|Saturday, May 25, 2013
Buckingham, England ~ May 24, 2013 ~ Reflection by Marie and Tony Coyne
The young people at Stowe School got to experience "real” music tonight and loved every minute of it! From the first moment Roger walked on stage they were on their feet and screaming for more. Much to the surprise of their parents! It was a fantastic multi-generational adventure! Almost everyone in the house was on their feet cheering, dancing and singing the words to every song and then screaming for more. The place was rocking!
The hit of the night was Breakfast in America. That song connected so much with the crowd, Roger sang it twice!!!! The audience at Stowe were in fine voice. You couldn’t hear Roger sing on some of his songs; he was drowned out by the crowd. People of all generations rushed the stage…they were chanting Roger, Roger, Roger…
One young girl was up on the shoulders of a friend, so into the music. Then, all of a sudden, she was up on stage, giving Roger a hug…for all of us!
I don’t think there has been a concert like it. Roger explained how he had his old school to thank for so much inspiration for his songs…he then urged the current students to be dreamers….
**Comments published upon approval
I feel I must add some balance to this review.
Unfortunately for me, I was looking forward to what I thought may have been a more “intimate” concert!! I didn’t appreciate the audience participation and the whole experience was spoiled for me by the “rowdy” crowd. There appeared to be a lack of respect for Rodger and the band, as he asked several times for people to return to their seats, I thought he looked very uncomfortable with the situation. It improved slightly when security kept the area at the front of the stage clear, however the isles were left overflowing.
I don’t consider myself reserved, only 2 days previous I was watching Muse at the Coventry Stadium, and was fully engaging with the music, however there is a time and place.
I would like to apologise to Rodger as we left the event ¾ of the way through, but on reflection I think it was the best thing for us to do. I have grown up with this music, a “lifelong fan” it had always evoked memories, the latest one I hope will fade soon.
Well I must add to this by saying we also turned up for this convert early to choose our seats near stage and on the aisle as we are life long fans of Rogers music and wanted the best view available.
This was spoilt by the rude people who stood in front of us blocking the aisle and our view.
It was stated in the paperwork that no bottles of alcohol were permitted in concert arena but this was ignored by the people of Stowe school. There were even people laying in the isles with their back to the stage talking and drinking wine, not taking any notice of security asking them to move.
Roger asked everyone to return to their seats about 4 times but the rude people didn't respect his request and continued to spoil the show for others, others who were real fans of Rogers and not just there to get drunk and cause a nuisance of themselves.
There was a constant hum of talking from around the arena and even when The Duchess of York and Roger himself was talking, the crowd continued to talk over them.
I was disgusted by this behaviour and also left early along with many others who thought the same.
I only wish i had chosen to see Roger somewhere else where we could have listened and experienced his show with real fans in a venue with respect and security applied.
Sorry to Roger as he is a Genius and deserved better.