Feb. 23rd, 2015 11:44 pm
tara: (Guns n' Roses: Axl & Slash)
Because I don't ever do what I should, healthwise.

Soundwave this past weekend. I got to spend lots of time with Viv, yay, and BRIEFLY saw Hails and Diane.

Day One

Just went in for Slash and Fall Out Boy. Saw a bit of Marilyn Manson, because he was on before Slash. I don't like his stuff, never have, so meh. His band were decent but he was really unfit-looking and completely unengaged.

Slash was brilliant, obv. He didn't speak at all this time, which is a first for the times I've seen him. He usually manages to at least say hi or thank you ;) Usual kind of set, finishing with Paradise City, as always, but there were added confetti canons, which was unexpected. Very One Direction of him. I've seen him so many times now that I don't freak out as much.

I got to sit/lie down for FOB, yay. They did a solid set and played plenty of stuff I knew, which was good given that I'm not up on their most recent stuff.

Day Two

Got there for most of Gerard Way's set. The sound was AWFUL, though. Viv had nabbed excellent seats for Stage One, but it meant that we were watching Stage Two groups on the screens, and with the dodgy sound it made for a very uninspiring set.

Next were Steel Panther, who I am now in love with. In the car on the way back, I said that they were everything I'd wanted Rock of Ages to be, and just yes. Loving satire is the best kind of satire. And they kick arse musically as well. <3 Hair Metal <3

Then Antemasque. I don't know their stuff and I was off getting food for a lot of their set, but they sounded pretty good.

Incubus were really solid and professional. I'm not an enormous fan but I like their stuff and was pleased to see them. Strong performance.

Soundgarden were one of my drawcards for the festival. I've liked them for ages and they've still got it. I'd found a set list from the Adelaide Soundwave on Saturday, and it didn't have Black Hole Sun, so I was resigned to that, and then they played it, yay! It's on my list of best ever rock ballads :D

And then it was Faith No More, who I've loved since 1993 and I've never managed to get to a gig before yesterday. They were SO good. Goddamn, how Mike Patton still manages to do what he does with his voice after putting it through that for so long, I do not know, but I am glad. I saw him a couple of years back with Tomahawk, but it was nothing like seeing FNM. They did a stack of my favourites, and just yes.
I realised last night that the mental picture I have always had of Tanis (from Dragonlance) is Axl Rose with a half-beard.

for those receiving group emails from me, this'll be exactly the same, but the email will have more, so read that instead! ^_^

I saw Rik and Ade live last night ^__^

It was extremely surreal. I basically sat there for the entire time not believing that it was actually live. It was more like I was watching a movie or something in a cinema with a whole bunch of noisy people around me. And the crowd was so noisy! The show was fabbo, though. Certainly about 300% better than Bottom Live 3. The first half was still on Hooligan's Island, but the second half was actually somewhere in the theatre... quite surreal in itself with separation of characters and actors and so forth. Richie and Eddie both had a real go at Rik and Ade *lol* First night in London and a complete sell out, it was mostly the die-hard fans which was great, cos it meant all the in-jokes (Stephen Fry stuff etc) were received as they should be. Of course, there were a couple of local references that I didn't get, but meh. They could have been as unfunny as hell, and I would still have loved every moment.

I have merchandise ^_^ Fine until you convert what I paid into Australian dollars... The poster was cheap at £2 - until it cost me £3.39 to post it home...

The guys have both lost weight - prolly from touring for three months and it's been extended because they're selling out - and look great. Ade actually looks the best he's looked for about five years *lol* Rik looked perfect, naturally *g* - even though the pink lycra shortie shorts were prolly a horrendous shock to 99% of the audience... ^_~

I think that it'll only hit me that I saw RIK live in a couple of weeks time. Then I'll prolly faint or bawl or something equally girly. Right now (and it was the same last night) I'm incredibly calm and controlled however. Pretty good for what is one of the highlights of my (admittedly not very exciting) life.

And, for those wondering, no, I didn't leap up onto the stage to stick Rik in a sack. I'll prolly end up regretting my self control... *lol*

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London has always been one of my favourite cities, and I am enjoying myself just as much on this occasion. They've a new chain of internet places that are dirt cheap, which is definately fabbo. The cost depends on their current connection speed, but when I logged on this morning, it was £1 for two hours. Yay! I won't use it all up now - it's quite near my hostel so I'll check my mail tomorrow too. So leave me all your declarations of love and I'll try to sort through them... *g*
Today I'm going to head to the British Museum to stare at Egyptian, ROman and Greek stuff, before seeing a matinee of Les Miserables (yay!) at 2:30. I'm in the second row, which will be strange - but I've seen it a couple of times before, so the music is the important thing anyway ^_^

Guns n' Roses are playing London!!! On the 13th and 14th. It's prolly a good thing I'm at the opposite end of the country then, or I'd spend an absolute fortune just to see Axl and his new band - including some guy called Buckethead *raised eyebrow*. For a while, when I found out yesterday, I contemplated changing all my plans and seeing if I could get a ticket, but then realised that was just plain silly *lol* Lookie here - Tara's being sensible!

Okay, I'm prolly outta room, so I'll shut up. Missing you all ^__^

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