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Originally posted by TBird:
if you are not 100% satisfied, i'll eat a bug! Eek

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Originally posted by Primordealsoup:
Busy weekend coming up, but I may just try to make the show this Friday. Cool


Satisfied. You will not have to eat a bug. Great show.

Tomorrow night: Jake Shimabukuro
great, except now i have mixed feelings about it all as i've been reading up on the joys of bug protein.

and i just got confirmation of tix to see it again on 11/6, again at MSG. yah!!!

frank marino 11/5, roger waters 11/6.

now *that's* a weekend! Eek Razz

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Originally posted by Primordealsoup:
Satisfied. You will not have to eat a bug. Great show.
Caught Joe Satriani on January 20th at the House of Blues here in Houston. Fantastic two hour show, with a great backing band. Catch him if you get a chance.

If you're a fan of Satriani I would also strongly recommend his new album (Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards). Great songs showcasing Satch's chops.
Friday I saw an ad for a Natalie Cole concert in our local paper. Love her vocals. Unfortunately, she is playing in podunk Spokane on 2/13, a Sunday night. Mad That is a good 5 hour drive in the best of weather.
Across snowy mountain passes? Just a damn shame. Frown
I hope she gets a venue here sometime soon.
LOL. Yeah. Along w/ the Red Wings and the Mets.


I forget where it was, but I actually had to explain to someone why a CUBS / BLACKHAWKS fan would not like the Redwings and/or the Mets. Silly people that don't understand sports.

As it is at this moment, I've got to DVR the BLACKHAWKS so my wife can watch some stupid show (the other TV is out). She's playing the value of the "Steak & BJ Day" against me watching the last period of the game.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Attended a weekend for the band Marillion on Montreal. Three shows over three nights. Utter magic!

WOW Marillion, used to be big into them back in the day...
Since I am posting here the last few concerts I have been to were disturbed & korn (CT), los lonely boys (CA), David Jacobs Strain (NY), as well as a few others.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Attended a weekend for the band Marillion on Montreal. Three shows over three nights. Utter magic!

Eek This was completely off my radar!

Glad it was so great. I'd have loved to attend this.

Dick - In town and no heads-up??? Would have been great to meet you and share a couple. Next time, do provide some notice, eh?
Yeah - gotta love Flogging Molly. They come through Austin once a year to a great outdoor venue so we've caught them several times as well. One of my favorite bands.

So I'm all excited about Kings of Leon tonight, right? The wife and I work in the same location and we agreed it best to lock our computers in my office rather than leave them in the back of the car in a parking garage downtown all night. We get all the way to the venue and as we are parking I scream "OH S***!" the tickets are in my laptop bag safely in my office 20 miles away. By the time we would've gotten back there in traffic, then back downtown in traffic - no way. We grabbed dinner with a nice 07 Phelps Cab and came on home.

If you saw or will see Kings of Leon on this tour, and it was good, please don't post about it!

What a moron...
LOL! When I am heading to a sporting event or concert, I'm paranoid about forgetting tickets, especially since I'm way west of Chicago proper. The neighbors probably think I have some kind of OCD watching me open my wallet and pat down my pockets about 15 times.

Sorry you missed the show, but at least you still had a date night!
*far* from sucking but right where i left them last time i saw them(1980ish). definately boring but i'd blame the setlist.

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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by TBird:
rush tonight, performimg "moving pictures" in it's entirety. i missed it last year and am thankful to get this second chance! Smile


So, how bad did they suck?
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Yeah - gotta love Flogging Molly. They come through Austin once a year to a great outdoor venue so we've caught them several times as well. One of my favorite bands.

So I'm all excited about Kings of Leon tonight, right? The wife and I work in the same location and we agreed it best to lock our computers in my office rather than leave them in the back of the car in a parking garage downtown all night. We get all the way to the venue and as we are parking I scream "OH S***!" the tickets are in my laptop bag safely in my office 20 miles away. By the time we would've gotten back there in traffic, then back downtown in traffic - no way. We grabbed dinner with a nice 07 Phelps Cab and came on home.

If you saw or will see Kings of Leon on this tour, and it was good, please don't post about it!

What a moron...


Brutal. I am the King of forgetting things and losing things, but for some reason I've never forgotten my tickets. The closest I've come is driving halfway down my street and going back to the house. Surprising.

I would have grabbed some scalpers...
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Attended a weekend for the band Marillion on Montreal. Three shows over three nights. Utter magic!

Eek This was completely off my radar!

Glad it was so great. I'd have loved to attend this.

Dick - In town and no heads-up??? Would have been great to meet you and share a couple. Next time, do provide some notice, eh?


The good news for Marillion fans in North America is that they will be coming over for full-fledged tour next year, probably in the summer. Even if you were a fan when Fish was the singer be sure to catch them. The shows are really great.

The following week I caught three RUSH concerts over five nights (Toledo, Cleveland, and Detroit) and thought all were stellar shows. The Cleveland show was filmed for a new DVD and Alex Lifeson appeared a little tense early on, but by the second half he was on fire.
Sparty, are you a fan of Foo Fighters? I would put them in the top 3 or 4 live shows I've ever sean, mainly due to the energy of Dave Grohl. I'm hoping their Lolla appearance doesn't mean they don't do an arena show in the area.

I was kinda hoping metal's "Big 4" would have made this a midwest stop.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Sparty, are you a fan of Foo Fighters?

Not a big fan, but enjoy quite a few of the songs I've heard. They are someone I would be interested in seeing if the timing worked out, but won't plan around. I have a buddy that was pretty excited that they are playing at Lolla, so there is a chance I may tag along with him.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
U2 360

Excellent. How were they?

I'm seeing them in 2 weeks with Lenny Kravitz opening. I saw Kravitz when I was in my early teens (or maybe even younger?) opening for the Stones in an 80,000 person stadium and I may have had the worst seats in the house; I've never seen U2 in concert, so needless to say, I'm quite excited.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
U2 360

Excellent. How were they?

I'm seeing them in 2 weeks with Lenny Kravitz opening. I saw Kravitz when I was in my early teens (or maybe even younger?) opening for the Stones in an 80,000 person stadium and I may have had the worst seats in the house; I've never seen U2 in concert, so needless to say, I'm quite excited.

The concert is tonight. I will post a review on FB or here. Smile
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Originally posted by gigabit:
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
U2 360

Excellent. How were they?

I'm seeing them in 2 weeks with Lenny Kravitz opening. I saw Kravitz when I was in my early teens (or maybe even younger?) opening for the Stones in an 80,000 person stadium and I may have had the worst seats in the house; I've never seen U2 in concert, so needless to say, I'm quite excited.

The concert is tonight. I will post a review on FB or here. Smile


Insert envious graemlin here..... Tried several times to get tickets and failed, had free tickets once I could not use, the gods do not want me to see these Dubliners. Frown
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Paco de Lucia tonight at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

I really need to attend the Festival one year.

A PHENOMENAL concert! Well worth seeking out for anyone who appreciates Flemenco and Spanish guitar. Incredible passion all evening.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Paco de Lucia tonight at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

I really need to attend the Festival one year.

A PHENOMENAL concert! Well worth seeking out for anyone who appreciates Flemenco and Spanish guitar. Incredible passion all evening.
very cool K...I hope to see him someday. Cool
On consecutive nights in Las Vegas I caught shows by Deep Purple and Rush.

Deep Purple (backed by a 30-plus person orchestra) was enjoyable even though Ian Gillan's voice is showing signs of wear and tear. An intimate venue (Pearl Theater inside Palm Casino) had good accoustics but it was a bit loud. The set-list contained all the classics and some lesser known tunes as well. My only disappointment was the omission of "Ted the Mechanic" and "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" off the Purpendicular album.

The opening act for Deep Purple (Ernie & the Automatics) was actually very enjoyable. Comprised of former members of Boston (Barry Goudreau, Sib Hashian) and J. Geils Band they played a rousing 40 minute set that included a great medley from Boston's debut album.

Rush played at the Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand and as usual they were outstanding. The show lasted for three hours (no opening act) and the second half was kicked off by them playing the Moving Pictures album in its entirety. Songs like "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight" and "Red Barchetta" are staples of FM radio so I can take or leave them. Seeing the band perform "The Camera Eye", "Witch Hunt" and "Vital Signs" however was a real treat.

A special nod to Howard Ungerleider who designs and oversees Rush's light show. Visually this show is as stunning as the music.
Airborne Toxic Event w/ Calder Quartet - easily one of the most innovative, interesting and talented indie/alternative group of musicians performing today. An absolutely compelling performance.

My Chemical Romance - Terrific music but the band seemed somewhat disinterested to go along with a lousy LA crowd. Can someone please demolish the Hollywood Palladium?
Just saw John Legend and Sade myself Saturday At Pru. Center in Newark.John Legend was very good but a little too loud and too much bass(body vibrations).As for Sade it was absolutley mesmerizing.Very sensual, still has an excellent voice ,she looked great and the band was so tight (precise)just awsome.If she coming your way check it out.Real class
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Originally posted by Adam10:
I had no idea Sade was still performing...

It's odd to me to open a newspaper to the Arts section and see so many performers (many that I didn't know were still alive) playing at Indian casinos and state fairs around here. Coming to our state fair later this summer is Peter and Paul (no Mary Frown) and Cheap Trick. Really?
Later comes Sammy Hagar, Chicago, The Flaming Lips, and Counting Crows.
Now Weird Al and Larry the Cable Guy, sure. But the rest? Didn't these guys save any of their money? Just sad.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Adam10:
I had no idea Sade was still performing...

Coming to our state fair later this summer is Peter and Paul (no Mary Frown)


Well, Mary died 2 years ago. We saw them at Wolf Trap on 4th of July weekend years ago. Good times.
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Adam10:
I had no idea Sade was still performing...

Coming to our state fair later this summer is Peter and Paul (no Mary Frown)


Well, Mary died 2 years ago. We saw them at Wolf Trap on 4th of July weekend years ago. Good times.


I think she died while choking on s corned beef sandwich
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by hendersonalsorises:
I think she died while choking on s corned beef sandwich


Roll Eyes Actually, she died of complications from a bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia. Classy post, Henderson. Frown

Mama Cass thought it was pretty hysterical

PH
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Didn't these guys save any of their money? Just sad.

Compare ticket prices when these bands were in their heyday and now. Hard to pass up if you can still belt it out, methinks.


My guess is that these older bands are touring again because there is no more income generated from sales of CD's or record albums. The proliferation of using computers to copy albums has simply rendered the old business model obsolete and with a lot of record companies themselves going under the only way to make any money is going on the road to generate revenue from ticket sales and merchandise.
Opening of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia tonight, featuring Lang Lang on piano doing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Chopin's Andante Spianato in G Major and Grande Polonaise in E-flat Major, and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

Always a good time at Ravinia.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Didn't these guys save any of their money? Just sad.

Compare ticket prices when these bands were in their heyday and now. Hard to pass up if you can still belt it out, methinks.


My guess is that these older bands are touring again because there is no more income generated from sales of CD's or record albums. The proliferation of using computers to copy albums has simply rendered the old business model obsolete and with a lot of record companies themselves going under the only way to make any money is going on the road to generate revenue from ticket sales and merchandise.


For most well known bands, there has always been more money in touring than in cd/tape/album sales. My guess is that these older bands are 1) bored and 2) like everyone, needing just a little more cash.

G
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
Last night: Bruce Hornsby and The Noise Makers

What an absolutely enjoyable show. Just plain fun. Entertaining show, fantastic songs, phenomenal music quality at the Pagent. Besides Steely Dan, Bruce Hornsby's bands are the tightest that I have every seen/heard in concert.


Steely Dan is going to be at Ravinia in August. I'd really like to see them. It sounds like they consistently do good shows?
Thoroughly enjoyed U2 in Chicago this week. They had some interesting additions from the 2009 version of the 360 Tour we caught in Dallas, like Gabby Gifford's husband introducing Beautiful Day from space. As always with them, amazing show that brought down the house. We were sitting in the first section off the ground and literally felt the stadium move with the crowd during Elevation - my wife looked at me and asked if I thought the structure was strong enough for it!
Okay. Saw Michael Buble last night. 320 or so people. Intimate, great setting - the lawn in front of the Rhine House at Beringer. Nice, decent, whatever. I don't get all the Buble love. Confused

HOWEVER!!!!!!!!! The opening act was a group called "Naturally 7". Awesome! They are basically an a capella act, except the members "play" musical instruments with their voices. Simply fantastic. If you ever have the opportunity to see them, GO!!!

Here is a long youtube video of them -

Naturally7
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
Okay. Saw Michael Buble last night. 320 or so people. Intimate, great setting - the lawn in front of the Rhine House at Beringer. Nice, decent, whatever. I don't get all the Buble love. Confused

HOWEVER!!!!!!!!! The opening act was a group called "Naturally 7". Awesome! They are basically an a capella act, except the members "play" musical instruments with their voices. Simply fantastic. If you ever have the opportunity to see them, GO!!!

Here is a long youtube video of them -

Naturally7

I had just the reverse reaction when I saw the two of them here. Naturally 7 reminded me of one of those "America's Got Talent" acts. Couldn't wait for them to get off the stage.
First time I saw Buble, he had Jann Arden as his opener. Enjoyed her much more.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
Okay. Saw Michael Buble last night. 320 or so people. Intimate, great setting - the lawn in front of the Rhine House at Beringer. Nice, decent, whatever. I don't get all the Buble love. Confused

HOWEVER!!!!!!!!! The opening act was a group called "Naturally 7". Awesome! They are basically an a capella act, except the members "play" musical instruments with their voices. Simply fantastic. If you ever have the opportunity to see them, GO!!!

Here is a long youtube video of them -

Naturally7

I had just the reverse reaction when I saw the two of them here. Naturally 7 reminded me of one of those "America's Got Talent" acts. Couldn't wait for them to get off the stage.
First time I saw Buble, he had Jann Arden as his opener. Enjoyed her much more.


Well then we kind of had the same reaction. Both of us enjoyed the opening act more than Buble!
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by Juicy:
Will be seeing Ottmar Liebert on Sunday in the City. Really looking forward to this.

Saw him last month in a really nice venue in CT. He was excellent (bare-feet and all).


Excellent in SF and bare-feet as well. Great evening.
Just got home after catching Chicago at the new ACL Live studio - great venue and the band is still TIGHT! Jimmy Pankow has always been my favorite and he's still got it. There are only three original members left, but the new guys do a great job and they still bring it just like back on the day. It was fantastic!
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just got home after catching Chicago at the new ACL Live studio -

Hopefully, their sound quality was good. When I saw them last summer here in St. Louis, their sound man couldn't get the mix right and was clipping speakers. It was the worst I've ever experienced at a 'professional' concert.
We went to see Styx & Yes at Verizon Wireless on the 24th. It was a last minute decision. I've been a Yes fan for 30+ years and seen them many times, but wasn't sure I was up for it.

Partly, I'm not as into spending $100+ on tickets to aging rocker shows. I've enoyed seeing Bruce Hornsby and Elvis Costello, recently, both for less than $50 per ticket, at the Pageant, a more intimate venue.

But, in the end, scored some super cheap 4th row tics on StubHub, and went. I thought Yes was good, agree missing Jon Anderson. Glad Yes was the lead band, as Styx played with lots more energy. They would have been a hard act to follow.
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Originally posted by JCT1000:
We went to see Styx & Yes at Verizon Wireless on the 24th. It was a last minute decision. I've been a Yes fan for 30+ years and seen them many times, but wasn't sure I was up for it.

Partly, I'm not as into spending $100+ on tickets to aging rocker shows. I've enoyed seeing Bruce Hornsby and Elvis Costello, recently, both for less than $50 per ticket, at the Pageant, a more intimate venue.

But, in the end, scored some super cheap 4th row tics on StubHub, and went. I thought Yes was good, agree missing Jon Anderson. Glad Yes was the lead band, as Styx played with lots more energy. They would have been a hard act to follow.


Styx played first at Maryhill. Thus, Yes' lack of energy was even more pronounced. Sadly, about 1/3 of the crowd had left before Yes even finished their set.

BTW -- I've seen Hornsby the last two times that he has been at the Pageant. What a great venue.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Going to see Rufus Wainright with the CSO this evening at Ravinia. I know nothing about him, but pulling corks outside in nice weather works for me.


He's well respected but I cannot stand his voice. So lispy, whiny, and annoying. How was it though?
Adam10, the highlights were the first part of the show with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before he came out to sing/chant/groan over their playing. Half of our group hated his voice, a couple that were with us love him. He definitely has his fans, though. The highlight of Ravinia is that you can bring your own food and beverages to picnic on the lawn with live music in the background. We have a decent number of free passes and this show took place on an evening with perfect weather, so we went.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Lifehouse this past Saturday at Ravinia. Good performers/entertainers, but not my kind of music. The Champagne and two bottles of Gigondas were the highlights of the evening.


I actually have liked them for a while after hearing their first album. The original drummer's mom was the admin for a friend and he turned me on to them. Never seen them live - glad to hear they put on a good show.
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Originally posted by flop:
Branford Marsalis Quartet last Saturday.

He's got a 19-year old drummer, Justin Faulkner, who is absolutely phenomenal.


Was that at the Jazz Alley? That's a fantastic venue.

For me Train on the beach at Mandalay Bay. Better than I was expecting and for you single guys out there Rock and Roll wine is a 'target rich environment'. Justy saying.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
Nope. Good looking chick will be attending as well.


Ah.... the things we do for beautiful women.

PH


I went front row to a Shakira gig for a girl...caught her checking me out at least...:P
He's much more refined now then he was back in his Matt Good Band days. I've seen him numerous times over the years, going back to when he used to play the side stage at Edgefest in Molson Park, and the best show was at the amphitheater at Jackson-Triggs winery in NOTL. I HIGHLY recommend seeing any show at that venue.
An unusual week with three concerts on tap.

Last night I caught a Genesis tribute band called The Musical Box, who played a note-perfect version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Visually not the same as seeing Peter Gabriel and crew but sound-wise they were really good.

Tonight a bit more prog-metal with Dream Theater on tap followed on Thursday by an up and coming heavy metal band called Mastodon. The last two Mastodon albums (Crack The Skye, The Hunter) have garnered quite a bit of critical acclaim.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
An unusual week with three concerts on tap.

Last night I caught a Genesis tribute band called The Musical Box, who played a note-perfect version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Visually not the same as seeing Peter Gabriel and crew but sound-wise they were really good.

Tonight a bit more prog-metal with Dream Theater on tap followed on Thursday by an up and coming heavy metal band called Mastodon. The last two Mastodon albums (Crack The Skye, The Hunter) have garnered quite a bit of critical acclaim.


Glad to see another forum member into the heavier stuff. We are few and far between!
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
An unusual week with three concerts on tap.

Last night I caught a Genesis tribute band called The Musical Box, who played a note-perfect version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Visually not the same as seeing Peter Gabriel and crew but sound-wise they were really good.

Tonight a bit more prog-metal with Dream Theater on tap followed on Thursday by an up and coming heavy metal band called Mastodon. The last two Mastodon albums (Crack The Skye, The Hunter) have garnered quite a bit of critical acclaim.


Glad to see another forum member into the heavier stuff. We are few and far between!


It's funny but as I get older I find I am more interested in some of the heavier music. Mastodon in particular I didn't even know of until about a year ago.

Last night's Dream Theater show was outstanding except for the "no cameras" policy, which was strictly enforced. Trivium were talented enough but had a terrible "mix" while DT were exceptional from beginning to end.
Well that certainly wasn't the best Matthew Good concert I have ever been to on Tuesday night at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. He sounded great, as did the band, and set lights were amazing, but the place was half empty and the show was only about 75 minutes. I don't think I'll ever go back to that venue for a concert again!
I attended a true heavy metal concert last night featuring the bands Black Tusk, Venomous Maximus, and Mastodon at a small Houston club called Fitzgerald's. The club is best known for being the scene of some great Stevie Ray Vaughn gigs back in the day but tonight it was all about cookie-monster vocals and aggressive music.

To be completely honest I had no idea there were three bands on the bill, as I really only wanted to see Mastodon (who are getting a lot of critical acclaim lately from Classic Rock and Classic Rock Presents Prog magazines).

In the end I never did get to see Mastodon as the second act (Venomous Maximus) were still on the stage at midnight and going strong so my friend and I called it a night (we both had important meetings today).

What I did see of the first two bands was not all that interesting, with each song sounding exactly the same as the one prior. Maybe the sound mix was just bad, but one couldn't tell if these guys could play their instruments or not. It was just a wall of noise.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Caught Paul Simon last night.

Hmmm - not sure how to rate this one. He sounded great and the band was tight, however the play list was weak in my opinion. I appreciated the legend, but didn't enjoy the show...


Saw him on Conan recently. Looks like he's about to die. Was disturbing.
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Originally posted by Adam10:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Caught Paul Simon last night.

Hmmm - not sure how to rate this one. He sounded great and the band was tight, however the play list was weak in my opinion. I appreciated the legend, but didn't enjoy the show...


Saw him on Conan recently. Looks like he's about to die. Was disturbing.


We weren't close enough to get a good look at him, but he was moving around like a youngster and sounded great - it's just the songs selected were honestly somewhat boring. It wasn't even so much the "I wish he'd play more of the hits" type deal, because I'm always open to new stuff and to switching things up (especially live), but it was just slow...
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by Adam10:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Caught Paul Simon last night.

Hmmm - not sure how to rate this one. He sounded great and the band was tight, however the play list was weak in my opinion. I appreciated the legend, but didn't enjoy the show...


Saw him on Conan recently. Looks like he's about to die. Was disturbing.


We weren't close enough to get a good look at him, but he was moving around like a youngster and sounded great - it's just the songs selected were honestly somewhat boring. It wasn't even so much the "I wish he'd play more of the hits" type deal, because I'm always open to new stuff and to switching things up (especially live), but it was just slow...

VB-

I have seen Paul Simon in concert several times.

His 1991 Rhythm of the Saints Tour was fantastic. I remember that he played an encore of You Can Call Me Al and the crowd went haywire. The African and Brazilian musicians that backed him were amazing as well.

I saw him with Bob Dylan several years later - good, not great.

The Simon & Garfunkel Old Friends Tour that I saw at the MGM Grand in Vegas in 2003 was absolutely incredible. The Everly Brothers came out and played a small set in the middle of the show and they sounded great. It is definitely on my Top 10 list of concerts that I have seen. Cool

I think Simon is a brilliant songwriter; one of the best of the past half-century.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Only a two-hour flight! Razz


I'd take you up on that but they do make it to Austin at least once a year and have a pretty big following here. They actually were here to tape the season premier of Austin City Limits recently but I missed them because of a wedding. Next time!
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Originally posted by mountainman:
Saw Chris Isaak last week in Santa Rosa at the Wells Fargo Center which is an excellent venue for shows.


We caught Diana Krall there a couple years ago while on our annual wine tasting/Indy race trip and you're right - great spot for a show. Of course watching her all night didn't hurt... Cool
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
The new bon iver is incredible.


In terms of pure magical perfection of venue, sound, timing, etc, and taking out any preference towards the artist, that was the best gig ever. I'm gutted I'm not seeing the second one tonight. Just magic. Hope he gets every award surely coming. Perth, Holocene, Calgary. Ten piece band captivated the whole room. Really can't explain it properly. Just don't miss it.
Went to the Jay-Z/Kanye show last night at staples. Sound was not as good as expected, but it was a really fun show. I know I’m in the minority on these boards in liking hip hop but it’s been something I have been drawn to since I was a kid and I think Jay-Z is one of the best all time. He made Kanye look silly last night. Fun night.
While I honestly appreciate a lot of hip-hop, and Jay-Z would likely be a fun night, I couldn't tolerate giving any support Kanye in any way, shape or form. What a completely arrogant ass on so many levels.
Just my .02 of course. Wink

Glad you guys had fun!
Saw Sting last week. Was never a big fan of Police or him, but I have to say I really enjoyed this concert. Not a big venue (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, under 3,000 seats) and great seats (row 14, dead center) made it seem much more intimate and personal than most other concerts I've attended in the last 10 years.

Band was excellent; keyboards were replaced by 2 fiddles, one played by a woman who also sang-- great voice with some pretty good jazz riffs included.

Last couple of songs in very last encore (jeez, those obligatory standing-O's and endless encores have run their course, haven't they?) were 'Every Breath You Take' and a Sting solo 'Message in a Bottle.' Predictable, since he hadn't played either hit earlier, but the audience-- myself included-- just ate it up.

The man has written a few great songs.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Saw Sting last week. Was never a big fan of Police or him, but I have to say I really enjoyed this concert. Not a big venue (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, under 3,000 seats) and great seats (row 14, dead center) made it seem much more intimate and personal than most other concerts I've attended in the last 10 years.

Band was excellent; keyboards were replaced by 2 fiddles, one played by a woman who also sang-- great voice with some pretty good jazz riffs included.

Last couple of songs in very last encore (jeez, those obligatory standing-O's and endless encores have run their course, haven't they?) were 'Every Breath You Take' and a Sting solo 'Message in a Bottle.' Predictable, since he hadn't played either hit earlier, but the audience-- myself included-- just ate it up.

The man has written a few great songs.
I wish there were more concerts at the QE.
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Originally posted by Dunder:
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
Saw Sting last week. Was never a big fan of Police or him, but I have to say I really enjoyed this concert. Not a big venue (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, under 3,000 seats) and great seats (row 14, dead center) made it seem much more intimate and personal than most other concerts I've attended in the last 10 years.

Band was excellent; keyboards were replaced by 2 fiddles, one played by a woman who also sang-- great voice with some pretty good jazz riffs included.

Last couple of songs in very last encore (jeez, those obligatory standing-O's and endless encores have run their course, haven't they?) were 'Every Breath You Take' and a Sting solo 'Message in a Bottle.' Predictable, since he hadn't played either hit earlier, but the audience-- myself included-- just ate it up.

The man has written a few great songs.
I wish there were more concerts at the QE.

I agree, smaller venues are far better to me as well. In Seattle, the Paramount Theater and Key Arena are off my list, no matter who is playing there.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Saw Andrea Bocelli tonight. So many things I could say but one word sums it up - AMAZING. Honestly one of the top two or three best performances I've ever had the opportunity of seeing. Wow...


What was the venue?

I have heard Bocelli live, and very VERY special indeed. I would love to hear him in a small opera house, regardless of cost.

I will never forget opening our doors to our hotel balcony in Sorrento and hearing Bocelli from the enoteca below. I could of died a happy man that day. Cool
He performed at the Erwin Center due to the size of the crowd (easily sold out at over 15,000 strong). Not the "best" venue but all things considered not bad as far as acoustics for an older arena. I can only imagine him in a small theater designed for sound.

I've been blessed with the opportunity to see a LOT of artists from multiple genres and like I said, this was easily one of the best shows in my life.
Flogging Molly last night at the Aragon Ballroom. My 3rd time seeing them and the best performance of the three IMO. Amazingly high-energy live band. Like Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, the folks in FM give the impression that they are having as much fun onstage as anyone in the audience.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Flogging Molly last night at the Aragon Ballroom. My 3rd time seeing them and the best performance of the three IMO. Amazingly high-energy live band. Like Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, the folks in FM give the impression that they are having as much fun onstage as anyone in the audience.


Agree 100% and jealous over the fact they didn't come to Austin this year.
I must be de-volving as I get older because I find myself going to more heavy metal concerts than in the past. Last night it was Iced Earth and Symphony X at the House of Blues.

Symphony X is a more middle-of-the-road hard rock band with a fantastic guitar player named Michael Romeo. He was the reason I went to the show and I was not disappointed.

Iced Earth on the other hand is a bit more extreme and I just couldn't enjoy their set because the sound level was so LOUD. I had earplugs and even with them in I thought they played loud, so I don't know how anyone without protection could stay through the entire evening.

All in all, not a bad evening for $40 but it could have been a bit more enjoyable if the sound and mix were adjusted.
We saw Radiohead last night.

Played their recent material well, along with a few new songs. Was hoping for some classics like Street Spirit, Fake Plastic Trees and some favorites like Like Spinning Plates, Knives Out or House of Cards, but they left those off the playlist. Altogether a great show with some very cool visual elements.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by billhike:
Flogging Molly last night at the Aragon Ballroom. My 3rd time seeing them and the best performance of the three IMO. Amazingly high-energy live band. Like Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, the folks in FM give the impression that they are having as much fun onstage as anyone in the audience.


Agree 100% and jealous over the fact they didn't come to Austin this year.


Vino Bevo - on Facebook they posted a link showing additional tour dates. Looks like May 18 in Austin. Indybob, they are heading your way in June.

Link
Jabe11 got to see an American performer (and UNC boy) in Italy, while I got to see an Italian group perform in America last Thursday. Il Volo performed at a reception for a new condo grand opening and I got to meet all three members while talking with the developer. Great singers.
Saw the Ike Reilly Assassination in Chicago on St. Paddy's Day. A besotted, bawdy, and rollicking performance - as you would expect from a proper Irish-American rocker.

Very impressed with the venue (Lincoln Hall). Small, but with a balcony ringing the floor. Terrific acoustics. Same owners as Schuba's.

Cheers,

Otis
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Originally posted by aphilla:
The Aurore Quartet at Sunset in Paris tonight. Pretty fantastic.


And the program...? Any opera tix to be had?Enjoy the trip.


Don G was playing Sunday when we arrived. I wasn't quite sure we'd be able to stay awake on the first day so just had a nice dinner instead. (Plus I've seen Don G in a lot of places, and I've been to operas in both houses here, so I wasn't that motivated).

The Aurore quartet was actually a quintet - they added a trombone player. They were selling their new CD: http://www.aurorequartet.com/. And playing some of the same stuff from it. It was pretty fun. There were a couple of folks not in the group who had written songs who were in the audience as well. We saw the first two sets but left before the third - all of us had meetings early this morning.
Disheartened to say i have not seen don g. Not w/o want, the work passes around here frequently, but with young 'uns...non c'e possibile. I checked the tour dates of the quartet, as we'll be in Provence for spring break, but no dates in our area (tristan and Isolde in Nice booked solid)....the quartet looks like my type of gig (worth a disc?). They look like fun!
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Originally posted by Jabe11:
Disheartened to say i have not seen don g. Not w/o want, the work passes around here frequently, but with young 'uns...non c'e possibile. I checked the tour dates of the quartet, as we'll be in Provence for spring break, but no dates in our area (tristan and Isolde in Nice booked solid)....the quartet looks like my type of gig (worth a disc?). They look like fun!


I dunno. I'll listen to it when we get home. Live jazz is just so incredible, but sometimes recordings don't live up.

Here's another French jazz quartet that we've seen and like quite a bit: http://www.moutin.com/Schedule.html. They are performing in some places outside Paris, but I don't know whether any of them will be close to you when you're in the south [grrr, just realized a bunch of the dates are past already]. I was delighted to discover they'll be in Chicago in June.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Live jazz is just so incredible, but sometimes recordings don't live up.


Agreed, but that is the case for any performance art. The true test for musicians is performing without a net: no dubs, no retakes, just plug in and play. Probably why I have so an live recordings.

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