I mention JLS as Gloria is a fan of theirs and to her disappointment they recently decided to split up.
I was not surprised at the news as they all have a lot going on in their lives outside of the band. One member is now not only a DJ but is also married and about to become a father, a second member is in a long term relationship and has bought a deer farm in Scotland, Gloria's favourite member is looking to go into band management and the fourth member has a judging spot on a Sky Television show. On top of that the four of them are also running their own charitable foundation. To summarise, the band is starting to suffer anyway as they are becoming too busy to promote their singles meaning that their last single didn't even make the charts.
So to console Gloria in her hour of disappointment I rashly offered to accompany her to a concert in their farewell tour.
Hmm! I've been thinking that it's a little while since I went to a live concert. The last concert that I went to was in 2008.
I accompanied a few friends of mine to see The Cure at Wembley after waiting in all day for a fridge/freezer to be delivered. The day before had been my last day working at Bedales School and the next week would see me working back in an office...well, in a call centre, anyway.
Our group was constructed from old school friends and a few people who I had worked with in the Civil Service after leaving college.
I met up with Darren and Charlie in a pub. Darren remains my best friend who I met at school and he still works in the Civil Service. The arrangement was that the one of our clan, a manager in the Civil Service, would drive me and the Civil Service half of the group to Wembley in his up market car. Well, his car broke down while he was driving to the pub. It was at that moment that I realised that my third hand Honda Civic would one day become world famous as, with the support of the manager's Sat Nav device, it took the four of us to Wembley.
The Cure are such great value. The tickets were about £20. For that small outlay they played the majority of their repertoire. There is little speaking as Robert Smith has always felt awkward speaking to audiences. And the line up that night is the one that I have always felt to be their best: Robert Smith on vocals and guitar, Porl Thompson on guitar, Simon Gallup on bass and Jason Cooper on drums.
Oh well, maybe we'll see JLS this year. I never got the chance to see Talking Heads and SlipKnoT are now without the late Paul Gray. I really fancy going to another live concert. There's nothing quite like it...