Kings of Leon @ Hammersmith Apollo

Saturday 28 July, 2007

As I’ve not posted for a while I’m going to have to update you with a few things soon but this one will have to do for now..

A couple of weeks ago I drove (in my new mk2 Golf GTi :)) all the way to London Town to see Kings of Leon. Kings of Leon are “A rock band made up of three brothers and a cousin, based in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, who play a cross between Southern rock and garage rock.”

They’ve just released an amazing new album “Because of the Times” fairly recently and were playing at the Hammersmith Apollo.

We bought tickets as soon as they were released as we knew it would sell out.. However we still weren’t quick enough to get very good tickets. The view from row X was good but row A would’ve been better. They played a mixture of songs from their 3 albums but “Knocked Up” from their new album was a clear favourite with it’s 7 and a half minute long sprawling structure and the crowd taking up the backing vocals. Woah, oh, oh, woah, oh, oh!! Woah, oh, oh, woah, oh, oh!! Wow. 🙂

One thing that was annoying was the HEAT!!! As we were right near the back of the venue we were also at the top of the venue. I was getting my sweat on just sitting there before they even arrived on stage!

Oh yeah, also Caleb’s (the lead singer) microphone kept breaking! The first time it broke right at the beginning of a song and didn’t get replaced till the song finished! So we got an instrumental version. Yay, not. All in all I think he had 4 microphone changes during the set!!! The roadies in the Apollo were pretty rubbish in my opinion as they weren’t very quick at changing the mis over.. Grrrrr

Still had a really good night though and seeing them live reminds me why I like them so much.

This is our view from rox X… Check out the massive spotlights blinding the crowd! Defo not the best light show I’ve seen..



Saturday 21 July, 2007


Un-pimp your ride.

Friday 6 July, 2007

Here’s a small collection of funny VW ads that I found on youtube..

These 3 are a year or so old but I’d never seen them before till today.. I likes.

This one is even older. I kinda remember this one with the mischievous Golf.

Keep it real.

This one was banned. Bollocks to that!

VWs are all about the cornering..


Tuesday 3 July, 2007

I’ve been to a few gigs recently but as I’ve not really been that well I don’t think I had as good a time as I would have if I’d been ok…

#1 – The Kooks

The Kooks played at the Academy in Bristol. It was a few days before they played at Glastonbury and they were on good form. Most, if not all, of their tracks are quite sing-a-longy if you know what I mean, so everyone was singing with/or instead of the Kooks. It was a good buzz. 🙂 I saw them at Glastonbury on the tele and they sounded great but I think the gig at the Academy had a more personal feel as there were only a few hundred instead of thousands of people there.. plus we were much closer to the band that you get at the main stages at Glasto.. Yes I am bitter that I didn’t go.

#2 – Devo

Devo are legendary. They’ve been around for year and released their first album pre 1980. They’ve not played in the UK for over 15 years so this tour is huge for them. If’ you’ve not heard of them your life is definitely missing something special that they can provide. I’m not sure what that special thing is but Devo have it. We went to Manchester to see them as someone accidentally bought Manchester tickets instead of London ones.. DOH! The gig was in the Manchester Apollo. It’s an old theatre which hasn’t really been done up or changed very much in years. Not the best venue by a long way. Anyway, Devo were, um, I can’t think of a suitable adjective to describe what they were like. They were definitely unique. Certainly entertaining. Possibly mental.

Here’s (probably) their most well known song. It’s called Whip it and this is some footage from the night..

#3 - Boris

I went to see Boris at the Cooler in Bristol. I took some earplugs as I knew it was going to ear bleed time otherwise! This band is just so loud! They're a Japanese sludge / doom / experimental / stoner / noise / drone metal band. Boris consists of; a long-haired dude in a black t-shirt with a bass guitar; an extremely tiny woman behind her ax; and an even longer-haired drummer with an huge gong mounted behind him. Not too sure if I like them too much but the gig was impressive. As the gig was coming to and end the drummer climbed onto a speaker by the edge of the stage then stagedived. He was carried along for a bit, kicked a few lights as he was held up close to the ceiling then wondered off.. The bass player just walked off though the crowd a couple of minutes later. During this time the tiny woman was still playing out one of their MASSIVE outros, most of which lasted around 5 minutes! Anyway, she just kept playing, it felt like the outro lasted about 15 minutes making the last song 25 minutes long! Awesome! :)

#4 - The Hold Steady

Due to having to help 2 people move on consecutive days we didn't end up going to see The Hold Steady.. I wasn't too disappointed as I've already seen them this year in Bristol. I saw them on the tele doing Glastonbury and they were a massive crowd pleaser which was good to see. :)

I've rambled on enough.

Oh, today marks the day that I've not smoked or drunk any alcohol for one month! I've already collected £30 from people who bet me I couldn't do it. Life is groovey. :)