It has been a bit of a rock n roll weekend and “I love rock n roll”!
Friday night I watched the very handsome Martin Kemp talk to Piers Morgan about his life which was then followed by almost 2 hours of BBC4 and the Los Angeles Sound City studios which featured such greats as Neil Young, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Dave Grohl and a whole host more – could it get any better?
Yes it could because on Saturday night we went to see Rock Story at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. We had seen the original Rock Story at the Exit Palace back in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed it, so had to give this latest version a shot! Tickets went on sale Thursday so early evening OH and our girls picked them up. A couple who were also buying tickets double checked they had the right person and then sent me their regards. Very nice but I have no idea who this could possibly have been and OH didn’t ask just assumed I would know who else was going to the show. Now come Friday I learnt that every seat in the auditorium had been sold, standing room only so there was no chance of me spotting the mystery well-wisher – frustrated is an understatement. But back to Saturday night.
We decided to arrive early as you aren’t allocated seats it is a first come first served basis. As we drove by looking for a parking space I said it looked as if several coach parties had just been dropped off, however by the time we walked back to the theatre the front terrace was empty. On this occasion the doors had been opened early and when we walked in at just after 8.00pm it was three quarters full. We found good seats albeit at the side. Despite what must have been a couple of hundred people I commented that I didn´t know a single person and just as I finished saying it who should walk down the aisle and sit in the seats directly behind us but Margaret who is a member of our Thursday night quiz team and her friend Sadie.
After a short introduction by (and I am only assuming this) Eric Viana the creator, director/producer of the show, the lights went down and we were on a musical journey. Starting in the late 50s, early 60s we covered Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, a white Ray Charles and a couple of iconic songs from Grease.
We then moved on to the groups of the 60s and 70s with the Beatles (albeit one was a girl) the Stones, AC/DC, Status Quo and Pink Floyd building and demolishing ‘The Wall’.
By now I am enjoying the show so much and like the rest of the audience singing, clapping, snapping our fingers and even waving our mobile phones (lighters not allowed) that the musical order that follows could be a bit mixed up, needless to say they were all in there somewhere. Bon Jovi, Tina, Elton, The Boss, Jacko and the late great Freddie Mercury
We saw Harley Davidsons drive across the stage, we had acrobats and fights, first class musicians that must have been exhausted as there was no intermission. Just two and a half hours of non-stop high energy, full in your face entertainment.
and finally in recognition of all the greats who had passed away a tribute to the beautiful ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zepplin.
It was an amazing show, thoroughly enjoyed by every single member of the audience who showed their appreciation by mobbing the front of the stage at the end of the evening. Oh didn´t I say, the audience were mainly of a certain age …..and kids think they know how to have all the fun
NB: Some of the photos may be a bit dark or not quite sharp enough but as you are not allowed to use flash I just pointed and clicked!