Category: Live reviews

PHIL COLLINS, Hyde Park – Evening Standard, 3 July 2017

Walking with a cane, staying in his special chair, taken to hospital after a fall – perhaps Phil Collins’ family spends less time talking about his comeback tour and more about which is the right care home. The 66-year-old has un-retired, 15 years after his last original album, because, as he said here, “The truth is that I missed you.”… Read more →

THE MACCABEES, Alexandra Palace – Evening Standard, 30 June 2017

  Just after Adele suggested to her Wembley Stadium audience that she may never tour again, her old friends The Maccabees have joined her in quitting while they’re ahead. In these days of bands building bridges and burying hatchets for lucrative reunions, it takes courage to split your group not long after your first number one album. The south London… Read more →

KRAFTWERK, Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 22 June 2017

  While many heritage acts can get away with carting out the old favourites without really trying, there are few more carefully curated legacies than Kraftwerk’s. Theirs is a precious catalogue, responsible for the subsequent arrival of everything from the most minimal techno to today’s EDM eruptions and the digitally altered vocals on almost every current pop single. On their… Read more →

GUNS N’ ROSES, London Stadium – Evening Standard, 18 June 2017

  The first sign that Axl Rose is not the indulgent rock diva he was came when Guns N’ Roses appeared bang on time at 7.45pm, when many fans patiently enduring long security queues could have done with his traditional lack of interest in clocks. The brat has mellowed, as we already deduced when he spoke to estranged guitarist Slash… Read more →

REAL ESTATE, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 14 June 2017

As festival season progresses, hopefully lots of people will have an opportunity to doze in a sunny field while the songs of Real Estate drift by overhead. There’s a time and a place for the New Jersey band’s gentle jangle, and I’m not convinced it’s in a dark sweaty Roundhouse at their biggest London show yet. With that deliberately bland… Read more →

ANGEL OLSEN, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 25 May 2017

  Manchester’s concert terror did not reduce attendance at Angel Olsen’s largest London show. A thorough bag search and extra body scan were mild inconveniences and there was no obvious dampening of the mood. It wasn’t quite business as usual, however. “Unfucktheworld” read the suddenly vital T-shirts on the merchandise stand, after one of her songs. The line: “I want… Read more →

JOHN MAYER, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 12 May 2017

  John Mayer brought all of his musical personalities to the O2 on the first of two shows here, the Connecticut guitarist’s only UK appearances on his current tour. Dividing his show into “chapters”, he played hits and new material with a seven-strong band, was solo and acoustic with just a wheeled-on Japanese bridge for company, and tackled the blues… Read more →

PVRIS, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 8 May 2017

  Like Chvrches, PVRIS have found that a strategically placed V can give your band an instantly familiar name that is still all your own when Googling time comes. The Boston digital rock trio are rising fast, with a debut album, White Noise, from 2014 that proved popular enough for them to add more songs to it and put it… Read more →

BLONDIE, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 4 May 2017

  You know you’re successful when your band has lasted long enough for the lyrics to be out of date. Debbie Harry, still the blonde one in Blondie at 71, had to explain the line about a phone booth in her band’s 1978 song Hanging on the Telephone. Thankfully she didn’t change the title of Call Me to “Tweet Me”,… Read more →

VALERIE JUNE, Scala – Evening Standard, 26 April 2017

“I know y’all didn’t pay to hear me talk crazy,” said Valerie June. That didn’t stop her. The onetime busker from Tennessee made herself at home, rambling and giggling, spilling secrets and, here and there, playing some songs.   The 35-year-old has found some success occupying the sweet spot where country brushes past soul, and won over collaborators including Dan… Read more →