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We saw Paul Thorn last night at City Winery in Chicago. I've been a fan for a long time, but the live show exceeded my expectations. A great show at a great venue.


Cool. Coincidentally heard What The Hell Is Goin’ On in the car this AM


He played this last night. It was the only time he came close to political talk. Wink
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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I'd love to go to Daryl's house. Still wondering where my invite is?

Pick a show. I live less than an hour away.


Im guessing you are referring to Daryl's House in Pawling NY which looks like a very cool club with a nice line up. If I was in the area Id gladly join you but I was actually referring to Daryl Hall's actual house where he hosts musicians and has a show broadcast on MTV Classic.

Yes, East Coast here. MTV still broadcasts (heheh)?
Last night, Pink Martini, accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Excellent show!

I've heard their music before but have never seen Pink Martini on video or live. I did not know that 4 of the 8 musicians are percussionists; I loved the sound they produced, and their lead vocalist (China) was in top form.

This was not the kind of music that I usually seek out, but I really enjoyed them last night. We're listening to them again this morning with our coffee, and I must say they're growing on me.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Last night, Pink Martini, accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Excellent show!

I've heard their music before but have never seen Pink Martini on video or live. I did not know that 4 of the 8 musicians are percussionists; I loved the sound they produced, and their lead vocalist (China) was in top form.

This was not the kind of music that I usually seek out, but I really enjoyed them last night. We're listening to them again this morning with our coffee, and I must say they're growing on me.

Seaquam,
I'm a recent convert to Pink Martini as well. They're playing at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery Sept. 9th and 10th. I have tickets for the 9th. You and the Mrs. could come down and join us?
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Last night, Pink Martini, accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Excellent show!

I've heard their music before but have never seen Pink Martini on video or live. I did not know that 4 of the 8 musicians are percussionists; I loved the sound they produced, and their lead vocalist (China) was in top form.

This was not the kind of music that I usually seek out, but I really enjoyed them last night. We're listening to them again this morning with our coffee, and I must say they're growing on me.


Seaquam,
I'm a recent convert to Pink Martini as well. They're playing at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery Sept. 9th and 10th. I have tickets for the 9th. You and the Mrs. could come down and join us?


I think we could possibly do that. I'll shoot you an email.
Been to two concerts in the last week and a half, and they couldn't be more opposite in terms of style.

The Chainsmokers are the hippest DJs these days and somehow they managed to put out an album. I've seen them before and this time they were in an arena. The show itself was pretty fun, lots of laser light action and thumping beats. Kind of like a wine from Paso, it was big and crowd pleasing, but not much in terms of sophistication.

I saw Chris Stapleton last night. Man he is awesome. You don't even have to like country to love what that guy does. If you haven't heard his new album, you should definitely check it out. His voice and his songs are top notch. I feel like my entire summer will be spent listening to his music and drinking some fine whiskey on the deck.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
U2 at The Rose Bowl

Impression? Seeing them for the 1st time in just under 2 weeks at Soldier Field. We'll be on the field.


Sure but with some caveats. Ive seen then over 20 times going back to early 80's so I do have some biases. While I strongly prefer the more intimate arena shows, any U2 concert is always a great experience and this one was as I love the album. I had 4 tix but ended up selling two and taking my 13 year old daughter as she's been dying to see them. My son bailed for a prom a week before and my GF/her son werent interested. I had seats in the back corner but lower bowl which provided a great vantage point for the staging and multi media. Had I not planned on taking kids my preference is ALWAYS GA on the floor/field so you made a good choice and should enjoy that aspect. I also always stand on the left (looking at the stage) as that is where The Edge plays and he is a major part of the show for me. I'd recommend that highly. Im kinda torn between trying to be up close to the stage vs a little back to enjoy the backdrop during the Joshua Tree album. Thats up to you but both would be great.

On to the show. They open with 4 or 5 five songs on a smaller B stage which extends out into the field. Great songs but stripped down with no special production. This was my least favorite part of the show. Mostly due to my vantage point (similar to 117 at Soldier Field) but up close down on the field would be very different and far better. If you can snuggle up on the field left of that B stage but behind the red zone you would be in prime position.

After that they went back to the main stage and played the Joshua Tree straight through with a massive video screen playing a staring role. This was my favorite part of the show by far. I also loved hearing the lesser played B side songs as that was a big treat for this long time fan.

Once they finished the album they took their bows and left for a break before encores. They typically take a 10 minute break and the guy I sold the tickets to expecting that left for bathroom break but they came back a minute or two later so dont do what he did.

They played 7 songs in the encore set of which I stayed for only 3 and listened to the rest on our way out because i had to get my daughter home for an early audition call back and getting out of the Rose Bowl with over 90,000 people would have been a 2 to 3 hour nightmare. Without kids Id plan on staying for the whole thing as any surprises would likely come here and Soldier Field has better egress. The show should be 22 to 23 songs. Expect them to hit the stage around 8:40 and off promptly around 11:00.

Sound quality was a bit of an issue on themassive outdoor facility compared with indoor shows but still solid. They are still working their way through some kinks but should be more finely tuned by CHI.

Overall expect a very fun but structured and predictable show (www.u2gigs.com will give you a pretty spot on set list) with some political commentary sprinkled through out.

I checked the seating chart for your show. If you are able to Id shoot to stand in the general area in front of sections 140 to 136 about 1/3rd of the way in from the stands. If yu want to try for closer have at it but that would be my prime location for a show like this.

Enjoy the lads!
Wow, that is very detailed and helpful response! Great info to have. My wife is short so the vide screens will be helpful I'm sure. It shouldn't surprise me that someone on this forum would look up the seating chart in another city to offer better info - thanks Bomba!
My pleasure Bill. The B stage is also usually only 3 or 4 feet above the floor so very accessible for shorter folks (I have a few as well).

Enjoy the Cleveland show VB! Im sure you will. You should try to connect with patespo if you can. He's a great guy and going also. He also brings the home court advantage though tonight the Cavs proved that to be less valuable in Cleveland
Porgy & Bess In Concert last night at Soulpepper Theatre.

Five phenomenal singers (including Jackie Richardson) and a 4-piece jazz combo featuring some of T.O.'s best players doing a concert of tunes from the Gershwin production, along with narration that sets the time & place and tells the story of the creation of the opera.

An extra performance was just added next Friday. If you're in Toronto and are free that night, it's a must-see.
I ticked off a bucket list show by seeing U2 last night at Soldier Field. They are not my favorite band and I'm generally not a fan of large stadium shows, but holy crap, this was incredible. It is easily in my top 5 all-time concert experiences.

We had general admission tickets on the field. We stood about mid-field, slightly left looking at the stage. We were next to a lighting/camera/spotlight tower that also included a slightly raised viewing platform for those who purchased "premium" tickets. It was nice to have a rail to keep others only on one side of it, and there was also a rubber/plastic edge around it that we could stand on. The extra couple inches of height aided my short wife. Smile

As Bomba noted above, they started with a few songs on a small stage that was a little out in the field connected to the main stage by a ramp. While there, they played only with minimalist lighting. It was a cool way to start before returning to the incredibly wide main stage that had a fantastic media screen behind it. I don't normally like large screens and prefer to focus on the performers, but this setup was incredibly well-integrated. A mixture of film, images, and live camera shots of the band while they played through the entire Joshua Tree album. I had not listened to it in a really, really long time. What an incredible piece of music, from start to finish. Rather than feel like you were watching a music video or a band on screens from miles away, they did a great job of making this feel closer to an arena show rather than a football stadium. The crowd all the way up to the rafters was on their feet the entire show. Sound was excellent from the start, and quite loud without being painful. Bono's voice was mostly great the whole time. A few slight cracks, but the dude is 57 and has been doing this a long time. Adam and Larry Jr. laid a great foundation and I thought the drum and bass mix were perfect. The Edge is The Edge - it was nice to see him get really animated during the livelier or heavier songs. Great backing vocals as well. Whatever you think of Bono's grandstanding, politicking or whatever, he is one of the greatest frontmen I've witnessed live. He had every person in the stadium engaged. Bullet The Blue Sky was my favorite performance of the setlist.

I have to give some kudos to the organization at Soldier Field, and I really expected somewhat of a cluster***k. I've been to one show before this one where GA ticket holders needed the credit card from the purchase for entry, and it took about 45 minutes in line to get in the United Center. I was NOT looking forward to a repeat at a facility with triple the capacity. They had a great setup last night as far as number of security/x-ray lines, credit card swipers, and people giving out the field access wristbands. We got parked a few minutes before gates opened at 5. I was getting anxious when I saw the massive queue of people at the GA entrance section, but we were inside with wristbands within 15 minutes. I was a little shocked, because it often seems in Chicago that those organizing large things can find a way to f*** up water cups and napkin dispensers. There were also a LOT or beverage vending stations on the field - mostly ringing the front row of the seating bowl but also next to some lighting/sound towers. Also, those with field access were able to go into a long, huge tunnel in the bowels of the stadium that had a ridiculous number of porta-johns. No waiting despite a capacity crowd with a huge number of people on the field. Kudos to the organizers - this was really well executed. Unfortunately, a new reality is seeing a lot of police with a lot of military-looking firepower. Thanks to them for keeping us safe.

Forumites going to see this tour are in for a hell of a treat.
Glad you loved it and happy to see you were able to use some of my tips. For an event this large you were standing in the perfect spot to take it all in. The Rose Bowl had a similar set up. The U2 production and design crew really set the standard for not just staging but how they set up the whole experience and facility.

But dont cross them off your bucket list just yet! If you get a chance to see them at an arena show you will be blown away by how much intensity the music picks up. As a pretty agnostic guy its about the closest to a religious experience I get. Hope you get a chance to do that someday too!
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
U2 at The Rose Bowl

Catching them in July at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland with some friends who just moved there. Thanks for the great summary D - looking forward to it!


VB just saw this. My wife and I are going to the show, would love to meet for a drink beforehand. Shoot me an email at pespos7508 at aol dot com
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Originally posted by billhike:
I ticked off a bucket list show by seeing U2 last night at Soldier Field. They are not my favorite band and I'm generally not a fan of large stadium shows, but holy crap, this was incredible. It is easily in my top 5 all-time concert experiences.

We had general admission tickets on the field. We stood about mid-field, slightly left looking at the stage. We were next to a lighting/camera/spotlight tower that also included a slightly raised viewing platform for those who purchased "premium" tickets. It was nice to have a rail to keep others only on one side of it, and there was also a rubber/plastic edge around it that we could stand on. The extra couple inches of height aided my short wife. Smile

As Bomba noted above, they started with a few songs on a small stage that was a little out in the field connected to the main stage by a ramp. While there, they played only with minimalist lighting. It was a cool way to start before returning to the incredibly wide main stage that had a fantastic media screen behind it. I don't normally like large screens and prefer to focus on the performers, but this setup was incredibly well-integrated. A mixture of film, images, and live camera shots of the band while they played through the entire Joshua Tree album. I had not listened to it in a really, really long time. What an incredible piece of music, from start to finish. Rather than feel like you were watching a music video or a band on screens from miles away, they did a great job of making this feel closer to an arena show rather than a football stadium. The crowd all the way up to the rafters was on their feet the entire show. Sound was excellent from the start, and quite loud without being painful. Bono's voice was mostly great the whole time. A few slight cracks, but the dude is 57 and has been doing this a long time. Adam and Larry Jr. laid a great foundation and I thought the drum and bass mix were perfect. The Edge is The Edge - it was nice to see him get really animated during the livelier or heavier songs. Great backing vocals as well. Whatever you think of Bono's grandstanding, politicking or whatever, he is one of the greatest frontmen I've witnessed live. He had every person in the stadium engaged. Bullet The Blue Sky was my favorite performance of the setlist.

I have to give some kudos to the organization at Soldier Field, and I really expected somewhat of a cluster***k. I've been to one show before this one where GA ticket holders needed the credit card from the purchase for entry, and it took about 45 minutes in line to get in the United Center. I was NOT looking forward to a repeat at a facility with triple the capacity. They had a great setup last night as far as number of security/x-ray lines, credit card swipers, and people giving out the field access wristbands. We got parked a few minutes before gates opened at 5. I was getting anxious when I saw the massive queue of people at the GA entrance section, but we were inside with wristbands within 15 minutes. I was a little shocked, because it often seems in Chicago that those organizing large things can find a way to f*** up water cups and napkin dispensers. There were also a LOT or beverage vending stations on the field - mostly ringing the front row of the seating bowl but also next to some lighting/sound towers. Also, those with field access were able to go into a long, huge tunnel in the bowels of the stadium that had a ridiculous number of porta-johns. No waiting despite a capacity crowd with a huge number of people on the field. Kudos to the organizers - this was really well executed. Unfortunately, a new reality is seeing a lot of police with a lot of military-looking firepower. Thanks to them for keeping us safe.

Forumites going to see this tour are in for a hell of a treat.

I'm glad you enjoyed the show, Bill.
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Originally posted by bomba503:
If you get a chance to see them at an arena show you will be blown away by how much intensity the music picks up.

As a pretty agnostic guy its about the closest to a religious experience I get.

So true - while their stadium shows are incredible, the arena shows I've seen have been, for me, emotionally and spiritually transformative.

We must discuss this further the next time we share a glass of wine. Cool
Over the last 10 days:
Michael Kiwanuka (in Boston)- great voice, great music.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (in NJ)- maybe I'm getting too old for these drunkfests. After paying a big premium to be inside and seated rather than be on the lawn (we were just before the rail and a walkway) some clowns in the row behind the walkway thought it was a good idea to throw chunks of ice at people standing in their way shortly after the show started. Jersey class all the way. After being pelted twice I stepped over the rail and we had a nice conversation. The rest of the show was very good.
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
Over the last 10 days:
Michael Kiwanuka (in Boston)- great voice, great music.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (in NJ)- maybe I'm getting too old for these drunkfests. After paying a big premium to be inside and seated rather than be on the lawn (we were just before the rail and a walkway) some clowns in the row behind the walkway thought it was a good idea to throw chunks of ice at people standing in their way shortly after the show started. Jersey class all the way. After being pelted twice I stepped over the rail and we had a nice conversation. The rest of the show was very good.


DMB fans are known to be unshaven, unbathed and uneducated. Like people in Cleveland!
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Originally posted by patespo1:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
U2 at The Rose Bowl

Catching them in July at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland with some friends who just moved there. Thanks for the great summary D - looking forward to it!


VB just saw this. My wife and I are going to the show, would love to meet for a drink beforehand. Shoot me an email at pespos7508 at aol dot com

Sorry for the delay - just saw this. Email sent as we'd love to meet up as well!
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by patespo1:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
U2 at The Rose Bowl

Catching them in July at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland with some friends who just moved there. Thanks for the great summary D - looking forward to it!


VB just saw this. My wife and I are going to the show, would love to meet for a drink beforehand. Shoot me an email at pespos7508 at aol dot com

Sorry for the delay - just saw this. Email sent as we'd love to meet up as well!


Got your email, response coming. You are in for a treat, the show in Pittsburgh last week was amazing.
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Originally posted by billhike:
I ticked off a bucket list show by seeing U2 last night at Soldier Field. They are not my favorite band and I'm generally not a fan of large stadium shows, but holy crap, this was incredible. It is easily in my top 5 all-time concert experiences.

We had general admission tickets on the field. We stood about mid-field, slightly left looking at the stage. We were next to a lighting/camera/spotlight tower that also included a slightly raised viewing platform for those who purchased "premium" tickets. It was nice to have a rail to keep others only on one side of it, and there was also a rubber/plastic edge around it that we could stand on. The extra couple inches of height aided my short wife. Smile

As Bomba noted above, they started with a few songs on a small stage that was a little out in the field connected to the main stage by a ramp. While there, they played only with minimalist lighting. It was a cool way to start before returning to the incredibly wide main stage that had a fantastic media screen behind it. I don't normally like large screens and prefer to focus on the performers, but this setup was incredibly well-integrated. A mixture of film, images, and live camera shots of the band while they played through the entire Joshua Tree album. I had not listened to it in a really, really long time. What an incredible piece of music, from start to finish. Rather than feel like you were watching a music video or a band on screens from miles away, they did a great job of making this feel closer to an arena show rather than a football stadium. The crowd all the way up to the rafters was on their feet the entire show. Sound was excellent from the start, and quite loud without being painful. Bono's voice was mostly great the whole time. A few slight cracks, but the dude is 57 and has been doing this a long time. Adam and Larry Jr. laid a great foundation and I thought the drum and bass mix were perfect. The Edge is The Edge - it was nice to see him get really animated during the livelier or heavier songs. Great backing vocals as well. Whatever you think of Bono's grandstanding, politicking or whatever, he is one of the greatest frontmen I've witnessed live. He had every person in the stadium engaged. Bullet The Blue Sky was my favorite performance of the setlist.

I have to give some kudos to the organization at Soldier Field, and I really expected somewhat of a cluster***k. I've been to one show before this one where GA ticket holders needed the credit card from the purchase for entry, and it took about 45 minutes in line to get in the United Center. I was NOT looking forward to a repeat at a facility with triple the capacity. They had a great setup last night as far as number of security/x-ray lines, credit card swipers, and people giving out the field access wristbands. We got parked a few minutes before gates opened at 5. I was getting anxious when I saw the massive queue of people at the GA entrance section, but we were inside with wristbands within 15 minutes. I was a little shocked, because it often seems in Chicago that those organizing large things can find a way to f*** up water cups and napkin dispensers. There were also a LOT or beverage vending stations on the field - mostly ringing the front row of the seating bowl but also next to some lighting/sound towers. Also, those with field access were able to go into a long, huge tunnel in the bowels of the stadium that had a ridiculous number of porta-johns. No waiting despite a capacity crowd with a huge number of people on the field. Kudos to the organizers - this was really well executed. Unfortunately, a new reality is seeing a lot of police with a lot of military-looking firepower. Thanks to them for keeping us safe.

Forumites going to see this tour are in for a hell of a treat.


Saw the Pittsburgh show Wednesday (yes, had to put up with the locals from Shitsburgh, but whatever).

I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but it was a terrific effort. Hearing the Joshua Tree from start to finish reminded me what a masterpiece it is. I would agree that the version of Bullet in the Blue Sky was amazing.

I liked the first few songs on the small stage quite a bit, I thought the opening song Sunday Bloody Sunday kicked off the show just right.

Can't wait to see them again in Cleveland July 1
Moody Blues 50th Anniversary Tour last night at Ch. Ste. Michelle winery. Great music, but I can't say it's the best concert I've ever been to. There was a projection behind them for most of the show, with a slideshow of pics of what they looked like back in their heyday. Probably wasn't the best idea, and (though I hate to say it) seemed a little lame. I've seen way better production from rank amateurs on YouTube.
They finished of course with Knights in White Satin, the poem being read by a recorded Jeremy Irons. That was a good choice. I'd give the music an A, production a C-. Mind you, my friend and I split 4 bottles between us during the concert.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Iron Maiden in Tampa last night! They never fail to impress!


I'm sure the crowd there made the people of Cleveland seem quite sophisticated Razz


Hey, at least we shower more frequently than people from Cleveland Big Grin
While in Vegas on Friday night, we saw the Doobie Brothers and Chicago. I enjoy the Doobie Brothers, but never really considered myself a fan. They were excellent.

Chicago on the other hand, has always played a major part in my music. The first song my wife and I ever danced to (in 8th grade) was Color My World. I've always loved the brass in the Chicago catalog. Even though these guys are getting up there in age, this show was exceptional.

The final two guitar riffs that started the final song in each respective encore were probably two of the most recognizable in classic rock. China Grove for the Doobies and 25 Or 6 To 4 for Chicago.

What a great night, and the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo was a great venue for the show.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
While in Vegas on Friday night, we saw the Doobie Brothers and Chicago. I enjoy the Doobie Brothers, but never really considered myself a fan. They were excellent.

Chicago on the other hand, has always played a major part in my music. The first song my wife and I ever danced to (in 8th grade) was Color My World. I've always loved the brass in the Chicago catalog. Even though these guys are getting up there in age, this show was exceptional.

The final two guitar riffs that started the final song in each respective encore were probably two of the most recognizable in classic rock. China Grove for the Doobies and 25 Or 6 To 4 for Chicago.

What a great night, and the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo was a great venue for the show.

Catching this show on Saturday out at the Circuit of the Americas amphitheater. Looking forward to it even more now.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
While in Vegas on Friday night, we saw the Doobie Brothers and Chicago. I enjoy the Doobie Brothers, but never really considered myself a fan. They were excellent.

Chicago on the other hand, has always played a major part in my music. The first song my wife and I ever danced to (in 8th grade) was Color My World. I've always loved the brass in the Chicago catalog. Even though these guys are getting up there in age, this show was exceptional.

The final two guitar riffs that started the final song in each respective encore were probably two of the most recognizable in classic rock. China Grove for the Doobies and 25 Or 6 To 4 for Chicago.

What a great night, and the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo was a great venue for the show.

Catching this show on Saturday out at the Circuit of the Americas amphitheater. Looking forward to it even more now.


We seem to share musical tastes a bit VB, so I hope you like it. Chicago played for over two hours with a 15 minute break. Enjoy.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
As an added bonus, I believe that the Doobies have a founding member of Little Feat, Bill Payne, on keys. He's at or near the top of my list of best rock keyboardists.


I believe you are correct sir. I remember that when they were introducing the band.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:

.....but I love Hard to say I'm Sorry!


They played it, but thankfully not too many songs from that era.


Yea, I saw them last year with Earth, Wind & Fire...and they played it too..and yes, showed restraint with songs from Chicago 16 and 17.

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