Tag: Hammersmith Apollo

CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS, Hammersmith Apollo – Evening Standard, 21 Nov 2018

The introductory music swelled, the stage lights rose and revealed… six people having an argument. Heloise Letissier, or Christine, now known by the mononym Chris, soon arrived to sort them out through the power of dance, West Side Story style. So began a thrilling evening powered by restless movement, Gallic electrofunk and a visual surprise at every turn. The 30-year-old… Read more →

DAVID BYRNE, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 20 June 2018

On a bare stage, David Byrne sat at a table, holding a brain. A silver beaded curtain, floor to ceiling, hung across three sides of an empty space traditionally filled with amplifiers, microphone stands, instuments, the general rowdy clutter of a concert. Byrne, who at 66 could easily be coasting on a rich back catalogue of solo and Talking Heads… Read more →

MIRANDA LAMBERT, Apollo – Evening Standard, 24 Aug 2017

It has taken a long time for country star Miranda Lambert to leave her own country. This was only the 33-year-old Texan’s first solo show in London and her second appearance here, having made her debut at last year’s Country to Country music festival. Back home, meanwhile, she’s been named Female Vocalist of the Year for the last eight years… Read more →

THE SHINS, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 30 March 2017

  It’s questionable whether The Shins can still be called a cult band after selling out Hammersmith’s Apollo. “This is like where Iron Maiden would play,” said frontman James Mercer. With a fifth album newly released, they are hardly household names, but are ever more widely known as an excellent source of sweet, skewed, indie pop songs. It’s also debatable… Read more →

ELBOW, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 6 March 2017

For a band famed for their longevity and the strength of their union, fortysomething schoolfriends Elbow have been weathering an awful lot of change. Since their last album, the Bury band have said goodbye to drummer Richard Jupp after 25 years, while singer Guy Garvey has acquired a wife, a solo album, and the second this tour is over, his… Read more →

PAUL WELLER, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 7 Dec 2015

I’m Where I Should Be, a less energetic example of Paul Weller’s recent purple patch, could have been an underwhelming opening to his latest run of concerts, but its message was spot on. At 57, an age when he could easily be coasting or semi-retired, this father of seven is working harder than ever. A set dominated by new songs… Read more →

MARILYN MANSON, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 20 Nov 2015

Marilyn Manson is no longer public enemy number one, a stark reminder of which was a Parisian tribute of red, white and blue lights before he arrived onstage. The shock rocker cancelled his gig in Paris earlier this week but was in combative form in London. Manson has been prowling through the music world for a long time now. His… Read more →

JACK WHITE, Hammersmith Apollo – Evening Standard, 4 July 2014

Jack White has been keeping busy since his appearance high on the bill at Glastonbury last weekend, with gigs in Paris and Amsterdam as well as three in London — this conventional one, a small show for Radio 1 listeners and a bizarre theatrical event late on Wednesday, at which attendees were dressed in medical gowns and led to the… Read more →

ZZ TOP, Hammersmith Apollo – Evening Standard, 25 June 2013

Amid the comings and goings, glories and disappointments of rock’s current reformation culture, it’s reassuring to note that some things never change. “We’ve been together 45 years,” said ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons from beneath the most familiar face furniture in music. “Same three guys, same three chords.” It’s a snappy quote but one that does the Texan band a disservice.… Read more →

KANYE WEST, Hammersmith Apollo – Evening Standard, 25 Feb 2013

Playing short-notice gigs in London and Paris as he tours the Fashion Weeks, Kanye West’s personal catwalk was wider and sloped at a precarious angle. His look? Angelic white straitjacket, straps flapping, with occasional feather and diamond facemask accessories. On his second of three nights in London he wasn’t quite so unhinged, expunging the previous show’s rant against Justin Timberlake… Read more →