Tag: O2 Arena

BLINK-182, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 20 July 2017

Known for their jolly pop-punk and fart gags, behind the scenes Blink-182 have been having less fun. Putting aside drummer Travis Barker’s near-death experience in a 2008 plane crash, co-frontmen Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge’s entertaining onstage bickering took a turn for the worse when DeLonge quit the band for a second time in 2015, wishing to spend more time… 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 →

THE WEEKND, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 8 March 2017

Pity the fans who thought they were in the front row for The Weeknd’s first night at the O2. The Canadian singer born Abel Tesfaye, the reigning king of “sex pop” as a recent magazine profile put it, emerged halfway up a suitably phallic ramp thrust far into the arena and left the most dedicated gazing at his distant back.… Read more →

GREEN DAY, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 9 Feb 2017

It was reassuring to find that Green Day are the same as ever on stage given everything else that has been going on with the California punk veterans. In the years since their last album (albums, actually – an indulgent three released almost simultaneously in 2012) there have been cancer battles, the trio have been inducted into the Rock and… Read more →

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 6 Dec 2016

Even in their mid-fifties, it’s hard to accept the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a mature band. When you make your name as shirtless funk rock goofballs, the image is tough to shake. “We’ve been coming here for 35 years,” bassist Flea reminded the crowd at the California band’s first London appearance since 2011. In some ways, not much has… Read more →

PETE TONG PRESENTS IBIZA CLASSICS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 2 Dec 2016

With Clean Bandit taking cello to the top of the charts and two separate orchestral house albums coming out in the past few weeks, dance and classical music are having an unlikely bromance. DJ Pete Tong’s project, debuted at a Prom last year and now seen on a larger scale than the Hacienda Classical event that comes to the Albert… Read more →

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 21 April 2016

Playing songs that are almost all around four decades old, 2016 is somehow ELO’s year. Mastermind Jeff Lynne’s current incarnation of the Electric Light Orchestra will follow Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton to play the Sunday afternoon “legends” slot at Glastonbury. Four nights at the O2 this week is some transformation after years in which the only person who seemed… Read more →

ADELE, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 16 March 2016

A tiny proportion of Adele’s nation of fans gathered at the O2 for the first of eight London concerts, on what is somehow the biggest singer in the world’s first ever arena tour. The only times she has appeared here before, she’s been picking up BRIT Awards. If nerves had been an issue previously, they were invisible here. A giant… Read more →

THE CORRS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 25 Jan 2016

Unlike most bands, The Corrs didn’t endure an acrimonious breakup before their reunion for their first album in over a decade. As siblings, splitting was never really an option. In fact they took time off to make more Corrs, securing their legacy with eight children between them. Their soft pop with trad Irish bolt-ons sold at a clip in the… Read more →

DURAN DURAN, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 9 Dec 2015

For what Simon Le Bon described as an “ancient” band, Duran Duran’s reach stretches far in 2015. Their special guests this evening were Mr Hudson, a sometime Kanye West collaborator and a key contributor to their new album, and actress Lindsay Lohan, who offered a brief spoken word interlude during Danceophobia and left in a shimmer of blue sequins. Others… Read more →