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My tickets say doors are at 6.45... anyone know stage times?
but it disappeared!
yeah i'll be there. dunno how the gig will play out in this venue...they were very energetic last night and the RAH seems a bit, like, static? dunno i'm sure it'll be real good.
Buke & Gass at 7:30
The National at 8:50
is buke and gass the same band as last night? i didn't really like them.
yup, weren't all that.
guess i'll go in a bit before the national are on
She had a amazing voice but the band had no depth.
it's like karen o's, but i agree with all of your other points completely. just very boring.
never been to the RAH, anyone know any decent pubs around there?
in the rafters. can't wait
She's not my pregnant woman though.
Up from Cardiff. Quite excited. That maybe more to do with being in first class and making the most of the complimentary coffee.
I, too, am on a London-bound train with the commuters and their computers.
Quite excited, yep.
Just bought a ticket in the stalls for £29 quid on ebay. 2 nights of The National! Sweet.
What a fucking gig. I have no words.
First time i have seen them live, fucking amazing!
only got my tickets yesterday from bumtree and was sitting in row 7.
The two guitarist both look like Charlie Pace from Lost though. Reminded me of Driveshaft back in the day.
does he *always* get that wasted, dive into the crowd etc or is he just a bit overexcited at the moment? Fair play to him, but can he keep this up all tour?
Thought sound was way better than the Electric Ballroom gig and was good to hear All the Wine, but no Runaway :-(
the NY times article said he always drinks a bottle of wine before going on stage.
Seeing them tonight so I'll let you know if it was repeated a third night in a row!
Nice to see Matt do a lap of honour at the end
although less so (as they were the support slot I don't suppose he gave himself enough time to get thoroughly ratted).
Drinking on stage too of course. And his mum and sister were there!
Vanderlay Crybaby Geeks (?) was a shocker at the Electric Ballroom and was beautiful last night. Everyone silent not a bunch of cunts chatting the night away.
Minor gripe, if I have a chair I'd rather not have to stand up for the entire set but what can you do?
man i was gonna say the same thing about standing up. i was looking forward to sitting down all day.
also it was good that no one was chatting, but i had this bloody ridiculous girl behind me that kept screaming along to the songs. it was horrendous.
but he forgot the words to baby we'll be fine, unforgivable.
agree with merkatron that the sound was better than at the electric ballroom but the atmosphere wasn't as good.
What was up with the first track they played? Sounded terrible, thankfully improved greatly thereafter. And, why do people have to clap along to songs? One of the most interesting drummers out there, Squalor Victoria, all about him, and every fucker clapping along ruining it, nice one!
fucking bass drum made my eye sockets vibrate.
They seemed to sort it out as the gig went on.
Think its that venue, all you could hear for most of the gig was the bass drum, his voice and then a scratchy squall inbetween
Matt wasn't half encouraging the crowd to do so.
and I love the new album, but I have to admit, I was fairly bored last night. The sound was great where was I was but there was absolutely no atmosphere in there. Anyone got a setlist?
the seats and the setup at RAH dont make it easy for an atmosphere to develop. I think it only really got going during the encore and in particular Mr November (when Matt passed me so i patted him on the bum and on the way back ruffled his hair). Saying that, England followed by Abel and Fake Empire were sweet and at odd moments goosebumps did appear.
About Today has never been one of my favourite tracks but that also sounded awesome last night and was a great way to finish.
Shame the couple next to me were idiots who thought they were at creamfields.
but ultimately was a let down. The sound as ever at the RAH was shoddy, couldn't hear the guitars most of the time so most of it was just the drumming as said above (I was on the arena floor). I too got a bit bored, sad to say. And Slow Show totally didn't work which was a massive fail. Afraid of Everyone stood out of the new ones. Twas my first time so I have nothing to compare to but I doubt I'll make a return visit, certainly on that scale.
Of course this may all be because I saw the Stooges on Sunday and itwill take a long time to stop comparing everything unfavourably to that. Pavement better be good next week...
Maybe it was just where I was stood, but I have rarely been to gig where I could hear every instrument so crisply and clearly.
Granted, it didn't start like that - Mistaken For Strangers was a bit lost and dwarfed by the size of the venue - but the band soon grew into it.
My personal highlights were England and Fake Empire - truly majestic.
Firstly, my girlfriend said that Matt Berninger had a massive cock. Or at a massively visible bulge in his trousers. She told me after he made us stand up and I was no longer able to see at crotch level. The upshot of this may be that he has a normal sized cock whilst I have a weiner.
The RAH has the worst level of security I have ever seen. I could have got hundreds of people in there, admittedly they wouldn't have had a seat but the could have gone for a piss and sat in the bar.
they were very polite and helpful "security"
I do like the National, well I thought I did before Thursday night, but ultimately I was rather bored! Apart from a couple of songs of Boxer, and Bloodbuzz off their new album I thought they were very samey and sounded [unfortunately] like new era Coldplay. I'm sorry but they sounded very middle of the road, and not the musical geniuses they're made out to be...sorry but I was very disappointed.
After seeing them at the Royal Festival Hall I expected to be standing for most of it, which I don't mind. I wish I could've used those seats a bit more though - they could be pivoted towards the stage! Amazing.
so much <3 though.
how was it going to? Most people were sitting down. I didn't here any singing along or mad fans. I think most of them went to the show the night before.
The sound was amazing and so was his missions across the crowd. Love that man...