“Awesome!” “Best gig EVER!” “OMFG!”
Next week, the Stone Roses’ reunion bandwagon swaggers into town. As long as there’s no further onstage brouhaha between band members between now and then, the band will play Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Thursday night. Most of the tickets were …
Next week, the Stone Roses’ reunion bandwagon swaggers into town. As long as there’s no further onstage brouhaha between band members between now and then, the band will play Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Thursday night. Most of the tickets were flogged months ago and those of a certain vintage will be relishing the occasion so it will be a good night for the capital’s babysitters.
However, you can probably write the punter reviews of the show already because, by and large, such reviews tend to be overwhelmingly positive. Scroll through social media and online forums after an event show like this and it’s like everyone has gargled the Kool Aid before they entered the venue. Everything is “awesome”, and “the best gig ever!”. There will be references to “OMFG!” and not just in relation to Ian Brown’s unique relationship with vocal tuning.
It does sometimes feel as if any gig, concert or live experience which involves punters shelling out a large packet of cash will get the collective thumbs up. Perhaps this is merely something which has been amplified by our use of social media, but it’s rare to come across a noticable diversion from the party line unless the gig is a real clanger (see Guns N’ Roses in Dublin in 2010).
But there are many times when you wonder if you were really at the same show when you read what punters have to say. The use of such overblown hyperbole means that it’s often difficult to discern any difference between shows which were truly exceptional (such as the recent Watch the Throne visit from Jay-Z and Kanye West) and those which were most certainly not. It’s not just reviewers who approach shows sporting rose-tinted spectacles. As the aul Latin lads used to say when they checked their Twitter timelines, caveat emptor.