I've been to a lot of gigs in my time and seen a lot of interesting things. From small back rooms of a pub to Wembley Stadium my gigging has taken in all kinds of act and styles. Thankfully I've not been to that many bad gigs, only one spring to mind at the moment and that had an unforeseen outcome that actually made it the most important one I've been to.
Over the course of all this you build up a mental list of you favorites, a top five. Now my top five only has four places up for grabs as the White Stripes gig is permanently in there. Then I saw Muse play and that was pretty special as where The Specials and that time I was stood next to Kristen Schaal at a Yeah Yeah Yeahs gig. I suppose before I go off on a stroll down memory lane I should get to the point, which is thus. Jonsi's gig at the Forum is one of my top five gigs ever, no doubt at all.
It was quite simply one of the most amazing things I have seen. As a fan of Sigur Ros, the band Jonsi is currently taking a break from, and his solo work I knew what to expect. Or at least I thought I did because this wasn't just about his amazing voice. Images and animation were projected onto a screen at the back of the stage and via monitors at the front. Which turned it from a gig to a theatrical production. And Jonsi's solo album had been reworked to fit in with this as well. The songs are striped down a bit and more orchestral in scope to allow the show to come together in a more dramatic way.
The theme was wildlife and nature which seems perfect for Jonsi. For the first song the screens had drawings of wolves on a sepia background looking like some old western map. As the song went on flames burnt away this image until it seemed like the whole stage was on fire.
For the last song we all ended up in the middle of a tornado as a storm took holed of the stage and rain lashed away as Jonsi, looking resplendent in a head dress, built things up to fitting end. And in the process show me something that left me spell bound. The whole thing was amazing, the last ten minutes breath taking.
Such things are the reward for seeking out that which is different and for making the effort when it comes to music and art. You get to see things that move you and to have a meaning full experience. Things which I fear Simon Cowel is stealing from the majority of people. But perhaps that is for another blog.
Apart from anything else it was a delight to have someone put the effort into making a show rather than just stand there and perform, especially in such a small venue and from an act won't attract that much attention.
To be honest I have not really tried to tell all that happened. I don't think my poor writing skills could do it justice and on the page it just wouldn't seem all that impressive. You did kind of have to be there.
Jonsi will be back in the UK in August and I can't recommend it highly enough. If you even kind of half like music, art and life then you really should experience this.