Hey! So I guess I didn’t blog whilst I was away in Scotland, or since I got back sorry. But hey, I’m here now.
I’m going to post a review blog of the 2 days I spent in London. 🙂
As I said in the previous blog, me and Kieron went to London to see Lady Antebellum play their sold-out debut London show!
So last Wednesday was the day. We got a 7am train to London, meaning we were there for 9am, 11 hours before the concert started haha. The plan was to walk around and sight see, but that didn’t happen till Thursday. We went more or less straight to the venue to see where it was, and we found it finally about 11ish. Whilst trying to decide what to do we saw 3 girls waking towards to venue and then they sat down on the steps. We were thinking ‘they’re not are they??’ And they were….queuing at 11am for the concert! haha. We weren’t dressed for the show, so we went to find Kieron’s friends house where we were staying, which was 2 subway trains away. We found that, got dressed up, got some food, and went all the way back to the venue, and at 2 o’clock we were also in the queue. 9th and 10th to be exact 🙂
And this is pretty much where we spent the next 5 hours until the doors opened. The time went pretty quick. We could hear them sound checking inside for aages, like 2 hours, that was fun to listen to. It was also fun to watch everyone else arriving and getting in the queue, and it gradually built up till it went all the way around the corner and there were 2000 people stood on the street waiting. Some people had meet and greet passes, which we didn’t win. But then again they didn’t get to the front for the show, which we near enough did, we were on the 2nd row, was amazing to be so close!
This review is going to be pretty long, but here goes anyways:
They opened to doors nearly on time, like 10 past 7. And then it was nearer to 8 o’clock when the support act, Rachel Furner came on. She was great, amazing voice! We don’t reckon the bass player was really singing the backing vocals, he moved away from the mic and it stayed the same volume lol. But hey my old band used extra backing vocals so I can’t say anything 😛
So it was probably 9pm when Lady A took to the stage, opening with the new album’s rockiest number, ‘Stars Tonight’. Great opening song, it really got the crowd into it! And everyone noticed when they changed Friday to Wednesday in the line ‘it’s the roar of the crowd on a Friday night’. This song went straight into ‘Love Don’t Live here’, which everyone sang along to. ‘Perfect day’ was next. We love this song because musically it’s so simple and the words are all straight to the point lyrics, yet it’s in no way cheesy and has this awesome infectious country beat to it. Seriously this song will always cheer me up!
The set was slowed down a bit after this with ‘When you got a Good Thing’. A really nice ballad that we also love! They kept it slow with ‘All We’d Ever Need’, which saw the backing band leave the stage leaving Lady A singing acoustically. This song is the first one they wrote together, and it’s a really nice one. They also said at this point that this was ‘the first of many shows’ yay!
The next song was a cover of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ which Charles said was ‘an attempt to befriend people in the UK’ haha. To be honest I’m not familiar with the original but I loved the way they sang it. After this everyone went to the back of the stage leaving Dave alone upfront. He played some solo acoustic guitar, maybe improvised I wasn’t sure. If it was it was damn good because they went straight into ‘American Honey’ after this, which has a really strange guitar tuning. So to be able to play so good in that tuning, let alone improvise, is amazing! He got a big cheer for that, and then when the opening melody of ‘American Honey’ was played we cheered even louder. I love this song SO much! Kind of a mid tempo number, and has this perfect laid back country feel to it. The song’s about looking back to who you were as a child, and the music really compliments that idea. And not forgetting how good Hillary sings the lead.
Keeping to the country feel the next song was ‘Slow Down Sister’. The melody of this song is great, real country like. The latest single in America ‘Our Kind of Love’ was next. Everyone knows this from the opening piano riff, it’s so good. And lyrically I love this song as well as the music, ‘Just like driving on an open highway, never knowing what we’re gonna find..’.
Since Dave was already sat at his baby grande piano, the next song was ‘Hello World’. If you haven’t heard this song then you gotta hear it. Its about a guy kind of finding himself again through different things in life, like a little girl waving at him, and a little church he passes by. The piano is so nice in it and it builds up big time throughout the 5 minutes. Country style power ballad definately!
Then there was some music played by the band and we didn’t know what song it was, until the familiar sound of ‘Need You Now’ was heard. This song won them a grammy award this year, and trust me it’s well deserved. The song in general is just amazing and when you see Charles and Hillary sing it to each other with such emotion, it’s a great moment 🙂 When the song finished they held the mics to the audience and everyone sang the chorus, and they looked pretty overwhelmed at that.
All seriousness over now, the next song was ‘Lookin’ for a Good Time’, which is about….well just that haha. I think if you listen to it or read the lyrics you’ll see what I mean ‘how ’bout baby we make a promise to not promise anything more than one night…’ lol. It’s a great song though, and this one came out best on video because they were all so close up.
Next they did another cover which was ‘Free Falling’, not sure who it was originally by, but it’s a good song. And that brought them to the last song of the set, their current single over here ‘I Run To You’. Obviously this one went down well, everyone knew it and sang it out! It’s a great song with this really good driving beat to it, good to end the set with.
They went off-stage and then some people moved the piano forward to it was obvious there was going to be another song. They came back on and sang their version of ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. No one expected that as an encore but it worked well, they got everyone singing and arm-waving to it.
And that was it, end of the show. It was really an amazing show and I can’t wait to see them again, so worth queuing 5 hours for!!
It took us a while to get home, on account of we came out of the tube station the wrong way and walked for half an hour in the wrong direction, then just managed to get the last bus home at midnight.
The day after we spent the whole day sightseeing and saw pretty much all the sights of London. The highlight was seeing James Corden pull up at the side of us in his ’10 reg Jaguar, picking his nose haha. Can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of that!
And that’s it, that was out 2 awesome days in London. We had a great time, and will be doing that again when there’ another good London concert!
Seeing Lady Antebellum has really made me even more determined to get to where they are. Hopefully this is definately where I’m going, because it sure feels like it’s where I should be! 😀
Thanks for reading 🙂 xx
The London pics are all up here if you want to look: