: United Kingdom
Having watched the band perform since Mk III in 74 through Knebworth and many times since (see reviews of Paris, London & Cardiff) I really had a lot of expectation of the fusion once again of Rock Band and Orchestra celebrating their greatest songs at the O2 in London 2011.
We had great seats but I have to say this gig whilst it had some great moments where the orchestra really works with the band such as Rapture, Perfect Strangers the mix and sound was awful at times and was obviously proving a difficult task for the sound crew. At times Ian was left low in the mix as I think he struggles with some of the classics such as Highway the opener. Unfortunately the band at times look tired and there were quite a few mistakes even from Steve (1st time I can remember) at the end of Contact lost and Don going into Perfect Strangers way early and ending up having to quickly divert.
It was nice to see the impromptu Happy Birthday from the Orchestra for Roger and the violin duel with Steve was superb. However, whilst the band are on record as saying it is difficult at times playing with an orchestra and Ian saying there are always plenty of mistakes, this show has been on the road for best part of a year. The musicianship is always solid and the performances from Ian and Roger were solid but in a huge tent they call an arena not dissimilar to an aircraft hanger I would rather see the boys playing the smaller venues with some new material! Come on we’ve waited for 5 years now and rehashing the greatest hits even with an orchestra is becoming worn out. Please get back in the studio! as I remember how fresh those new songs from rapture sounded in Paris!