FRIDAY NIGHT IN CONCERT
May’s Line Up
📆 5th May 19:00 - 21:00 [GMT]
Recorded on the 9th of September 2021, Glasgow Green, Scotland. ©️BBC Scotland / Multiplatform Productions
We couldn’t be prouder to kick-off the Friday Night in Concert gig sessions this month with Glasgow’s favourite sons, the electrifying Biffy Clyro.
Finally managing to kick off the Fingers Crossed tour properly at the third time of asking (and in the third venue booked) they took over the TRNSMT site at Glasgow Green, and proceeded to show 40,000 fans exactly what they’d been missing over the last couple of years, due to the covid pandemic.
By the time Machines rolls around to close the show, the sense of love and community across Glasgow Green is palpable. There might’ve been signs everywhere recommending social distancing, but after two years of being unable to jump around with friends old and new in a field on a rainy evening, there was little chance of them being read, less so adhered to. There are hugs, there are tears, but mainly there is joy. A celebration, in the very truest sense of the word.
📆 12th May 19:00 - 21:00 [GMT]
'From the Archives' - July 29th, 1973
Listed at #4 in our 'Iconic Rock Concerts' list is Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour, which wound up at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. shattering attendance records, many previously held by the Beatles, and grossing some $4,000,000. The latter figure for the 33 dates is unofficial as the British quartet began withholding info after breaking Beatles marks to launch the tour in Atlanta and Tampa. The Garden concert was the third consecutive sell-out at the arena.
📆 19th May 19:00 - 21:00 [GMT]
Recorded on 13th September 2022, Moody Center, Austin Texas, U.S.A.
Any band with a long history of theatrical shows reaches a time when it faces a choice to either strip everything down and get back to the music or to somehow push the boat out even further. Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast tour takes the latter course: it’s their most visually extravagant show ever. Their mascot, Eddie, appears first as a 12-foot trooper, sword-fighting with singer Bruce Dickinson, and then as a stage-dwarfing demon. There are pyrotechnics, a giant noose and a vast model of Icarus. Most eye-popping of all is the 90% life-size model of a second world war Spitfire, which “flies” over the stage and almost takes out drummer Nicko McBrain with its tailfin. As 10,000 people chant “Freedom! Freedom!” it seems Legacy of the Beast is a sort of conceptual state-of-the-world address, principally anti-war and anti-fascist, delivered via a heavy metal opera, divided into four sections: war, religion, hell, damnation – all the cheery stuff. The threat of dark forces isn’t the most original notion in a genre where demons and devils come along like buses, but makes for a powerful, brilliantly staged, two-hour rock show in which each song is a banger, from opener to the time they get to The Number of the Beast – for which the band play inside a mocked-up Hades – the house is beyond erupting all the way to the encore.
📆 26th May 19:00 - 21:00 [GMT]
‘From the Archives’ - Recorded on 2nd, 4th and 6th December 2009, at the Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires, Argentina ©️AC/DC all copyrights reserved
For most diehard AC/DC fans anything over six months would be far too long between live performances from the Australian greats. Magnify that tenfold for the average Argentinian fan and then consider the 13-year wait for the always-supportive South American punters and what happens is a riotous response from the 200,000 in a attendance across three sold out shows on the Black Ice World Tour at River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The concert itself is one of great songs tightly performed by true rock 'n' roll showman. Included is the ADHD-on-wheels Angus Young who covers every inch of stage and runway, a lean-'n'-mean rabble rouser in Brian Johnson, and a fabulous stage show that features pyrotechnics, big-screen animation, a giant inflatable Rosie (for "Whole Lotta Rosie"), the deafening "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)" cannon shots, Johnson swinging from a gigantic bell ("Hells Bells"), and Angus Young rising from the depths (below the stage) to perform "Highway to Hell".
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