Superbreak’s CRM Executive, Graeme Smith visited The O2 again last Friday for a last minute concert from rock icons Rush. here’s how he found the visit…
I may have been born 16 years after the formation of Rush and had little knowledge of their music, but given I enjoy similar rock bands such as Nirvana and ACDC I was more than happy to accept a friends’ offer of a spare ticket to see them live at The O2 Arena.
Before the gig we checked into the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, New Providence Wharf, that was part of a package by Superbreak. The hotel was ideally located for The O2 and was very clean, spacious and had a very nice bar / restaurant area overlooking the Thames, with super friendly staff.
After a quick shower and change we travelled on a quick 10 minute DLR then tube ride from the East India Station (located 5 minutes from the hotel) to North Greenwich Station where The O2 Arena is based, and had a pre gig dinner at one of the many restaurants inside the complex.
As we approached our fantastically located seats I still had little knowledge what to expect but I could feel an energy from the crowd in anticipation of Rush to arrive on stage. Then all of a sudden the O2 erupted and Rush came onto stage with fireworks and an array of peculiar background props such as a popcorn machine, washing machine and an oversized brain in a jar. Apparently this was their sense of humour towards other rock bands that have unused amplifiers behind them on stage, so instead they thought it would be amusing to have random unused and irrelevant items instead. That aside, the music throughout was amazing all night and much better than I was expecting and it was everything you would expect from an old fashioned rock band. The highlight must have been when drummer, Neil Peart, performed an amazing 5 minute solo on his huge percussion instrument of about 15 drums and 15 cymbals, which would be hard to be repeated by any other musician.
From not knowing what Rush were about to wanting another song after the encore really was a tribute to the fantastic performance they put on and the brilliant sound acoustics in The O2 Arena.
I must mention also that before checking out of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel the following morning we were treated to a brilliant buffet breakfast that included cereals, pastries, pancakes, yoghurts and cooked items accompanied by a range of teas, coffees and juices that was a great way to finish off the experience and fill my stomach for the journey home.