2016 was a pretty good year for live music and saw me see such a collection of bands across shows’ and festivals’ but it did see me be more selective over what I did see. December saw me at three live shows within about 6 days and it was a great way to see out the year.
On Tuesday 6th December I managed to get last minute tickets to see Red Hot Chili Peppers who are certainly one of my favourite bands and I managed to take along someone special who hadn’t been to a live show for about four years! While the show itself was amazing, the band were so good and the lighting and staging was incredible I was disappointed with the setlist. They played a show the night before and having looked at the setlist before going in I got super excited but sadly the days were totally different and they omitted a lot of the bigger tracks in favour of quirkier and newer ones which meant No ‘Californication’, No ‘Under The Bridge‘, No ‘Dani California’ and No ‘Can’t Stop’.
On Thursday 8th December I headed back to the O2 Arena to see another of my favourite bands, Biffy Clyro. This is a band who have headlined so many festivals over the years’ and know exactly how to create an experience as opposed to just a show. Everything was perfect from the staging to the setlist and I never ever get sick of seeing the band. The newer material sounded great and the singalongs to tracks like ‘Machines’ and ‘Many of Horror’ were incredible within the area.
My week ended with a special nostalgic show on Saturday 10th December courtesy of Bullet for my Valentine. The band played their debut album ‘The Poison’ in full and I have to admit it was pretty special. ‘4 Words to Choke Upon’ and ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ are still two of my all-time favourite tracks of theirs and to hear some of the lesser known tracks was amazing. I love it when bands do album shows and more unusual things because it makes the show’s really unique.