Sunday, 29 May 2011
And so the drama started. The set was running a little late then photos and song titles trickled through only to find out that this was just a sound check. What the fuck? I thought it was weird but my overriding feeling was of jealousy that they got so many performances. So we wondered when the actual concert would start. The rumour got shot down by Adam straight after his "sound check" performance. Biggest collective fucking facepalm ever. Here are my video picks for you to enjoy:
Peering over the sea of red hearts, this look of Adam's tailored for a daytime rock festival gig for a 50k crowd on a huge stage is a lot more casual and less try-hard than the Glam Nation costumes. With a distressed leather jacket and aviators, I couldn't help but think of Top Gun. It's definitely more rock than glam though there is some subtle sparkle from the tight trousers. From the videos, we can see some magical mysterious wispy things floating in the air that I imagine are the exactly the type of objects that would appear in the presence of unicorns. Would someone care to explain to me what they are and shatter this illusion of mine?
MA opens the set and I notice there's a bit of flesh-flashing when he raises his arms. There's a teasy Tommy moment and it would've been ironic if he'd kept his sunglasses on for the song that specifically asks us to look into his eyes. I'm glad they came off. There are no dancers for DTRH but Adam does an incredible job with his slithery tentacle arms. There is some fantastic ad-libbing and notably excellent vocals, possibly due to forgetting that he shouldn't be going into RoF. The jacket comes off for a rock version of WWFM and he is left in just a vest. There are plenty of different and beautiful runs that he adds towards the second half, making this exceptional, and his voice is bright and powerful. There's no kissing for Fever but the crowd does get plenty of strippery moves when Adam moves onto the steps. There's a run that I love at the end of the second verse that had previously been exclusive to my concert in London and yes, I'm feeling a bit possessive over it but love hearing it again. Holy motherfucking shit, those Sleepwalker vocals! Nuff said. TCB is another fine one and the crowd goes wild as Adam goes to ruffle Tommy's hair. The IIHY chorus sounds quite different to the other live versions, very rock and not so electronic and I assume this is due to the absence of Cam on keys. Strut is a strange one and it's been a long time since I last saw it without the props and dancers. There seem to be major sound problems like in Berlin as Adam misses his cue at the start and sounds rather off-key. He doesn't do a lot of singing at the start, leaving much to the backing track but he recovers well to finish. We have a scorching electric 'woman' WLL and it's refreshing to see lots of males in audience. During SFW he misses a few notes but it's still a stomping, fist-pumping affair. Oh how I've missed these concerts, drama and all!