I saw the Gaslight Anthem at the best venue in SD (the Belly Up). Amazing band at a tiny venue. It was so much fun I almost had one too many bourbons. Apparently I'm not 25 anymore.
I caught the opening night of Rush's 2013 Clockwork Angels tour in Austin, Texas. The show was good although there were quite a few problems with Alex Lifeson's guitars. Three hours in total and an enjoyable evening.
For the last few years, I've been concentrating on seeing bands I enjoyed growing up...thinking they won't be around much longer so might as well take the opportunity now...so tomorrow night it will be Ted Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon at the amphitheater here in Tampa.
Walked to Sunfest (though the first three days should be called Rainfest) tonight after work and got to see Gary Clark, Jr and The Black Crowes.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by vinole:
got to see Gary Clark, Jr


What did you think?


Good old school blues rock. Puts on a good show with plenty of jams and solos.
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Originally posted by vinole:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by vinole:
got to see Gary Clark, Jr


What did you think?


Good old school blues rock. Puts on a good show with plenty of jams and solos.


I agree - local kid who I think is one of the best of the next generation of blues guitarists/performers.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just got home from Diana Krall. Sultry, sexy, entertaining, fabulous.

Love her music, but her concerts tend to be on the short side, imo.
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Originally posted by vinole:
Walked to Sunfest (though the first three days should be called Rainfest) tonight after work and got to see Gary Clark, Jr and The Black Crowes.


Gary Clark Jr. can play.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just got home from Diana Krall. Sultry, sexy, entertaining, fabulous.

Love her music, but her concerts tend to be on the short side, imo.


Tend to agree - she played for just over two hours this time, which appears to be the norm these days with the exception of the artists who are known for going all night like Springsteen.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just got home from Diana Krall. Sultry, sexy, entertaining, fabulous.

Love her music, but her concerts tend to be on the short side, imo.


Tend to agree - she played for just over two hours this time, which appears to be the norm these days with the exception of the artists who are known for going all night like Springsteen.

You got a good one then. I've seen her twice at Ch. Ste. Michelle, and I think they each lasted a little over an hour.
McCartney tonight. Simply amazing - easily one of the top 2 or 3 shows in my life. Saw him in Houston in November and that was fabulous, but tonight was simply better. He played for three hours and entertained in so many ways beyond just the songs.

All I can say is I consider myself blessed to have seen this legendary performer who is, in my opinion after two shows in the last six months, still able to do it as well as ever. Again, simply amazing.
I have not been to these shows yet, but we have selected a few musical evenings for our Paris visit this July. So far we have tickets to a chamber recital in Sainte Chapelle (have done this before, a very special venue), an organ recital in Notre Dame, a few shows from the Paris Jazz Festival including Edmar Castaneda and South Africa's Hugh Masekela.

I have tried half a dozen times over the last 15 years to get into an organ recital at Notre Dame (either didn't coincide with our visits, or sold out when we were there so I listened outside for a while) so I am especially excited to hear that magnificent 15th C treasure being played. I have requested the organist play Stairway to Heaven or Green Onions, but I expect they will ignore me, as always.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Talent show at my 8 year old granddaughter's elementary school. 37 acts. No A/C. Banana

PH


Ouch. You're a good granddad PH!
Took my 12 and 15 year old sons to see XX at the Greek Theater in Berkeley.

I would recommend seeing XX.

The crowd was lovely and treated my kids like small royalty. A very very nice group of concert goers.

I think my kids activate all the surrounding "girls'" baby sitter genes, or something!

10/10 night.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Talent show at my 8 year old granddaughter's elementary school. 37 acts. No A/C. Banana

PH

lol heheh. Good times, good times.
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Originally posted by The Cabernet of Doctor Caligari:
Took my 12 and 15 year old sons to see XX at the Greek Theater in Berkeley.

I would recommend seeing XX.

The crowd was lovely and treated my kids like small royalty. A very very nice group of concert goers.

I think my kids activate all the surrounding "girls'" baby sitter genes, or something!

10/10 night.


That's cool. I want to see their double bill with Grizzly Bear but I have to work! Dang!
Sometimes, its important to make the woman in your life happy! Friday night was Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry opening.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Sometimes, its important to make the woman in your life happy! Friday night was Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry opening.


I'll try and remember this as I'm enduring Jimmy Buffet later this month. Ack
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Sometimes, its important to make the woman in your life happy! Friday night was Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry opening.


I'll try and remember this as I'm enduring Jimmy Buffet later this month. Ack


You sir, are not worthy. Throw in a Patrick Kane and a Cubs reference and you'd have hit this out of the park. Big Grin
A trifecta, eh? Wink Truth be told I only know two of his songs. I think you know my musical preference,...and this ain't it! Big Grin I'm guessing once I'm there and in the party atmosphere, I'll have a good enough time. If I'm not, I'll be acting as if I am. Maybe Kaner will be bringing the Cup on stage again...
Went to Ravinia tonight for a Benny Goodman Tribute - 75 years since he first appeared at Ravinia.

It was a great show. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra with 3 different clarinet soloists, and Cyrille Aimee singing a few numbers, and Sylvia McNair singing a few numbers. What a great show. I'm going to have to seek out more live big band jazz.
Dr. John last night at the opening night of the new Riveredge Park in downtown Aurora. Very cool outdoor venue and an entertaining show.
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Originally posted by Adam10:
I just saw Alabama Shakes too, at Echo Beach. Excellent live, expectations fulfilled. Brittany's an ace front-woman.


I never knew about them but I have to say her energy level and guitar riffs are tight and amazing.
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Originally posted by mareff:

Alabama Shakes..amazing show at the Capital Theatre.. you old timers should check them out.. great vibes.


My daughter said pretty much the same thing when she gave me tickets to their concert here in late July. Unfortunately, we'll still be out of the country at that time, so I had to regretfully give them to her to use herself. She didn't seem terribly upset by this.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Maybe Kaner will be bringing the Cup on stage again...


I was at that show.

Finally got our tickets this morning - front row baby.

You've got to come early. Tailgating is in the Soldier Field parking lot, and we will have our usual set up - grill (we usually do skirt steak tacos with a grilled corn salsa), tent, chairs, bags and plenty of fine wine and margaritas. Weather as of now looks perfect - should be a memorable night.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
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Originally posted by mareff:

Alabama Shakes..amazing show at the Capital Theatre.. you old timers should check them out.. great vibes.


My daughter said pretty much the same thing when she gave me tickets to their concert here in late July. Unfortunately, we'll still be out of the country at that time, so I had to regretfully give them to her to use herself. She didn't seem terribly upset by this.


She was all over it from the beginning Wink
Going to see Los Lonely Boys tonight with a Los Lobos opener. I'm psyched about this one, although my wife not so much. Roles will be reversed next week when we go to Matchbox 20 with Goo Goo Dolls. A little quid pro quo.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Los Lonely Boys tonight with a Los Lobos opener.

Interesting - while I really like both bands I would've thought it would play the other way with Los Lobos being the headliner. Either way, it'll be a great show - enjoy!
Probably considered co-headliners, as actually Alejandro Escovedo is opening the show. I was a big Los Lobos fan back in college in the '80's, but the draw for me is LLB.
Los Lonely Boys are definitely the more well-known band today, so I get it. Love me some Lobos though, and Alejandro too?? What a show!! Had I known about this I might have tried to book a business trip to our Aurora office this week!
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Los Lonely Boys are definitely the more well-known band today, so I get it. Love me some Lobos though, and Alejandro too?? What a show!! Had I known about this I might have tried to book a business trip to our Aurora office this week!


I just looked at the ticket, and it does list Los Lobos at the top. Big Grin Either way, I'm looking forward to this show.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Interesting - while I really like both bands I would've thought it would play the other way with Los Lobos being the headliner. Either way, it'll be a great show - enjoy!


OK - lineup was officially Alejandro, Los Lonely Boys and finally Los Lobos. Although, for much of the night, you could have called it Los Lonely Lobos as both bands were on stage together. What an incredible show.
Went and saw Brad Paisley last weekend ($20 Groupon). Pretty darn good guitar player for a a country artist Smile However, DAMN, country fans like to fight. Witnessed some dude getting cold cocked, knocked out with one punch and another with a bloody face.

I think I'll stick to Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath concerts. I feel safer Big Grin
Great time at jimmy buffet last night! Very entertaining. I ended enjoying the music way more than expected. Tailgating with Allred and thelostverse was an added special bonus. Seeing the Stanley cup was icing on the cake!
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Originally posted by billhike:
Great time at jimmy buffet last night! Very entertaining. I ended enjoying the music way more than expected. Tailgating with Allred and thelostverse was an added special bonus. Seeing the Stanley cup was icing on the cake!


Glad you enjoyed it Bill. The sound at Northerly Island was spectacular last night. Another fun show, and I've even got my voice back this morning.
Saw Goo Goo Dolls with Matchbox 20 last night. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. MB20 was extremely polished and exceptional musically. Unfortunately, I just couldn't connect to the songs like my wife did. This was payback to her for sitting through Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos last week with me.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
MB20 was extremely polished and exceptional musically.


MB20 is a very talented band. I saw their first show following 9/11, which was here in St. Louis with Train in the fall of 2001. They rocked the house down. It was phenomenal.
DMB Friday and Saturday in West Palm Beach. He played the best Lie in Our Graves I have heard live. It was about 20 minutes and even broke into a verse of You look Wonderful Tonight in the middle of the Tim Reynolds jam. Also heard a great cover of Blue Oyster Cult's Dont Fear the Reaper.
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Originally posted by LBJ2XFinalsMVPisclutch:
DMB Friday and Saturday in West Palm Beach. He played the best Lie in Our Graves I have heard live. It was about 20 minutes and even broke into a verse of You look Wonderful Tonight in the middle of the Tim Reynolds jam. Also heard a great cover of Blue Oyster Cult's Dont Fear the Reaper.


Bow
Saw Gavin DeGraw, The Script and Train last night with my wife. My wife has been trying to get a Train concert for years, and it worked out for us last night. I'd never heard of The Script, and I'd be alright if I never heard them again. Gavin and Train were good, but they're just not my cup of tea.
Fastball, Vertical Horizon, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth all on the same bill at Ravinia. The highlights were the Varner and Henriot I brought for picnicking on the lawn. Razz

It was actually enjoyable and entertaining. Like TLV and Train, none of these bands are in my wheelhouse but it was a fun evening with friends.
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake at Soldier field Monday. Great chemistry, both sounded great, JT sang, danced, played piano, keyboard, electric amd acoustic guitars. Jay Z sounded great. 2nd row center seats were worth every penny.

36 songs in all, 2 1/2 hours with no breaks.

The warm up DJ was awesome as well.
I doubt that I will ever consider myself a classical music fan, but I enjoyed the DuPage Symphony Orchestra last night at a chilly outdoor performance. "With a Gypsy Flair" was the theme. Pieces included those by Liszt, Khachaturian, Brahms and Strauss, for those of you in the know about this type of music. A few portions were familiar. With the weather being less than perfect, I concentrated more on what I was hearing than socializing and drinking wine with our friends. I liked the complexity and layers of the music, and the highlight for me was a fantastic solo by the principal trumpet.
Black Sabbath last night at the Amphitheater in Tampa. I had been planning to go for awhile, but yesterday was able to get tickets on Row 6 left side of stage and Wow...what an experience.

Yes, Ozzy's vocal range, which was never great has certainly gotten worse over the years and substantially worse than when I saw him solo in 1989. That being said, this was my first time seeing Black Sabbath in any form and being that I prefer the Ozzy era music, even better to see 3 of the 4 original members...and especially Tony and Geezer! They played 4 songs from their new album, which certainly helped Ozzy, since the new songs are more geared to what he can sing these days..though he can still nail N.I.B. and sing the eerie lyrics to Black Sabbath like nobody else can!
Heart last night at Ravinia with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. Incredible.

Bonham played for about an hour, including Over the Hills and Far Away, my personal favorite Zeppelin tune.

Heart came out and played for about one and a half hours. They did an acoustic version of Alone and Ann was simply amazing. She actually looked a little embarrassed at the standing ovation that went on a good two minutes after that song.

Then Heart came back out with Bonham on drums and did about 45 minutes of Zeppelin tunes including Battle of Evermore, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, Immigrant Song, Kashmir and Stairway.

It was truly a memorable evening.
Going to see Journey tonight in our last Ravinia show of the season. I saw them several times in the 80's - one of which was my wife's very first concert in '83. It's gonna be weird without Steve Perry.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Black Sabbath last night at the Amphitheater in Tampa. I had been planning to go for awhile, but yesterday was able to get tickets on Row 6 left side of stage and Wow...what an experience.

Yes, Ozzy's vocal range, which was never great has certainly gotten worse over the years and substantially worse than when I saw him solo in 1989. That being said, this was my first time seeing Black Sabbath in any form and being that I prefer the Ozzy era music, even better to see 3 of the 4 original members...and especially Tony and Geezer! They played 4 songs from their new album, which certainly helped Ozzy, since the new songs are more geared to what he can sing these days..though he can still nail N.I.B. and sing the eerie lyrics to Black Sabbath like nobody else can!

I have nothing to say, and I'm saying it. Razz
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Originally posted by Grapejuiceisgood:
Saw Head East, Styx and REO last week. Really relived the 80's


Saw Styx with REO back in May. Was really nice to hear all those songs live. I'd say its like reliving the 70's and 80's since they really were there for both and Styx even more 70's Smile
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
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Originally posted by Grapejuiceisgood:
Saw Head East, Styx and REO last week. Really relived the 80's


Saw Styx with REO back in May. Was really nice to hear all those songs live. I'd say its like reliving the 70's and 80's since they really were there for both and Styx even more 70's Smile

An interesting REO story: I used to work in a Chicago record store (records were 12" disks which one would spin on turntable that had a arm that held a diamond which would ride in grooves in the disk and then, believe it or not, play music!) My boss had been in a group called Mountain Bus. They were sued over the name by Mountain and instead of spending money they didn't have pretty much disbanded. During the litigation period Mountain was scheduled to play in town. They cancelled the show and a local fav--REO Speedwagon--played the show instead. The rest is history.
Old Man,

Curious to hear where that record store was? In the burbs I would go to Stained Glass Eye and Swollen Head to buy all that great vinyl. Styx played at my older sisters Homecoming dance in '71. We were backstage with REo last weekend. Pretty good time
If it was Rolling Stone Records I spent much time there in my youth. I had a nice collection of import 12" singles from The Old Man's faves, Iron Maiden. Razz Loved all of the Derek Riggs artwork. They all got ruined in a basement flood in 1987. Bang
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Originally posted by billhike:
If it was Rolling Stone Records I spent much time there in my youth. I had a nice collection of import 12" singles from The Old Man's faves, Iron Maiden. Razz Loved all of the Derek Riggs artwork. They all got ruined in a basement flood in 1987. Bang


Well, I plan on leaving OM speechless again when I post about the Megadeath/Iron Maiden concert ill be at in a few weeks!!
Damn, dude - assuming you are seeing them locally, you get the benefit of Nicko McBrain living in FL! I guess his mates don't mind visiting that region.
The smallest record store ever--the Record Shack in Skokie (!) followed by Round Records on Sheridan Road near Loyola University.
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Originally posted by billhike:
If it was Rolling Stone Records I spent much time there in my youth. I had a nice collection of import 12" singles from The Old Man's faves, Iron Maiden. Razz Loved all of the Derek Riggs artwork. They all got ruined in a basement flood in 1987. Bang

Yes, the days of English imports. Supposedly higher quality vinyl. And yes I have Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire on import.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Damn, dude - assuming you are seeing them locally, you get the benefit of Nicko McBrain living in FL! I guess his mates don't mind visiting that region.


I wish it was local. They have ended the two "Ed Force One" world tours in Florida to drop Nicko off, but this one requires me to fly to St. Louis. Only 7 U.S. dates this year as a warm up for Rock in Rio.
Catching Ted Nugent at the House of Blues in Houston tonight. For being 65 years old I have heard he still puts on a great show.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Catching Ted Nugent at the House of Blues in Houston tonight. For being 65 years old I have heard he still puts on a great show.


He does indeed. Prepare for some political talk too..but he can still bring it when he concentrates on the axe in his hands.
A good show from Ted Nugent and I was also impressed by opening act Laura Wilde. Way too much political hysteria for me and the cursing could have been less too. The crowd ate up his antics though and he really can still play the guitar at 65 years of age.
Iron Maiden Sunday night in St. Louis. As usual, they were on top of their game and amazing. This coming friday night in Tampa is payback to the g/f for sitting through an Iron Maiden concert Smile - Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Iron Maiden Sunday night in St. Louis. As usual, they were on top of their game and amazing. This coming friday night in Tampa is payback to the g/f for sitting through an Iron Maiden concert Smile - Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson


Brutal. Can't you just not go to each other's gigs?
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Originally posted by Adam10:
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Iron Maiden Sunday night in St. Louis. As usual, they were on top of their game and amazing. This coming friday night in Tampa is payback to the g/f for sitting through an Iron Maiden concert Smile - Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson



Brutal. Can't you just not go to each other's gigs?


A little diversity is always good!
I saw Mumford & Sons last night @ Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. It was a last minute decision and I scalped a ticket to meet up with friends. I worked a little supply/demand and ended up getting PAID $10 to see the show. They were great. They are very talented artists. Worth every $ Smile
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
A little diversity is always good!


I'm pretty sure Maroon 5 and K. Clarkson are part of the exception to that rule.

Good luck though! Confused
I saw Joe Satriani with Steve Morse as the opening act on Sep 7th at the House of Blues in Houston. Satch was great but I was really impressed with Steve Morse. It's taken me a while but I've come to love his presence in Deep Purple, and his playing technique was astonishing.

Then on September 13th at the Granada Theater in Lawrence, Kansas it was my third time to see prog/metal outfit Kamelot. They keep getting better and better and new singer Tommy Karevick is a good addition to the band. Opening acts included Delain and Eklipse. Both were good in their own right.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears @ Lee's Palace last night.

Deadly.


don't know who they are but I'm still jealous.
Saw Robert Cray Band and Mavis Staple tonight. Cray is polished but not a lot of variety in his sound. Mavis is around 80, walks with a cane (and has to sit down often), but can still belt out a tune and has Charm with a capital 'C'. She stole the show.
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Originally posted by Adam10:
Arctic Monkeys on Sunday. Brill. Second best I've seen them.


Educate me a little about Brill. Who or what are they?

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