Tag: O2 Arena

NASHVILLE IN CONCERT, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 23 April 2018

While The Greatest Showman’s soundtrack is spending longer topping the charts than the film spent in the cinema, the stars of the TV series Nashville put on a show that suggested that they too could live on as singers more than actors. “We film 10 months out of the year and then they let us out of our cages,” said… Read more →

KENDRICK LAMAR, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 13 Feb 2018

Whether people are talking about what he’s done (just now, curating the soundtrack for Marvel’s groundbreaking Black Panther movie) or what he hasn’t done (won all the Grammys he deserved last month), Kendrick Lamar is at the centre of the cultural conversation. It’s easy to see why the 30-year-old fascinates. He  has risen from Compton gangland to be widely acknowledged… Read more →

MARIAH CAREY, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 12 Dec 2017

It must be Christmas. Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, an irresistable hit that has made the singer synonymous with the season since 1994, leapt 17 places to number five in the UK charts at the weekend. A fine excuse for the superstar to pop over and sing a festive concert gaudier than the year you let the kids… Read more →

FUTURE, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 24 Oct 2017

Rappers commonly live a life of excess, but it’s usually signified by cars and jewels rather than music. Atlanta’s Future – real name Nayvadius Wilburn – has been profligate with his albums, sending five of them to number one in the US in under two years. That’s a hit rate to rival early Sixties Beatles and Beach Boys, and he… Read more →

FOO FIGHTERS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 20 Sept 2017

What Dave Grohl called “our London record release party” did feel less momentous than his band’s delayed, long awaited Glastonbury headline set this summer, or the Wembley Stadium shows that never were in 2015 – cancelled when the frontman broke his leg. But as parties go, this was a belter. Like all the finest gatherings, it was loud, long and… Read more →

JOHN LEGEND, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 13 Sept 2017

In a crowded field, John Legend has been one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken celebrity critics. The smooth pianist’s date music was an unlikely place to look for political fire, yet it was occasionally present, most obviously on the closing song Glory. The Oscar-winning theme from the 2014 film Selma, it was played to a backdrop of civil rights marches… Read more →

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 →