FAVOURITE CONCERT TIME: ONE DAD AT A MILEY CYRUS CONCERT WITH THOUSANDS OF SCREAMING GIRLS, AN UNEXPECTED FAN OF CELINE DION, PLUS AN EPIC DAY OUT IN LAS VEGAS
There’s no doubt there’s been a drought of significant recording artists recently. I’ve been thinking about this ever since the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was released last year. Where are our Freddie Mercurys, our Elvis Presleys or the Bowies of this generation? Please tell me it’s not Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus?
That said, we’re here to talk about our favourite concert and while it’s not my favourite, Miley would actually be in my top five. The girl can sing and entertain. There was one thing that I didn’t like about it, though. They had a kiss cam roaming around the audience. Keep in mind most of Miley’s key demographic is impressionable teenage girls. The camera guys operating the kiss cam (which was being broadcast on to the big screen) were panning around to loved-up couples. Which was fine, but then one camera guy kept on pointing at these two teen girls, who quite obviously weren’t in a relationship. They wouldn’t kiss, so they switched to another person and then came back to these two young girls. The pressure on these two young ladies to kiss was disgusting and eventually they did. Apart from that disgraceful abuse of peer pressure, the concert was surprisingly spectacular. My number one concert was a Coldplay show. Lead singer Chris Martin is the best. It had the laser light show and giant yellow glitter-filled balloons fell from the roof. It was like an awesome dream that was too brilliant to be real. If you ever get the chance to see Coldplay, please do.
I want to see Pink, though. If you’ve seen Pink, let me know your experience on my Insta @hidavematthews
This may seem weird coming from a guy who makes his living from the music/entertainment industry, but I don’t like big concerts. Sit me on a blanket at the Peregian Originals listening to local musos with good friends and a sea breeze and I am a happy camper. But a drive to Boondall, a subsequent fight for a car park, crush of sweaty fans, constant bumping and the manoeuvring of people wanting to get one spot closer to the stage, added to the modern phenomenon of every phone in the room being raised to the stage recording footage (that will never be looked at again) makes the whole experience less than awesome for me. The last gig I went to was Robbie Williams at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre because we didn’t have a show on the Sunshine Coast, nor will we in the foreseeable future (sad face). The whole experience was exactly as I described above. If I search the annals of my mind, a few Big Day Outs were memorable. Livid or Splendour concerts certainly had some high points, but if I am being honest, the best gig I ever attended may surprise you.
Celine Dion’s 1996 Falling Into You concert was amazing … We had great seats, emphasis on the word seats, which meant no crowding or pushing. The gig was visually spectacular and vocally, I have never heard a better voice live than the Canadian songstress. She was truly remarkable and provided you with all the feelings you’d expect from a singer with the range and scope of Celine. I now know why friends travel the world to see her.
That said, I never got to see Queen, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. Until I do, Celine it is.
Sixty-one years of the Grammy Awards have just gone by this week and usually they attract a lot of controversy. However, there was less controversy this year and more chat about the amazing singers and their talent. Which is what the awards should be about, HELLO! Miley Cyrus got up and sung Jolene with the incredible Dolly Parton, her godmother. It was the duet that we were all waiting for.
So, it got us three reminiscing about the best concerts we have ever seen. I’ve been lucky enough to see some amazing acts here in Australia. Some would include, Adele, Taylor Swift, One Direction (which I took my Nana to see because she’s a massive fan!). But, the stand-out concert for me was actually in Las Vegas at the 2014 Iheartradio Festival. It’s a festival that goes over two days and brings in some of the biggest acts in the world. On the first night, the show opened with Taylor Swift, followed by Coldplay, then Usher, Alicia Keys, Will.i.am, Steve Aoiki, Chris Brown and Ariana Grande. I know, right? What the heck! Each set went for 20 minutes per act and it was the most sensational thing I’ve ever laid my optical nerves on. The crowd was electric and when you’ve got mega superstars coming out every 20 minutes to perform their best of the best, you can’t really go wrong. Tay Tay wowed the crowds with her bubbly show, Coldplay’s set was very anthemic. Then there was Alicia Keys, the soul sister. Like I said they were all so amazing. They all brought their own goodness and it was certainly a night to remember. If you ever get the chance to go to Las Vegas, I highly suggest you book around September to catch this incredible festival.
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