls before and Papa Emeritus II however it doesn’t detract from their serene quality of the performance as they play. Definitely worth checking out.
Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God
Sadly their set was cut short due to technical difficulties, however when you have vikings, vikings, more vikings, and a full viking ship on stage it provides many amusing moments. Many of those moments made me think of the film Thor. Just what was needed to watch at a Festival.
Rammstein – Du Hast
The weekend at Download festival belonged to Rammstein. I’ve never been a huge fan, though I have seen them before and remember them blowing me away with the live show. Three years passed since then and here I was standing watching them once again; this time with my jaw even further on the ground (amidst many fireworks, flames and explosions)!
They were the band of the weekend, and I couldn’t possibly do their show justice here. See them live. Just see them.
Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere
The day after I got home from Download I went to see Springsteen play a three and a half hour show in Glasgow. For the tour he had being playing a classic album in its entirety. This night though he chose to just play a 30-song mix of classic Bruce – no album in there. So many songs stood out, not least his covers of ‘Twist and Shout’, and ‘Shout’ near the end of the set.
However it is this track which had me completely in awe of his performance early on.
Django Django – Default
This Roundup shouldn’t really be about just bands I saw live, so here is a brilliant song I discovered from Scottish band Django Django. They were nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013, which is when I got to hear them.
Take a listen to single ‘Default’ from their self-titled debut Django Django.