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My daughter just sent me a short film clip of the concert she attended last night in NY's legendary Apollo Theater. Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Ray Parker Jr. , Paul Schafer, Questlove, Bruce Willis, and a bunch of other people are all on stage. Even on a small screen far removed from the event, you can feel the energy in the room. Must have been an incredible evening for her!

I feel so lucky that I can live vicariously through others now. Smile
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
My daughter just sent me a short film clip of the concert she attended last night in NY's legendary Apollo Theater. Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Ray Parker Jr. , Paul Schafer, Questlove, Bruce Willis, and a bunch of other people are all on stage. Even on a small screen far removed from the event, you can feel the energy in the room. Must have been an incredible evening for her!

I feel so lucky that I can live vicariously through others now. Smile


Wow, what a line-up. Cool Would have been nice to be there!
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Last week went to Hall&Oates- they rocked the house.

Winner I've always been a fan. Went to a couple of their shows in the 80's and it's good to hear they're still rocking.


Likewise. Loved Abandoned Luncheonette before it was cool to love Abandoned Luncheonette. And they performed well at their R&R Hall of Fame induction recently.

But nothing beats the Hall & Oates Yacht Rock episode: http://www.channel101.com/episode/322
Last night, Fleetwood Mack.

This is the second time they've come to town in the last couple of years, but last time Christine McVie was missing, and she was missed. She sounds great, and I think her presence takes some of the strain off Stevie who sounded way better than last time. They did pretty much all their old classics; in fact, offhand I can't think of a song from Rumours that they didn't do. Just a great show if you're an old-time Mac fan, as I am. Smile
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Last night, Fleetwood Mack.

This is the second time they've come to town in the last couple of years, but last time Christine McVie was missing, and she was missed. She sounds great, and I think her presence takes some of the strain off Stevie who sounded way better than last time. They did pretty much all their old classics; in fact, offhand I can't think of a song from Rumours that they didn't do. Just a great show if you're an old-time Mac fan, as I am. Smile

Glad to hear this. Saw them on the Today show a few weeks and they sounded terrible, most especially Christine. I remember thinking I'd love to see them, but not like that so I'm really glad to hear it was either an off day or more likely crappy presentation on behalf of the NBC folks.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Last night, Fleetwood Mack.

This is the second time they've come to town in the last couple of years, but last time Christine McVie was missing, and she was missed. She sounds great, and I think her presence takes some of the strain off Stevie who sounded way better than last time. They did pretty much all their old classics; in fact, offhand I can't think of a song from Rumours that they didn't do. Just a great show if you're an old-time Mac fan, as I am. Smile

just saw them at the Forum in LA on Friday, as you noted a great show and they played pretty much all the classics, i think it was almost 3 hours! overall i thought they all sounded great, though it was obvious that Stevie couldn't hit some of the extended notes, and Christine's ballad to close the show at the end of the encore seemed a little off too, though maybe she was just spent at that point. all in all though, a great show and very glad we got the chance to see them all together again.
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Chrissie Hynde last night in Santa Rosa. Gotta love a venue that let's you walk in the door with your own home made mixed drink.

Are you saying you had to be drunk to enjoy her?

Yes and I usually open a bottle of wine at dinner so I can manage to get through all that food stuff. Confused
I saw Anna Fedorova at the Concertgebouw this evening. Most of the concert was with Benedict Kloeckner on cello. The highlight was when they got ready to play the Piazzolla numbers she came out and said it turns out her page turner is an excellent double bass player and he was going to join them. I can't imagine they hadn't rehearsed that together but he never appeared on the program. They then performed the two Piazzolla pieces with the double bass player joining them for a trio and her turning her own pages (which looked adventurous a couple of times). It was a great show.
It won't be for another 10 weeks, but I'm pretty excited to have found out this afternoon that I'll be seeing Rush for the first time - on someone else's dime. Cool

They are not my favorite band, but I have a lot of respect for them and they have hinted that this might be their last full-on tour. I was first introduced to them when 2112 came out courtesy of my older brother. I believe I was 9.
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It won't be for another 10 weeks, but I'm pretty excited to have found out this afternoon that I'll be seeing Rush for the first time - on someone else's dime. Cool

They are not my favorite band, but I have a lot of respect for them and they have hinted that this might be their last full-on tour. I was first introduced to them when 2112 came out courtesy of my older brother. I believe I was 9.

You won't be disappointed, they put on a great show. I've seen them 60 times now and am looking forward to the R40 tour this year.
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Randomly got The (English) Beat tickets yesterday. Never seen them. If you have, any good?


Not but so many good songs. Is Ranking Roger around these days - I know they split but so much better when they are both involved.


Roger is not involved anymore, so I'm in the skeptical camp as to how good they are these days.

I saw them twice in 1982. Eek Once with The Police and Talking Heads at the CNE in Toronto as part of the Police Picnic and then again in November at The Concert Hall in the same city. Both shows were loads of fun, but I and everyone else walked out of the latter show totally drenched in sweat. Loved ska.
Nightwish (Finnish symphonic metal band) along with openers Delain and Sabaton at Six Flags Event Center in Des Moines, IA. Four plus hours of music from these bands with Nightwish playing a 2 hour 20 minute set heavy on songs from their latest album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful". Singer Floor Jansen was nothing short of amazing, exhibiting a voice that has tremendous range and power.
Tonight was Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. We've been blessed with the opportunity to see Tony Bennett a few times now and the legend never disappoints. In fact he only gets better. What an amazing entertainer and music icon.

This was the first time seeing Lady Gaga perform live. I must say, amazing talent. I've admired her "from afar" to a degree because while I like a few of her songs, I've never gotten past the oddity. Tonight she was brilliant. No weird outfits, stories were entertaining, and the woman has some pipes! That genre was made for her voice. She was simply great, and I have a new appreciation for her talent.

Great night!
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Tonight was Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. We've been blessed with the opportunity to see Tony Bennett a few times now and the legend never disappoints. In fact he only gets better. What an amazing entertainer and music icon.

This was the first time seeing Lady Gaga perform live. I must say, amazing talent. I've admired her "from afar" to a degree because while I like a few of her songs, I've never gotten past the oddity. Tonight she was brilliant. No weird outfits, stories were entertaining, and the woman has some pipes! That genre was made for her voice. She was simply great, and I have a new appreciation for her talent.

Great night!

Cool
Just got back from Indio and going to Stagecoach (the country Coachella). That was an interesting experience. The music was great, with the highlights being Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, and the Band Perry. Two of the headliners were good (Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert) but weren't able to match the bands who came on directly before them. It was also cool to see ZZ Top live. They played on the smaller stage and it was electric. Merle Haggard was also a big hit, though I didn't go see him.

As for the festival itself, holy crap is it a sh!t show. 70,000 people, 90% are drunk, 25% are puking, and a ton of dirt and dust. Luckily it wasn't too hot except for Sunday. On the bright side, the preferred attire of all women aged 21-35 was boots, cutoff shorts, and bikini tops.
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The Who with opener Joan Jett at the Toyota Center in Houston. Good show from Joan Jett while The Who were outstanding. Daltry's voice sounded strong and the musicianship from the band members was really good too.

Wanted to catch that one here but had a conflict. Glad to hear it was amazing, although makes me even more upset I missed it!
Good to hear Rogers voice was ok. It's been sketchy the last few years I've seen them with good and bad nights. My friend got to play drums for them on last year's tour after Zak Starkey went down. How cool would that be to play the drums on Quadrophenia playing Keith's parts and looking out at the packed house with Roger and Pete in the foreground. It was a dream for him
U2 last night at the LA Forum with my son as a warm up for our Europe trip. He's 15 (almost 16) and it was his first big time rock concert. I tried to explain what it would be like but he didn't believe me until it started. We were on the floor within 15 feet of the stage. He said his knees almost buckled during the first song. They are so powerful in everything they do.

I've been to hundreds of concerts but no one does it like U2. The song selections, the way Bono speaks to the audience, the way they interact with each other and the audience, they way they use technology to personalize the experience to everyone in the audience just sets them apart. It literally feels like they playing just for you.

Next Wednesday I get to do it all over again with the same tickets for my birthday with my wine posse. Will be a very different experience (i.e. rip roaring party) but just as special. It is every time......
I'll qualify my comments and say for me it's a case of overall "show" vs. musical performance vs. entertainment. U2 wins hands down in the overall show category, and is certainly in the top 3 in the other two groups. I caught Stevie Ray Vaughan here in Austin in 1989 and that - by far - is the best individual performance I've ever experienced. I'd also put Lyle Lovett, Billy Joel, and a couple others up there.

Overall though, I have to say U2 has been the best package, so to speak.
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Dunno, Bruce puts on a pretty good show.... Can't say for sure though as we'll see U2 for the first time next month.


Good point but different. I have probably seen Bruce more than any other performer. Ive seen him in stadiums, arenas and numerous bars around Jersey going back to 1978. He is right up there up but its different. Bruce puts on an amazing show and it just goes on and on. Its no frills, in your face rock n roll which is near and dear to my heart. What makes U2 better live for me is not necessarily how good the music is or how rocking the show is but how personal an experience it is for me. I just feel the music inside me in a way that goes to the core of who I am. I hope you get that when you see them

BTW, for those who are going expect greatness no matter where you sit. If you are lucky enough to have GA seats on the floor it should be an even better treat. There was so much breathing room left you could move around, take a break and even walk to the back to see them on the remote stage while still being able to return for the end at the main stage. I cant wait to go see them again next week.
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Dunno, Bruce puts on a pretty good show.... Can't say for sure though as we'll see U2 for the first time next month.


Good point but different. I have probably seen Bruce more than any other performer. Ive seen him in stadiums, arenas and numerous bars around Jersey going back to 1978. He is right up there up but its different. Bruce puts on an amazing show and it just goes on and on. Its no frills, in your face rock n roll which is near and dear to my heart. What makes U2 better live for me is not necessarily how good the music is or how rocking the show is but how personal an experience it is for me. I just feel the music inside me in a way that goes to the core of who I am. I hope you get that when you see them

BTW, for those who are going expect greatness no matter where you sit. If you are lucky enough to have GA seats on the floor it should be an even better treat. There was so much breathing room left you could move around, take a break and even walk to the back to see them on the remote stage while still being able to return for the end at the main stage. I cant wait to go see them again next week.
Good point but different. I have probably seen Bruce more than any other performer. Ive seen him in stadiums, arenas and numerous bars around Jersey going back to 1978. He is right up there up but its different. Bruce puts on an amazing show and it just goes on and on. Its no frills, in your face rock n roll which is near and dear to my heart. What makes U2 better live for me is not necessarily how good the music is or how rocking the show is but how personal an experience it is for me. I just feel the music inside me in a way that goes to the core of who I am. I hope you get that when you see them

Yes, all that, couldn't have said it better. I have seen Bruce 7 or 8 times, just pure rock energy. Although some of his songs hit my soul the way you are talking about. Youngstown in particular, it's as if he is reciting my family's history.

We saw U2 twice on the last tour, at the start and at the end. We are going next month in Chicago, and I cannot wait. May pick up some tickets for New York if we have the time.

BOMBA, here's an interesting article you might enjoy. I'd be interested in your thoughts.

http://grantland.com/features/...s-of-innocence-tour/
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U2 shows can be a bit special. My first gig was the Zoo TV tour. That was their peak IMO.


My brother in law was the tour manager for the Zoo TV tour. It was always my favorite too particularly the first round of shows they played in arenas before they took it to the stadiums. This one might be better because of the production. The audience has unprecedented access to the band by any measure against any concert I have ever been too.
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Dunno, Bruce puts on a pretty good show.... Can't say for sure though as we'll see U2 for the first time next month.


Good point but different. I have probably seen Bruce more than any other performer. Ive seen him in stadiums, arenas and numerous bars around Jersey going back to 1978. He is right up there up but its different. Bruce puts on an amazing show and it just goes on and on. Its no frills, in your face rock n roll which is near and dear to my heart. What makes U2 better live for me is not necessarily how good the music is or how rocking the show is but how personal an experience it is for me. I just feel the music inside me in a way that goes to the core of who I am. I hope you get that when you see them

BTW, for those who are going expect greatness no matter where you sit. If you are lucky enough to have GA seats on the floor it should be an even better treat. There was so much breathing room left you could move around, take a break and even walk to the back to see them on the remote stage while still being able to return for the end at the main stage. I cant wait to go see them again next week.
Good point but different. I have probably seen Bruce more than any other performer. Ive seen him in stadiums, arenas and numerous bars around Jersey going back to 1978. He is right up there up but its different. Bruce puts on an amazing show and it just goes on and on. Its no frills, in your face rock n roll which is near and dear to my heart. What makes U2 better live for me is not necessarily how good the music is or how rocking the show is but how personal an experience it is for me. I just feel the music inside me in a way that goes to the core of who I am. I hope you get that when you see them

Yes, all that, couldn't have said it better. I have seen Bruce 7 or 8 times, just pure rock energy. Although some of his songs hit my soul the way you are talking about. Youngstown in particular, it's as if he is reciting my family's history.

We saw U2 twice on the last tour, at the start and at the end. We are going next month in Chicago, and I cannot wait. May pick up some tickets for New York if we have the time.

BOMBA, here's an interesting article you might enjoy. I'd be interested in your thoughts.

http://grantland.com/features/...s-of-innocence-tour/


Was talking to a friend about this morning. Bruce concerts (been to well over 30) are amazing in that everyone...the band and the audience have the SAME great fun experience. There is no frills just fun and intensity. With U2 everyone seems to have their own experience. Im not religious but its as close to a religious experience as a rock concert could be.

Thx and I Look forward to reading that article.

Update: Just finished the article and agree with most of it. Here's one more point. When I was driving up to the show with my son, The Streets Have No Name came on. I said this is a great rocking song not another ballad. He said "Dad all their songs are kinda mellow ballads" and that's when it hit me. When listened to at typical listening levels the songs lose much of their vibrancy. Played live at high volume they are entirely different and thats one of the things that keeps me coming back.
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:Im not religious but its as close to a religious experience as a rock concert could be.

You want a religious experience? Mahavishnu Orchestra '72.


I was with my son. Unlike that no drugs or alcohol were needed

Hey, it was John McLaughlin. No drugs used and I only drank Mateus in those days.
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U2 shows can be a bit special. My first gig was the Zoo TV tour. That was their peak IMO.


My brother in law was the tour manager for the Zoo TV tour. It was always my favorite too particularly the first round of shows they played in arenas before they took it to the stadiums. This one might be better because of the production. The audience has unprecedented access to the band by any measure against any concert I have ever been too.



Yeah, people got to get real close on their latest show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aluYo-FSqiw
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Originally posted by Adam10:
U2 shows can be a bit special. My first gig was the Zoo TV tour. That was their peak IMO.


My brother in law was the tour manager for the Zoo TV tour. It was always my favorite too particularly the first round of shows they played in arenas before they took it to the stadiums. This one might be better because of the production. The audience has unprecedented access to the band by any measure against any concert I have ever been too.



Yeah, people got to get real close on their latest show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aluYo-FSqiw

That's pretty cool. Of course, if the really crazy groupies don't know you're coming, they won't be there to harm you.

Michael Buble also walks through each audience where he performs. I always thought that was gutsy, in this day and age. He passed by me close enough that I could have done him some grave harm, God forbid, if I was one of those crazies.
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Calexico at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre last night.

Listening to their music has always made me think Tucson must be a much more interesting place than what I've seen on my 2 (work) visits. Clearly the Loews Ventana Canyon ain't where it's at.


As someone who grew up in Tucson, and its most ardent supporter, I will tell you that Ventana was the fancy resort in the foothills that you went to on Mother's Day for brunch. And its where all the rich kids lived. That being said, my wife prefers Ventana and La Paloma to the mean streets of central T-town where my childhood home is.
U2 again last night. This time with wine friends. Quite a different experience than with my son as the 6 of us (4 guys and 2 wives) drank 7 1/2 bottles before the show. Another great show as they closed out the LA shows and got even closer this time. For some reason the floor seemed more crowded than last Wednesday. Must have been about 12 to 15 feet from the stage for most of the show right in front the Edge. Giving serious thought to a quick NYC trip in late July to catch another.
Odds increasing. My ex changed her trip plans back east with our kids. Now coming back on the 27th instead of 24th. Kids covered. Flights look reasonable. Tickets to show are easy. A friend is one of the top ticket brokers in the country and can always get us whatever we want reasonably. Just need to check in with a couple friends to see and stay with. Lets call it 70/30 nowSmile
Rush last night. Despite the cavernous size of the United Center (seats were middle tier) and IMO Geddy's voice not being in top form, they were phenomenal. I liked the set list being put together backwards chronologically. They surpass Tool as being the most gifted musically that I have seen live in a hard rock band.

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