SHINEDOWN , STARSET, O2 Academy , Birmingham , 5-11-18


Got there early. Jim got there before me. Went to have grub, checked into hotel. Then the fun n games started 😉 Was told to go to box office to collect our passes, but the box office wasn’t being used as Shinedown were doing a M&G. The security were really helpful…NOT ! I even asked a guy with a Shinedown laminate where we should go “try round the back”. Did that & still no progress. As we’d been there a while, i realised time was moving on & i hadn’t took my camera with me. So whilst i waited, Jim went back to the hotel to collect it & the spare battery ( Jim put a smile on my face when he came back 😉 ) Eventually we got in after a right old game. Of course, many people got in before us, so most of the prime seats were already taken. I spotted a couple on opposite side of balcony & we made our way there. Not perfect, but still good. Starset put on a typically classy show. The addition of the violins/cello was cool. (Before the gig, Adam had told me they were toying with the idea of playing an acoustic set. Personally, i didn’t think that would work as when your up against Shinedown playing full on loud rock show, i don’t think the crowd would appreciate it. Thankfully, they chose to do their usual show with additions of Violin/cello. It worked well)

Shinedown have some bloody great songs, but the thing that annoys me is that Brett has a tendency to talk a lot. Not only that, when you know the “….look to you left, look to you right” speech starts i often think how they could get another 2 or 3 songs in if that didn’t happen 😉 But saying that, they’re a well oiled machine & still put on a great show 🙂


After everything had finished we went to the back of the venue to meet Adam (Plays drums in Starset). Didn’t take long for him to appear. He invited us to go in their tour bus. Had a good, no GREAT long chat. He’s a good un is Adam. This is a photo took on my camera :      And this is Adams selfie :Eventually it was time for us to leave & by sheer fluke/luck we walked round corner & Brett from Shinedown was still there. So the photo opportunity was took 😉 

Breaking Benjamin , Starset, koko, London 27-5-16

Well this one came out of the blue! A while back, when i posted about my health issues, i got a very nice PM from Adam asking if i’d like to go to the Starset + Breaking Benjamin gig at Koko, London. I’d last seen Starset when they opened for In This Moment at beginning of 2015, so obviously jumped at the chance! I arranged to crash down at Robs place & also to meet my mate Andy Avery before going to the gig. I met Andy & Nina at the Ice Wharf in Camden & had a nice catch up. Also met Jim there. During our time there, i got a msg from Adam saying there was a problem with guest list, but he’d try sort it out. As doors were early, me & Jim got there just gone 5pm. After a while Adam came out to see me & after a bit of discussion with venue & production staff, he got us passes for the “Directors Box”! Pretty cool huh ? Eventually Kristina arrived & we were soon in the venue. As it was,we decided not to go in Directors box as the angle to the stage wasn’t as good as being a bit more central.

Scans0660We had a great view of everything.(On 2nd balcony,slightly to one side) This was a VERY busy gig.
Starset rocked the house & got a very good audience reaction. I’m sure they will have picked up a number of new fans after tonights performance.

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As ever, they finished their set with the excellent ” My Demons ”

It’s probably shameful of me, but, i don’t know much about Breaking Benjamin ! If i’m honest, i had heard them years back & thought they were a bit of a typical “sounding like Nirvana” type band. Yeah, i know… Anyhow,i knew it would be a special gig as it was their first European gig EVER. I’ve never heard an audience as loud as that before in Koko, so respect people.

Overall, the gig was pretty decent. Some great singalongs from the crowd as well.

A funny moment was during ” Breath ” , firstly when the crowd were shouting for Ben to take his top off & his reply was ” i want you all to follow me in instagram & secondly when Adam came over & had a brief chat with me (sorry for the shaky video part lol)

Afterwards we hung with Adam & the guys for a while (kinda reminded me of when saw them during the ITM shows) Before we left, i was given a couple of drumsticks.


Once again, my huge thanks to Adam for arranging all this. The night was more than special. DSC07025

In This Moment , Fearless Vampire Killers , Starset @ Koko, London 5-3-15



Whilst queuing up, Randy wandered by to get a coffee. We got a cool photo with him. After a while, the kids near the front realised it was Randy who went to Costa. Was quite funny to seem him as “the pied piper” bringing everyone back to venue (He also posted my photo on his old personal page). We managed to get down the front. Starset once again put on a strong show. I like how different they are to anything out there. ITM were as good as they were recently in Glasgow. It’s obvious it’s the “Maria show”, but it all works so well. Again a great gig.

In This Moment , Starset @ The Garage, Glasgow , Scotland 28-2-15


We met Claire at this one. She was working with Starset.  They came for a drink with us before the show. Really enjoyed this night. Being late getting in, we couldn’t get front row, but fortunately we managed to get some seats at the side which are raised, so had a great view. It was a great show. Afterwards, we again briefly saw Claire in a nearby bar . She came in with the stage dancers.

Another show where Blabbermouth picked up on my footage 😉