I have seen most of my favourite bands. I have soaked up the raw energy of The Jam in their prime, the Manics at their peak of fame, the pink rabbits of the Flaming Lips and of U2's most pompous stadium best on two occasions. I enjoyed the majesty of the David Bowie Glass Spider, but the music was rubbish. But I will say this. I have never ever seen a live stage performance as dramatic, emotional and as awe inspiring as ... Take That at the City of Manchester stadium tonight.
It was so much more than a pop concert. Part Circ de Soiel, mixed with the Bolshoi Ballet, some X Factor, the Rat Pack, a smattering of soap opera drama and a boy band reunion concert. For each song to have a different stage and multiple dress changes suggests that the whole package now has been re-defined.
As if the reapperance of Robbie Williams wasn't enough - and frankly it would have been - the detail and the choreographed spectacle tonight have created a live event to change the whole game forever.
How disappointed will any one of the 400,000 people attending concerts here in Manchester be the next time they see a lame relay of hits from an old favourite? We've heard a lot of talk about the music industry needing the live event to save the soul of music. It just won't be good enough. This was just incredible.
Footnote: The tour sold 1.1 million tickets in one day.