A couple of years I was at Kent's concert in Finland. I’m going to see Aurora this summer, very excited. She’ll be performing in St Petersburg, Russia, and I’m actually seeking for a company. In addition to the concert I’d also like to explore the city, maybe take a tour here petersburg.expert If you’re interested in either the concert or the tour, please write me! There’s not much time left, I’m sorry for the off topic!

I'm going to see Hootie and the Blowfish on Saturday night.

Funny story:  My wedding anniversary is coming up, and so I am struggling to figure out what to buy as an anniversary gift.  The "theme" for the anniversary is "music" so I decide to look some local concert tickets, and Hootie and the Blowfish are playing this weekend.  Perfect timing, as my wife enjoys Darius Rucker's music, as do I.  So I buy two tickets as a gift, Section 2 (center), row N.  

I mention to her that I got an awesome gift for her this year.  She says "I got you an awesome gift too."   - I can see exactly what's going to happen.  Turns out she bought tickets to the same concert, Section 2 (center), row N.

Looks like we are taking some friends with us.

Rothko posted:

I'm going to see Hootie and the Blowfish on Saturday night.

Funny story:  My wedding anniversary is coming up, and so I am struggling to figure out what to buy as an anniversary gift.  The "theme" for the anniversary is "music" so I decide to look some local concert tickets, and Hootie and the Blowfish are playing this weekend.  Perfect timing, as my wife enjoys Darius Rucker's music, as do I.  So I buy two tickets as a gift, Section 2 (center), row N.  

I mention to her that I got an awesome gift for her this year.  She says "I got you an awesome gift too."   - I can see exactly what's going to happen.  Turns out she bought tickets to the same concert, Section 2 (center), row N.

Looks like we are taking some friends with us.

GMTA - good minds think alike

Not a concert but my cousin and I attended the Gilmour auction @Christie's in NYC on Thursday. He plays in a Floyd cover band. We each had a paddle but it was an impossible dream. Had our eyes on a few items that we thought we could bid on even if they exceeded (low) estimates by 5-10x. Everything sold for 10-100x estimate! I was eyeing a lap steel estimated at 1-2k and it sold for $300k! I was hoping to be in the running for around $10k. Dreamer.

The day before we attended the viewing and got to see the over 100 guitars. That alone was pretty fun. This auction really set a new bar for guitars (and amps and guitar cases!).

Went to see James, The Psychedelic Furs and The Killers on Sunday pm.

James was hands down the best of the three. A shame the set was only one hour as they didn't play everything I would have liked to hear.

The Furs...appalling. These guys used to be a guitar band. Now it's the Richard Butler show with a single guitarist on mute and everything sounding like their bigger hits which were total sell outs anyway.  Pretty in Pink was neutered to the point I wasn't even sure that's what it was when they started playing it. They finished with India, which was easily the best performance of their set, but too little, too late. This ruined my memory of the show I saw in 1982 at The Concert Hall in Toronto.

The Killers. Not that familiar with them and that's the way it's going to stay. Way too slick for me. The drummer is pretty good though.

Saw the same show in Toronto, same feelings. I'm a massive James fan and they are a better live band than studio one. We got to go to the sound check and do a meet and greet with them before the show which was amazing.

The furs, a friend turned to me after the first song and said "cocaine is a hell of a drug". Stoned out of their minds and a drunk 60 year old office worker doing karaoke would sound better. We along with a few hundred others were streaming out the door by song four. Appalling. 

robsutherland posted:

Saw the same show in Toronto, same feelings. I'm a massive James fan and they are a better live band than studio one. We got to go to the sound check and do a meet and greet with them before the show which was amazing.

The furs, a friend turned to me after the first song and said "cocaine is a hell of a drug". Stoned out of their minds and a drunk 60 year old office worker doing karaoke would sound better. We along with a few hundred others were streaming out the door by song four. Appalling. 

Next Festivus I'll be drunk and 62. We can pull out a bluetooth speaker and I'll do some Butler karaoke. You can decide which was better. 

Seriously, sorry it sucked. Hate when that happens.

Not much of a concert guy but through work and some arm twisting I ended up about 10-15 feet from the stage at the Rolling Stone's concert at Burl's creek last week. 

Have to say, these guys(Mick) can still rock. Keith Richards sang 2 songs which couldn't have ended sooner but overall they were pretty tight (for the Stones). Gimme Shelter, Angie, Midnight Rambler were the highlights for me.  

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bomba503 posted:

Britt Floyd. Great stage presence, very good vocals and instrumentals. The gal who sang on Great Gig in the Sky killed it

Love these guys.  Very true to the original versions of the tunes and the musicians and singers are tight.  Seen them twice and will see them every time they come to town!

sunnylea57 posted:
robsutherland posted:

Saw the same show in Toronto, same feelings. I'm a massive James fan and they are a better live band than studio one. We got to go to the sound check and do a meet and greet with them before the show which was amazing.

The furs, a friend turned to me after the first song and said "cocaine is a hell of a drug". Stoned out of their minds and a drunk 60 year old office worker doing karaoke would sound better. We along with a few hundred others were streaming out the door by song four. Appalling. 

Next Festivus I'll be drunk and 62. We can pull out a bluetooth speaker and I'll do some Butler karaoke. You can decide which was better. 

Seriously, sorry it sucked. Hate when that happens.

"Heeeeey kids, shake it loose together.... the spotlights been hitting something thats been known to yada yada...  hey wait... what day is it? Is this thing plugged in?"

steve8 posted:

Went to see James, The Psychedelic Furs and The Killers on Sunday pm.

James was hands down the best of the three. A shame the set was only one hour as they didn't play everything I would have liked to hear.

The Furs...appalling. These guys used to be a guitar band. Now it's the Richard Butler show with a single guitarist on mute and everything sounding like their bigger hits which were total sell outs anyway.  Pretty in Pink was neutered to the point I wasn't even sure that's what it was when they started playing it. They finished with India, which was easily the best performance of their set, but too little, too late. This ruined my memory of the show I saw in 1982 at The Concert Hall in Toronto.

The Killers. Not that familiar with them and that's the way it's going to stay. Way too slick for me. The drummer is pretty good though.

How is it possible to not be that familiar with the Killers?  Like them or not, they are one of the biggest bands (probably with Coldplay) of the last 15 years

Mr Brightside is one of the best songs of the 2000s in my opinion - and is a perfect driving/running song - and one it is difficult to avoid

jcocktosten posted:

How is it possible to not be that familiar with the Killers?  Like them or not, they are one of the biggest bands (probably with Coldplay) of the last 15 years

Mr Brightside is one of the best songs of the 2000s in my opinion - and is a perfect driving/running song - and one it is difficult to avoid

I'd heard some of the songs before, including the one you mention, but none of them have done much for me. Not enough to seek out more. His voice is kind of irritating and considering some of the music I like, that is an achievement. Don't like their cover of Shadowplay either. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one JC.

Went to see Sebadoh at Bar Le Ritz PDB a couple of nights ago. Small venue, excellent show. No longer slacker, lo-fi misfits, they are tight. Great to hear Soul and Fire as well as Brand New Love. Clearly this tour is on a shoestring budget as Lou Barlow was working the merchandise table himself after the show.

steve8 posted:

Went to see Sebadoh at Bar Le Ritz PDB a couple of nights ago. Small venue, excellent show. No longer slacker, lo-fi misfits, they are tight. Great to hear Soul and Fire as well as Brand New Love. Clearly this tour is on a shoestring budget as Lou Barlow was working the merchandise table himself after the show.

Touring musicians are pretty much traveling shirt salesmen these days, since nobody believes they should have to pay for music anymore.

billhike posted:
steve8 posted:

Went to see Sebadoh at Bar Le Ritz PDB a couple of nights ago. Small venue, excellent show. No longer slacker, lo-fi misfits, they are tight. Great to hear Soul and Fire as well as Brand New Love. Clearly this tour is on a shoestring budget as Lou Barlow was working the merchandise table himself after the show.

Touring musicians are pretty much traveling shirt salesmen these days, since nobody believes they should have to pay for music anymore.

That's certainly sad for sure!  Its why I refuse to use streaming services and still buy my music, since I know the artists I listen to get completely bent over and screwed by streaming services.  

 

Went to see Mac McAnally last night at City Winery in Chicago.  He had Eric Darken on percussion with him, and Nadirah Shakoor was in the house, sitting right next to me before she got up on stage and sang a few songs.  It was an exceptional show last night, especially given that they were at Alpine Valley the night before with Buffet and the full band.  He's such a great songwriter, and the stories between the songs are almost as good as the music. 

thelostverse posted:

Went to see Mac McAnally last night at City Winery in Chicago.  He had Eric Darken on percussion with him, and Nadirah Shakoor was in the house, sitting right next to me before she got up on stage and sang a few songs.  It was an exceptional show last night, especially given that they were at Alpine Valley the night before with Buffet and the full band.  He's such a great songwriter, and the stories between the songs are almost as good as the music. 

We met him and Jerry Jeff Walker at an outdoor concert in the Keys about 8-9 years ago.   FKG introduced herself to Jerry Jeff, who introduced himself to her and she goes, yeah I know, we are hear to watch you play - it was funnier than it reads

jcocktosten posted:
thelostverse posted:

Went to see Mac McAnally last night at City Winery in Chicago.  He had Eric Darken on percussion with him, and Nadirah Shakoor was in the house, sitting right next to me before she got up on stage and sang a few songs.  It was an exceptional show last night, especially given that they were at Alpine Valley the night before with Buffet and the full band.  He's such a great songwriter, and the stories between the songs are almost as good as the music. 

We met him and Jerry Jeff Walker at an outdoor concert in the Keys about 8-9 years ago.   FKG introduced herself to Jerry Jeff, who introduced himself to her and she goes, yeah I know, we are hear to watch you play - it was funnier than it reads

thelostverse posted:
jcocktosten posted:
thelostverse posted:

Went to see Mac McAnally last night at City Winery in Chicago.  He had Eric Darken on percussion with him, and Nadirah Shakoor was in the house, sitting right next to me before she got up on stage and sang a few songs.  It was an exceptional show last night, especially given that they were at Alpine Valley the night before with Buffet and the full band.  He's such a great songwriter, and the stories between the songs are almost as good as the music. 

We met him and Jerry Jeff Walker at an outdoor concert in the Keys about 8-9 years ago.   FKG introduced herself to Jerry Jeff, who introduced himself to her and she goes, yeah I know, we are hear to watch you play - it was funnier than it reads

Same concert after many hours and many acts, I was drinking AP Vin but out of a red solo cup by that point and one of our neighbors with whom we had been speaking graciously attempts to share some of the beers he had just gotten (there was free beer at the event) turning my AP Vin from pinot to binot.   I did not have the heart to say anything

bomba503 posted:

Steve8 

Bit of a drive but Matthew Sweet is playing Halifax Urban folk festival 9/1 and 9/2

I did see that but it is indeed a bit of a drive. Call it 14 hours. I found it odd that he's going that far to play and not play any other gigs up here while in the neighbourhood.

Bryan Ferry at Sony Centre in Toronto. Promoted  as “Bryan Ferry performs Avalon”, he actually only did six of that album’s 10 tracks. The rest of the 2 hour show was a mix of other Roxy Music classics and the best of his solo career. Absolutely stellar band - 2 guitars, keys, violinist/keyboardist, sax/keyboardist, bass, drums, and 2 backup singers. At times there were 3 people playing keys, recreating that lush synth-based Roxy sound. Overall, they gave the Roxy Music songs a more muscular and sinewy sound. They had a harder, funkier edge. A bonus was having Chris Spedding on guitar. He’s now 75 and hasn’t lost a step.

The Old Man posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

 A bonus was having Chris Spedding on guitar. He’s now 75 and hasn’t lost a step.

Chris Spedding! I haven't heard his name in decades. I first heard him from his days with Jack Bruce.

TOM, if you want to see what Spedding is up to these days, here's a clip of Roxy Music's performance on the R&RHOF show earlier this year. Spedding in on the far right, up on the riser. Grey hair and a little paunchy (but I guess that describes most of the original members of the band).

The band in this clip is mostly the same band he had at the concert I saw, except of course for the three other original Roxy guys. But Chris Spedding, the bassist, drummer, keyboardist, female sax/keys, and two backup singers are the same. 

https://youtu.be/tEg87QTdwiI

Saw Midland last week. Pretty much my favorite country band in the world right now.

Tonight we saw Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind. JEW was awesome (disclaimer...they are my favorite band), but Third Eye Blind wasn’t too bad either. Jenkins talks too much about nothing, but their popular songs are really good. Apparently they bit off more than they could chew though, as they closed the general admission lawn and put those people in seats (venue had 18000 capacity). First time I’d seen that before. 

sunnylea57 posted:
The Old Man posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

 A bonus was having Chris Spedding on guitar. He’s now 75 and hasn’t lost a step.

Chris Spedding! I haven't heard his name in decades. I first heard him from his days with Jack Bruce.

TOM, if you want to see what Spedding is up to these days, here's a clip of Roxy Music's performance on the R&RHOF show earlier this year. Spedding in on the far right, up on the riser. Grey hair and a little paunchy (but I guess that describes most of the original members of the band).

The band in this clip is mostly the same band he had at the concert I saw, except of course for the three other original Roxy guys. But Chris Spedding, the bassist, drummer, keyboardist, female sax/keys, and two backup singers are the same. 

https://youtu.be/tEg87QTdwiI

Great, I always like him.

I remember seeing Spedding in 1981 at Bingeman Park in Kitchener. I can't remember who the rest of his band was but do recall them all looking like a pretty tough bunch. Kind of funny to see Spedding now at 75.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to diss the RRHOF for taking far too long to induct the great Roxy Music. Two years after effing ELO.

steve8 posted:

I'd also like to take this opportunity to diss the RRHOF for taking far too long to induct the great Roxy Music. Two years after effing ELO.

While The Guess Who continues to wait to even be nominated, despite oodles of hits, millions in sales, and the love of fans of all ages.  Should be called the British/American RRHOF....

I was completely blown away by Queen and Adam Lambert last night. 9 rows from the ceiling in a huge arena, and we may as well have been on the floor 20 rows from the stage. At 72, Brian May is an incredibly energetic and obviously talented performer. Roger Taylor’s drumming and backing vocals were great - I mean, he is only 70! While they had a backing percussionist RT was really playing the meat of the parts, and quite well. All of the additional musicians are really, really good. 

I have to give special props to Adam Lambert. When these guys first teamed up, I was skeptical for several reasons. Filling in for Freddie Mercury is simply not possible, as AL has said many times. Also, I had some silly reservations about a “reality show kid” doing this music justice, both in vocal performance and onstage presence. My wife went a year or two ago and raved about the show for days. The opportunity of an extra ticket with some in-laws came up, so I jumped on it. 

Lambert is an incredibly gifted and powerful singer with crazy range. In my opinion, he had just the right amount of flamboyance for the music to go along with great chemistry with the band. He is also obviously appreciative of the opportunity and mindful of the band and Freddie’s place in rock history. To the point, he f***ing nailed it. Also, Queen’s catalog of music is very special. If you have any interest, do yourself a favor and see this show. It’s an arena rock spectacle that has grandeur to the eye, buy is driven by the fantastic music and how it was performed. Bravo. 

My post in the Top Concerts thread has been revised.

billhike posted:

I was completely blown away by Queen and Adam Lambert last night. 9 rows from the ceiling in a huge arena, and we may as well have been on the floor 20 rows from the stage. At 72, Brian May is an incredibly energetic and obviously talented performer. Roger Taylor’s drumming and backing vocals were great - I mean, he is only 70! While they had a backing percussionist RT was really playing the meat of the parts, and quite well. All of the additional musicians are really, really good. 

I have to give special props to Adam Lambert. When these guys first teamed up, I was skeptical for several reasons. Filling in for Freddie Mercury is simply not possible, as AL has said many times. Also, I had some silly reservations about a “reality show kid” doing this music justice, both in vocal performance and onstage presence. My wife went a year or two ago and raved about the show for days. The opportunity of an extra ticket with some in-laws came up, so I jumped on it. 

Lambert is an incredibly gifted and powerful singer with crazy range. In my opinion, he had just the right amount of flamboyance for the music to go along with great chemistry with the band. He is also obviously appreciative of the opportunity and mindful of the band and Freddie’s place in rock history. To the point, he f***ing nailed it. Also, Queen’s catalog of music is very special. If you have any interest, do yourself a favor and see this show. It’s an arena rock spectacle that has grandeur to the eye, buy is driven by the fantastic music and how it was performed. Bravo. 

My post in the Top Concerts thread has been revised.

I'd pay just to see Brian May play guitar.

bman posted:
steve8 posted:

I'd also like to take this opportunity to diss the RRHOF for taking far too long to induct the great Roxy Music. Two years after effing ELO.

While The Guess Who continues to wait to even be nominated, despite oodles of hits, millions in sales, and the love of fans of all ages.  Should be called the British/American RRHOF....

Agreed, much overlooked.  

Mumford & Sons - Tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and humor.  The four band members were backed by five musicians that played drums, keyboards, violin, trumpet, trombone, accordion, and mandolin.  The combined instrumentals, along with strong vocals, produced a very powerful sound.

The sold-out crowd was fully engaged.  I didn't see many people sitting throughout the show.

Marcus Mumford's vocals remind me of Bruce Springsteen.

It was a very fun outdoor concert on a beautiful night in Salt Lake City.

steve8 posted:

I remember seeing Spedding in 1981 at Bingeman Park in Kitchener. I can't remember who the rest of his band was but do recall them all looking like a pretty tough bunch. Kind of funny to see Spedding now at 75.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to diss the RRHOF for taking far too long to induct the great Roxy Music. Two years after effing ELO.

I'd like to take this opportunity to diss the RRHOF for being the RRHOF. Since its founding I've never found it to have a real reason for existing and have always thought of it as a joke.

gigabit posted:

Mumford & Sons - Tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and humor.  The four band members were backed by five musicians that played drums, keyboards, violin, trumpet, trombone, accordion, and mandolin.  The combined instrumentals, along with strong vocals, produced a very powerful sound.

The sold-out crowd was fully engaged.  I didn't see many people sitting throughout the show.

Marcus Mumford's vocals remind me of Bruce Springsteen.

It was a very fun outdoor concert on a beautiful night in Salt Lake City.

I love these guys. Saw them in May. Didn’t love their newest album but it played better live than I thought it would. Seeing them again in September, down here in SD. They are doing a concert weekend in Cancun in February with Nathaniel Rateliff that we are strongly considering.  

bman posted:
steve8 posted:

I'd also like to take this opportunity to diss the RRHOF for taking far too long to induct the great Roxy Music. Two years after effing ELO.

While The Guess Who continues to wait to even be nominated, despite oodles of hits, millions in sales, and the love of fans of all ages.  Should be called the British/American RRHOF....

The British pretty much get dissed as well.  Yea, the British no brainers are in - Beatles, The Who, Stones, Pink Floyd, etc but while they put in the 4th/5th tier American acts and even non rock acts, the 2nd/3rd tier British acts either aren't even considered or wait for years after eligibility dates.  

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