Music

 

 

Here’s some guaranteed controversy! How do your musical preferences compare with mine? Here’s who I’ve seen live and how I rate them in descending order of mega-brilliance.

 
 

Magic

 
 
Bruce Springsteen: The thrilling highlight of Isle of Wight 2012
 
 
Red Hot Chillis: and the same from these guys
 
 
Tony Bennett: Beyond cool in an intimate lounge in Florida
 
 
Elbow: Another Isle of Wight highlight
 
 
John Martyn: Magical even in the awful Portsmouth Guildhall
 
U2: An evening event in Cardiff
 
 
Kings of Leon: Rumbling rock at Isle of Wight 2013
 
 
Oscar Peterson: My first trip to the Hollywood bowl! Wow!
 
 

Fab

 
 
The Killers: Support act to U2. Not a bad warm-up!
 
 
Richard Ashcroft: Fellow Wiganer in great form in Portsmouth
 
 
Jethro Tull: 40 years ago in Oxford, the one legged wonder!
 
 
Razorlight: Thrilling event in a wet cornish field
 
 
Curtis Stigers: Sultry, intimate vocals at Ronnie Scott's
 
 
Bryan Ferry: Accompanying major fan, Sharron, to Portsmouth
 
 
Eric Clapton: Nearly brilliant in a nearly to big Sheffield arena
 
Sting: Saddled with poor acoustics in the Albert Hall
 
 
Joss Stone: Supported by Joss who was similarly hampered
 
 
Elvis Costello: A lively night at the Hammersmith Odeon
 
 
Biffy Clyro: A surprise bonus at the Isle of Wight
 
 

Pretty Good

 
 
Arctic Monkeys: Accompanying major fan, Sharron, to Cardiff
 
 
Cassandra Wilson: Great voice but too short a set at Ronnie Scott's
 
 
Joan Armatrading: Delightful in the afternoon at the Isle of Wight
 
 
The Vaccines: Same again
 
 
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Same again
 
 
Starsailor: OK support act from Wigan for U2
 
 
Alanis Morissette: Nearly enjoyable in intimate London gig
 
 

Never Again!

 
 
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Time to leave the Isle of Wight!
 
 
Lambchop: Oh dear me in the Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth