Friday, 16 April 2010

I Will Survive... Bad Company...

I've not written anything on here for a while so thought I should update and as I did more last weekend than I have since the beginning of the year it seemed like a good time!

I was given tickets by my daughter for Mother's Day to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre last Friday and I have to say it was the best night out I've had for a long time. It was funny and all the actors were excellent. Jason Donovan was surprisingly good and Oliver Thornton who played Felicia (Guy Pearce's part in the film) absolutely out shone the lot of them. Definitely worth seeing. As usual the only downside was the cost of drinks - nearly £18 for two glasses of red wine which wasn't even nice. Its about time this extortionate pricing, along with excessive booking fees was stopped.

My next outing was on Sunday to see Bad Company at Wembley Arena. As much as I like Paul Rodgers he doesn't seem to like to be on stage any longer than he has to and again was only on for an hour and 20 mintues - still the songs are good so definitely worth seeing. Can't say I left the venue on a high like I have done with bands such as Thunder, Mr Big or Europe - their front men had a knack of getting the crowd going - Mr Rodgers seems to be lacking in that department. Did I say I 'met' him?! At the Hard Rock Cafe last November when I won a competition - I managed to get his autograph but he couldn't wait to get away from everyone. It was a bit like trying to get a hold of a hamster in a cage! He was pleasant enough but you know when someone doesn't want to be somewhere....

The support acts consisted of his son Steve who is incredibly talented and you could hear how much like his dad he sounds during certain songs - definitely one to watch out for. The Joe Perry Project (guitarist from Aerosmith) was a tad boring if I am honest. I like a couple of his songs but hopes he doesn't give up his day job - I've never wished a band to get off stage more than this one (apart from My Bloody Valentine and McQueen - oh and the Libertines!) and every time you thought they were finished someone brought another guitar on...

Wembley is another place where they charge stupid amounts for food and drink. A small bottle - less than a can of drink by a considerable amount was £4.50 for nothing short of cooking wine. A dry chicken burger, no bigger than three chicken nuggets but almost see through with 12 strips ( if you were lucky) of lettuce with chips was £6.50 - the bread was stale and they didn't even put mayonnaise on it. Absolutely dreadful. I don't mind paying higher prices if you get something worth having but this was taking the mickey by anyone's standards. One of Wembley's policies is to take the lids off the drinks if you come in with one and also if you buy a bottle of drink. I walk using a crutch and its quite difficult to carry a bag, holding a crutch and a drink and then to negotiate stairs so I always ask if I can have the lid which they always refuse so I keep some spares in my bag (get out of that one and stay fashionable Wembley!) However, on buying a miniature bottle of red wine, I asked the sales chap if I could leave the lid on which at first he said no he would get into trouble - by whom is anyone's guess because I was hardly going to report him now, was I?! After some pleading he did let me have it as long as I put the drink in my bag - which I was going to do anyway! I know why they don't let you have the lids on bottles but by the same token I have been to concerts where people have flung half full plastic cups at the stage and worse still, throwing 2p pieces but they don't take those off you. If people are going to throw things they will find something. I'd like to think people going to the concerts I go to, at our age, were way passed that kind of behaviour. It's not something I've ever done and can't imagine for one minute wanting to throw something at a band I've paid good money to see...

And those folks were my best bits of the month!