it’s Thursday…it’s Top Of The Pops!

I’m sure I’m not the only person delighted to have TOTP back on our screens on a Thursday evening (albeit 1976 & BBC4!)

So, I thought I’d give this entry a musical theme. It was going to be a Top 5 or even a Top 10 & it was going to be the best gigs I’ve been to.

Trouble is, in my opinion, you’d be hard pressed to attend live music & *not* enjoy it so trying to whittle down my favourites proved nigh on impossible so I thought I’d just share some highlights instead.

I’ve been fortunate to attend lots of great shows. A very late starter though as I didn’t go to any till the early 90’s when I was already 20-something.
First show was Cathy Dennis at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Got shoved and squashed but loved every minute (at the time we had almost identical hairstyles fact fans!) Then Richard Marx (as you’ll see I have eclectic taste!) at the Hammersmith Odeon. Seats this time, which, while being more comfy & civilised, also often guarantees someone with a big hat/hairstyle/attitude will plonk themselves in front of you!
Soon enough in 1993 came my first stadium show. Madonna at Wembley. The Girlie Show. Awesome. Didn’t manage to get to any other of her tours unfortunately until 2008 at Cardiff Millenium Stadium. Equally awesome & worth the wait.
Seem to see Level 42 every couple of years and they never fail to disappoint. Every time I’ve seen them I’ve taken a different guest. Stand out occassion was 2008 at the Ipswich Regent & shaking Mark King’s highly insured hand 🙂
Toyah Willcox is a legend that always makes times for fans after shows as do Go West. Also had the priveledge of meeting Nik Kershaw and Chas ‘n’ Dave. I think they were especially nice to me as I was wearing my Spurs shirt!
George Michael was fantastic both indoors (Earls Court) and out (Carrow Road) and seeing Keith Urban twice at a small Birmingham venue when he sells out massive stadiums in the USA was utterly fantastic.
Seem to end up in Birmingham a lot, far preferable than the hassle of London though, saw The Corrs there and also Duran Duran on their Astronaut tour which deserves special mention for most elaborate tour book!
Also seen the Spice Girls twice, once without Geri at Wembley and once on the Reunion Tour at the o2 which is a great venue. Saw Take That for the first time there a few days before that Spice Girls gig.
Speaking of Take That…I wasn’t a big fan of the boyband but I massively admire the manband. & how they will top the Circus tour I don’t know but I’m very much looking forward to seeing them again in June and finding out!
What are your Top Pop moments?


  1. “you’d be hard pressed to attend live music & *not* enjoy it”
    you obviously were not forced to go and see justin bieber lol

  2. This question is utterly impossible! How about…

    Pink Floyd, Bristol Hippodrome 1974.
    Bob Marley, The Rainbow 1977.
    U2, Hammersmith Palais 1983.
    Live Aid, Wembley Stadium 1985.
    Africa Express, Glastonbury Park Stage 2005.
    David Gilmour, Royal Albert Hall 2007.
    Coldplay & The Killers, Shepherds Bush Empire 2009.
    Editors, Fabric 2009.
    Elbow and Snow Patrol, V Festival 2009 after Oasis split up the night before and they got to play longer sets.
    Faithless, Brixton Academy 2011.

  3. I was at that Madonna concert in Cardiff!

    At the first gig I went to (Shakespears Sister) I was sat behind somebody with a ridiculously large hat and I had to ask them to remove it. Who wears a large hat to a concert?

  4. My top pop moment was seeing Queen at Wembley on the 12th July 1986. Feargal Sharkey was good too as was Rick Wakeman.. and I’ve seen Chris de Burgh several times. Not really a great concert goer but the next one is Roger Waters The Wall at the O2 on May 18th!

  5. My top pop moment (has only been on moment so far lol,oh I lie I had to see Mcfly with GC lol) has to be seeing Mika in Amsterdam. That man has such amazing talent, he was phenomenal to watch!!!

    We have very similar musical tastes chick, no doubt I’ll see you at your next couple of concerts ;o) xxx

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