Friday, August 24, 2007

It's Only Rock'n'Roll But I Like It

Went to see The Rolling Stones at the O2 last night and it was absolutely *expletive*deleted* brilliant!! Nearly 2 hours of non-stop greatest hits starting with Honky Tonk Women and ending with Brown Sugar by way of, amongst others, Paint It Black, Midnight Rambler, It's Only rock and Roll, and a stonking version of Sympathy for the Devil (whoo, whoo!).

We were at the far end of the arena directly facing the stage. Thank goodness for the large screen behind the stage, it showed Mick's every last gyration. I just hope I have his energy when I am 64, heck I wish I had that much now :-(

Even with the big screen I preferred to watch the small figure on the stage. To me it makes more (emotional) sense to focus on the real flesh and blood presence otherwise I might as well watch a DVD.

Then half way through the set a surprise. The whole centre section of the stage rolled out across the arena floor with the band on it till they were right up our end of the arena where they played a few numbers before wheeling back again. An excellent view of the band <cheesy grin>.

As an O2 subscriber I got access to the O2 lounge before (and after if we wished) and to the Blueroom during which was handy as the queues for the public bars were huge. The staff, the "O2 Angels", are well trained or well recruited - all very friendly and helpful (and young and pretty). Even ignoring the ego-stroking "exclusive" marketing appeal it did add positively to the whole experience.


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I wish I'd been there! I concentrate on the live performer as well, otherwise, as you say, you might as well stay home. But how "fab" that they came so close to where you were!

Rosa said...

OMG! That is one band I never got 'round to seeing. (Was actually in THREE cities during their Some Girls tour shows--and STILL didn't go!!) My loss. That pull out stage sounds excellent. More places should do that as much as tickets cost these days, no matter where you are sitting. Wow. You could actually see Mick's face jiggling? Gotta love it! OH, and all the classics. Whine.