Opinion

The Rolling Stones at The London Stadium

As a Season Ticket holder, I was surprised to get a text from The London Stadium offering priority tickets for The Rolling Stones. When I think of Mick and co prancing around on stage I think of my old man who’s also in his seventies and whether he’d rock it like Jagger. Sorry to disappoint dad but I think unlikely.
I took advantage of the offer and paid £104 a pop for unreserved seating!! I’m hoping Ronnie serenades me with a rose in his mouth or that.
Well, those boys have still got it. The show was amazing and the warm up man Liam Gallagher was pretty tasty too. I’ll forgive him for the MCFC banner he had on stage but only just.
Both me and my wife came kitted out in our his and hers Stones T-Shirts and we had a few drinks before having a meal on the food court. It made a change to be able to walk through Westfield. The whole place was buzzing and I couldn’t resist shouting out the odd Irons to the annoyance of my wife as we walked towards the stadium.
I certainly had a spring in my step due to the announcement earlier of our new manager. The concourse was lined with food and drink outlets all doing a brisk trade. My eyes were raised at the £15 price tag for a program, and as you may have guessed, I gave that a swerve. Food and drink were aplenty inside the stadium and on the edges of the covered pitch.
I’ve never had a problem with the stadium and have a decent front row seat on an upper tier, what I thought was amazing was how good it felt for a music gig. The stadium was a good fit and judging by the queues, (they were long everywhere) I’d be surprised if this doesn’t become a regular feature.
The only thing that remained the same was the long walk and the stop go signs as we headed back to the underground.
I’ve tried to come up with some tenuous links to The Stones, West Ham and the gaffer. I can’t get no satisfaction, the guys as old as our defence you get me drift.
What I did come up with is this could be a time of positivity and hope. The Stones formed in 1962, West Ham were managed by Ron Greenwood, Bobby Moore was club captain and player John Lyall was forced to retire due to injury. I’d like to think I’d still be jumping about as Jagger and Co when I’m in my seventies.
They’ve still got it and I’m hopeful that Pelligrini has still got it too. If he lives up to his reputation then there’s good times ahead. A man who wants to play attacking attractive football, the West Ham way. He’ll hopefully put his stamp on the squad and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of comings and goings this summer.
Question marks hover over many of the players and it’s unlikely that the team will resemble the one that finished against Everton.
The club needs a top-to-toe makeover and Pellegrini seems the man that is up to the task. It’ll be interesting to see if he can only play with expensive toys and get any more from what David Moyes achieved in the latter part of the season.
He’ll have a pre-season to see what he wants and a decent wad of cash to add. Things look a little brighter and I’m optimistic for once in a while.
As Mick said, “Let’s Rock and Roll.” And it’s a “Yeah Baby from me!!”