ZZ Top at Wembley Arena, advice please

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adampeteradampeter Frets: 786
First gig at arena since the 80s (probably pre vai Whitesnake), and a long time since been to any large gigs like this for a while, need advice from those who have been to shows there.
1. What time to main acts go on?
2. If i wanted to have a beer beforehand am i better off going into London beforehand or trying a pub local to the arena? i assume local boozers will be mobbed?
3. Any recommended pubs local to Wembley?

Happy for anything else i should consider?
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  • mrkbmrkb Frets: 7108
    edited July 9
    I usually check facebook for posts from the band (or support band) and venue a few hours before the gig to get stage times.
    Main band will usually be around 9 - 9:30pm assuming no early curfew,
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  • victorludorumvictorludorum Frets: 1099
    How was the gig?
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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 786
    How was the gig?
    ZZ top were excellent, all in good form, was very surprised that they were only onstage for 1 hour 20 minutes,
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  • mrkbmrkb Frets: 7108
    adampeter said:
    How was the gig?
    ZZ top were excellent, all in good form, was very surprised that they were only onstage for 1 hour 20 minutes,
    Did you see Rival Sons? Their Facebook followers group mentioned they were on better form than zz top.
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  • RocknRollDaveRocknRollDave Frets: 6660
    Seems they’re playing for 1hr15mins on this current tour. Planet Rock were discussing this yesterday, I think it was. 
    In my opinion, for the money an arena show costs to see, 90 minutes should be the absolute minimum.



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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 786
    edited July 12
    mrkb said:
    adampeter said:
    How was the gig?
    ZZ top were excellent, all in good form, was very surprised that they were only onstage for 1 hour 20 minutes,
    Did you see Rival Sons? Their Facebook followers group mentioned they were on better form than zz top.
    Didn't see Rival Sons, benefit of hindsight i wish i had, too busy enjoy cold drinks at the pub  ;)
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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 786
    Seems they’re playing for 1hr15mins on this current tour. Planet Rock were discussing this yesterday, I think it was. 
    In my opinion, for the money an arena show costs to see, 90 minutes should be the absolute minimum.


    Over £100/ticket i would consider 2 hours a fair show
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  • RocknRollDaveRocknRollDave Frets: 6660
    adampeter said:
    Seems they’re playing for 1hr15mins on this current tour. Planet Rock were discussing this yesterday, I think it was. 
    In my opinion, for the money an arena show costs to see, 90 minutes should be the absolute minimum.


    Over £100/ticket i would consider 2 hours a fair show
    Blimey, at that price I agree that 2 hours is fair!

    There’s not a lot that artists can do about the huge overheads that tours incur or the huge ticket prices that are needed to cover them. Pretty much all they CAN do is make sure, as best they can, that the show is worth coming to see - play their best, play for a reasonable amount of time. 

    Taylor Swift tickets cost a kidney but at least she plays for over 3 hours.

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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 25006
    Billy is 74 now.

    His 2 hour show days are behind him.

    I’m so bored I might as well be listening to Pink Floyd


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  • RocknRollDaveRocknRollDave Frets: 6660
    Billy is 74 now.

    His 2 hour show days are behind him.
    It's not a high energy show. 90 minutes is doable. 

    OR don't charge 100 quid for the privilege.

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  • StefBStefB Frets: 2497
    They only did 80 minutes when I saw them at Manchester Apollo in June 2013 so this is true to form sadly. 
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  • victorludorumvictorludorum Frets: 1099
    edited July 13
    How has the miming situation been on this tour? Are they still doing the high pitched, auto-tuned version of Legs?

    EDIT: I just checked YT and sure enough there's a video on there and it's the same version. Oh dear, what a shame.
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  • mrkbmrkb Frets: 7108
    How has the miming situation been on this tour? Are they still doing the high pitched, auto-tuned version of Legs?

    EDIT: I just checked YT and sure enough there's a video on there and it's the same version. Oh dear, what a shame.
    Wow. £100+ to watch a band mime for an hour doesnt seem like good value for the fans.
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  • StefBStefB Frets: 2497
    edited July 13
    mrkb said:
    How has the miming situation been on this tour? Are they still doing the high pitched, auto-tuned version of Legs?

    EDIT: I just checked YT and sure enough there's a video on there and it's the same version. Oh dear, what a shame.
    Wow. £100+ to watch a band mime for an hour doesnt seem like good value for the fans. 
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  • RocknRollDaveRocknRollDave Frets: 6660
    They don't mime for an hour; there are some tracks where the vocals appear to be on 'tape'...It's something they appear to have done for a while, and amounts to something like three songs per gig, I think?

    Still don't agree with it, I should add.

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  • JonathangusJonathangus Frets: 4790
    Angus is 69, Brian is 76.  AC/DC are playing for 2.5 hours.
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  • mrkbmrkb Frets: 7108
    They don't mime for an hour; there are some tracks where the vocals appear to be on 'tape'...It's something they appear to have done for a while, and amounts to something like three songs per gig, I think?

    Still don't agree with it, I should add.
    Ah ok, so its not "Billy Vanilli" ;)
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  • HootsmonHootsmon Frets: 16135
    StefB said:
    They only did 80 minutes when I saw them at Manchester Apollo in June 2013 so this is true to form sadly. 

    Bloody Yanks
    tae be or not tae be
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  • adampeteradampeter Frets: 786
    Angus is 69, Brian is 76.  AC/DC are playing for 2.5 hours.
    This is the point, its doable for bands of any vintage
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  • RocknRollDaveRocknRollDave Frets: 6660
    adampeter said:
    Angus is 69, Brian is 76.  AC/DC are playing for 2.5 hours.
    This is the point, its doable for bands of any vintage
    Yes, or retire when it gets too much.

    EVERY band says they’ll “know when it’s time to quit” yet they never do.

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