I attended opening night of this year's Rush tour in support of their new "Clockwork Angels" album. While technically not perfect, the show was amazing with a greatly revamped set-list from last year's "Time Machine" tour. The three-hour show (minus a 15 minute intermission) included an almost entirely new stage set-up and video segments. A strong recommendation for this one.
Eek WOW! I was not even aware that they had a tour engaged. Just checked their website for Mtl. Only extreme nose-bleed sections available Frown

I must get myself on an announcement list for the next go-around
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Eek WOW! I was not even aware that they had a tour engaged. Just checked their website for Mtl. Only extreme nose-bleed sections available Frown

I must get myself on an announcement list for the next go-around


Check out some of the message boards for the band (for example www.counterparts.com ) and you will find a fair number of fans looking to share a pair of tickets or have some to sell.
Was already set for Toby Keith this Sunday night (16th) but also decided this morning to spring for Elton John tonight in Tampa!!! Figured I need to see him live once in my life!
Seen Sir Elton several times and it is worth it. The Face to Face tours he did with Billy Joel were pretty amazing, but I guess those are history now...
I wasn't happy about going to see it. I figured it would just be 4 guys singing the Four Seasons' songs. They were far better than the Four Seasons, who I've seen in person 4 times, back in the day. Jersey Boys is a truly great musical.
While in Florence last week, we got an invite to the home of Gregorio Nardi, a classical pianist and grandson of a former mayor of Florence. After some apperativo, we sat and listed to him play a Rondo from one of the Beethovan sonatas, and then a few works by Schumann.
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Finally saw Jersey Boys last night. If you were weaned on rock'n'roll in the '60s, you have to love it. I did.

Saw Jersey boys a couple years ago. Reminded me a bit of Beatlemania which I saw in the late 70's.

Last weekend saw Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field.

VM
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Eek WOW! I was not even aware that they had a tour engaged. Just checked their website for Mtl. Only extreme nose-bleed sections available Frown

I must get myself on an announcement list for the next go-around


Check out some of the message boards for the band (for example www.counterparts.com ) and you will find a fair number of fans looking to share a pair of tickets or have some to sell.


I also caught show #4 in Indianapolis on Thursday night, which was also very good. The thing to note is that all four shows have had different set lists, something almost unheard of for Rush.
Friday night saw Brian Setzer at the Hollywood Bowl. Great sounds with the backup of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Good food and great wines.
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Yeah baby - just grabbed our tickets to McCartney in November at Minute Maid in Houston.

Banana


One of the few expensive gigs worth every penny, for me.
While in Columbus, Ohio this week I caught a show by two bands I would describe as symphonic heavy metal - Nightwish and Kamelot.

I had never heard Kamelot before this show but was won over by their music and stage show. I look forward to seeing them again in the future.

It was my second time to see Nightwish, a band from Finland fronted by an operatic-style female singer (Annette Olson). In addition to the routine guitar/bass/drums instruments, Nightwish are also fairly keyboard intensive and of late have incorporated Troy Donockley on something akin to the bagpipes. Their bombastic orchestrations flavored with a Celtic flair and heavy metal riffs makes for some really interesting music. It's not for everyone but I love it.
On tap over the next month or so: Peter Gabriel, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, & Aussie Pink Floyd. Each likely accompanied by a bottle of quaffable red pre-show.
Last Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl: Go-Go's, Psychedelic Furs, and the Motels. (I missed the opening set by Bow Wow Wow.)
checked out ian anderson of jethro tull doing the entire thick as a brick album (awesome)as well as the entire thick as a brick 2 album (NOT awesome) fiishing witha few clasics. Overwall good show.

Within past month or so I saw roger waters, mickey hart, tribute to levon helms, lots of indie shows on the island and in nyc.
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checked out ian anderson of jethro tull doing the entire thick as a brick album (awesome)as well as the entire thick as a brick 2 album (NOT awesome) fiishing witha few clasics. Overwall good show.



Sounds great. In NY?
I'm delving into my teenage years on Friday night with Loverboy, Pat Benetar and Journey.

This is payback for my g/f agreeing to go to Alice Cooper/Iron Maiden in Atlanta with me in June.

I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than she enjoyed Maiden, though she has to listen to them all the time Smile Then again, I unfortunately know who One Direction is.....Frown
The last six days saw me attend three concerts.

In Austin, Texas I saw Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH (whom I mentioned earlier) with new lead singer Floor Janson replacing Annette Olzon. The two women have somewhat different voices and I was interested to see how Ms. Janson would do replacing Ms. Olzon who abruptly left/was thrown out of the band. In my opinion this was an step up as Floor Janson is a highly trained operatic singer and extremely attractive. She dominated the stage throughout and I hope she stays with this band for a long time.

The other two concerts were both by RUSH in their home town of Toronto. The tour supporting their new Clockwork Angels albums just gets better and better, with most of the setlist coming from the keyboard-heavy albums of the 1980's. I loved it.
Peter Gabriel So revisited tour last weekend. He can still hit those haunting notes, but he has gotten older and rounder. Wanted more of my favorites, but was satisfied with the show.

Aussie Pink Floyd on tap this Sunday. I will go prepared.

The bus was backing into Rob Zombie's driveway here in town today. He must be headed out for a tour.
Just saw Rush in Bridgeport, CT. Great concert. The wine connection is that Geddy Lee, their singer/bass player is an avid wine collector.
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Norah Jones coming up on Friday. Cool


I love it when you go to a show and the performer sounds better than the CD - no need for technological assistance. Ms. Jones is amazing and puts on a great show. Easy on the eyes as well.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Norah Jones coming up on Friday. Cool


I love it when you go to a show and the performer sounds better than the CD - no need for technological assistance. Ms. Jones is amazing and puts on a great show. Easy on the eyes as well.

Very jealous, VB. I was unable to attend her concert when she came here in August.
Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler. Too bad Knopfler wasn't the headliner. He outshown Dylan badly, whose voice (I know, I know) was shot, and his lyrics were drowned out by his band. Come early for Knopfler and skip Dylan.
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Rush in Montreal Thursday night. Last time I saw them was 1978 Eek


Big Grin Last time I saw them was May 22, 1977 at McMorran Arena, Port Huron, Michigan. Max Webster was the opening act. Eek
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Originally posted by Uncle John:
Rush in Montreal Thursday night. Last time I saw them was 1978 Eek

Cool Enjoy the concert, John!
Australian Pink Floyd was pretty good. Instrument play was pretty much spot on and vocals, although not the real McCoy, were not bad. Since I will never see the genuine article again, this will have to suffice. Still want to see David Gilmour live someday. Seeing a band like this makes one appreciate him even more.
Two weeks ago, Madonna at Staples Center. Tomorrow evening Joss Stone at the Wiltern Theatre. Opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but both pretty darned good.
Paul McCartney last night in Houston. First time for me to see him live and if you close your eyes you'd swear it was him in the heyday of The Beatles or Wings - Sir Paul still sounds AMAZING! It was probably 60% Beatles, 30% Wings and the rest more recent solo stuff (the latest album is really good by the way).

One of the best shows I've seen in my life.
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Headed to see Bob Dylan tomorrow night at the Excel Energy Center. Wicked excited!


Excellent!
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Paul McCartney last night in Houston. First time for me to see him live and if you close your eyes you'd swear it was him in the heyday of The Beatles or Wings - Sir Paul still sounds AMAZING! It was probably 60% Beatles, 30% Wings and the rest more recent solo stuff (the latest album is really good by the way).

Not that I want to age myself, but I saw the Beatles in November '64 here in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. It was unbelievable. The enrgy was more than palpable. I've seen McCartney twice since, and he is still a remarkable showman,singer/songwriter and musician. Long live Sir Paul. Winner
A the end of November, Neil Young with Patti Smith at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Can't recall the last time I was as excited about an opening act as I was for the headliner. Have seen Neil several times over the years.
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Headed to see Bob Dylan tomorrow night at the Excel Energy Center. Wicked excited!


Excellent!


The man is 71 years old and still touring. You have to respect that. You'd better know the words before you go however, because if you don't (my companion did not), it's a little like going to a foreign film without subtitles. You may pick up and word here and there, but the rest is just gibberish.

We had a great time and I can add Bob Dylan to the short list of musical legends I've had the good fortune to see live.
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Originally posted by Bruce Hayes:
A the end of November, Neil Young with Patti Smith at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Can't recall the last time I was as excited about an opening act as I was for the headliner. Have seen Neil several times over the years.


I will see you there, Bruce! Know any good BYOWs in the area?
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A the end of November, Neil Young with Patti Smith at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Can't recall the last time I was as excited about an opening act as I was for the headliner. Have seen Neil several times over the years.


I will see you there, Bruce! Know any good BYOWs in the area?


Sorry, I don't. The venue is pretty much located in the middle of nowhere.
Saw Bruce Springsteen earlier this month in PA, next month the boys are back, going to both Rolling Stones shows at the Prudential Center.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ the ACC this past Monday.


We're seeing them Saturday night in Ottawa. Please tell me he played the old classics, and lots from Rust, and not so much the newer stuff?
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ the ACC this past Monday.


We're seeing them Saturday night in Ottawa. Please tell me he played the old classics, and lots from Rust, and not so much the newer stuff?


it was more of a crazy horse show than a neil show. lots of new material, lots of improvisation and going off track for a while. Very electric, little to no acoustic other than for a few new songs. More Arc than Rust.

Got a few old classics, but still - it was a crazy horse show, not neil young show.

as a plus, he did start the show by having everyone stand for the national anthem. probably the only time i'll get to do that at the ACC this year.
We have a tradition of starting the holiday season with a jazz Christmas concert every year, and luckily the show we like has a tradition of starting their holiday tour in Austin the last few years. Just got back from this year's version and it was great as always - Peter White, Rick Braun and Mindy Abair. Always gets us in the spirit early.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ the ACC this past Monday.


We're seeing them Saturday night in Ottawa. Please tell me he played the old classics, and lots from Rust, and not so much the newer stuff?


I went to see them last night Bman. While you will be happy to know he played Powderfinger, the only other Rust song was the obvious Hey, Hey, My, My closer. He does play Needle & Damage Done and Cinnamon Girl. A couple from Ragged Glory including a fun version of Fucking Up. Overall...not bad.

Oh btw, don't be late. Patti Smith is the opening act, which I was not aware of before the show. Cool
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Leonard Cohen

Un-freaking-believable show. Watching him perform Hallelujah literally sent chills up my spine.

May we all be as spry and utterly charming when we are 78 years old.
Got tickets to Wayne Shorters 80th birthday celebration next June. Second Row Razz I'm going to see John Scofield in February in this small club called L'astral in Montreal.
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing / (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah) Banana
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Originally posted by VinT:
Leonard Cohen

Un-freaking-believable show. Watching him perform Hallelujah literally sent chills up my spine.

May we all be as spry and utterly charming when we are 78 years old.

Winner

Where is that :envious: emoticon?
McCartney. Went in with guarded expectations, and came out with mind blown. The man was amazing. He knows his voice ain't what it used to be but didn't hold back at all on any of the songs, just went for it. Way better than expected. And this was the second of two back to back nights!
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Originally posted by VinT:
Leonard Cohen

Un-freaking-believable show. Watching him perform Hallelujah literally sent chills up my spine.

May we all be as spry and utterly charming when we are 78 years old.

Winner

Where is that :envious: emoticon?


+1
Neil Young was great - wild and crazy metal guitar, not all of it recognizable as any particular tune, for at least a third of the show. I could have lived without the 5 minutes of Neil playing nothing but screetching feedback in the middle of the show, but otherwise I enjoyed it immensely.

And 3 days later I found myself in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, again on free tickets thanks to my wonderful daughter, watching Cheap Trick and Aerosmith. Fell into a 70s time warp for a few hours, especially with Cheap Trick who played all the hits and were great fun. Icing on the cake was that I was there with my kids. Had the foresight years ago to ensure that they understood and appreciated the delights of classic stadium rock. And ended up in a section ful of drunken chicas dancing their brains out in their seats, just like back in the day. A good time was had by all!!! Banana
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3 days later I found myself in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, again on free tickets thanks to my wonderful daughter, watching Cheap Trick and Aerosmith.


They played here during F1 weekend and I thought about pulling the trigger on tickets to see Cheap Trick (pass on Aerosmith) but didn't. Sounds like I should have. Bang
I used the term time warp because Cheap Trick were their old selves, boppin' all over the stage, cracking jokes, making faces, playing all the old hits adding extra choruses at the end just for fun. The crowd loved them - they spent 3 minutes on stage after the last song just soaking up the love. They got lots from me and the kids.
Not my favorite band or style of music, but I'll be seeing Train for the 3rd time tomorrow. My other half won tickets for free.
With all due respect to his greatness, influence and longevity, Buddy is really more of an "entertainer" than guitar player these days. Saw him at his club (for the 2nd time) a few years ago and also at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival in 2007. He is certainly still fun to watch, but they playing chops are a shadow of what they once were. I want to say it was the mid 90's when I saw him the first time. Just an observation; I'm not trying to disrespect the man by any means.
Flogging Molly last night at the Aragon Ballroom. They kicked major ass. The set was completely different than when we saw them a year ago, with many older songs pulled out. It was an extremely high energy set. One of the opening acts, Skinny Lister was very enterrtaining.

Dave King of FM reminds me of Dave Grohl in that those two guys onstage give the impression that they are having more fun than anyone else in the building. Bravo!
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Flogging Molly last night at the Aragon Ballroom. They kicked major ass. The set was completely different than when we saw them a year ago, with many older songs pulled out. It was an extremely high energy set. One of the opening acts, Skinny Lister was very enterrtaining.

Dave King of FM reminds me of Dave Grohl in that those two guys onstage give the impression that they are having more fun than anyone else in the building. Bravo!


You and I are kindred spirits when it comes to these guys. They put on a fabulous show and I agree King is having just as much fun, if not more, than we are.

Haven't been to anything lately, but just looked at my ticket stack and am pleased to report we have Bob Schneider, Bobby Caldwell, Diana Krall and Clapton coming up over the next couple months so the calendar is looking better soon!
Saw Bobby Caldwell a couple weeks ago and forgot to post about it. Man that dude has some pipes - put on a great show.

Going to the Grand Am race at Circuit of the Americas this weekend and just learned Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will be playing at the amphitheater on race day. Cool
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Going to the Grand Am race at Circuit of the Americas this weekend


Heading that way soon myself.

Let's catch up at the F-1 track.
Ruthie Foster...at McCelvy Center, small venue, close...great voice, entertainer, can do it all, blues, gospel, classics, jazz, etc.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Pink...go ahead, flame away. Took my wife for her birthday, turned out to be a great show.


If you're in NE Ohio was this concert at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland? I saw Rush there last year and the acoustics were great.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Pink...go ahead, flame away. Took my wife for her birthday, turned out to be a great show.


She's got a great voice. Funhouse was a good album.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Pink...go ahead, flame away. Took my wife for her birthday, turned out to be a great show.


If you're in NE Ohio was this concert at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland? I saw Rush there last year and the acoustics were great.


We actually went to see her at the United Center in Chicago. However, I did see The Boss at The Q, and the acoustics were terrific.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Pink...go ahead, flame away. Took my wife for her birthday, turned out to be a great show.


March birthday? Damn another coincidence. My wife bday is on the 17th. She is a 1976. Yours?
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Pink...go ahead, flame away. Took my wife for her birthday, turned out to be a great show.

Not usually my cup of tea, but her song, "Stupid Girls" came out at an opportune time to school my (very smart) daughter, who was trying to fit in socially with the (stupid) crowd. So I thank her for that.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Pink...go ahead, flame away. Took my wife for her birthday, turned out to be a great show.


March birthday? Damn another coincidence. My wife bday is on the 17th. She is a 1976. Yours?


Wow, this is getting crazy...yeah, she is March (26th, early bday weekend) but I landed an older one, by a year!

We are definitely going to have to offline this year. We had a great time with the DC crew last year.
Sorry, double posting to elicit more feedback:

Country isn't usually my niche, but Jeff Bridges and The Abiders are playing Seattle on Friday. Worth a ticket, in your opinion?
I did not see Crazy Heart.
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Originally posted by Grapejuiceisgood:
Took the wife to Maroon Five on Saturday. Not a bad show surprisingly.


Good to know. My wife wants to go when they come here and I got tickets, not really all that fired up about it but willing to go for some of their music.
Last night, an Ann and Nancy Wilson acoustical set, with a couple current members of Heart. They spent a few minutes first talking with their biographer, Charles Cross. Then launched into several numbers. Man, they're both about 10 years older than me, but Ann has still got the pipes, and during the last song, Nancy bounced around the stage like a 17 year old. That would've killed my knees.
Great show, and congratulations to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for FINALLY coming to their senses.
I was pleasantly surprised by a group called String Fusion tonight. My wife took me to what I thought was some kind of community jazz band with a violinist. It turned out to be these guys. About half jazz and half rock covers with electric violin, electric guitar, bass (alternating between electric and double), drums, piano/keyboards, and sax/clarinet/flute. The end of the first set was Jessica, some Average White Band, a rocked up version of the presto from summer of the four seasons, and the devil went down to georgia. I was fairly blown away.

Here's a clip of them at a community event in youtube covering in memory of elizabeth reed:
elizabeth reed - electric violin
This may not really be a concert but I actually attended the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on Thusday night. Aside from the borign speeches there were some great musical moments such as Randy Newman being accompanied by Tom Petty, Jackson Brown and John Fogerty; or Jennifer Hudson singing Donna Summer songs (and being fantastic), or Foo Fighters dressing up in wigs and kimonos to impersonate Rush.

For actual concerts I only have to wait until Tuesday when I see Rush in Austin, Texas on the opening night of their Clockwork Angels 2013 tour.

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