Royal Albert Hall
added: 23 Oct 2013
// gig date: 18 Oct 2013
reviewer: Kate Owens
As a personal fan of the Charlatans for over 15 years, it didn't take much self persuasion to want to get involved in reviewing this gig.
The destination the Royal Albert Hall...
We arrive at the beautiful and prestigious RAH to find a relaxed and calm atmosphere inside the building, revellers have started to congregate at the box office area, you get the feel of exhaustion and excitement from those involved in producing the event, but this doesn't come from any outside entities this comes from family and friends who have all been personally involved in finalising the line up and from what I can gather all is going extremely well and timed exactly to the moment.
Speaking of line ups I am under no illusion as to why the artists performing are involved. The Charlie's have coexisted as a band for over 20 years and have a reputation for being some of the nicest fellows around.
We take our seats up in the circle of the auditorium the view from above is a 360 on the eyes...
So for the purposes of this review I am homing in on the highlights, Tim and friends with their rendition of 'Love will Tear Us Apart' followed by a short acoustic set from James Dean Bradfield playing the Manic's classic 'Motorcycle Emptiness', 'Design For Life' and 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next'.
James singer was clear that he wasn't going to get sentimental and deep, but he expressed, as all the other musicians did, that Jon was simply one of the nicest guys you could ever meet or work with. This was a pattern that continued throughout the evening and to top this off the in between set beats were dropped by the Chemical Brothers, again proving they were all here to promote a cause and stick together like a band of brothers for someone who meant so much.
Next came a special treat from one of the greatest rock stars of our time... of course Mr Liam Gallagher needs no introduction, he takes the mic with bonehead beside him creating an almost Oasis feel singing in a perfect pitch 'Live Forever' and a rare performance of 'Columbia'. The night just kept getting better... I was hanging off the edge of my seat with my partner in crime smiling like teenager's that we once were..
Finally The Charlatans come together for the last remaining set playing homage love and respect to not only Jon who lost his battle to a brain tumour but Rob Collins who lost his life in a car accident many years before.
The Charlie's are a band with tragic twists and turns like any other rock band, but I feel it is safe to say they are not just a band, they stand apart from the establishment, proving musicians have the power to reach out.
'Forever', 'North Country Boy', 'Beautiful Friend'... then another special performance with Liam G and Bonehead of 'My Sweet Lord'.
As line ups and song go this was one not to be missed, a short melody of personal favourite's for the band, their friends family and fans... whatever your reason for being there, for those 3 hours we were all in utter amazement and awe of what we experienced.
With the last song 'sproston Green' echoing through the hall, all of us were as one!
Love it how you live it!!! RIP Jon Brookes...
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