Of Musings and Wonderings

IMAG0075I had been looking forward to this gig for ages. I got the tickets back in February, one for me and one for my brother as a birthday present. I defiantly inherited my music tastes from him. Without him, I don’t think I would have appreciated the music in Supernatural quite as much, and without me he never would have seen the show. I grew up with classic rock in the house, thanks to both him and my mum, and as one of his mates commented to me a few weeks ago, if my brother was not at this gig, there was something very wrong with the world.

Oh, and it was Bank Holiday weekend, which meant we could happily drink through the day and I didn’t have to worry about heading to work on the Monday. Good times.

Plus, the sun was shining. It was a nice, bright day, and my brother and I made our way around a couple of the nearby pubs, drinking in the beer gardens and meeting up with some of his mates before heading to Cardiff for the gig. Thanks to my brother’s dilly-dallying and insistence on getting a burger from McDonald’s, we actually missed the first half of Thunder. (boo!) But we did make it to Thunder in time for one of my favourite songs (we missed Castles In The Sand, unfortunately.)

What we did see of Thunder was brilliant. Energetic, with great songs (check out Ballads by Thunder, if you like the above), and it really made me not quite care that a beer for my brother was £4 and a double vodka and coke for myself was £5.50. (Gig prices always feel like a punch in the gut.)

Short break – we headed outside for a smoke, met up with a few more people and went back in – and then it was time for Whitesnake. Although I love both Journey and Thunder, it was Whitesnake I was most looking forward to. Whitesnake are simply amazing. Great music, and the gig proved they can still rock out even if they are now all eligible for bus passes.

IMAG0068For the first couple of songs, I did have my brother drunkenly screaming in my ear, “I love you! You’re the best sister ever!”

Anyway. Whitesnake were, as expected, amazing. The whole crowd was singing along, and you could tell the guys on stage were having fun. Each song was better than the last, and of course the main song was Here I Go Again. There is nothing quite like hearing a whole arena sing a song like that. Essentially, it was a strong set, and really left the crowd pumped up for the last band of the evening.

IMAG0074Which was, of course, Journey. I wonder how many people there were actually aware that the lead singer changed in 2007? I knew! And not just because my brother mentioned it before hand. Also, they’ve all had hair cuts. God damn it, guys! Look at Whitesnake. Look at them! They’re still rocking the big hair look and it’s amazing. You guys…

Okay, well, it doesn’t matter. You can still rock with short hair. And sometimes short hair is better. Especially if you’re at a gig and going to stand near the back of the crowd throwing your hair back every few seconds. I’m talking to you, dude who stood right in front of me. (I really hate getting other people’s hair in my face.)


IMAG0084Journey were great, of course. Like the others, they had a good set, and they played up to everything. They moved around the stage, lead singer going from one end to the other and drawing the crowd in. And you could tell the crowd loved it. They lapped up everything thrown out by the band, and the surge of energy right at the end was brilliant.

Of course, the last song was Don’t Stop Believing, and like Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again, the whole crowd joined in. Gigs have great atmospheres, when everyone is there to enjoy the same thing and united in a love for certain bands and music, and that night was no exception.

IMAG0100Overall, it was an excellent and fun night. The bands were great, the crowd was good and I walked out with an awesome Whitesnake t-shirt. Three great bands, still going strong after many years together. And, fingers crossed, there’ll be many more years to come and many more gigs like this.



{June 3, 2013}   So Much To Do…

At the start of the month I mentioned how much I had going on. The plan was to get reviews of the Whitesnake/Journey gig up last Monday, with the review of Thorpe Park coming today. Problem was, I got hit by a pretty bad cold last week after the gig. The whole week was pretty much written off. My head ached, I couldn’t stop coughing and my brain just did not want to function. Ended up pretty much stuck in bed for two days, dosed up on medication that my brother very nicely went to pick up for me. But I managed to just about recover in time to head to Thorpe Park, and spent the two days there coughing and spluttering but having an amazing time.

This has, however, meant I missed a lot of blog posts last week. There is no way I’m going to be able to catch up on them all, but I will try to read as many as I can before I head back to work tomorrow. I’m also going to try to get the reviews up today, but if I can’t get the Thorpe Park one up that’ll have to come over the next couple of days. I do have some decent photos to put up, too, but my phone currently doesn’t want to connect to my laptop so I’m going to need to sort that out.

Anyway, just wanted to let people know I am still around, and still alive, and that there should be a fair few posts coming from me over the next week. Mind you, I usually say that – I think I said it quite recently – and something else always seems to come up. Fingers crossed this time I’ll actually be able to do it.

{May 2, 2013}   A Very Busy May

Ah. May. The start of Summer. For the first time in three years, I haven’t spent April dreading May. I haven’t been kept up at night working hard on researching essays or stories for University. I haven’t been stressed. It’s a nice relief. Although I think I would trade in this non-stressed feeling for the chance to go back to Uni. Anyway! There’s also two bank holidays this month, one this coming Monday and one on 27th May. I booked a day off today – meant to go to the doctor’s but I ended up going last week so had a nice lie in and now working on my writing and catching up with other blogs.

As well as all this time off this month, I’ve got a busy few weeks at the end of the month. And I’m very excited for them.

Firstly, I’m going to see Blues Brothers in the theatre! I had a rough time back in February, and Mum asked me if I wanted to go see Blood Brothers. Of course I did! On my lunch break the next day, I eagerly headed to the theatre to get some tickets. Only problem was it was on the week after, and they had sold out. Before I went, I mentioned to the guys I work with I was going to get tickets for Blues Brothers. “That’s awesome!” one said, and I quickly corrected myself, adding, “Aw. Now I sort of wish it was Blues Brothers.”

When I got home that night, I mentioned that conversation to my mum and told her about the lack of tickets for Blood Brothers.

“I think Blues Brothers is on, too.”

Quick look on the internet proved she was right, and the next day I picked up two tickets for the show. Now, this was back in early March, so it felt like a long way away. But now, it’s three weeks from tomorrow and I cannot wait!

And if you do not love Blues Brothers, you simply have no soul.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s great. Really. But…well, that’s only one night, right?

Yeah, it is. And that Sunday, I get to spend the day with my brother (if I don’t end up killing him at some point) and going to see (drum roll, please)…



And Whitesnake.

All in one amazing, classic rock filled gig. Tickets were bloody expensive, but I brought one for me and one for my brother as a birthday present. As one of his mates commented this morning, “If he’s not there, there is something wrong with the world.” And it’s a Bank Holiday the day after, so I’ll have a full day to recover from the epic-ness. And it is going to be epic. I love my classic rock, and this gig has two of the biggest classic rock bands still going. So, yeah, should be good.

Only problem is…a few weeks ago, I spotted a picture online. For some reason, I got it in my head that the band referenced in this picture (along with my favourite TV show) were playing at the gig. I don’t know where this idea came from, but it rooted itself in my head and stuck there for ages, until I actually thought about it and realised, nope, they will not be playing. I was kind of disappointed. Then I put on my Journey/Whitesnake/Thunder playlist, rocked out for a bit and cheered up.

Still going to try to get this on a t-shirt.

Still going to try to get this on a t-shirt.

So yeah, not going to see Kansas. (Are they still around? Do they still gig? I really have no idea. My brain just really likes messing with me sometimes.)

That Monday, I expect I’m going to be knackered. Like, absolutely shattered. Having pernicious anaemia – which I am planning to blog about, eventually, and which I just spelled correctly! with no spell check or anything! go me! – most likely will not help with that. But I am due for my jab the week before so fingers crossed that will keep my energy levels high enough for all this awesomeness.

And then, ladies and gentlemen, I am heading back to Thorpe Park. This time, I’m going with a very good friend of mine. Heading to London on the Friday, staying at my brother’s flat before going to the theme park on the Saturday. We’re staying there overnight in their new Crash Pad, and have two days in the park. Not bad for about £100, including transport costs. I am very excited about this. I love roller coasters and they’ve added in a backwards row to Swarm, so I’ll get to experience that. Plus, well, a lot of the rides were closed when I went in October, so maybe they’ll be open this time.

Technically, Thorpe Park is in June, but we’re heading there on the last day of May so I’m including it in my busy month thing.

If you like roller coasters, and you ever get the chance, go to Thorpe Park. I went on my own and I had a brilliant time. I’m super excited to go again, and share the experience with my good friend. Plus, brand new Crash Pad! So look out for that blog.

So yeah, an exciting month ahead of me! What about you, dear reader? Any big plans for the summer?

et cetera