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Rod Stewart gets stuck in traffic jams with fans in battle to get to stadium gig

The Argus: Annette, Maria and Joanna arriving at the Rod Stewart gig at The Amex Annette, Maria and Joanna arriving at the Rod Stewart gig at The Amex

Thousands of Rod Stewart fans traveled hundreds of miles to watch the rocker take to the stage in Brighton last night.

A near sell-out crowd of about 23,000 people packed the American Express Community Stadium for the first night of his stadium tour.

Southern Rail ran extra trains, equivalent to its football services, but there was still a worrying wait for many fans who got stuck in traffic.

There were heavy queues on both the A27 and A23 from about 5pm as fans tried to get to Falmer.

But everyone seemed to have made their seats in plenty of time to hear Rod kick off the concert with This Old Heart of Mine just after 8.30pm.

After his first track Rod confessed he also had problems getting through the heavy traffic to the gig, before encouraging the audience to take part in a mass sing-a-long for the end of a rousing rendition of Tonight's The Night.

Claire Watson, 39, and Louise Harman, 34, had a short journey to the stadium from their home in Woodingdean.

Claire said: “For us it's easy to come here.

“It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London.

“I think they should do more gigs here.

“I like Rod's old stuff more than his recent stuff. We wanted to see Rod while he's still touring.”

Coleen Bonnar, 27, from Kemp Town, welcomed her dad and avid Rod fan Michael down from Sunderland for the gig.

Coleen said: “I like his songs as I grew up listening to him.

“And he's a Celtic fan.”

Michael said: “I got the tickets for Christmas.

“I'm a fan of Rod but I've never seen him apart from outside the Scottish Cup Final.

“If you are a Celtic fan then you're going to like Rod Stewart.”

The bagpipe band 1066 Pipes and Drums, from Hastings, kicked off the entertainment for the evening with Stewart's much loved Scottish theme.

And the warm-up continued with the band Dixie Mix.

Savar Baldursson and Thora Gudjonsdottir traveled 1,200 miles from Reykjavík especially for the concert.

Savar, 67, said: “We've been very excited as it's the first time we've seen him.

“We went into Brighton before the gig and it's a wonderful city.

“We've had a wonderful day.”

Rod had told The Argus the night was “something of a homecoming” as he spent much of his youth in Brighton and once lived on a houseboat in Shoreham.

He had expected it to be a “wonderful night for everybody”.

He said: “I love doing outdoor shows. Especially football stadiums.”

For Sharnee Cooper, from Coldean and her mum June Willcocks, from Goring, it was a very special day.

They got their tickets in February but a month ago June was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

June said: “I've wanted to see him ever since he was in The Faces.

“I have to make the most of every day because they've just told me I've got a few months.”

Sharnee said: “It's a mother and daughter day out.”

Sam Macleckie, 33 and her friend Dianah (CORR) Hubert, 54, work together at Sussex Beacon, a charity which offers specialist care and support people with HIV.

Sam said: “My parents introduced me to Rod's music so I've always known it.

“We booked the day off so it's been really nice.”

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8:32am Sat 14 Jun 14

lh of bhill says...

# rod stewart #bhafc
Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??
# rod stewart #bhafc Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever?? lh of bhill
  • Score: -6

8:36am Sat 14 Jun 14

NathanAdler says...

“It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London"

Yes, all the way to that there London. All of 48 minutes on the train, What pressure!!
“It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London" Yes, all the way to that there London. All of 48 minutes on the train, What pressure!! NathanAdler
  • Score: -13

8:39am Sat 14 Jun 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

left before the end ?? Common practice at the Amex, I believe !
left before the end ?? Common practice at the Amex, I believe ! Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: 13

8:45am Sat 14 Jun 14

bluemonday says...

23,000,less than the football but 20x more chaos getting out afterwards
23,000,less than the football but 20x more chaos getting out afterwards bluemonday
  • Score: 17

9:16am Sat 14 Jun 14

Time to move says...

NathanAdler wrote:
“It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London"

Yes, all the way to that there London. All of 48 minutes on the train, What pressure!!
Yeah, how long did most people take to get 3 miles to the stadium? ha ha. I can be at a gig in London within 1 hour 20 with no hassle at all.
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: “It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London" Yes, all the way to that there London. All of 48 minutes on the train, What pressure!![/p][/quote]Yeah, how long did most people take to get 3 miles to the stadium? ha ha. I can be at a gig in London within 1 hour 20 with no hassle at all. Time to move
  • Score: 2

9:49am Sat 14 Jun 14

psb196 says...

lh of bhill wrote:
# rod stewart #bhafc
Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??
Firstly, to the Argus reporter, he started the show with "Infatuation". "This Old Heart Of Mine" was second in the setlist.

To the poster regarding coming back at the end - if you are familiar with Rod Stewart's recent set lists for the last year, nearly every concert ends with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and there is no encore as such. So, it was not "the first time ever". Anyway, why does that bother you as you left early?
[quote][p][bold]lh of bhill[/bold] wrote: # rod stewart #bhafc Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??[/p][/quote]Firstly, to the Argus reporter, he started the show with "Infatuation". "This Old Heart Of Mine" was second in the setlist. To the poster regarding coming back at the end - if you are familiar with Rod Stewart's recent set lists for the last year, nearly every concert ends with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and there is no encore as such. So, it was not "the first time ever". Anyway, why does that bother you as you left early? psb196
  • Score: 8

10:21am Sat 14 Jun 14

Balmy zephyrs says...

Very poor journalism from the Argus .... Sound system awful did they really do a sound check ! Rod played all the old favourites and Pee Wee Ellis played his heart out a true pro sax man.
Some seats had no view at all even the big screen , two complete rows had to be moved ..... Just not good enough .
Very poor journalism from the Argus .... Sound system awful did they really do a sound check ! Rod played all the old favourites and Pee Wee Ellis played his heart out a true pro sax man. Some seats had no view at all even the big screen , two complete rows had to be moved ..... Just not good enough . Balmy zephyrs
  • Score: 11

10:33am Sat 14 Jun 14

pebble counter says...

bluemonday wrote:
23,000,less than the football but 20x more chaos getting out afterwards
Get yourself a motorbike - I was home in time for Chile-Australia.
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: 23,000,less than the football but 20x more chaos getting out afterwards[/p][/quote]Get yourself a motorbike - I was home in time for Chile-Australia. pebble counter
  • Score: 3

10:36am Sat 14 Jun 14

pebble counter says...

lh of bhill wrote:
# rod stewart #bhafc
Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??
Blimey mate it's being happy keeps you going isn't it? I thought he was brilliant and for a bloke born in 1945 he didn't do badly at all. I didn't see anyone leaving early?
[quote][p][bold]lh of bhill[/bold] wrote: # rod stewart #bhafc Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??[/p][/quote]Blimey mate it's being happy keeps you going isn't it? I thought he was brilliant and for a bloke born in 1945 he didn't do badly at all. I didn't see anyone leaving early? pebble counter
  • Score: 23

11:49am Sat 14 Jun 14

pedro4 says...

I was picking up customers at the Amex last night and it was the worse organized pick up at a concert I can ever remember and that includes the Robbie Williams fiasco at Knebworth a few years ago.
As the stewards where stopping the flow of Taxis in and out of the designated area. everyone was causing chaos outside the venue by picking up anywhere I am surprised Sussex police allowed this to happen they don't allow this on football days and everything is reasonable smooth.
Just glad no one got injured by walking in the roads.
I was picking up customers at the Amex last night and it was the worse organized pick up at a concert I can ever remember and that includes the Robbie Williams fiasco at Knebworth a few years ago. As the stewards where stopping the flow of Taxis in and out of the designated area. everyone was causing chaos outside the venue by picking up anywhere I am surprised Sussex police allowed this to happen they don't allow this on football days and everything is reasonable smooth. Just glad no one got injured by walking in the roads. pedro4
  • Score: 7

12:03pm Sat 14 Jun 14

micklin says...

Cracking night!! Brilliant show. Some people just love to moan!! Get a life!
Cracking night!! Brilliant show. Some people just love to moan!! Get a life! micklin
  • Score: 28

12:05pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Fairport says...

Well it was a great event with Rod on top form and he still commands the stage , also being a regular at the Amex transport arrangements were fine and we got out and back to lewes in 30 minutes and we stayed to the end. Like many concerts the sound improves after the first couple of numbers, stadium looked great with friendly stewarding, beer was fine and easy to access if you avoided the first bar as you arrived, food was poor but it usually is at one off concerts . Overall I enjoyed it and I hope we have a few more concerts at the Amex preferably Bruce Springsteen . UTA
Well it was a great event with Rod on top form and he still commands the stage , also being a regular at the Amex transport arrangements were fine and we got out and back to lewes in 30 minutes and we stayed to the end. Like many concerts the sound improves after the first couple of numbers, stadium looked great with friendly stewarding, beer was fine and easy to access if you avoided the first bar as you arrived, food was poor but it usually is at one off concerts . Overall I enjoyed it and I hope we have a few more concerts at the Amex preferably Bruce Springsteen . UTA Fairport
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

bluemonday wrote:
23,000,less than the football but 20x more chaos getting out afterwards
The football stewards will be well-versed in getting the crowds away.
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: 23,000,less than the football but 20x more chaos getting out afterwards[/p][/quote]The football stewards will be well-versed in getting the crowds away. Gary1965
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Sat 14 Jun 14

tinker111 says...

What an expensive farce the P7R travel was not even set up to meet travel times on ticket worse than match days
What an expensive farce the P7R travel was not even set up to meet travel times on ticket worse than match days tinker111
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Sat 14 Jun 14

psb196 says...

One thing that is worthy of commenting is the deliberate policy on the part of BHAFC and the promoters of refusing to divulge exactly when the show was to start and telling people to "get there early". I phoned BHAFC, I phoned Ticketmaster, I phoned Ticketline, each time met with the same standard response - "get there early and enjoy the food an drink on offer". I emailed BHAFC and got an automated reply telling me that if my query was about the show timings I would not get a reply.

After paying £100 for a ticket I expected at least to be told what time the show starts, not deliberately kept in the dark in the hope that I would turn up at 5pm for a show that started at 8.30 pm and spend a month's wages on beer and burgers.
One thing that is worthy of commenting is the deliberate policy on the part of BHAFC and the promoters of refusing to divulge exactly when the show was to start and telling people to "get there early". I phoned BHAFC, I phoned Ticketmaster, I phoned Ticketline, each time met with the same standard response - "get there early and enjoy the food an drink on offer". I emailed BHAFC and got an automated reply telling me that if my query was about the show timings I would not get a reply. After paying £100 for a ticket I expected at least to be told what time the show starts, not deliberately kept in the dark in the hope that I would turn up at 5pm for a show that started at 8.30 pm and spend a month's wages on beer and burgers. psb196
  • Score: 25

2:28pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Neville says...

Trains to Brighton fiasco,4 empty coaches left at the rear of train,staff advised to use them but no one to ensure this happened,people left bemused on the platform. Price differs,pint Harveys on pitch £4 in the concourse £4.50,prices a real rip off and long queues,north end ran out of btls white wine and hot food before concert started.Very poor.
Trains to Brighton fiasco,4 empty coaches left at the rear of train,staff advised to use them but no one to ensure this happened,people left bemused on the platform. Price differs,pint Harveys on pitch £4 in the concourse £4.50,prices a real rip off and long queues,north end ran out of btls white wine and hot food before concert started.Very poor. Neville
  • Score: 8

3:06pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

lh of bhill wrote:
# rod stewart #bhafc
Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??
Not being a fan I didn't go, but my wife would agree with you. (I guess your comment has been downvoted by simple souls who'll cheer anything, bless 'em). She's seen him seven times now and said it was easily the worst show of his that she's been to. Also for the first time he didn't do an encore.

The travel chaos was predictable. At football watches we're encouraged to come early and stay late to try and stagger the times. They deliberately didn't announce what time he was going to be on-stage (only when the doors opened) to try and get people to come early, but it was always going to be carnage. Ditto the scrum at the end. She too saw people leaving early, I guess they were ones who knew what was coming and wanted to try and avoid it! The monthly closure of the access road to the government secret base under the downs (Southwick Hill tunnel), didn't help the westbound traffic either.
[quote][p][bold]lh of bhill[/bold] wrote: # rod stewart #bhafc Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??[/p][/quote]Not being a fan I didn't go, but my wife would agree with you. (I guess your comment has been downvoted by simple souls who'll cheer anything, bless 'em). She's seen him seven times now and said it was easily the worst show of his that she's been to. Also for the first time he didn't do an encore. The travel chaos was predictable. At football watches we're encouraged to come early and stay late to try and stagger the times. They deliberately didn't announce what time he was going to be on-stage (only when the doors opened) to try and get people to come early, but it was always going to be carnage. Ditto the scrum at the end. She too saw people leaving early, I guess they were ones who knew what was coming and wanted to try and avoid it! The monthly closure of the access road to the government secret base under the downs (Southwick Hill tunnel), didn't help the westbound traffic either. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 1

3:16pm Sat 14 Jun 14

pebble counter says...

psb196 wrote:
One thing that is worthy of commenting is the deliberate policy on the part of BHAFC and the promoters of refusing to divulge exactly when the show was to start and telling people to "get there early". I phoned BHAFC, I phoned Ticketmaster, I phoned Ticketline, each time met with the same standard response - "get there early and enjoy the food an drink on offer". I emailed BHAFC and got an automated reply telling me that if my query was about the show timings I would not get a reply.

After paying £100 for a ticket I expected at least to be told what time the show starts, not deliberately kept in the dark in the hope that I would turn up at 5pm for a show that started at 8.30 pm and spend a month's wages on beer and burgers.
Yes, that is worth commenting on. Rod was brilliant, but it was impossible to find out when the actual singing by him would start. In the meantime, queueing for drinks took half an hour (in the North stand) only to be told they just had red wine and Strongbow - not even any water. But this was just a small thing really, just crude money making by the usual sharks. The main thing was to see a top entertainer who has been singing fifty years still belting it out for all his worth. I'll forget the queue for the drinks, but remember Rod.
[quote][p][bold]psb196[/bold] wrote: One thing that is worthy of commenting is the deliberate policy on the part of BHAFC and the promoters of refusing to divulge exactly when the show was to start and telling people to "get there early". I phoned BHAFC, I phoned Ticketmaster, I phoned Ticketline, each time met with the same standard response - "get there early and enjoy the food an drink on offer". I emailed BHAFC and got an automated reply telling me that if my query was about the show timings I would not get a reply. After paying £100 for a ticket I expected at least to be told what time the show starts, not deliberately kept in the dark in the hope that I would turn up at 5pm for a show that started at 8.30 pm and spend a month's wages on beer and burgers.[/p][/quote]Yes, that is worth commenting on. Rod was brilliant, but it was impossible to find out when the actual singing by him would start. In the meantime, queueing for drinks took half an hour (in the North stand) only to be told they just had red wine and Strongbow - not even any water. But this was just a small thing really, just crude money making by the usual sharks. The main thing was to see a top entertainer who has been singing fifty years still belting it out for all his worth. I'll forget the queue for the drinks, but remember Rod. pebble counter
  • Score: 7

3:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Wide Bertha says...

micklin wrote:
Cracking night!! Brilliant show. Some people just love to moan!! Get a life!
others prefer to over exclaim.
[quote][p][bold]micklin[/bold] wrote: Cracking night!! Brilliant show. Some people just love to moan!! Get a life![/p][/quote]others prefer to over exclaim. Wide Bertha
  • Score: -3

3:40pm Sat 14 Jun 14

panelman6 says...

Enjoyed Rod but agree with JSIR that also having seen him 7 times that was probably the least enjoyable. What really irritated us though was the abysmal stewarding in the stadium and at the park and ride. How can you pay over £100 for a seat and then be unable to see because people from the cheaper seats are allowed to come down to the front and stand in front of you. Admittedly everybody was standing and rocking but.............. The queues for the P&R after were just a shambles.....not at all like on match days at the Albion.
Enjoyed Rod but agree with JSIR that also having seen him 7 times that was probably the least enjoyable. What really irritated us though was the abysmal stewarding in the stadium and at the park and ride. How can you pay over £100 for a seat and then be unable to see because people from the cheaper seats are allowed to come down to the front and stand in front of you. Admittedly everybody was standing and rocking but.............. The queues for the P&R after were just a shambles.....not at all like on match days at the Albion. panelman6
  • Score: 6

4:04pm Sat 14 Jun 14

psb196 says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
lh of bhill wrote:
# rod stewart #bhafc
Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??
Not being a fan I didn't go, but my wife would agree with you. (I guess your comment has been downvoted by simple souls who'll cheer anything, bless 'em). She's seen him seven times now and said it was easily the worst show of his that she's been to. Also for the first time he didn't do an encore.

The travel chaos was predictable. At football watches we're encouraged to come early and stay late to try and stagger the times. They deliberately didn't announce what time he was going to be on-stage (only when the doors opened) to try and get people to come early, but it was always going to be carnage. Ditto the scrum at the end. She too saw people leaving early, I guess they were ones who knew what was coming and wanted to try and avoid it! The monthly closure of the access road to the government secret base under the downs (Southwick Hill tunnel), didn't help the westbound traffic either.
Check any of Rod Stewart's set lists for the tour for this year or last year. HE DOESN'T DO AN ENCORE.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lh of bhill[/bold] wrote: # rod stewart #bhafc Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??[/p][/quote]Not being a fan I didn't go, but my wife would agree with you. (I guess your comment has been downvoted by simple souls who'll cheer anything, bless 'em). She's seen him seven times now and said it was easily the worst show of his that she's been to. Also for the first time he didn't do an encore. The travel chaos was predictable. At football watches we're encouraged to come early and stay late to try and stagger the times. They deliberately didn't announce what time he was going to be on-stage (only when the doors opened) to try and get people to come early, but it was always going to be carnage. Ditto the scrum at the end. She too saw people leaving early, I guess they were ones who knew what was coming and wanted to try and avoid it! The monthly closure of the access road to the government secret base under the downs (Southwick Hill tunnel), didn't help the westbound traffic either.[/p][/quote]Check any of Rod Stewart's set lists for the tour for this year or last year. HE DOESN'T DO AN ENCORE. psb196
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Sat 14 Jun 14

psb196 says...

To clarify what I am trying to say regarding the "encore". On Stewart's gigs for the last year he ends with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy", usually preceded by either "Baby Jane" or "Sailing" often swapped with each other.

In many ways, "Sexy" can be considered and "encore" in that it is always the last song and the whole band all line up together during its performance. However, there is no clear "going off stage and coming back after the audience cry out for more" before it is played, but in many people's eyes it is seen as an encore.

Either way, anyone familiar with Stewart's latest live sets cannot surely have been expecting anything else after "Sexy" had been played.
To clarify what I am trying to say regarding the "encore". On Stewart's gigs for the last year he ends with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy", usually preceded by either "Baby Jane" or "Sailing" often swapped with each other. In many ways, "Sexy" can be considered and "encore" in that it is always the last song and the whole band all line up together during its performance. However, there is no clear "going off stage and coming back after the audience cry out for more" before it is played, but in many people's eyes it is seen as an encore. Either way, anyone familiar with Stewart's latest live sets cannot surely have been expecting anything else after "Sexy" had been played. psb196
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Sat 14 Jun 14

blue-eyed-boy says...

Fairport wrote:
Well it was a great event with Rod on top form and he still commands the stage , also being a regular at the Amex transport arrangements were fine and we got out and back to lewes in 30 minutes and we stayed to the end. Like many concerts the sound improves after the first couple of numbers, stadium looked great with friendly stewarding, beer was fine and easy to access if you avoided the first bar as you arrived, food was poor but it usually is at one off concerts . Overall I enjoyed it and I hope we have a few more concerts at the Amex preferably Bruce Springsteen . UTA
Yes, bring on the Boss!
[quote][p][bold]Fairport[/bold] wrote: Well it was a great event with Rod on top form and he still commands the stage , also being a regular at the Amex transport arrangements were fine and we got out and back to lewes in 30 minutes and we stayed to the end. Like many concerts the sound improves after the first couple of numbers, stadium looked great with friendly stewarding, beer was fine and easy to access if you avoided the first bar as you arrived, food was poor but it usually is at one off concerts . Overall I enjoyed it and I hope we have a few more concerts at the Amex preferably Bruce Springsteen . UTA[/p][/quote]Yes, bring on the Boss! blue-eyed-boy
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Mrsgranty says...

Just want to add to the debate on the sound quality. From what I can gather it was fine down on the pitch, but where we were in the first level of the stands, it was appalling. Couldn't hear Rod when he was talking or singing - these were still sixty something pound seats and it was not good. Really disappointing.
Just want to add to the debate on the sound quality. From what I can gather it was fine down on the pitch, but where we were in the first level of the stands, it was appalling. Couldn't hear Rod when he was talking or singing - these were still sixty something pound seats and it was not good. Really disappointing. Mrsgranty
  • Score: 7

7:04pm Sat 14 Jun 14

MongoJerry says...

Match days can have their moments but this was a poor showing on whoever arranges catering and travel was made worse by a few cancelled trains and not lengthening those that were running in the peak period. I for one wasn't expecting or asking for anything to be different than match day. We do a pretty good job then so why the change of script for a concert that brought poor stock provision, and inability to knock out more than 20 burgers an hour. And crisps, crisps of all things to have run out in WSL by 6.45 when they could have stock pilled boxes of them and if they weren't needed, use them another day, they have a long shelf life after all. Really good concert though, just disappointed our venue's set up was a let down. There were plenty of 2 pint glasses and full bottles of wine doing a roaring trade due to bulk buying because of the queues and in turn created the most rowdy atmosphere I've ever seen at the Amex, especially upon leaving.
Match days can have their moments but this was a poor showing on whoever arranges catering and travel was made worse by a few cancelled trains and not lengthening those that were running in the peak period. I for one wasn't expecting or asking for anything to be different than match day. We do a pretty good job then so why the change of script for a concert that brought poor stock provision, and inability to knock out more than 20 burgers an hour. And crisps, crisps of all things to have run out in WSL by 6.45 when they could have stock pilled boxes of them and if they weren't needed, use them another day, they have a long shelf life after all. Really good concert though, just disappointed our venue's set up was a let down. There were plenty of 2 pint glasses and full bottles of wine doing a roaring trade due to bulk buying because of the queues and in turn created the most rowdy atmosphere I've ever seen at the Amex, especially upon leaving. MongoJerry
  • Score: 5

7:11pm Sat 14 Jun 14

richiegirl1 says...

I took my mum, she's been a fan of Rod for as long as I can remember. We had no trouble getting there from Seaford, arrived in good time & were impressed how close Stadium was to Station as we had not been before.
We found all staff etc very helpful & thought it was well organised.
The only problem we had was we were on the pitch and our view was blocked by a very tall coupe infront of us! good job there was a screen on stage otherwise we wouldn't have seen a thing! After the first 30 mins the sound improved quite a bit. We both had a great night, but thought the ending a little odd. We had a quick exit and made it on to the first train back to Seaford, and were home by 11.30, so after hearing how long it took others to get home we considered ourselves very lucky. Would not put us off going again to see other concerts in future
I took my mum, she's been a fan of Rod for as long as I can remember. We had no trouble getting there from Seaford, arrived in good time & were impressed how close Stadium was to Station as we had not been before. We found all staff etc very helpful & thought it was well organised. The only problem we had was we were on the pitch and our view was blocked by a very tall coupe infront of us! good job there was a screen on stage otherwise we wouldn't have seen a thing! After the first 30 mins the sound improved quite a bit. We both had a great night, but thought the ending a little odd. We had a quick exit and made it on to the first train back to Seaford, and were home by 11.30, so after hearing how long it took others to get home we considered ourselves very lucky. Would not put us off going again to see other concerts in future richiegirl1
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

jefski says...

blue-eyed-boy wrote:
Fairport wrote:
Well it was a great event with Rod on top form and he still commands the stage , also being a regular at the Amex transport arrangements were fine and we got out and back to lewes in 30 minutes and we stayed to the end. Like many concerts the sound improves after the first couple of numbers, stadium looked great with friendly stewarding, beer was fine and easy to access if you avoided the first bar as you arrived, food was poor but it usually is at one off concerts . Overall I enjoyed it and I hope we have a few more concerts at the Amex preferably Bruce Springsteen . UTA
Yes, bring on the Boss!
Springsteen would show you all what a gig is about at the Amex.
Stewart is just a old wind bag, at best. Scottish? My A** Think he was born in London.
[quote][p][bold]blue-eyed-boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fairport[/bold] wrote: Well it was a great event with Rod on top form and he still commands the stage , also being a regular at the Amex transport arrangements were fine and we got out and back to lewes in 30 minutes and we stayed to the end. Like many concerts the sound improves after the first couple of numbers, stadium looked great with friendly stewarding, beer was fine and easy to access if you avoided the first bar as you arrived, food was poor but it usually is at one off concerts . Overall I enjoyed it and I hope we have a few more concerts at the Amex preferably Bruce Springsteen . UTA[/p][/quote]Yes, bring on the Boss![/p][/quote]Springsteen would show you all what a gig is about at the Amex. Stewart is just a old wind bag, at best. Scottish? My A** Think he was born in London. jefski
  • Score: -11

7:37pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Jam259 says...

My parents really enjoyed the concert and even got upgraded for free to better seats but the whole organisation of the concert transport was rediculous from start to finish, whoever was in charge of it should be fired!!

For a start not know what time the concert started and any further information except for the gates open at 5 was an annoying start, at least everyone will know know for future reference:)

I bought them return train tickets from Brighton and they got an early train which was okay but very busy, you think they would put on more trains!! When they tried to get the train back though they got stuck in cue for an hour at the train station which just didnt move and there was no information available (what happended to all the trains?) so much for public transport so I drove and picked them up, which is what we were trying to avoid. I had to drive to Lewes to be able to turn round, this was a lot quicker as the bridge next to the stadium was rammed. I ended up picking them up just passed the train station which the police had blocked but further along was free. There were loads of people just waiting on the side of the road and you couldn't even pull over properly because people were standing in the area to pull over, very dangerous with amount of people next to a 70mph road, I'm suprised that no one was hurt with people just everywhere!!

Sorry for long story but my conclusion to all this is public transport is useless as far as the stadium is concerned, and getting picked up by car was a lot quicker:)
My parents really enjoyed the concert and even got upgraded for free to better seats but the whole organisation of the concert transport was rediculous from start to finish, whoever was in charge of it should be fired!! For a start not know what time the concert started and any further information except for the gates open at 5 was an annoying start, at least everyone will know know for future reference:) I bought them return train tickets from Brighton and they got an early train which was okay but very busy, you think they would put on more trains!! When they tried to get the train back though they got stuck in cue for an hour at the train station which just didnt move and there was no information available (what happended to all the trains?) so much for public transport so I drove and picked them up, which is what we were trying to avoid. I had to drive to Lewes to be able to turn round, this was a lot quicker as the bridge next to the stadium was rammed. I ended up picking them up just passed the train station which the police had blocked but further along was free. There were loads of people just waiting on the side of the road and you couldn't even pull over properly because people were standing in the area to pull over, very dangerous with amount of people next to a 70mph road, I'm suprised that no one was hurt with people just everywhere!! Sorry for long story but my conclusion to all this is public transport is useless as far as the stadium is concerned, and getting picked up by car was a lot quicker:) Jam259
  • Score: 5

7:38pm Sat 14 Jun 14

jefski says...

PS.
His other half is Hot!

Lucky guy Rod.
PS. His other half is Hot! Lucky guy Rod. jefski
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Sat 14 Jun 14

cynic_the says...

NathanAdler wrote:
“It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London"

Yes, all the way to that there London. All of 48 minutes on the train, What pressure!!
48 minutes? That's a laugh.

I do it 8 times a week and if it's an hour and 10 you're very happy...
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: “It takes the pressure off, instead of having to travel all the way to London" Yes, all the way to that there London. All of 48 minutes on the train, What pressure!![/p][/quote]48 minutes? That's a laugh. I do it 8 times a week and if it's an hour and 10 you're very happy... cynic_the
  • Score: 6

10:23am Sun 15 Jun 14

Mrs Stewart says...

The die-hard fans loved Rod.. I'd prefer to see him at a stately home open air concert with bring your own pick-nick etc. He can still sing and move well.
The stadium itself is good but the organisation was not. No signage on roads for parking, so arrived at stadium to be told there was no on-site parking and to go back to the Falmer Village parking - not a problem but advanced signage would be useful. Parking cost £20 - nice little earner for someone, and for that I would expect stewards directing the traffic at end of concert. There were some very impatient people trying to leave, driving ridiculously, and one particular idiot driving a little black car who was obviously so important he thought it fine to flash, beep and almost bump the rest of us.
Catering: A shambles. Stadium management should hang their heads in shame. No outside catering, and inside queues of 50 mins, only to find items had run out. The staff had to walk all the way around their kitchen just to get to the Pimms pump, prices were high for food, which didnt seem heated properly,and the staff simply had no urgency.
I won't be returning to this venue again.
The die-hard fans loved Rod.. I'd prefer to see him at a stately home open air concert with bring your own pick-nick etc. He can still sing and move well. The stadium itself is good but the organisation was not. No signage on roads for parking, so arrived at stadium to be told there was no on-site parking and to go back to the Falmer Village parking - not a problem but advanced signage would be useful. Parking cost £20 - nice little earner for someone, and for that I would expect stewards directing the traffic at end of concert. There were some very impatient people trying to leave, driving ridiculously, and one particular idiot driving a little black car who was obviously so important he thought it fine to flash, beep and almost bump the rest of us. Catering: A shambles. Stadium management should hang their heads in shame. No outside catering, and inside queues of 50 mins, only to find items had run out. The staff had to walk all the way around their kitchen just to get to the Pimms pump, prices were high for food, which didnt seem heated properly,and the staff simply had no urgency. I won't be returning to this venue again. Mrs Stewart
  • Score: 3

10:54am Sun 15 Jun 14

flyingfish41 says...

Well I must have been at a different concert ! I loved it . The weather was perfect and the atmosphere where we were sitting was great . We parked pre booked in the university and it took 40 mins from the end of the concert to bring at home in peacehaven .
Was great to have Rod in Brighton and we just soaked it up , sang along , laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the evening .
Well I must have been at a different concert ! I loved it . The weather was perfect and the atmosphere where we were sitting was great . We parked pre booked in the university and it took 40 mins from the end of the concert to bring at home in peacehaven . Was great to have Rod in Brighton and we just soaked it up , sang along , laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the evening . flyingfish41
  • Score: 4

11:40am Sun 15 Jun 14

psb196 says...

To all the people complaining about the catering - stadium shows have been around for long enough now, the catering is always over-priced and often of questionable quality.

Fill up on food before you go. Get a cheap bottle of wine from the supermarket and guzzle it down on the train!

More seriously though, I've never quite understood why a concert or a football match has to be accompanied by catering burgers and barely heated chips and gallons of (often) watered down lager costing God knows how much. At hundreds of concerts and football matches I've attended I don't think I've ever eaten anything...
To all the people complaining about the catering - stadium shows have been around for long enough now, the catering is always over-priced and often of questionable quality. Fill up on food before you go. Get a cheap bottle of wine from the supermarket and guzzle it down on the train! More seriously though, I've never quite understood why a concert or a football match has to be accompanied by catering burgers and barely heated chips and gallons of (often) watered down lager costing God knows how much. At hundreds of concerts and football matches I've attended I don't think I've ever eaten anything... psb196
  • Score: 4

3:33pm Sun 15 Jun 14

rolo80 says...

Hi All,
We ate going to watch Rod Stewart in Blackpool on Friday and I was just wondering what time he comes on stage and what time the concert finishes ?
Hi All, We ate going to watch Rod Stewart in Blackpool on Friday and I was just wondering what time he comes on stage and what time the concert finishes ? rolo80
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Sun 15 Jun 14

J&S123 says...

I agree with others, sound guys at this concert should be held to task. Not Rod's fault but seated in the West Stand at times it was difficult to tell which song he was singing. Very disappointing and annoying given the price paid for the tickets. Also, lack of directions and marshall to help with parking, especially as paying £20, did not help experience. Will think twice about going to another concert at the Amex!
I agree with others, sound guys at this concert should be held to task. Not Rod's fault but seated in the West Stand at times it was difficult to tell which song he was singing. Very disappointing and annoying given the price paid for the tickets. Also, lack of directions and marshall to help with parking, especially as paying £20, did not help experience. Will think twice about going to another concert at the Amex! J&S123
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Sun 15 Jun 14

psb196 says...

Hi rolo

Rod came on stage at 8.35 pm and went off about 10.15 to 10.20.
Hi rolo Rod came on stage at 8.35 pm and went off about 10.15 to 10.20. psb196
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Sun 15 Jun 14

M. FORBES says...

Travelled up from Bournemouth and the atmosphere was excellent when Rod came on stage...big problem was the food on offer..absolutely disgusting..after waiting 45 minutes in a queue in the north stand ,,nothing left but hotdogs..so i waited for 10 minutes and was given two attractive orange bags with the hotdogs in..I said was there mustard and the girl said there was ketchup on the hotdogs..I opened one of the bags and pulled out the hotdog..just a frozen roll came out with the roll still closed and a sausage slung in the bag...I queued for another 20 mins and asked for my £9.00 back ..had to wait another 15 minutes for the manager as he was sorting out other complaints...as for the pulled pork roll...it was the most disgusting fast food item that I have ever seen...I wonder if there was any food poisoning cases last night..The promoter of this concert should be banned from ever being allowed to serve food to 1 person never mind 25000..Name and Shame I say .
Travelled up from Bournemouth and the atmosphere was excellent when Rod came on stage...big problem was the food on offer..absolutely disgusting..after waiting 45 minutes in a queue in the north stand ,,nothing left but hotdogs..so i waited for 10 minutes and was given two attractive orange bags with the hotdogs in..I said was there mustard and the girl said there was ketchup on the hotdogs..I opened one of the bags and pulled out the hotdog..just a frozen roll came out with the roll still closed and a sausage slung in the bag...I queued for another 20 mins and asked for my £9.00 back ..had to wait another 15 minutes for the manager as he was sorting out other complaints...as for the pulled pork roll...it was the most disgusting fast food item that I have ever seen...I wonder if there was any food poisoning cases last night..The promoter of this concert should be banned from ever being allowed to serve food to 1 person never mind 25000..Name and Shame I say . M. FORBES
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Sun 15 Jun 14

psb196 says...

You paid £9 for two hot dogs?

There's one born every minute!
You paid £9 for two hot dogs? There's one born every minute! psb196
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Sun 15 Jun 14

lenward says...

Why do people leave these things early. To try and beat the crowd is the answer, but my question is this, these people have spent a great deal of money on these events, why rush away just to save an hour. I know it that was me, I would want the night to last as long as possible, because it will probably never happen again. So I say to these people savour the moment.

Has to the traveling, all I can say is these events are new to the amex staff and I know being a albion season ticket holder it will get better the more they do, so keep the faith.
Why do people leave these things early. To try and beat the crowd is the answer, but my question is this, these people have spent a great deal of money on these events, why rush away just to save an hour. I know it that was me, I would want the night to last as long as possible, because it will probably never happen again. So I say to these people savour the moment. Has to the traveling, all I can say is these events are new to the amex staff and I know being a albion season ticket holder it will get better the more they do, so keep the faith. lenward
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Poem58 says...

£100 a ticket... I saw a band at the Prince Albert recently... was less than a tenner and I was so close to the singer I could tell you what he probably had for lunch.
£100 a ticket... I saw a band at the Prince Albert recently... was less than a tenner and I was so close to the singer I could tell you what he probably had for lunch. Poem58
  • Score: -1

8:37pm Mon 16 Jun 14

mumanana says...

pebble counter wrote:
lh of bhill wrote:
# rod stewart #bhafc
Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??
Blimey mate it's being happy keeps you going isn't it? I thought he was brilliant and for a bloke born in 1945 he didn't do badly at all. I didn't see anyone leaving early?
are you sure you were at the Amex? half way through the concert there was a mass exodus from the stadium! The performance from Rod as always was brilliant (no complaints on that score). But organisation, Jazz Band, acoustics, parking, food & drink a nightmare will never go to AMEX again would rather travel to London next time.
[quote][p][bold]pebble counter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lh of bhill[/bold] wrote: # rod stewart #bhafc Rod not at your best but the sound crew need a rocket put somewhere woeful night at the amex . People walking out early I left before the end trains mess stuck a Btn 35 minutes beleave rod didn't come out at the end first time ever??[/p][/quote]Blimey mate it's being happy keeps you going isn't it? I thought he was brilliant and for a bloke born in 1945 he didn't do badly at all. I didn't see anyone leaving early?[/p][/quote]are you sure you were at the Amex? half way through the concert there was a mass exodus from the stadium! The performance from Rod as always was brilliant (no complaints on that score). But organisation, Jazz Band, acoustics, parking, food & drink a nightmare will never go to AMEX again would rather travel to London next time. mumanana
  • Score: 1

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