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Fanfare / 30th December, 2018

Some stand out gigs this year


Arcade Fire came on at the Genting Arena in pugilstic form – lead singer Win Butler, was equipped to go for the full ten rounds from the start dressed as a boxer & suitably mobbed by the crowd he enter with a boxers intro which melted into an instrumental version of’ Everything is Now’ as he headed to his ring

We had a crazily good view of the set from mid tier and from start to finIsh a Sympony of sound cascaded across the stage – simply multicoloured backed up with with New Orleans preservation hall Jazz Band ( who i had seen years ago in their home state)

The screens above the boxing ring worked brilliantly and the mix between Win and his wife Régine Chassagne, worked very well and the 7 piece with violinist Sarah Neufeld) worked effortlessly through the set switching styles with stand out deliveries of ‘Here Comes The Night Time’, (Reflektor) ‘Electric Blue’ and ‘Put Your Money On Me ‘…all brilliantly executed. Front row seats with purist sound – made in heaven

Arcade Fire in the ring…

Richard Franks Review is here –

• A Fifth of Beethoven
(Walter Murphy song)
• Everything Now (Continued)
(instrumental version with boxing intro)
• Everything Now
• Rebellion (Lies)
• Here Comes the Night Time
• No Cars Go
• Electric Blue
• Put Your Money on Me
• Neon Bible
• Rococo
(with Nirvana’s “Smells Like… more )
• Normal Person (tour debut)
• Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
• The Suburbs
• The Suburbs (Continued)
• Ready to Start
(Damien Taylor Remix outro)
• Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
• Reflektor
• Afterlife
(with Leonard Cohen’s “So Long,… more )
• Creature Comfort
• Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
(with ‘I Give You Power’ snippet)

• We Don’t Deserve Love

• Everything Now (Continued)
(with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
• Wake Up (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
• Wake Up Chorus
(with Preservation Hall Jazz Band) (played live from the floor in… more )


The Scorpions still impress and go too often under the radar. Both Fawkes & Forte saw them may years ago at the Gaumont on the Blackout tour with Schenker playing madly in a cage that I seem to remember came up thru the floor

Scorpions in action!

These guys can still deliver piecing guitar solos and though Klaus cannot hit all the notes they are consummate professionals.We loved coast to coast as the guitar trio all lined up at the end of the catwalk to deliver in synchronicity.. Wow

We enjoyed Moorhead drummer hoisted into the heavens and the set piece in memory of Lemmy of ‘Overkill’

And of course a finish to die for including ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ …

More here 19/6/2018
Extract –
Following a well-received set by Buckcherry in the main arena, it was Big Four titans Megadeth who kick-started a masterclass of entertainment on Saturday night. Mixing up their set to cover classics from often-overlooked debut ‘Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good’, band leader Dave Mustaine admitted that the band’s European jaunt had all been leading up to Stone Free. Said Mustaine; “We were looking forward to this show so much. This whole tour has been predicated to this”. Going on to play some hidden treasures from across their career including a pulverising ‘Rattlehead’ and majestic ‘The Conjuring’, their’s was a set for the die-hards as well as the casual fan. Sticking to the classics, The Scorpions brought the bombast with their only U.K. show of the year. Taking to the stage with the retirement-referencing ‘Going Out With A Bang’, singer Klaus Meine said; “Good to see you London. It’s great to be back in the U.K.!” Weaving their way through their fifty year career, the German band brought the house down with tracks such as ‘Is There Anybody There’ and inevitable closer ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’. 
Set List for Crazy world Tour O2-London• Going Out With a Bang
• Make It Real
• Is There Anybody There?
• The Zoo
• Coast to Coast
• Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy’s Coming / Catch Your Train
• We Built This House
• Delicate Dance
(with Ingo Powitzer)
• Follow Your Heart / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel
• Wind of Change
• Tease Me Please Me
• Overkill
(Motörhead cover)
• Drum Solo (by Mikkey Dee)
• Blackout
• Big City Nights
• Still Loving You
(followed by a capella snippet of “Holiday”)
• Rock You Like a HurricaneVAMPS – NEWMARKET RACE COURSE B turned into a serial horse winner and the Vamps skipped through their greatest hits to the enjoyment of many of the women in the crowd.


Fun with the audience – but with no live backing felt a little bare and first half devoted to new album ‘Not Too Far Away’ .Second half some favourites but for me lacked bite and set so choreographed that when guitar out of tune song was simply not played !

Joan on her own !


Was as always outstanding – marvellous skill and dexterity – has  been under rated  for many years and deserving of more plaudits. Set served was  a mix of own creations including the ‘Hierophant ‘ and a sprinkling of Genesis tracks with 2nd half devoted mainly to  the full side from Foxtrot  with ‘Suppers Ready ‘- one of my favourites. Backing crew are same team we say few years ago all brilliant in their own right and nice to hear ‘Blood on the Rooftops’ again.

Multi-talented line-up switching effortlessly between instruments

Set 1
• Dance on a Volcano
• Out of the Body
• The Steppes
• Firth of Fifth
• Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
• Blood on the Rooftops
(Genesis song) (Drummer Gary O’Toole on lead vocals)
• Shadow of the Hierophant
(instrumental only)
Set 2:
• …In That Quiet Earth
• Afterglow
• Serpentine Song
• El Niño
• Supper’s Ready
• The Musical Box


Then on to U2 ………… craftsmen still at work. A teeming crowd with huge age range. Not played Experience album enough and it has grown on me big time with ‘Summer of Love’ and ‘Blackout’ foremost.
Great standing position by E stage where Bono and Co were in in close up again! ‘Beautiful Day’ – love the simply closing ending as thick guitar chord fades away
‘Acrobat’ still rocks.

Bono on the E Stage

Set List from the O2 London

  Inside Screen

• The Blackout
• Lights of Home (St. Peter’s String Version)
• I Will Follow
• All Because of You
• Beautiful Day
• Zoo Station
• The Fly
• Inside Screen
• Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

• Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

E” Stage
• Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Gavin Friday Remix)
• Elevation (Influx Remix intro)
• Vertigo (with David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” snippet)
• Even Better Than the Real Thing (Fish Out of Water Remix; no… more )
• Acrobat
• You’re the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic; with “The… more )
• Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only)
• Pride (In the Name of Love)
• Get Out of Your Own Way
• New Year’s Day (reworked version, no final verse)

• City of Blinding Lights(with “Ode to Joy” intro)

• Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)
• One
• Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way (dedicated to Guy Oseary and his wife)
• 13 (There Is a Light)
• This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Finally Thriller was the surprise musical package. Running for several years but revamped it was superb with a mix of main singers, stunning outfits and amazingly athletic choreographed scenes. Very worthy – we all enjoyed the ride.

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Posted by: Fawkes