Glasgow is THE place to be where live music is concerned and 2015 was certainly no exception! From rock royalty U2 to local lads The Bay City Rollers, any band that matters have graced a Glasgow stage in the last 12 months. Here are the Top 5 “golden tickets” of 2015 . . .
5. The Libertines @ Glasgow 02 Academy (September 2015)
The newly rejuvenated troubadours took to the stage (albeit VERY late) at Glasgow’s 02 Academy in September as part of a mini UK Tour celebrating the release of their long-awaited third LP, “Anthems Of Doomed Youth”. Their tardiness was quickly forgiven when they tore through a raucous set of hits both old and new; the gig was a mix of emotions, I fought back tears when Doherty and Barat playfully jostled for chief position at the main mic during, “Can’t Stand Me Now” . . .
4. Take That @ The SSE Hydro (April 2015)
Despite being yet another member down since Jason Orange’s hasty departure in 2014, the now-trio “man-band” brought the house down at The SSE Hydro back in April of 2015. With a “greatest hits” shaped set mixed with a couple of newbies from latest LP, “III”, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald reminded everyone why we initially fell in love with the boyband in the 90s and why we STILL love them 20 years on!
3. Paolo Nutini @ The SSE Hydro (January 2015)
Home-grown hero, Paolo Nutini kicked off 2015 with a double header at The SSE Hydro in January, including a date on his 29th birthday! The far from intimate venue could have easily overwhelmed Nutini, but his show at The Hydro felt like a tight gathering of good people and good times! The set-list showcased the best of his three studio LPs to date, as well as his incredible take on MGMT’s “Time To Pretend”, the goosebumps moment of the gig (if you haven’t heard it, I can’t recommend it enough!)
2. Fleetwood Mac @ The SSE Hydro (July 2015)
The legendary rock band brought their World Tour to Scotland in June/July 2015 with THREE dates at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. Recently rejoined by “songbird” Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac’s hits shaped the set, including “Everywhere”, “Little Lies”, “Don’t Stop” and stand-out moment, “Rhiannon” which could have quickened the heartbeat of the undead. Stevie Nicks was as mesmerising as her 70s heyday and when she and former beau, Lindsey Buckingham tore into “Go Your Own Way”, you would have sworn no time had passed since “Rumours”.
1. U2 @ The SSE Hydro (November 2015)
Following the controversial release of THAT free album late last year, arguably the biggest band in the world took to the road with their “Innocence/Experience World Tour” stopping off in Glasgow for TWO dates in November. Bono & Co put a cork in the critics with a mix of hits both old and new reminding haters and fans alike of why after 30 years together they can still put on one hell of a show! First class!