All last week:
Take Flyte- first time seeing my cousin's band- fun. In Frisco, TX
Eric Gates- funky ass guitar player and singer. Talented. Frisco
Steven Wilson- Holy shit what a show in Boulder!
Brit Floyd- in the rain at Red Rocks. Good show. Great venue!
Missed my annual DMB show in CT- plane delayed and couldn't make it- boo. Glad I didn't buy a ticket ahead.
Last night in the front row at Northerly Island:

Colin Hay
Violent Femmes
Barenaked Ladies

The main draw for me was Colin Hay - what a voice. I was never much of a Femmes fan, but they were pretty entertaining last night. I'm a big fan of BNL, but it just wasn't the same to me without Steven Page bantering with Ed. Still a great show with plenty of crowd participation.
U2 in Montreal last night. Spectacular show on all levels. The technology was awesome and really added to the show. Bono invited a few random people from the crowd on stage for the last two numbers and next thing he knew there were maybe 40 people there. But they behaved well after some initial leaping about and selfies and after he told them to sit down on the stage. Only downside was they didn't perform "One".
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Originally posted by bman:
U2 in Montreal last night. Spectacular show on all levels. The technology was awesome and really added to the show. Bono invited a few random people from the crowd on stage for the last two numbers and next thing he knew there were maybe 40 people there. But they behaved well after some initial leaping about and selfies and after he told them to sit down on the stage. Only downside was they didn't perform "One".


Great song - I have to say my favorite ever performance of One is actually by Michael Stipe and Mike Mills playing with Adam Clayton and Larry Mullins, Jr. I believe right after the Clinton win in 92 when MTV had their Rock the Vote party or whatever. Was mesmerizing
Love that version bman. It's my favorite version of it also. Mary J's long time publicist is an old friend and always speaks highest of her among a long list of A list clients past and present.

Patespo, they are playing it more often than not so your chances are good of hearing it
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Love that version bman. It's my favorite version of it also. Mary J's long time publicist is an old friend and always speaks highest of her among a long list of A list clients past and present.

Patespo, they are playing it more often than not so your chances are good of hearing it

I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Love that version bman. It's my favorite version of it also. Mary J's long time publicist is an old friend and always speaks highest of her among a long list of A list clients past and present.

Patespo, they are playing it more often than not so your chances are good of hearing it

I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.


Troglodyte! shake felix Big Grin
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.


This.


And I'm pretty sure sunnylea wrote all of their piano based songs. But my memory might be failing me again.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Love that version bman. It's my favorite version of it also. Mary J's long time publicist is an old friend and always speaks highest of her among a long list of A list clients past and present.

Patespo, they are playing it more often than not so your chances are good of hearing it

I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.

Saw there first appearance on SNL. Laughed at their pretentiousness. Never listened to another song of theirs since. Same thing happened with the absurd first appearances of Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.
Hey, I don't know about the other guys, but I took more than I sip. I saw whatever songs they played that dismal Saturday night. I do know what they played, it may have included their beloved, and overwrought anthem, Sunday Bloody Sunday. Besides aren't you in Europe with your son? Get off the internet.
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Never drank DRC. It must suck

Big Grin

It's not like I haven't heard and/or seen U2 ad nauseum over the past 20 or 30 years on the radio, on TV, in stores, at parties, on the Internet, in my dreams... It's kinda hard to avoid them.

So yeah, I'm very familiar with what they're all about.

And I'm not putting down the band - or anyone who likes them. I do understand their appeal and appreciate their talent. They are the best at what they do. They just don't do it for me.

The same with Sting.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.

This.

And I'm pretty sure sunnylea wrote all of their piano based songs. But my memory might be failing me again.

I wrote a song for them called "Where the Streets All Have Names Based On Characters From Tom Hanks Movies". It was rejected.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.

This.

And I'm pretty sure sunnylea wrote all of their piano based songs. But my memory might be failing me again.

I wrote a song for them called "Where the Streets All Have Names Based On Characters From Tom Hanks Movies". It was rejected.


Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Sunnylea writing U2 tunes: computer (and thanks for finally giving me an excuse for posting this whatever-it-is! )
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Love that version bman. It's my favorite version of it also. Mary J's long time publicist is an old friend and always speaks highest of her among a long list of A list clients past and present.

Patespo, they are playing it more often than not so your chances are good of hearing it

I understand their appeal, but I've just never cared for U2. Never owned an album. Never listened to an album all the way through. They just leave me cold.

Saw there first appearance on SNL. Laughed at their pretentiousness. Never listened to another song of theirs since. Same thing happened with the absurd first appearances of Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.


I saw 5 minutes of a Woody Allen film, I hated it. It was one of his beloved, and overwrought films. It was pretentious. All of his works suck.
Clearly I'm not the only one who saw the irony there. Writing some one off after watching them perform a few minutes on SNL has got to be the pinnacle of pretentiousness.

Sunny, I got your point the first time. Clarification wasn't needed but was appreciated. Fwiw, it wasn't directed at you.

Btw, just finished Vatican tour. Most painful experience of the trip but necessary to skip the line. Would have been much better to roam around ourselves. Much better.

Sitting in the roam recovering before a nice dinner out
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Clearly I'm not the only one who saw the irony there. Writing some one off after watching them perform a few minutes on SNL has got to be the pinnacle of pretentiousness.

Sunny, I got your point the first time. Clarification wasn't needed but was appreciated. Fwiw, it wasn't directed at you.

Btw, just finished Vatican tour. Most painful experience of the trip but necessary to skip the line. Would have been much better to roam around ourselves. Much better.

Sitting in the roam recovering before a nice dinner out


Enjoy, the Pieta moves me every time I see it.
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Clearly I'm not the only one who saw the irony there. Writing some one off after watching them perform a few minutes on SNL has got to be the pinnacle of pretentiousness.

Sunny, I got your point the first time. Clarification wasn't needed but was appreciated. Fwiw, it wasn't directed at you.

Btw, just finished Vatican tour. Most painful experience of the trip but necessary to skip the line. Would have been much better to roam around ourselves. Much better.

Sitting in the roam recovering before a nice dinner out

Obviously I've heard them throughout my life, they're frequently played in many places. Simply put--they suck.

I gave you a basic game plan for seeing the Sistine Chapel--which would have then worked for the Vatican. I'm full of wisdom about music and other things.
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Originally posted by patespo1:

I saw 5 minutes of a Woody Allen film, I hated it. It was one of his beloved, and overwrought films. It was pretentious. All of his works suck.

As I've said many times, I don't care what your opinion is of things I like--and you and others, (especially those who don't like me) shouldn't care what I think of your taste.
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
Saw there their first appearance on SNL. Laughed at their pretentiousness. Never listened to another song of theirs since. Same thing happened with the absurd first appearances of Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
Saw there first appearance on SNL. Laughed at their pretentiousness. Never listened to another song of theirs since.


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Originally posted by The Old Man:
Obviously I've heard them throughout my life, they're frequently played in many places.


Confused

The problem with absolutes.
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
Saw there their first appearance on SNL. Laughed at their pretentiousness. Never listened to another song of theirs since. Same thing happened with the absurd first appearances of Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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Originally posted by The Old Man:
Saw there first appearance on SNL. Laughed at their pretentiousness. Never listened to another song of theirs since.


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Originally posted by The Old Man:
Obviously I've heard them throughout my life, they're frequently played in many places.


Confused

The problem with absolutes.

I believe, especially in regards to music, that there is a difference with these two verbs. I listen to John Coltrane, I hear bad music being played in many stores I go to.
We saw Spoon at the Corona Theatre on Monday night. Very good. I do like them, but have always found them to be borderline (too) electronic and this came through even more live. They were best when one of the two keyboardists picked up a guitar and stepped away from his console.
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Glad you enjoyed it bman. They skipped One the first show I saw them but played it the second. It seems like about 1/3 of the show is changing each night and you don't know exactly what's coming. Looking forward to night three in nyc


They were great Thursday in Chicago. They were getting ready to walk off stage but Bono grabbed the boys for a last song, 'One'. The crowd sung the entire song, Bono chimed in just a few times.

The new sound system they have is great, though maybe one touch loud. Curious your thoughts?
Beirut.

They were the official opening act of the Montreal Jazz Festival. Really good but their music is not suited to a large outdoor show like that. I can't find any official number for the crowd, but I heard there were about 70,000 people there. It was wall-to-wall.
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Glad you enjoyed it bman. They skipped One the first show I saw them but played it the second. It seems like about 1/3 of the show is changing each night and you don't know exactly what's coming. Looking forward to night three in nyc


They were great Thursday in Chicago. They were getting ready to walk off stage but Bono grabbed the boys for a last song, 'One'. The crowd sung the entire song, Bono chimed in just a few times.

The new sound system they have is great, though maybe one touch loud. Curious your thoughts?


Glad you got the hear One. To answer your thoughts on the sound system it was very load. But that's the way I like it as it brings an aspect to the music you don't get at lower volumes. I think it also has to do with the fact that my hearing is not the best having suffered fairly significant noise damage from decades of booming concerts.

For the two LA shows I saw last month, I was on the floor within 10 to 20 feet of the main stage both nights and it was particularly loud. For the NYC show next month at MSG I plan to sit higher up for a few reasons but mostly because I want to take in the multi media spectacle from a distance. I want to experience that aspect better than one can from up front. I'm also interested to hear the sound system in a more ambient way.
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Jimmy Buffet last night again. Front row seats were pretty sweet when Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup out on stage again. Third time in six years - for the cup and for Kane bringing it out at the Buffet show. Cool


Nice. One summer we need to come up for this
Grateful Dead, Show #2 of the Fare Thee Well Tour, Sunday night at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca. Really nice crowd ranging from age 2 to 85. Bill Walton was there for his 855th show. As for the show, meh. Extremely loud and with a big stadium, 80,000 people, the venue is not suited for audio. The words were muddled. At the break my ears felt like a jet airliner had flown in one ear and out the other. I have been to only four Grateful Dead shows over the years but never in a giant stadium. Yet it was still fun to be there and the people watching was superb.
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
Glad you enjoyed it bman. They skipped One the first show I saw them but played it the second. It seems like about 1/3 of the show is changing each night and you don't know exactly what's coming. Looking forward to night three in nyc


They were great Thursday in Chicago. They were getting ready to walk off stage but Bono grabbed the boys for a last song, 'One'. The crowd sung the entire song, Bono chimed in just a few times.

The new sound system they have is great, though maybe one touch loud. Curious your thoughts?


Glad you got the hear One. To answer your thoughts on the sound system it was very load. But that's the way I like it as it brings an aspect to the music you don't get at lower volumes. I think it also has to do with the fact that my hearing is not the best having suffered fairly significant noise damage from decades of booming concerts.

For the two LA shows I saw last month, I was on the floor within 10 to 20 feet of the main stage both nights and it was particularly loud. For the NYC show next month at MSG I plan to sit higher up for a few reasons but mostly because I want to take in the multi media spectacle from a distance. I want to experience that aspect better than one can from up front. I'm also interested to hear the sound system in a more ambient way.


In Montreal we were in the front row of the third of four levels of seating. In other words, just above the giant screen, which as you say was no doubt a very different perspective from lower level seating. It would be fun to see the show from the floor and compare the two experiences.
FYI, here was the trick to getting on the floor for this and often others. A lot of bands have started doing fan club presales and they did as well. It was $50 to join and it gave you the right to buy 2 pre-sale tickets for any show. The floor general admission tickets were actually the cheapest tickets ($80) but the hardest to get. With ticketing fees and joining the fan club it worked out to about $115/ticket. The hitch was there were no physical tickets. The purchaser had to show up with their ID and the credit card used to purchase the ticket. Once you got there you identified yourself, got wristbands and had to walk right in. You could bring the guest of your choice with your second ticket. This limited scalping and ensured long time fans were down front instead of those with the most $$$. I joined the fan club twice (Once with my personal email and once with my business email) and used two different credit cards to pay (to make sure I didnt have any issues). I bought my tickets the moment they went on sale to make sure I could get floor seats. It worked like a charm. I had several friends do the same thing with the same result.

The nice thing about the floor seats for this show was they did not oversell it. There was plenty of room to enjoy it and move around. For the first show with my son we went back and forth between front and remote stage when they shifted. For the second show with my best friend we got very, very close and stayed there the whole time. There were separate bars and bathrooms for the floor also. It was all very professionally done.

For future major concert events that you really want to go to, check into whether there are fan club pre-sales. I saw the Stones in Anaheim two years ago for $80 on the floor this way also.
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Jimmy Buffet last night again. Front row seats were pretty sweet when Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup out on stage again. Third time in six years - for the cup and for Kane bringing it out at the Buffet show. Cool


Nice. One summer we need to come up for this


That would be fun. I'm sure we could get something together for that.

Every year we think about breaking the streak, but then we know that the shows can't go on forever - he's going to stop sooner or later. So we keep going. If he's back next year, I'm sure we'll be there.
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Grateful Dead 28/28 June.


Looking forward to the shows this weekend in Chicago!!


Listened to a couple of hours of the 7/5 show on the way home from the cottage. The boys sounded pretty good.
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Thoughts on U2 or Dead shows guys?

Didn't go (or have much interest) but hung out with a friend who went to the Santa Clara shows and said they sounded really good. First night played all stuff from 1972 and prior.
My two favorites bman!

If I could only take one album to a desert island it would be Exile on Main Street. The Stones have always been my favorite band to listen to. On the other hand if I could only go to one more concert it would be U2. Heading to NYC in a couple weeks to see them one more time with old friends. Hopefully not for the last time.
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Thoughts on U2 or Dead shows guys?

The Toronto U2 show was a lot of fun. The first hour was mostly stuff from the new album, which you could tell most of the crowd was unfamiliar with but the last 90 minutes were all the old favorites. Unfortunately our seats were not in a great place to see the visuals projected on the big 'screens', but no matter. Sitting just off the end of the 'e' stage, the band was right in front of us when on the smaller stage.

It was also fun when Bono pulled the Canadian U2 tribute band "Acrobat" up on stage and let them perform Desire. You could tell it was a dream come true for these guys. Bono impersonator Gabriel Pate talks to Rollong Stone about it here.
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Stones in Buffalo. Show finished about 20 minutes ago and here we sit trying to get out of the parking lot. Grrrr


A mere 37 years and exactly 1 week after I saw them at that same venue. July 4, 1978. Horrible place to see a band.
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My two favorites bman!

If I could only take one album to a desert island it would be Exile on Main Street. The Stones have always been my favorite band to listen to.

Exile is also my fave. My first Stones concert was the Exile tour in Toronto with Stevie Wonder opening the show.

That was July 15, 1972 - gulp - 43 years ago this Wednesday!

Among other 70s Stones concerts I saw (including the infamous "concert for the blind" in Oshawa Ontario), I was at a show at the stadium in Buffalo in the late 70s I believe.

Remarkable that they're still at it, and from what I've heard of the recent shows, they may not have the energy of their youth, but they sound more musical than they did 20 years ago.
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Steely Dan and Elvis Costello

Great double bill. Wish the tour was hitting Toronto, but alas it's not. Thankfully I've seen both of them many times.

How was it? Did Elvis do a full set, and was he with the Imposters or solo?

He was solo, but with a fabulous band behind him. He played a little over over an hour, then Steely Dan came on for another two hours. Both were fantastic - have seen Steely Dan in years past and Fagan's voice is still as great as ever. Had not caught Elvis yet, and was thrilled to do so. It was also our first concert at the amphitheater out at COTA - great venue.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Steely Dan and Elvis Costello

Great double bill. Wish the tour was hitting Toronto, but alas it's not. Thankfully I've seen both of them many times.

How was it? Did Elvis do a full set, and was he with the Imposters or solo?

He was solo, but with a fabulous band behind him.

Not sure what that means. Confused
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Steely Dan and Elvis Costello

Great double bill. Wish the tour was hitting Toronto, but alas it's not. Thankfully I've seen both of them many times.

How was it? Did Elvis do a full set, and was he with the Imposters or solo?

He was solo, but with a fabulous band behind him.

Not sure what that means. Confused


SL57, please forgive my friend VB. He went to the University of Texas and must be given much latitude. Wink
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Steely Dan and Elvis Costello

Great double bill. Wish the tour was hitting Toronto, but alas it's not. Thankfully I've seen both of them many times.

How was it? Did Elvis do a full set, and was he with the Imposters or solo?

He was solo, but with a fabulous band behind him.

Not sure what that means. Confused


SL57, please forgive my friend VB. He went to the University of Texas and must be given much latitude. Wink

Ha! Razz

Meaning he had a band behind him, but it was made up of folks other than his usual Imposters crew. I could of course be incorrect, but as he introduced them he mentioned "for the first time on stage with me", "just met this guy and he's an amazing performer", etc.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Steely Dan and Elvis Costello

Great double bill. Wish the tour was hitting Toronto, but alas it's not. Thankfully I've seen both of them many times.

How was it? Did Elvis do a full set, and was he with the Imposters or solo?

He was solo, but with a fabulous band behind him.

Not sure what that means. Confused


SL57, please forgive my friend VB. He went to the University of Texas and must be given much latitude. Wink

Ha! Razz

Meaning he had a band behind him, but it was made up of folks other than his usual Imposters crew. I could of course be incorrect, but as he introduced them he mentioned "for the first time on stage with me", "just met this guy and he's an amazing performer", etc.

That's strange. Hmmm. Now I have to do some googling!

EDIT: that must have been an example of his sense of humour, because The Imposters are his band on this tour. I checked his Facebook page and they're playing all the dates with Steely Dan.

When you said he was solo but with a band behind him, I wondered if the band was just standing there behind him and not playing.
Saw the Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe production this week. It was one of the finest productions I have seen in many many years, regardless of genre.

Excellent Spanish guitars, cello, haunting cante jondo singer and beautiful and seductive flamenco dancers.

Bravo!
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Dave Matthews Band tonight and tomorrow


Nice JB!!


How's that nice? Might be the most untalented shit to ever populate our great country


Ok, so we have TOM in the Movie section, and now Pinotlvr in the Music section. Thanks for your insight, do you suggest I spend more time listening to Molly Hatchet ?
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Dave Matthews Band tonight and tomorrow


Nice JB!!


How's that nice? Might be the most untalented shit to ever populate our great country


Ok, so we have TOM in the Movie section, and now Pinotlvr in the Music section. Thanks for your insight, do you suggest I spend more time listening to Molly Hatchet ?


I think we all know the answer to that one! doh
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Originally posted by patespo1:
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Dave Matthews Band tonight and tomorrow


Nice JB!!


How's that nice? Might be the most untalented shit to ever populate our great country


Ok, so we have TOM in the Movie section, and now Pinotlvr in the Music section. Thanks for your insight, do you suggest I spend more time listening to Molly Hatchet ?


I think we all know the answer to that one! doh


There is something about Dave that makes people unreasonably angry. Its hysterical. Great show last night. I wish I could do one thing in my life as well as Tim Reynolds plays guitar. Dude is amazing.
Also attended Rush at The Forum in Inglewood and agree they were spectacular. Near flawless performance (much better than Irvine two nights before) and a frenzied crowd that included the likes of Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mike Smith (Bubbles on Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys), Danny Carey (Tool), Doane Perry (Jethro Tull), and actor Jack Black. Quite the night indeed.
Steve Miller Band @ Ch. Ste. Michelle last night. Great performance! Sometimes with older bands, hearing them live reveals that they've lost a step or two. Not them. I'd forgotten how many big hits they had.
Also makes you realize what crap the music industry has become in the past couple decades, IMHO.<--disclaimer!

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