London part two – THE CONCERT

So yes. The next day we got up, what is in my book, kinda early to get down and have some of the delicious hotelbreakfast. I love hotelbreakfast. It’s always so many options.

So we got down, and got seated and they offered us hot beverage… and then we hit the buffet like hungry pagans, hohoho! Actually, I didn’t have much… because… I always have problem eating abroad, because they don’t have the same as they have in Sweden, so you never know what it tastes like. At least the scrambled eggs and bacon tasted the same! And the other that I had too, of course, haha.

Since today was the concertday we figured we were gonna stay at the hotel or nearby the entire day, so we wouldn’t risk missing the concert, it would, you see, be just our luck to miss the whole shit if we left. We had planned to take a day in the spa, but since I didn’t bring any bathing clothes, we had to look for some. The hotelmanagers recommended us to try JD Sports (Jack Daniels sports?!) so we walked there. As we did so, we also passed the mighty Wembley Arena, hoho! That was rather epic. We walked for what felt like hours (and she said it was around the corner!) but we found it, and inside… we found no bathing clothes, so I end up buying male underwear instead, works just as good. And since we had a Lidl next to us, to went inside to pick up some candy and such, for, sort of, dinner, eveningfood, whatever!

Then we got back, and we got into the spa… and must have been the suckiest spa ever. We were hitting the jacuzzi, right, so we thought it was really a hottub, but it turns out it wasn’t! It was like, a small offspring to the bigger pool, and it wasn’t even hot! I think we stayed there for 15 minutes or something before we decided to go back to our hotelroom to make our own spa in the bathtub, and when doing so we could also listen to Sister and have some drinks. We also took the oppurtunity to see what happens if you pour a lotta Jack Daniels into the bath too. It actually… was pretty good I must say!

After this we started to make up ourselves and get ready for the show. Sofia was doing this all Nikki Sixx kind of epic outfit and I wore a lepard printed dress with simple tights. By the time we hit the arena it was dark outside, the lights had been lit on Wembley Arena and the queues were enourmous. It wasn’t a huge problem – for the first we are well used to queue, and for the second we had seats anyway so there was no need to be there earlier. And if we would have had standing we would probably have been there earlier… haha. But when we stood there queueing.. and talking lots of random things having fun about no one understanding us, the guard passed by and asked us if we were standing or seated, since apparently there are two entrances with the same name, and as we were seated, we could use another entrance and go into the arena immidiatley!

So we, of course did. On the way down random fans were highfiving us, and it may be the first time in real long that I haven’t had my bag searched for dangerous items. So we were inside. What is the first thing you do. For many, to hit the beers. But for us, hit the merchandise. One Steel Panther (Balls Out Tour) and one Def Leppard (Discoball Tour) shirts were the first one I got. I had told myself I wouldn’t have a Mötley one, since I already have so many and a pretty tight economy for this specific trip.

After getting our merch we got into some kind of queue again to get to enter the arena with the seats… and.. THIS IS SO DISTRUBING. As we stood there, we read the sign that was above us.

Do you see it? DO YOU SEE HOW THEY SPELLED MÖTLEY CRÜE?!?!?! That is… not okay. F.U. Either way, they did eventually let us in, and we got outselves a drink before getting inside, and to our great surprise, realize, we were sitting in front row on our section! That is so awesome, so we didn’t have to worry about getting tall people infront of us. We could have gotten maybe a few seats better, but apart from that, it was as good as possible!

And this… I love London, or maybe it’s Steel Panther I love. RIGHT ON THE MINUTE, they start. They opened with “SuperSonicSexMachine” and continued on with “Tomorrow Night”.  Last time I saw these guys were at Sweden Rock 2010, and I must say I kinda missed them. Their music, their cheeky speeches, THEM in a whole! And also. They must be like, the perfect glammetal band out there, seriously. They are using every sort of cliche, which makes it perfect. They are perfection. And I must say, I was impressed by how well the audience seemed to know them, I got chills in “Community Property” when you could hear the audience so well.. Ohh. And the epicness in “Gold Digging Whore”… Uh. That one is just awesome live.
Set: Supersonicsexmachine / Tomorrow Night / Asian Hooker / Just Like Tiger Woods / Gold Digging Whore / Community Property / 17 Girls In A Row / Death To all But Metal

Then it was time for a pause. We just you know… talked. I mean, what else can you do? I tweeted a bit, and then I watched the clock and we were like “Ohh they will begin in a few minutes!” and just… talking. We asked ourselves also if they couldn’t begin soon when the whole arena just….

Exploded. BANG! And Mötley were already on stage. No one had noticed, the light hadn’t even been turned out!!! And with what must be the most epic opening ever, Mötley entered the stage to “Wildside” (kinda expected but who gives a damn).  Followed up with “Saints Of Los Angeles”… “Live Wire…” You know. This stage… must have been something of the most epic that I’ve seen since the Carnival Of Sins DVD. The stage they have had on festivals and the gig back in ’07 were fine, but this was just massive. It was… so Mötley somehow. It was like it was taking right out of “The Dirt”, and you could almost feel the exhaustion you know? And the fact they still play “Same Ol’ Situation” always warms my heart, one of my big faves and pretty special since it’s the first Mötley song I ever heard.

“Primal Scream”, “Home Sweet Home” and “Looks That Kills” were the songs fired off before we were about to witness the coolest stuff we have… ever seen. The Drum Rollercoaster. Tommy were supposed to bring it in’07, but for some reason couldn’t, and after that I never heard anything about it. Until now. IT WAS THERE. So he played his solo and after a while he started spinning in that thing. I mean, COME ON. How is it possible, this is… I have no words for the epicness!

And even less when he stopped the wheel, and said he had an extra seat for a fan. So he pulled someone out of the audience, who got to take a spin. LUCKY FUCKING BASTARD.  The band joined in and they played “Dr. Feelgood”.

The concert ran pretty smoothly after this before they ended the show with “Kickstart My Heart”.  They always kinda wrap up a bit weird, but the epicness fixed that for this time. Thanks Mötley Crüe, for proving to me that you are one of the best out there, and that I shall remain a slave for you!
Set: Wildside / Saints Of Los Angeles / Live Wire / Shout At The Devil / Same Ol’ Situation / Primal Scream / Home Sweet Home / Looks That Kills / Dr. Feelgood / Motherfucker Of The Year / Girls, Girls, Girls / Smokin’ In The Boys Room / Kickstart My Heart

Sadly, I don’t have any pictures good enough to throw up from Mötley, so I guess you will have to do without. And right on time, after a while of pause, Def Leppard finally began! When I saw them at Sweden Rock back in the days, I wasn’t that much into them, so I was looking well forward to see them, after being a bit more into them! However, I didn’t take any notes on the setlist, so I can’t tell you what songs and in what order… but my god!

What a light show! It is probbably one of the most spectacular I have ever seen, and always when I listened to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” for myself in my ipod, I always had this little vision about how it would look like during “Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light GO!”… and.. it looked better. Than I could ever have imagined. This was… my god. I was kinda speechless.

And when they later wrapped up the whole shit with “Lets Get Rocked”.. I mean, I’m more into Leppard than I was on SRF ’08, but I wouldn’t say I’m hardcore, so for all I know, “Lets Get Rocked” may be a pretty big one in the “Leppard-world”, but since I always have bad luck on favourite songs, I was never expecting it. But there it was! Made my evening.

Neither do I have any particulary good pictures of Def Leppard to show, so yes, deal with it.

After this, and after consulting with my mother, I actually got another Mötley Crüe shirt. They had this pink shirt with epic print. Couldn’t go without. And in the line for the bathroom, a guy with a Swedish flag passed us and complimented Sofias outfit, and since we figured he was swedish, she said thanks to him in Swedish. OH MY GOD, his face haha! He stood for what, five minutes just figuring out what to answer to that. I know the feeling, haha. Happened to me in Finland a couple of times. That was one of the biggest epicness of the evening.

Afterwards, we left the Arena, not without difficulty and back to the hotel, headed for Malins room to hang out with them for a while and talk about the concert, and then pass out in our beds… Afte the most epic night in our lives.


// Sara

One Response to “London part two – THE CONCERT”

  1. Cool. I have Sseen Mötley 4 times now, the best show was at Sweden Rock Festival 2005! The show was like the “Carnival Of Sins DVD”, but with a better crowd.

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