The Dave Matthews Band
I've enjoyed numerous trips to London over the last couple of years and I was pleased to be given the opportunity for another quick visit at the start of March.
St. Paul's Cathedral, red buses and the Thames
The point of the trip was to see The Dave Matthews Band in concert. There was just enough time to fit in a couple of other things, starting with a trip to Tate Britain.
Tate Britain is an impressive place. British art is represented by various galleries. My favourites were the works by Hogarth, Turner and Gilbert & George. A lot of the works of art can be seen on the Tate Britain website: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/
From there, we made our way down to catch the Thames Clipper, taking in a few sights along the way.
Some of the sights were classics...
...Some were more unusual than others
Waiting to board the Thames Clipper
The Clipper is an excellent way to travel. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the 02 from the pier at Embankment. Plenty of time to relax and snap away at more sights.
St. Paul's - a truly magnificent building
It is possible to have trees in your apartment
The 02 comes into view
I've seen the Dave Matthews Band once before. It was in the Summer of 2009, in Brixton:
People take their places, slowly but surely
Alberta Cross at the height of the support set
The support act was 'Alberta Cross'. They were fast and grungy but their music didn't appeal to me very much. After a short break, it was time for the main event. As the arena was set out 'football' style, with the stage at one end, it meant sitting with a half-turned stance. Indeed, the stage was some distance away, as this non-zoomed picture shows...
Luckily, I have recently upgraded my camera and was able to put the powerful zoom to good use. The following photos are the pick of the bunch and give a reasonable impression of how the evening progressed.
Dave Matthews (centre) on acoustic guitar and vocals
One of several violin solos by Boyd Tinsley
Unusual and entertaining
Tim Reynolds (left) on lead guitar
Dave digging the start of another violin solo
Carter Beauford on the drums
It was a loud show, combining several genres: rock, jazz, blues...you name it. As a live band they are hard to beat in terms of energy.
As far as I can ascertain, this was the set list:
Don't Drink The Water
Lying In The Hands Of God
Shake Me Like A Monkey
You Might Die Trying
Funny The Way It Is
So Much To Say
You and Me
Stay (Wasting Time)
It was a very impressive show. I'm hoping to return to London in the not too distant future.