Had a great day/weekend. Was at Tower Hill, so walked to Borough Market and had some drinks and then across to Southbank for some food at Wahaca. Tube up to Lancaster Gate for another couple of drinks and then into the park at 5.00pm. Got a good spec to see Lionel Richie, which as White Dragon writes, meant that we had to sacrifice a good visual spot for sound quality, and 70,000 people in a field leads to watching the big screen.
Lionel was good fun, but when Stevie walked on stage, I could see how frail he was. At the point, his kidney operation wasn’t mentioned, but all became clear later, prior to Superstition as his final song.
The DJ playing songs by artists who had passed away (Marvin, Aretha, Prince, Bowie, Jackson) was done wrong in my opinion, and should have been done prior to the stage show). What you got was a 20 minute section of a DJ playing tracks for the crowd to sing along to, whilst Stevie stood next to his keyboard.
At a previous gig, and pre-Jackson being vilified, I’ve seen him play Human Nature (which of course you could argue is a Toto song anyway, with Lukather and Porcaro being the engine room of that song).
Stevie fluffed his lines a couple of times, and the sound quality at the front was poor apparently. It was a shortened set for me, but to hear the crowd singing all the words to many of the songs was beautiful.
I really hope that that wasn’t the last time I saw him…