An interesting few days have just passed.
Wednesday evening was spent at the very strange ‘Wenmley Arena Pavilion’ in West London where Queen (with Paul Rodgers helping out in place of the late Freddie Mercury) were playing a rather good one-night gig.
Great show, great music (I would not call myself a Queen fan, but I really liked what I heard) and some surprise and dismay with the venue.
Wembley Arena proper is undergoing a much needed and long-overdue refit as part of the overall redevelopment of the Wembley site (for those reading who are not familiar with the Wembley site, it includes Wembley Stadium which is being rebuilt and is due for completion in May 2006 in time for the FA Cup Final, Wembley Arena and Wembley Conference and Exhibition Centre), and in order to keep some revenue coming into the site while both the Arena and the Stadium are out of action, they have erected a 12,000 seat tent in what was the Arena car park.
Being a tent, the acoustics are terrible, and the seats are not the most comfortable (and I felt so sorry for anyone sat on the floor level seats who I’m sure saw bugger-all all evening. We had seats right at the back, so we were miles from the stage, but at least we had proper tiered seats so could see over the row in front of us. However there is more legroom that there was in the Arena proper, and all the other facilities (bars, food outlets, toilets, merchandising outlets etc) are far better that we previously enjoyed in the Arena proper. Have a look over at http://www.brianmay.com for the views of Queen ‘s Brian May, who was absolutely disgusted by the venue – so much so that his first words after saying hello to the crowd was to apologise for the ‘god-forsaken shithole of a building’ they were playing in. Respect is due to Brian for actually caring about the fans.
And finally, as I write this, the first leg of the West Ham/Ipswitch play-off semi final is taking place. As a QPR fan, I am of course backing Ipswitch. However, they are getting their arses kicked in this leg, so it will take a miracle if they are to prevent West Hame from making it to the final. Here’s hoping for that miracle!