Get Ready To Rock! { We Will Rock You }

Click the video to see the first minute(s) of the show.

The first music from the Bon Jovi concert at Wembley, 25 June 1995, was not Bon Jovi.

It was the beat of what is probably the intros of intros:
We Will Rock You.
By Queen.

For the third night in a row 85.000 people of a sold out Wembley, start stamping their feet, clapping their hands, roaring their voice.
The camera zooms over the audience that is already more than ready to rock and roll!

And I have no idea if this is my perspective but whether it’s 1995 footage or 2019;
If I see a sold out Wembley on screen my first response is something like:

Followed by
Maybe that’s “just” what a sold out stadium looks like, but on the video you can see that if there were two London mice who wanted to attend, their safety would not have been quaranteed.

To me a sold out Wembley looks like a sold out Wembley plus an extra 20.000 people.

But having said that;
It does work on screen, and I think it works in feeeeeling the vibe as well!
What’s better than stamping your feet, screaming, clapping in anticipation of Bon Jovi?
Doing it in a sweaty crowd, a sold out stadium, and add a few extra tens of thousands of people!

Just like a pilgrimage, you cannot tell this story by just focusing on how it ends.
It’s about the journey.
For a Bon Jovi crowd that journey started long ago, by religiously listening to their music.
Over and over, the same songs like prayers, sung along and felt in the heart and with the very soul.

Like faith, the music was already fully internalized, long before the pilgrimage began.

Then the announcement that the band will come and the decision to go.
First you have to buy the ticket, which is not always easy.
Followed by months of anticipation.
The final days are marked by detailed preparations;
What will you wear? What do you need? What can you bring and what not? 

You travel, could be hours in the car or using public transportation.
The most difficult part is always the last bit;
The final miles are the most likely for a bus to not be there, or for taking a wrong turn if you drive there yourself.
It can easily add an hour to your journey if you miss a cue here.

If you’re early at the stadium, there is more suspense!
Because the gates do not open until 3 P.M. and you never know which gate opens first. Nor is it ever finite if there is or is not a “list” to get in first.
And if so if you want to join the list and be bound by it;
Or take your chances and go rogue.

If you’re an early bird who wants to get first row, the choices you make upon entering, and how they work out, will be nerve wrecking.
There is no way of telling in advance who will “get it” (and at what price! early access packages are hundreds of dollars extra), and who will not get to first row despite being early on the site.
Every row or entrance, has their own risk/ benefit profile.

This uncertainty makes the opening of the gates (outer-gates, and inner-gates and security gates) the most difficult part of the day for people who want to be first row, because you just have to accept you have no control over it.
You can only do your best and hope for the best.

When you’re inside the venue, ever more hours of waiting. 
Listening to the support act.
Until finally;
Whether you are first row and have been on your feet since noon.

Or whether you came in late, immediately leaving after work as soon as you could, but got stuck in traffic and now you actually RAN from the parking in a nearby farmer’s meadow, all the way to the stadium, because you didn’t want to wait for the shuttle and were hellbent to be on time!

You made it.
You ALL made it.


Boom, boom.

You clap your hands.

Boom, boom.

You stamp your feet.

Boom, boom.

You, and everybody around you, as far as the eye can see.

Boom, boom.

85.000 people.

Boom, boom.


You are ready to rock.



Get Ready To Rock! { We Will Rock You }
is the first chapter from
Live from London
Take the stage, rock your life and rule the world”
Click on “Live from London” to read all chapters.

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To me this video really illustrates the power of the song We Will Rock You, sung in a big stadium:


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