Sound: Lostprophets played a sold out show at the Carling Brixton Academy on friday and played a stellar performance. Their instruments were all played perfectly, two guitars, bass, keyboard and drumming (it was also Ilan Rubins birthday, the drummer). The basic fact is that this band plays amazing live. In fact in some cases (everybody screaming) the song sounded better live than on the actual CD. Ian Watkins was a great frontman, the choreography was good and their performance was enough to make you believe they used no editing at all on the album. // 10
Perfomance: The audience loved it, in fact, the performance by men women and children really only served to enhance the performance by Lostprophets. They started off their set with Everyday Combat, track 1 on their latest album, Liberation Transmission. The lighting was very effective, keeping dark during the build up at the start of the song, and flashing bright as Ian screamed "Yeah!" which was also the cue to release a stream of banners on the stage all with "Lostprophets" written across them. With everyone who knew the words singing along, they bought it back to start something with their next song, playing To Hell We Ride, a song made famous by being on the need for speed underground soundtrack. Whilst I'm not sure of the exact order, other songs that played included some new songs such as Everybody Screaming, which managed to get everyone singing and screaming and sounded much better than it did on the actual album. Other songs included Last Train Home, Burn Burn and Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja. These three are perhaps their most popular songs they've made being the ones that truly made them famous. They managed to create an amazing atmosphere and delivered song after song perfectly and gave the impression that they could have gone on all night.
They also played Rooftops, their new single, which was another memorable song, getting everyone to cheer along despite being seriously dehydrated and tired. They also played A Town Called Hypocrisy, 4 AM Forever, Last Summer and Start Something. If you can't tell by now, the band definitely gave a long performance, willing to keep going and going until they had to finish so people could catch the 'Last Train Home' (someone else made that joke, I was not responsible for it). Also we were treated to a special drum solo from Ilan Rubins in celebration of his birthday as well as the entire audience singing happy birthday to him. The concert was on the anniversary of the london bombings and so the band decided to have a one minute silence in memory of those Who were involved on the day, and despite a few bastards that shouted out to the band during the silence the majority of people kept quiet and Ian managed to bring the mood back up almost immediately afterwards. // 10
Overall Impression: The concert was Carling Brixton Academy, in London, England on July 7th 2006. Supporting bands were the blackout and men women and children. The blackout played great, getting the audience very hyped up and delivering a great instrumental performance although the vocals were difficult to understand, they were definitely a band whose songs you'd have to know the words to already to fully enjoy them. Men women and children, were frighteningly bad. They came out with tassles on their guitars and monkey masks as well as a bubble machine. They chanted "We're monkeys, we're monkeys, we're monkeys and we'll eat all your friends", they played several nothing-special songs and had many many bottles thrown at them from people. After performing (to a similar reaction) at Give It A Name '06, I was surprised they were allowed to grace the stage again. Overall impression would be a 10 if not for Men Women And Children. tickets were only 17.50 apiece although after they sold out I ended up paying 27.50 on ebay, but it was still definitely worth the price. I think I've already sufficiently covered the concert by now, so if you havn't got the message by now. // 9