brilliant performances from Michael Fahmy, 02/07/13
Went to see the Who on my birthday, I had never been to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle before, but it was easy to find, so not a bad start.I had a good look around the venue from the outside and noticed a few fans around the back, obviously waiting for band members to arrive so I waited with them. When Roger Daltrey arrived we all moved towards the security gate and he came over to sign autographs, after signing 4 he left, to say there was no more than 8 of us there, I thought he could have signed something for all of us, so that was a bit of a let down.Anyway, we went into the arena, all the staff were very polite and helpful. I looked around the merchandise and bought a t-shirt and a programme and looked at the support bands merchandise also, as I had never heard of Vintage Trouble I decided not to buy anything.when the concert started I was blown away by Vintage Trouble, they were fantastic, the lead singer reminded me of a young James Brown, the only downside for me was that they only did a 30 minute set, I, for one, could have listened to them for at least an hour. During the interval I went back downstairs and bought their CD, its only been off the car cd player to put a Who cd on.Would really love to see them again.
Then it was back to my seat for the Who, from the moment they came on stage they never slowed down, they were electric, brilliant, I have never seen them before, and will be surprised if I get the chance again, but I loved every minute of it(140 of them to be precise). I have read paper reviews of the concert and they claim the Who were pitch perfect all the way through, Im not expert in music but I would say that they were not pitch perfect all the way through, but I didnt care about that, I didnt go to the concert to see perfection, I went to see a rock band who have been around ever since I was born, to see them live, with any minor flaws that might include. If I had wanted pitch perfect I could have stayed at home and put a CD on( or gone to see Rhianna at the Stadium of light the same night, miming all the way through her set), but a live rock band I wanted and a live rock band I got, and I couldnt have been happier. The tributes to the late, great Keith Moon and John Entwhistle were also touching and Im glad they were included, they may be no longer with us, but their part in the band and their music lives on forever.
This is one birthday I will never forget, and when you consider both band s played out of their skins and both were brilliant, it was excellent value for money too.
I did feel a bit sorry for Vintage Trouble as when they took to the stage the arena was only half full, but they put on a top performance and in the end it was the fans who missed it that I felt sorry for, they missed a real treat.