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Live: Aerosmith at Hyde Park Calling review

By on Monday, 25th June 2007 at 2:23 am

This post was originally posted over at Londonist.

Aerosmith @ Hyde Park CallingNobody would have guessed that Stephen Tyler is a mere 59 years old judging by his performance at last night’s Hyde Park Calling finale with Aerosmith headlining a day of stellar bands. Strutting around the stage like only he can, Tyler had the audience in the palm of his hand from the opener “Love in an Elevator”.

Whilst Aerosmith undoubtedly stole the show, Hyde Park Calling was a three stage festival which showcases the best in current rock. London band Haunts played the packed out third stage, slowly warming up the crowds with their unique brand of danceable rock, akin to a lighter Biffy Clyro. Closing with “Live Fast, Die Young” they had everyone moving, and are surely ones to watch in the future for those with heavier tastes.

After them Brigade managed to entertain sufficiently the sizeable crowd on the third stage with their Placebo / Muse / Oceansize / My Vitriol style mixture of rock. Over on the main stage The Answer put in a performance of their lives, playing to their biggest audience yet and winning over a sizeable part, with massive “Answer” branded balloons bouncing along the audience. Fans of Led Zeppelin, Free or The Who should make sure they catch them – as they themselves said “We may be Irish, but we love London, so we’re around a lot”.

Chris Cornell @ Hyde Park CallingJet were next on the main stage, putting in a decidedly average performance – their (few) hits sounded tired and jaded, and new material never goes down well at festivals. During Jet’s set the heavens opened, soaking everyone, leading to chants of “Get your brolly down” (and alternatives) from people further back when former Audioslave star Chris Cornell came on for his second-on-the-bill slot. Unafraid of the rain, he commented how it was just like being at home for him. Highlight of his varied set which mixed both his own solo material and Audioslave material was probably his most recent song, “You Know My Name”, title song for the recent Bond film.

Finally the stars arrived, 15 minutes late, and bounded through a greatest hits set that highlighted their long and varied career. “I don’t want to miss a thing” was thrown in early, much to the appreciation of the crowd, drowning out Steven Tyler. Prancing around the stage like he has done for the last 30 years, they really were not showing their age other than their short “Deckchair set” which saw Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry at the end of the catwalk sat in (some rather comfy looking) deckchairs.

Climaxing with a fantastic performance of “Walk This Way” with Run DMC (yes, THE Run DMC), Aerosmith were gone from London for another few years. Past their prime? Unlikely – they’re just as good as they have ever been.

After the jump: more photos and the setlist.

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Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #9: Scouting for Girls

By on Wednesday, 20th June 2007 at 7:50 pm

Scouting For Girls Having won the Innocent Unsigned bands talent search last year and the chance to play at their Fruitstock Festival, Londoners Scouting For Girls have had an amazing year. Signing to Epic Records on Valentine’s Day this year, they’re about to release their first EP, the incredibly anthemic “It’s Not About You” which will just grab you by the heart strings and make you think “YES!” and become addicted to them. Or you can just write them off as another bunch of Keane wannabes. You choose, but you know what I think.

Scouting For Girls are the sort of band that are perfect to open the festivals – people lounging around, feeling rough after the previous night, and just wanting some music to take them to “that happy place”. As they say themselves in their biography, they’re “unashamedly nostalgic, mottled with loss, disillusion and a poignant lamentation for innocent past times”.

Many bloggers have been very excited about their current material, with favourable reports emerging about their live shows. Needless to say, for those of you fortunate enough to be going to Glastonbury this weekend (and if so, why aren’t you there already?), they’ll be playing on Friday night at 8pm at the Late N Live Stage.

Reminiscent of both Keane (for their Piano-led pop-rock) and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (for Sam Duckworth’s brilliant knack of conveying feelings and images of a time and place), Scouting For Girls are sure to gain a devoted following soon.

After the jump, catch their video for “It’s Not About You”. Picture was taken from Scouting For Girls’ MySpace.
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Ticket alert: Enter Shikari and Snow Patrol festival

By on Wednesday, 13th June 2007 at 11:46 pm

Enter ShikariTwo final announcements for this weeks on sales at Friday, 9am.

Enter Shikari have announced that they’ll play Brixton Academy, which they’ll surely sell out and have to add more dates for. They were only the second unsigned band to sell out the Astoria, so surely they’ll sell out Brixton now that they’ll have an album out too?

Secondly, those Irish bedwetters Snow Patrol have announced their own, one off festival in Ward Park Playing Fields, Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland, which was where Gary Lightbody and Jonny Quinn grew up. They’ll be supported by Ash, The Dead 60’s, Simply Kid, Kowalski and finally We Are Scientists. Sounds like a fab festival. Oh, except Snow Patrol are headlining. Oh well, can’t have it all.

Photo taken from Vern’s flickr stream.


Ticket alert: White Stripes

By on Friday, 8th June 2007 at 9:48 pm

White StripesAs many people are aware, The White Stripes are headlining the first night of the O2 Wireless Festival in london on Thursday night next week, and then Leeds on the Friday night. However, as a warm up for this they announced today that they’ll also be playing a one off date in London on Tuesday night at the Rivoli Ballroom as a warm up.

Profits from the performance will go to the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal and The London Pearly Kings And Queens Society.

Tickets go on sale on Monday morning at 10am reportedly from see tickets and livenation outlets.



By on Saturday, 2nd June 2007 at 7:44 pm

Glastonbury - Pyramid Stage with the Killers playingSo yesterday they announced the official lineup for Glastonbury this year, and I must say I’m quite suprised.

Normally I think Glastonurys a bit overhyped, the thing to be seen at, when you can see some equally good bands at Reading and Leeds, V Festival, or any one of hundreds of other festivals. However, now I can sorta see the magic of Glastonbury shining through. Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. Four times over the weekend. Bloc Party. Guillemots. The Pipettes. Arcade Fire. The Go! Team. Hot Chip. The New Pornographers. The Klaxons. Its like my musical wet dream (if you’ll excuse the Glastonbury – related weather pun!)

But yeah, I really would love to go now. Even if you do have to put up with the wannabe celebs thinking they own the place.


Road To V: Original Cast out, The Guests In.

By on Tuesday, 17th April 2007 at 9:13 pm

Just a quick note to say that Original Cast have been thrown out of the top 14 for Road to V, as they were signed and the competition is for unsigned bands. The Guests have taken their place now. They’re okay, but nothing too great methinks.


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