Saturday, April 22, 2006

Robbie Williams in Dubai

Last night I went with a couple friends to the much hyped Robbie Williams concert in Ned Al-Shiba race grounds in Dubai, and beside the nightmare of parking in a swamp by mistake (really) and trying to get my tiny New Beetle unstuck from the shifting mud, the concert was a breath of fresh air.

I have never bought an album by Robbie, but I don't dislike his music either, it is a bit of fluffy anthems and occasionally inspired songs. Where Robbie excels, is showmanship, and in that department, he was in top form last night.

Robbie danced, posed, and managed to insult and mimic a dozen singers, all while entertaining the 25,000 people nonstop. His Sexy Camel pose was a crowd favorite and his barb against JLo was hilarious.

The Crowd: Down in the trenches, it was an odd mixture of people, noticeable though, was the obnoxious attitude of the relocated cream of the council estates. The sheer rudeness of some people never cease to amaze me. A particular pikey yob had the nerve to yell "yella, move from here", well, I must congratulate you for your linguistic achievements, you came all the way from Hull to learn the equivalent of Oi! Despite the chavs being in force, we managed to enjoy the concert and badly accompany the man in singing the crowd pleasers of Feel, Mellinuim, and Angels.

Final verdic: a truimph, but with this kind of crowd, I will go for seated tickets next time.


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