I was there, on stage, rocking out as much as I could and loving every minute. I was supposed to land in Bangkok at 3:30pm, from which I would have had about 3 hours to make the short distance from the airport to Impact Arena.
A 2hr delay on my first flight resulted in a missed connection flight, followed by a 2-and-a-half hour wait before another 30min delay on my second flight resulting in me landing in Bangkok at 6:40pm ... which is when I should have been at the arena picking up my ticket/VIP package, ect. It was 7:10pm when I got out past immigration and the backstage tour was supposed to start 20mins later. The queue for taxis were a couple of hours long, so I managed to find another way, but the traffic was TERRIBLE! I got to the arena at 8:20pm having missed the backstage tour, but surprisingly to me, I didn't miss any of the show! That got underway at 9pm. And wow, what a show!
Being on stage with Queen, albeit on the side and in the shadows is an awesome yet surreal feeling. Brian May casually walking past you playing some of your favourite guitar work of all time, giving you a look and a nod. Those are moments that can't be taken away, replaced, or substituted with anything.
That said, I still had residual frustration and annoyance at the various forms of transport and the delays on my way in, so as much as I loved it when I was there, I don't think I could fully enjoy it as much as I could had I been my usual relaxed self.
And for the most part, I was looking at their backs!!
I'll need to watch the show again online somewhere somehow to get a better picture of how it all went, but I loved the inclusion of Hammer To Fall (the first of my now 9 Q+AL concerts to include it), Brian's guitar solo up on the rising podium thing ... oh, pretty much everything I loved! The crowd sounded incredible from my vantage point, which is what Queen would have heard too. I'm not sold on 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' as an opener. I felt beforehand that they've had better openers in recent years, and I still feel that's the case now having experienced it live.
I probably still rate 2012's Hammersmith gigs as my favourite ones. Apart from a few pyros / cryos at certain times, for the most part those gigs were more free and unrehearsed. Not musically (far from it!), but I noticed particularly in the 6 Aussie gigs I went to that even though it looks by chance where they're standing at almost any given time, it's not. They know exactly where they need to be most of the show, and of course it works for them, but I like the free and easy, more relaxed nature of the 2012 shows.
But back to Friday night's show, I did love it, and can't wait for the next tour!! I'm not done seeing them yet ... and I've still got that backstage tour to experience..!