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Sunday 09 June 2024.

Sunday 09 June 2024. GARY NUMAN live at The Roundhouse. This is the last of his three shows at this venue, and the last date on his current UK tour. I have seen Gary Numan around 25 times since Hammersmith Odeon in 1980. He would play multi-nights there on his 1980s tours. I last saw him in August 2022 when he performed at The Rebellion Festival , Blackpool. --------------------- Gary's loyal fans have turned out for another tour. Black clothing is the colour of choice for his fans. Chants of ' Numan , Numan ,Numan' ring out . GARY NUMAN arrived on stage at 8.30pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins. The band arrive on stage wearing black and it's all very dark and moody. Tall , bald headed guitarist and bassist are straight out of The Adams Family ,but compliment Gary well. Very nice stage production with lots of lights. Gary still does his arty little dance movements. The overall sound of the band was great. The first three songs were excellent , then it ticked along nicely, and great to hear a few of his old hits. The encore of older hit classics ' Cars' and 'Are Friends Electric?' was fantastic.... great show. Amazing to see DAVE GROHL dancing enthusiastically side of stage for the encore. The Foo Fighters UK stadium tour starts on Thursday 13 June in Manchester. Full GARY NUMAN setlist played tonight... Replicas M.E. Me! I Disconnect From You Films We Have a Technical Do You Need the Service? Engineers Observer Praying to the Aliens Track Conversation It Must Have Been Years You Are in My Vision Airlane Complex Down in the Park The Machman Metal Only a Downstat We Are So Fragile Encore: Cars Are 'Friends' Electric? -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Saturday 08 June 2024. SCORPIONS + EXTREME live at Wembley Arena. A great pairing of Classic Rock bands. This is a must see gig for any rock fan as Scorpions have not played London for several years. German rock legends Scorpions have announced their first UK concert in five years, which was not in London. Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Pawel Maciwoda and Mikkey Dee will perform their only UK concert of 2024. The show is part of the Love at First Sting World Tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Scorpions’ ninth studio album ‘Love at First Sting’, which featured the huge singles ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ and ‘Big City Nights.’ Alongside songs from ‘Love at First Sting’, Scorpions will be performing hits from their distinguished six-decade back catalogue. Scorpions’ very special guests at London OVO Arena Wembley will be their fellow rock icons Extreme, who in Dec 2023 , wrapped up their rapturously received headline UK tour...i saw both Forum London shows. I have seen Scorpions around 15 times since when they headlined Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. I have seen Extreme around a dozen times since 1991 when I saw all five of their Hammersmith Odeon shows when their classic album 'Pornograffiti' and all it's hits kicked off worldwide. ----------- Needless to say I was really looking forward to this. Absence makes the heart grow fonder for Scorpions fans , as tonight is sold out despite £100 tickets down the front. The merch queues were enormous. First of all a mention of legendary live music booking agent ROD MacSWEEN who is agent to both bands tonight and it is his 75th birthday today....he looks much younger....in Dec 2023 when i met Extreme at their Forum aftershow party, i mentioned to the band it was Rods birthday on the day of this gig, and they get the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to him tonight. EXTREME are on at 7.45pm for their 65 mins set. I have a great close view seat in guest list block S6. Extreme play a great set including their mega hits 'More Than Words' and ' Get The Funk Out'. Singer Gary Cherone bends and twists his body all around the stage, as Nuno plays brilliant guitar riffs. Full EXTREME setlist played tonight... It ('s a Monster) Decadence Dance #REBEL Am I Ever Gonna Change We Will Rock You (Queen cover) (Snippet) Play With Me Hole Hearted Midnight Express More Than Words Cupid (Sam Cooke cover) (Snippet) Cupid's Dead What's the Buzz (From Jesus Christ Superstar - Snippet) Happy Birthday to You ( Mildred J. Hill & Patty Hill cover) (for Rod MacSween (ITB)) Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee Get the Funk Out RISE SCORPIONS are on at 9.20pm for their 95 mins set. Scorpions have a stunning stage production. A massive screen at the back showing stunning digital images , and two side screens showing live footage......along with a stage extension. Loads of lights too....it really looked stunning. The band are fully rehearsed to perfection. The band give out drum sticks and guitar picks throughout the show. They played their most well known tracks in the second half of the set , which brought the house down. Mikkey Dee performed a fantastic drum solo with the strobe lights blasting away. As full standing ovation for them at the end , as they took their bows...a fantastic show. Full SCORPIONS setlist played tonight.... Coming Home Gas in the Tank Make It Real The Zoo Coast to Coast I'm Leaving You Crossfire Bad Boys Running Wild Delicate Dance (Electric) Send Me an Angel Wind of Change Tease Me Please Me The Same Thrill New Vision (Drum solo) Blackout Big City Nights Encore: Still Loving You Rock You Like a Hurricane