Posted by: travelrat | May 23, 2011


Having recently posted, and done a Qype review of the O2 Arena, the time has come to tell what we were doing there. We went to a concert, given by the incomparable André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra. ‘Regulars’ may remember, we went to his ‘Homecoming Concert’ in Maastricht last year; this was the concert we were going to attend last September, which got postponed owing to his illness.

We were delighted to see that South African soprano, Kimi Skota, who impressed us so much in Maastricht, seems to have joined him permanently!

(And, as at Maastricht, we will be buying the DVD when it comes out, and seeing if we can spot ourselves in the audience)

I did wonder, though, why the Security people chose to confiscate the top of everyone’s water bottle on entry … of course, my water bottle got kicked over part way through the performance.

But, they let us keep our bottle tops when we went to see ‘We Will Rock You’ at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton a month later. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

‘Do you want to go and see ‘Queen’?’ I was asked.

‘Surely not! I thought they’d broken up; Freddie Mercury’s been ‘brown-bread’ for twenty years!’

(In actual fact, ‘Queen’ still exist, although with only a few of their original members; they haven’t released any records for quite a while)

Maybe a tribute group?

No; it’s a musical, based roughly around the ‘Queen’ songs of the 80s. Rather like ‘Mamma Mia’ is based around the songs of Abba, even though Abba don’t actually appear in it … although Bjorn Ulvaeus’ yacht does!

Did we enjoy the performance? Well, I was humming ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for several days afterwards!

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  1. Hi Keith,
    Did you ever find out why they took the tops of your water bottles? Seems a bit odd I must say, I’d also hazard a guess that it would of been a few people who’s bottles got knocked over during the night.

    A very enjoyable show it seems, it can be annoying sometimes when you can’t get a song out of your mind, although in your case I’m assuming that was not the case. 🙂

    • All we could think of was it was to discourage people from throwing full water bottles at the performers. But, as a neighbour pointed out when we told her:

      When we went to a Tom Jones concert, years ago, they didn’t confiscate our knickers!’

  2. The Queen musical is excellent. I am not a great fan but I loved it. I was also singing ‘Rhapsody’ for days afterwards!

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