Music is very important in my life.

Napalm Death Ticket

with support from Shadowthrone and another band I didn't get the name of.

Reminder: get some earplugs

Just having a quick bite to eat then off the the SECC for a night of metal goodness, Darkest Hour, DevilDriver, Bring Me The Horizon and the mighty Machine Head...

Sore necks and bleeding ears are in my future.

update: The next day and some thoughts on the night.

Who the hell decided on this line-up and the running order? Opener Darkest Hour did what was needed, good enough show, lots of energy and good enough tracks, not that familiar with their stuff so can't say more than that, but no complaints.

DevilDriver f**king killed it as usual but only played for about 30 minutes, it felt like a warmup!! WTF, I couldn't believe it when they left the stage I thought they were joking around with a kind of fake encore but no they left for good. So the crowd were all fired up after DD then what happened?

In all my years of concert going (22+ years, yeah I'm an oldie) I have never seen a band die so bad as Bring Me The Horizon did, I felt embarrassed for them. Their music really did not fit in with Machine Head or actually any of the other bands. They managed to kill the atmosphere pretty quick and quite a lot of booing ensued. It was painful to watch.

In the interests of honesty I will say that I don't much care for BMTH, I have seen them before but do not like them BUT was willing to give them a second chance, I have seen many bad/mediocre bands and generally they will have a little bit of interest/spark such as a nice riff or groove, it may only be one little riff in one song, but generally I try to see the positives, and I will respect someone for having the guts to get out there in front of people 'cause sure as hell I wouldn't. The only thing I can say about BMTH was they had an OK light show!!! and even that started to get a bit irritating towards the end.

It goes without saying that Machine Head blew the place apart. The only disappointing thing was that the show was quite obviously undersold, don't know the reasons but could be the economy or proximity to the xmas holidays.

My ears still bleed* today though

*actually a little buzzing after the gig but OK now though :) and looking forward to Napalm Death on Sunday

So it is 10 years since Layne Staley, frontman of Alice In Chains, died from the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Of all the bands I like who have lost a member this is for me the one that I would have to say means the most to me. Not that I am some kind of hopeless romantic about it but AIC where (are) one of my favourite bands. I was kind of pissed when Soundgarden split as well but at least no-one died!!

I have spent some significant amount of time listening to old Alice In Chains today (thanks Grooveshark!!), almost makes up for the Helmet gig getting cancelled yesterday due to a power failure.

If I was a drinking man I would raise a glass to you Mr Staley.

I heard on the radio that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were playing Glasgow, not that I am that bothered by them nowadays but I looked online to see how much tickets were..FFS they have the cheek to charge £47.50 and that is without booking fees, credit card fees, postage fees so in all probably about £55 a ticket.

Now the last time I saw the RHCPs, in 2003, I paid £35 and that was with the Foo Fighters supporting at the same venue, the SECC.

In my opinion the Chilis are past their best and probably have more money than they know what to do with, but I hear you say "touring is expensive and stage shows.. blah blah blah", now fair enough touring is costly but also very lucrative for the band and the last time I saw them there was no stage show it was just them playing on stage with a backdrop, not the most expansive of sets!

To contrast that with the last 2 sell out shows I went to at the same venue, Green Day (£35) and Slipknot (£29.50), Green Day are arguably one of the biggest acts of the current time so £35 is probably a very fair price (I paid it so it must be!!) and they played for a full 2 hours and Slipknot are one of the biggest acts of their genre (not that mainstream but still sell out multi-thousand venues consistently. The big thing with Slipknot is that they have 9 band members so their take on a tour is split 9 ways, after paying the costs and the support etc, compared to 4 ways for the Chilis. Plus the Slipknot show is Fucking Awesome, loads of stuff going on, pyrotechnics all the way through, hydraulic drum risers, great stage set etc so all in a much more expensive show to put on and yet they can do it on 2/3 of the chilis price.

So in a time where everybody is getting thoroughly shafted by the economic situation I think I can safely say No Thanks Mr Kiedis et al you are just not worth it anymore (although you clearly think you are).