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Bullet For My Valentine – Live At Wembley Arena – December 12th

Welsh wonders Bullet For My Valentine, as you should know, are one of Britain’s leading metal bands, if not one of the best live bands out there, so when they came to Wembley at the end of their European tour, it was an opportunity not to be missed.

We turned up a bit late, so unfortunately missed half of Atreyu’s set – they’ve been one of my favourite bands for a long time now. We still managed to hear The Crimson and Lip Gloss and Black which were both great, but it sounded as if we missed a lot of their big hits, such as Right Side Of The Bed, which was a shame.

Next up was Bring Me The Horizon. Now I’m sorry if you don’t agree with me here, or if you think I sound like an old fogey, but I really can’t see the appeal of these guys from Sheffield. I had a listen beforehand and it sounded pretty horrific, and the guys I was with aren’t keen on them either, so after a few songs we decided that they weren’t for us and made our escape into the foyer. And I’m glad we did – the racket we heard whilst in the foyer would have made my ears bleed for sure.
Anyway, after BMTH were safely off the stage, we decided to get back to our seats for the band of the night.
The night for me began as the giant Union Jack dropped to the floor, and the band launched into Your Betrayal, one my favourites from their latest album, Fever.

BFMV continued to blast out the hits throughout the night, with riff after riff, and solo after solo. Padge’s solo midway through the set proved to me just how talented these guys are – here’s a band that certainly deserves the great reputation that they’ve gained over the last few years.

Highlights included Your Betrayal, Pleasure and Pain, Hand of Blood and of course Tears Don’t Fall, which had the entire arena screaming back the rousing chorus. Despite being a fairly short set, the band made up for it with all the energy they put into the show, as well as the the technicality of all of their songs, which must be a killer to play night after night!
It was a night to remember, for not only me, but probably the band as well, as they seemed so grateful to all the fans on the night, and it must have been great to end the tour at such a famous and prestigious venue.

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Green Day – Wembley Arena, November 1st, 2009

Well, I finally went to my first ever gig! I jumped at the chance to go and see Green Day last November, as there is no doubt in my mind that they are my favourite band! I’ve been a Green Day fan for almost four years now, and after trawling through endless live videos of them on YouTube, I knew that I was in for a real treat!

The tour was in support of the band’s eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. In my opinion, every album of theirs is fantastic, whether it be the Pop-Punky ‘Smoothed Out Slappy Hours’ or the deeply multi-million selling ‘American Idiot.’

We arrived to be greeted by Prima Donna, the support act for the night. My friend and I were shocked by the sheer volume of their old-school Rock N’ Roll. They were okay as a support band, despite their cheesy onstage antics. These included the introduction of the ‘Sexy Sax’, the ‘Killer Keys’, the ‘Dirty Drums’ and the ‘Golden Guitar’, and numerous windmills from lead singer and guitarist Kevin Tyler Preston, who I later learnt also plays guitar in the Foxboro Hottubs.

I felt a little sorry for them, as despite their energy and enthuiasm, as you would expect when supporting Green Day, they recieved a limited response from the crowd!

However, when Green Day arrived, everything changed. The audience went crazy as the band exploded into 21st Century Breakdown. Billie Joe was screaming that not a single person should be left sitting down by the end of the song! That’s what I love about Green Day; they have the ability to make anybody feel as if they are in the front row, no matter how big the venue. Billie Joe went on to say how much he loved Halloween, and how he thinks we should ‘dress up as freaks every night.’

I spent the evening next to a Spanish guy, who seemed to arrive drunk, and drink about 30 more beers throughout the evening. He then proceeded to smoke, seemingly unaware of the British policies, however it was all in good spirit, so I did my best to put up with him! He ended up screaming his lungs out to every song, straight into his girlfriend’s wincing face, completely oblivious to the fact that his tie was in his beer!

The setlist was fantastic. Green Day were on for about two and a half hours, bringing out old classics, such as Letterbomb, Scattered and Jaded, and crowd favourite King for a Day. Every song was perfect, and involved numerous crowd involvement. This included bringing 10 people on stage to be ‘saved’ during East Jesus Nowhere, and getting one kid on stage to spray the crowd with a Super Soaker, after Billie spotted him on his phone! The set also featured an amazing technical ¬†background, which brought the whole stage to life.

After the main set had finished, Billie Joe returned to the stage for an acoustic encore, for renditions of songs such as Macy’s Day Parade, Good Riddance and Christie Road.

I left Wembley feeling that I had set the standards high for my first ever gig. Who could possibly match Green Day in live performances? I really hope to see them again in the future.

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