Country to Country - O2 London - 8th March
I went to see the wonderful Lady Antebellum yesterday but I got quite a surprise.
The "support bands" got full stage shows with lights, projects and pyro technics and great sound and they were far more rock than country. So we basically got 3 headline acts that sell millions and play to areanas in the States
First off Brantley Gilbert. A self professed bad boy - all tattoos, guns and motorcycles
Jeez did his band rock ! It was like a heavy rock gig. Guitars blazing. He even threw in some Guns n Roses and Metallica! I think some of the audience was shocked by how heavy it was.
Then a brief interlude as The Shires did a short acoustic set on a satellite stage in the main arena. Probably the day of their lives as as they played they found out that their debut album has entered the UK album chart at number 10. No British country act has ever been that successful. A great duo from my home county of Bedfordshire. Really good songs beautifully sung.
Next. Back to the flames and explosions and rock with Jason Aldean who had a superb band that would be equal to any major rock band. Surprisingly impressive. The only thing country is the lyrics which have a lot to do with pick up trucks, drinking beer, small town parties and women in blue jeans !
Lady Antebellum had two tough acts to follow however they managed it with ease. Their singing is just pure perfection backed by a fantastic band. They had 20,000 people in the palm of their hands.
I love them as much as I love Queen, Genesis and Rush ! Thats how good they are. They should be as popular as Fleetwood Mac.
Country 2 Country was a weekend long festival with various pop up stages, films, interviews, presentations and market stalls running all weekend as well as the big gigs in teh main arena,
More enjoyable than I expected.