Lostprophets brought the second, and final day of the
London leg of ‘Give It A Name’ 06 to a close last
night, and aired new material during their headline
set at Earls Court.
The Welsh rockers, who’ve been out of the limelight
for the last 18 months, revealed they’d been on a warm
up tour of small venues around Wales.
“It was like being on our first tour again,” singer Ian Watkins
told the crowd. “It was awesome.”
The singer then asked the crowd, “want to know what
we’ve been up to since you last saw us?” and launched
into new song, ‘The New Transmission’. Then he
introduced new drummer Ilan Rubin, who played a five
minute drum solo to signal his arrival.
Forthcoming single ‘Rooftops’ was also played, and
Watkins spent time teaching the crowd the words to the
song. “I don’t want you to think, ‘Ah, it’s a good
song, but I don’t know the words’,” he said. “It goes
like this; “’Standing on the rooftops, everybody scream
your heart out’. Now you try singing it!”
The fans responded in kind on both ’Rooftops’, and a
clutch of older, more familiar material, including
‘Last Summer’ and ‘Sway’.
Earlier in the day the new band from former Blink-182
guitarist Tom Delonge, Angels and Airwaves had
played, in addition to ska rockers Goldfinger, ShockWaves NME Awards Tour favourites We Are Scientists, and just
before Lostprophets, emo rockers Taking Back Sunday.
However, the NY band had an unexpected injury during
their set, when singer Adam Lazzarra – twirling his
microphone above his head – hit his own bass player,
Matt Rubana, in the temple during the first song.
The clearly dazed bass player managed to make it through
his set, and the singer highlighted his bandmate’s
“hardness” on stage, yet was taken to hospital upon
the close of the set, with suspected concussion.