It was a marathon, but luckily my ticket for Live Earth at Wembley was in the comfy section, as it was for Muse.
The weather was great. The acts came and went without much of a hitch. There were many video clips between acts to keep us informed and entertained. The chicken and chips was better than I expected.
I’m not cynical about Live Earth. I think climate change is a real problem. I think that concerts are a good way to inform kids about it, because I think a lot of them only have vague ideas what it’s about. We were given a lot of practical information about little things we can do to reduce our resource consumption. Whatever your views of the practices and growth needs of developing nations, there’s no excuse for us not to reduce our excessive consumption.
Here’s my quick run-through of the acts I saw.
Genesis – okay. Nice seeing the band, but they were just decent.
Razorlight – I find them tedious. Meh.
Snow Patrol – widescreen rock works well in stadiums for big events. Liked it.
Damien Rice & David Gray – pleasant enough, especially the singalong ‘Que Sera Sera’
Kasabian – I like these guys. Sound was a bit rough and muddy, and the crowd participation went on too long. But good.
Paolo Nutini – he’s weird. I can’t stand to watch him sing, all hunched over like that.
Black Eyed Peas – suck. Crowd liked it, but shit.
John Legend – nice. One song only.
Duran Duran – better than expected. Enjoyed it.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – excellent. How good would these guys be if they had someone other than Anthony as a singer?
Bloc Party – I like them, but I didn’t feel they fit after the RHCP, and they didn’t fill the stadium like I hoped
Corinne Bailey Rae – was getting food
Keane – very catchy, very singalong, good
Metallica – quite good. Crowd enjoyed it more than I thought they would. Dennis Hopper (and his wife and kid, I guess) come in and sit two rows behind us.
Spinal Tap – funny. Some of the crowd’s not sure what to make of it, but I’m a huge Tap fan. Failed stage props during ‘Stonehenge’, and everyone on bass for ‘Big Bottom’. Hah!
James Blunt – was getting beer, thank god
The Beastie Boys – excellent, although some mic problems at the start
The Pussycat Dolls – suck suck suck. But hot to look at.
Foo Fighters – awesome. Best act of the day. They rock
Madonna – awesome. Second best act of the day. And Gogol Bordello make an appearance! Ha!
One of the best performances of the day I saw was actually video from America, where Alicia Keys ripped into the Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ (it was actually a Keith Urban performance with her guesting, but she was great).