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The night Roger rocked the Royal Albert Hall.

April 23, 2012

What a night. I have seen many bands in my life but never have I been so blown away by one performance. Maybe it was the childhood dream being fulfilled, or the emotional cause behind the concert, but it’s safe to say I felt it. For me, ‘it’ is that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something is so good that you couldn’t care less if the rest of your day turned out to be awful, that one moment would make it all worth it. Roger Daltrey put on a performance so strong that it was hard to ignore every perfectly delivered note, the intricacy of the lyrics and when he spoke about the Teenage Cancer Trust and the reason behind all the effort, you could have heard a pin drop.

He kicked off the night with a couple of Irish folk songs, something which I wouldn’t have associated him with however it really worked. Then Paul Freeman played a small 15 minute set. I can’t say I particularly liked what he did, his music did in with the rest of the evening.

I’ve seen the Stereophonics in concert before, but never Kelly Jones as a solo artist. His voice is just beyond beautiful. The husky, strained, rock voice that comes out of his mouth is mature beyond his years and to see him play an acoustic set was a real honour. His set was as follows:

1. Maybe Tomorrow

2. You’re My Star

3. Dakota

4. I Put A Spell On You (Screaming Joe Hawkins cover)

At this point, my Dad and I (who I took with me) were blown away by what happened next. Paul Weller joined Kelly on stage which we predicted would probably happen, but then Kelly introduced another friend of his… RONNIE WOOD from the Rolling Stones. I was completely stunned. I never thought in a million years that I would ever see a Rolling Stone live in concert. And now, I can say I have.

The three of them then played The Faces song Ooh La La which I’d never heard before but has since become a new favourite of mine.

At this point, Paul Weller came out to do his set. I’d never really heard much of his music before but to anyone else that hasn’t heard his music before, I strongly recommend that you give it a listen.

Steve Winwood made an appearance and sang a song which I had completely forgotten was by him! He did a superb version of Higher Love and both me and my Dad were pleasantly surprised by how his voice has lasted over all these years.

Then it was time. As the arguably the most memorable concert of my life, I purposely didn’t set my expectations of Roger Daltrey’s set too high so that I wouldn’t be disappointed if he didn’t play some of my favourite Who songs. How wrong I was to be proved.

He kicked of with a blinding performance of ‘Who Are You’ in which the crowd interaction was fantastic, with everyone singing ‘who who, who who!’ back at him. The atmosphere was electric as it was clear that this was going to turn out the be a cracking set. ‘The Kids Are Alright’ followed before Roger brought out yet another guest, Scottish songstress Amy McDonald.

Although, I have to admit, Dad and I were thinking of our dream line up of live guests before we went into the concert (interestingly enough, a Rolling Stone was one of them) and we both decided that Annie Lennox would be one of them. So when Roger did the whole introduction and said “And now for a very good friend of mine, she’s a Scottish singer, please welcome.. A…..”, we were on the edge of our seats. Determined not to let him be too disappointed, I assured Dad that Amy McDonald had a beautiful voice and can happily say that he is now a converted fan. In particular after she did an incredible acoustic version of ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen (which can be found below.)

Roger Daltrey then followed with some of the best Who songs (in my opinion) and what with the songs combined with the amazing atmosphere and brilliant lighting arrangement, the whole thing was completely magical.

Pinball Wizard

I Can See For Miles

He certainly hadn’t lost his microphone swinging skills either! Although it was noticeable that his voice had slightly deteriorated with age, the performance he gave, both in interaction and strength totally made up for it and the crowd hardly noticed the occasional bum-note.

He then finished The Who part of his set with by far my two favourite songs, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and ‘Baba O’Reilly’ – where Ronnie Wood and Kelly Jones came back on stage to help out – which was an absolute dream to witness.

Roger finished on 3 songs which I hadn’t heard before – although they were enjoyable, I was on such a high that he could have been singing anything and I wouldn’t have noticed!

Overall, the whole experience of seeing  a musical hero of mine was moving and just ecstatic. Although it was a bit of a rough journey all the way from Stoke-on-Trent to London and then back again within 24 hours, in comparison to the time I had, well… there is no comparison to be made really, so I will just end how I began. What. A night.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2012 10:55 PM

    “For me, ‘it’ is that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something is so good that you couldn’t care less if the rest of your day turned out to be awful”

    I know exactly what you mean!

  2. Carol Chesher permalink
    April 23, 2012 11:17 PM

    Very very jealous you lucky lucky girl! It looks as though all the performers had as much fun as the audience did! There is no doubt that Roger can still rock and twirl a microphone with the best of them and that Ronnie only looks right whilst playing a guitar. Certainly a night to remember and so great seeing artists whose success was predominately thanks to teenagers giving something back to the teenagers of today ( probably the children and dare I say the grandchildren of their original fans! ) So glad you had the chance to be there and next time can you take me? X

  3. Dick Chesher permalink
    April 24, 2012 12:19 AM

    Can second everything about the event being the lucky winner of the spare ticket. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect but that was half the fun as the guests kept coming and changed as often as the musical styles. Really liked the way the sets included both little known songs as well as the predictable classics, not to mention a great Springsteen cover. Highlight was when he introduced Kelly Jones, Paul Weller, and Ronnie Wood in one breath, and the low point (albeit short lived) was the “almost Annie” moment.

    A memorable night …… And not only for the highly entertaining time spent spotting the extremely faded Who tour tee shirts. Did they shrink in the wash or………..

    Thanks for taking me along

  4. SusieB permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:07 AM

    What a night you had – i’m envious! It’s great when you get to hear covers of songs that you would not expect people to perform. Glad you have discovered the Faces – check out some more. x

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