Apr 23 2007
Lostprophets Gig Review - Wembley Arena, 22nd April
There has been a lot of anticipation from Lostprophets recently as their latest album, Liberation Transmission has seen criticism, yet very high praise. It was described as being too pop-like for their faithful fans (including me!) but it has won everyones heart over.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the Welshmen perform to easily their largest solo show at Wembley Arena. Whilst waiting on them to come onstage, a massive curtain was erected in front of the stage area leaving the crowd begging to know what was going on.
Then the lights dimmed….
The almost industrial style intro of Heaven for Weather, Hell for the Company kicked in and the crowd went ballistic. The curtain remained up for the duration of the track and the band performed the track with a very impressive light show displaying only the shadows of the guys as they performed. A very classy touch.
Then the curtain drops to kick into The Last Transmission, one of my overall favorites from Liberation Transmission. The good news is that they also played a track from their album due out later this year. A clear display that Lostprophets are going back to their roots if it was anything to go by. If the rest of the new album is like that, trust me, you will be under their spell forever. There was also a good mix of tracks from Start Something and Fake Sound of Progress. As expected (and rightly so!) the night was ended on Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja. A track that I haven’t heard for a while now and has immediately spurned my need to listen to their debut album again.
A specific mention should go to Ian Watkins however. He’s an excellent showman and easily got the crowd excited with an ear bleeding mix of his mixed pitch screamings and general banter with everyone. He even got the entire of Wembley to perform a Mexican Wave! What he didn’t count on was that eventhough he was only attempting to get the seated gig-goers to do it, by the time it got to the end, even the people in the main standing stalls did it in perfect time. In his own words, you don’t expect to see that at a rock concert.
An absolute blinding night, and even better that they haven’t gone all big headed on us by charging an extortionate fee just because they played an arena. That was the best £20 (my parents) spent lol.
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