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Originally posted by bman:
We saw them 9 years ago and were disappointed. No spark or pizzazz at all, pretty much going through the motions. Maybe it was just an off night.

That's too bad, bman. I wouldn't say there was pizzazz when I saw them either... but there also wasn't any pizzazz in the original Genesis shows. They were very controlled on stage. None of the musicians in Genesis moved around or even smiled much during a performance. They were heads down, focusing on the music. Only Gabriel moved, and his performance was very contrived and theatrical (and really silly, in hindsight). Nothing spontaneous about it. The Musical Box makes a point of recreating everything exactly as it was, in all its contrived, non-spontaneous glory.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by bman:
We saw them 9 years ago and were disappointed. No spark or pizzazz at all, pretty much going through the motions. Maybe it was just an off night.

That's too bad, bman. I wouldn't say there was pizzazz when I saw them either... but there also wasn't any pizzazz in the original Genesis shows. They were very controlled on stage. None of the musicians in Genesis moved around or even smiled much during a performance. They were heads down, focusing on the music. Only Gabriel moved, and his performance was very contrived and theatrical (and really silly, in hindsight). Nothing spontaneous about it. The Musical Box makes a point of recreating everything exactly as it was, in all its contrived, non-spontaneous glory.


I think part of our disappointment was that we were there with our kids, who were teenagers at the time, who were hoping to hear more familiar tunes including from Phil Collins and Mike and the Mechanics. But it was largely older stuff they, and we either didn't know or didn't love. Which is not surprising as the theme of the tour was older stuff from the early days of the band, but we didn't know that at the time. And we still would have gone - we didn't miss many classic rock tours that came through Ottawa.
Yeah, their whole deal is recreating specific concerts from 1973-74. Selling England by the Pound. And Lamb Lies Down. That's it. No "greatest hits".
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Yeah, their whole deal is recreating specific concerts from 1973-74. Selling England by the Pound. And Lamb Lies Down. That's it. No "greatest hits".


I saw them do The Lamb Lies Down...and thought it was great. That being said they focus on the era when Peter Gabriel fronted the band so there isn't any of the Phil Collins repartee or songs from later albums.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
That being said they focus on the era when Peter Gabriel fronted the band so there isn't any of the Phil Collins repartee or songs from later albums.


Genesis ceased to exist when Gabriel left anyway.
Selling England by the Pound is my fave album.
Despite the prog rock trappings, Selling England is full of earwigs. The melodies stick in your head and won't let go.

As for the staging, Peter Gabriel must look back on that era and wince. His performance and costumes were so contrived and pretentious.

But I still love it, in all its "poncey" glory. The Musical Box shows are a charming snapshot of a specific time and place.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
That being said they focus on the era when Peter Gabriel fronted the band so there isn't any of the Phil Collins repartee or songs from later albums.


Genesis ceased to exist when Gabriel left anyway.
Selling England by the Pound is my fave album.


Sorry but I respectfully disagree. For my personal taste Genesis reached its peak in the few years immediately after Gabriel left, circa Seconds Out.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Sorry but I respectfully disagree. For my personal taste Genesis reached its peak in the few years immediately after Gabriel left, circa Seconds Out.


I like Seconds Out, despite Collins' vocals, but the album has a lot of Gabriel era songs. As many as from Trick of the Tail, which they were promoting on that tour. Good performances for sure.
15 feet from greatness. The un-freaking-believable Manu Katche band tonight at Ronnie Scott's in London. Easily in the top 10 concerts I've ever seen. I knew Manu was amazing, but all four of his band were his equal - especially his musical director and piano player Jim Watson. The guy channeled the technical virtuosity of Oscar Peterson with the lyricism of Bill Evans. Stunning. The whole band was: Manu Katche- Drums; Laurent Vernerey- Bass; Jim Watson- Piano/Keyboards; Tore Brunborg- Sax; Luca Aquino- Trumpet

If you don't know Manu, you've certainly heard him. He was the drummer on all of Peter Gabriel's biggest albums, he played with Sting, he's the drummer on Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere Down the Crazy River", he's on Joni Mitchell's "Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm", plus Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani.....

Oh... and the meal at the club was superb.
Haven't gone yet but hope to buy tickets on Wednesday for U2's Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour. A band that has certainly lost its way, The Joshua Tree remains one of the all time great albums. Apparently they are playing it straight through including the never played live "Red Hill Mining Town" which has long been my favorite U2 song. Hearing Bono sing that will be bucket list material.
I now have 3 queue up for 2017. The first 2, I'll be merely escorting my wife:

Feb 14 - Bon Jovi
May 26 - Lionel Richie
Both at Amalie Arena

Sept 5 - Green Day at Mid-Florida Amphitheatre
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Originally posted by BOMBA503:
U2 at the Rose Bowl. Not quite the tickets I wanted but always worth the price of admission
I saw the Joshua Tree Tour back in 87 at the LA Sports Arena. I'm not into big stadium gigs but I'm sure your going to have an awesome time.
For sure! I actually go back as far as the War tour and have seen a few dozen shows. My ex BIL was tour manager for both ZooTV tours (arena than stadiums) and that will always be one of my favorites. Caught three shows two year ago two of which I was on the floor about ten feet from the Edge. This will be very different but still great.

I stopped comparing concerts many years ago and just enjoy each one for what it is. Sure I'd prefer smaller venues but stadiums don't deter me. It's funny because my teenage son went to one of those shows upfront with me and is hesitating this time because he doesn't think it will be as good. I'm sure he'll come around to my way of thinking. Plus his 13 year old sister is excited to see her first U2 show.

You never know if you will get another chance so I'd encourage you to go if you are still a fan and just enjoy the whole scene. I still regret passing on the Serious Moonlight Bowie tour and never getting another chance.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
15 feet from greatness. The un-freaking-believable Manu Katche band tonight at Ronnie Scott's in London. Easily in the top 10 concerts I've ever seen. I knew Manu was amazing, but all four of his band were his equal - especially his musical director and piano player Jim Watson. The guy channeled the technical virtuosity of Oscar Peterson with the lyricism of Bill Evans. Stunning. The whole band was: Manu Katche- Drums; Laurent Vernerey- Bass; Jim Watson- Piano/Keyboards; Tore Brunborg- Sax; Luca Aquino- Trumpet

If you don't know Manu, you've certainly heard him. He was the drummer on all of Peter Gabriel's biggest albums, he played with Sting, he's the drummer on Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere Down the Crazy River", he's on Joni Mitchell's "Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm", plus Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani.....

Oh... and the meal at the club was superb.

What a treat! The greatest drummer I have ever seen live. Too bad he doesn't get to US much, I'd love to see him with his band.
Caught Don Henley last night - great show filled with music from each decade and band. Multiple encores with the last one dedicated to Glenn Frey. Fantastic evening!
The Wall Extravaganza last night.
The entire album played live and played out on stage. A fun night. This is a group from Montreal. They did a pretty good job I thought.
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Originally posted by bomba503:
U2 at the Rose Bowl. Not quite the tickets I wanted but always worth the price of admission

I got GA floor/field tickets for June at Soldier Field.
Cool! Thats what I wanted but since Im taking my 13 year old daughter I opted for seats with a decent view of what should be a major multi-media background but away from the craziness. Im thinking a 2nd show will be added and that will be a GA ticket for me with my party friendsSmile
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Originally posted by bomba503:
Cool! Thats what I wanted but since Im taking my 13 year old daughter I opted for seats with a decent view of what should be a major multi-media background but away from the craziness. Im thinking a 2nd show will be added and that will be a GA ticket for me with my party friendsSmile


U2 in Cleveland stadium, best thing to happen there in a long time! Splurged for tickets in the first section up from the stage.

I missed the original Joshua Tree tour, my parents wouldn't let me go with older friends of mine back then, damn them! Can't wait to hear the album in its entirety, especially as already mentioned Red Hill Mining Town
My ultimate gig just got announced with a stop in Tampa:

June 11, 2017, Amalie Arena - Iron Maiden with opening act Ghost

I'm 100% there...now just to figure out whose shirt I'll wear Smile
Saw Whitehorse play the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts last night. A fave of Mrs. VeV's. Very CBC audience. Too polite.
I recently attended a Rain concert at the Gallo Center in Modesto. It was sold out. See them if you ever get a chance.

They are a Beatles Tribute band. They look like the original Beatles. The guy who plays Paul's role even plays left-handed like Paul McCartney.
Their visuals and stage design along with their great voices makes for an entertaining show. Nothing is prerecorded!
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Originally posted by Kathy H.:
I recently attended a Rain concert at the Gallo Center in Modesto. It was sold out. See them if you ever get a chance.

They are a Beatles Tribute band. They look like the original Beatles. The guy who plays Paul's role even plays left-handed like Paul McCartney.
Their visuals and stage design along with their great voices makes for an entertaining show. Nothing is prerecorded!

Ugh, tribute bands. Better to see LOVE in Las Vegas which has the gestalt of The Beatles and of the times without imitators.
In the last several weeks:

The Wall- Floyd cover band from Montreal that reenacts The Wall in it's entirety. A bit of stage play and concert. Interesting. I got a kick out of it

Big Eyed Fish- Dave Matthews cover band. Ok instrumentally, but singer missing falsetto.

The Machine- 30 year Floyd cover band (lead guitarist at least). Plenty of keyboards much stronger and prominent that in Rick Wright fashion. Interpolations. Ok.
Sting last weekend. His performance was outstanding, and he had one of my favorite up and coming bands open, The Last Bandoleros. His son Joe was also there and it was wonderful how each of the three acts came out and performed with the others. Great night
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by Kathy H.:
I recently attended a Rain concert at the Gallo Center in Modesto. It was sold out. See them if you ever get a chance.

They are a Beatles Tribute band. They look like the original Beatles. The guy who plays Paul's role even plays left-handed like Paul McCartney.
Their visuals and stage design along with their great voices makes for an entertaining show. Nothing is prerecorded!

Ugh, tribute bands. Better to see LOVE in Las Vegas which has the gestalt of The Beatles and of the times without imitators.

So I guess you aren't going to see Kofi Baker's Cream Experience in your neck of the woods in early March? Razz
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Originally posted by billhike:
So I guess you aren't going to see Kofi Baker's Cream Experience in your neck of the woods in early March? Razz

Ginger is still one talented guy, as one can see in the documentary Beware Mr. Baker, but I'll have to stay with my memory of seeing their first, and last reunion, in New York in 2005.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Sting last weekend. His performance was outstanding, and he had one of my favorite up and coming bands open, The Last Bandoleros. His son Joe was also there and it was wonderful how each of the three acts came out and performed with the others. Great night

I'm a huge fan, and am glad you enjoyed the concert, but his latest album left me flat. Forced myself to listen to it 2 times and thought it was one of the weakest albums of his career. Also, the songs in his set-lists haven't changed much in 5+ years. With that repertoire, he should mix it up more, and with his talent he should mix-up the set-list within a tour more- something he rarely does. Not to mention, those tickets are at the top tier for pricing regardless of venue.
Social Distortion. A punker still trying to do his thing in his mid-50's. Unfortunately, his energy level and the tempo of his songs have slowed down quite a bit. The pit was non-existent for much of the show. I feel like that was the last time I'll go see them.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Los Lonely Boys again tonight at City Winery in Chicago. One of my favorites.

Cool
Brit Floyd last night. Pretty good 6 member (plus 3 backup singers) tribute band, talented musicians more or less true to the original tunes (of which they played 25) though they went their own way a bit more than once. And video/lights/lasers were much like what the originals did, or so I've read. Not a bad way to spend an evening and $40, especially if you love Floyd.

Will see Roger Waters in the Fall to compare.....
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Originally posted by bman:
Brit Floyd last night. Pretty good 6 member (plus 3 backup singers) tribute band, talented musicians more or less true to the original tunes (of which they played 25) though they went their own way a bit more than once. And video/lights/lasers were much like what the originals did, or so I've read. Not a bad way to spend an evening and $40, especially if you love Floyd.

Will see Roger Waters in the Fall to compare.....

Yeah, saw them myself on Wed night. Good stuff.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Will be able to knock off a bucket list item in July. Just secured tickets to Paul McCartney in Tampa on 7/10.


Coolest thing about seeing Macca in concert? The facial expressions of his drummer!
Aimee Mann tonight. A fine performance as always, and a crack band who also added very complicated three part vocal harmonies.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
Social Distortion. A punker still trying to do his thing in his mid-50's. Unfortunately, his energy level and the tempo of his songs have slowed down quite a bit. The pit was non-existent for much of the show. I feel like that was the last time I'll go see them.


Where was Social D playing? I like how Mike Ness is slowing down (like me!).

I feel the same thing about The Damned. When Dave Vanian was busy watching the TV during a H of B show, I decided I'll stay at home and watch TV next time they come around! But Captain Sensible, was wonderfully un-Sensible, as always.
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Originally posted by Racer117:
Where was Social D playing? I like how Mike Ness is slowing down (like me!).



It was the Observatory in North Park. Cool venue, but I've been there for a couple of punk shows and the sounds has been brutal. Once it was too much guitar and distortion (Pennywise) and the second it just wasn't loud enough.
Headed out to Indio for the annual Country Coachella (Stagecoach). Decent lineup, with the headliners being Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, and some others. Definitely not as good as years past. The real highlight will be watching the young whippersnappers trying to party in the blazing desert sun. Say what you will about the music, but the people watching is, without a doubt, the best in the world.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
Headed out to Indio for the annual Country Coachella (Stagecoach). Decent lineup, with the headliners being Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, and some others. Definitely not as good as years past. The real highlight will be watching the young whippersnappers trying to party in the blazing desert sun. Say what you will about the music, but the people watching is, without a doubt, the best in the world.


Dierks puts on a great show...and would be better if he'd stop trying to be Kenny Cheney with Somewhere on a Beach and Drunk on a plane. Great stuff otherwise Smile
Trying to persuade mrs bman that we should make the 5 hour drive to Toronto to see Hall and Oates and Tears for Fears in late June. Saw the latter 30+ years ago at Radio City and would love to see them again. And who doesn't love the pop classics of Hall and Oates? (mrs bman, apparently, at least not enough to make the road trip..... Frown )
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by bman:
And who doesn't love the pop classics of Hall and Oates?


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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by bman:
And who doesn't love the pop classics of Hall and Oates?




I'll play too.
They weren't favorites of mine, but I think Darryl Hall had some singing talent. There are loads of people with less singing talent than him who are widely adored (ie Willy Nelson, Bob Dylan).
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by bman:
And who doesn't love the pop classics of Hall and Oates?



I'll play too.


I'm looking for tickets!!!! thanks for the heads up bman!!!
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by bman:
And who doesn't love the pop classics of Hall and Oates?




I'll play too.


This from a guy who is unsound on so many artists. Roll Eyes Frown To quote the Leader of the Free World, "SAD!" Wink Razz
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Originally posted by Board-O:
They weren't favorites of mine, but I think Darryl Hall had some singing talent. There are loads of people with less singing talent than him who are widely adored (ie Willy Nelson, Bob Dylan).


Dylan doesn't just have less singing talent, he has NO singing talent. His songs sound best when someone else sings them Smile
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:

Dierks puts on a great show...and would be better if he'd stop trying to be Kenny Cheney with Somewhere on a Beach and Drunk on a plane. Great stuff otherwise Smile


I agree. He does have some great songs, and he doesn't need to be a Kenny Chesney. There are enough summertime, drinking on a beach songs.

Stagecoach was ok. Dierks was good, Kenny Chesney was solid as usual, and everyone I was with loved Willie Nelson, though I'm not that big of a country guy to want to see a whole concert of his. In the same regard, I don't know any Travis Tritt songs, but I know he's a star from the 90's and I thought he was pretty good. Thomas Rhett is the next pop-country superstar. I'm not so sure he's even playing any country. He's really just a pop star. Of the people I'd never seen, I really like Nikki Lane and Jamey Johnson.
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Originally posted by bomba503:
I'd love to go to Daryl's house. Still wondering where my invite is?

Ditto!
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Originally posted by Julie D:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
I'd love to go to Daryl's house. Still wondering where my invite is?

Ditto!

The guy doesn't get nearly enough credit as a singer. He may not be to everyone's taste, but it's hard to deny the skill and soul in his singing.

We recently watched a Hall & Oates concert DVD recorded in Dublin in 2014 and he's singing nearly as well now as in the 70s. I think the only thing that was out of his range was the extended high note at the start of the final chorus of "She's Gone". They rearranged it and he took a lower harmony while the other band members did the other harmony parts.

Pretty amazing, considering the guy is 70.

John Oates, on the other hand, seems to have real vocal problems these days. His range is shot, and his voice is very gravelly. He sang a fair number of their early songs - especially on Abandoned Luncheonette.
PSA for those not aware of it. Daryl Hall has a great show where he hosts old rock stars and current stars for a jam session at his house. The set is split with all of them playing songs by each of the two artists backed byv Daryl's house band. It's a great show and often worth you time IMO

I think it's on MTV classic channel theses days

http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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.
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Slowdive.

Japanese breakfast opened and were surprisingly good as well.

Fun timing. Listening to them for the first time on Spotify right now as I read your post.
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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.
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.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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.

Jealous! I think we've talked about this, but big fan here too. Saw him open for Bonnie Raitt a few years ago and while she was great (as always), he stole the show for me.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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.

Jealous! I think we've talked about this, but big fan here too. Saw him open for Bonnie Raitt a few years ago and while she was great (as always), he stole the show for me.


I remember discussing it in the past. City Winery is a small venue with about 300 seats and the sound is excellent. This tour is celebrating the anniversary of the Hammer and Nail release, so the entire first set was that album. The second set delved into some other rowdy songs, and closed with Mission Temple Fireworks Stand. Really an excellent night.
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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 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.
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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!
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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!
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
Flogging Molly at the hot and sweaty Aragon Ballroom last night. Great energetic show as always. Opening acts Dylan Walsh and The White Buffalo were also really good.

Goose Island IPA on tap - really big cups, but $15 each. Eek
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

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