U2 at the Ralph.

Cheapest seats could be had for as little as $40 last night but the stadium seemed full to bursting.
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Originally posted by bman:
U2 at the Ralph.

Cheapest seats could be had for as little as $40 last night but the stadium seemed full to bursting.


How was Beck? The Lumineers on leg 1 were ok (Chi2 & Tor), but I'm more excited to see Beck on the 3rd leg (MSP and KC). Really hoping for a new song in one of these shows.

Not sure if you noticed but Bono sang part of Drowning Man at the end of One. I would have lost my mind if I had been there for that. (Has only been snippeted a few times since the mid-80's and never played in full)
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Originally posted by finz:
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Originally posted by bman:
U2 at the Ralph.

Cheapest seats could be had for as little as $40 last night but the stadium seemed full to bursting.


How was Beck? The Lumineers on leg 1 were ok (Chi2 & Tor), but I'm more excited to see Beck on the 3rd leg (MSP and KC). Really hoping for a new song in one of these shows.

Not sure if you noticed but Bono sang part of Drowning Man at the end of One. I would have lost my mind if I had been there for that. (Has only been snippeted a few times since the mid-80's and never played in full)


We're not Beck fans so we spent that time tailgating in the parking lot (2012 Wren Hop Needle's Eye Sonoma Coast chardonnay with cheese, French bread and charcuterie).

Didn't notice the Drowning Man snippet but did notice most of the others and enjoyed the fact that Bono snuck those in. I have no issue with artists making political points during a show, much the opposite, but much better to do so like that rather than lecturing the crowd between tunes.
Saw Pink Martini at Ch. Ste. Michelle on Saturday night. Had a little rain towards the end, but still a great concert. That night, lead singer China Forbes sang songs in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Croatian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Arabic. Seaquam may correct me if I've missed one. I've also heard her sing in German, Italian, and I think Portuguese.
Saw Radiohead in the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv last month. Was truly amazing. They are so tight as a band, it's remarkable to see. Highly highly recommended.
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Originally posted by bates40:
Vedder at Dana Point manyana - looking forward to it.


My sister went to this and loved it. She said Vedder was performing songs with other performers all weekend.
Brad Paisley. Dude can certainly play guitar, especially for a country guy. 2nd time seeing him and not the last!!
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Brad Paisley. Dude can certainly play guitar, especially for a country guy. 2nd time seeing him and not the last!!

Paisley is a great picker and his songs are fun as well!
Our big music festival in SD just happened.
Bands or performers (they have comedy and food performers as well) I thought were good to amazing:
Muse (my highlight of the festival)/Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dan Band (of the movie "Old School" fame)/Tom Petty/David Spade/Weezer

Bands I'd never pay to see, but enjoyed seeing:
Jason Derulo/Pink/David Guetta/X Ambassadors

Bands that made me think, "oh yeah...I remember them. I used to love them":
Wallflowers/Live/Jane's Addiction

Lowlight of the entire festival was listening to Jane Says (great song) by Jane's Addiction, while two girls were swinging above the stage, connected to ropes that attached to two piercings that went through their shoulders. Perry Farrel is a freak, and not in a good way. Actually that was a bit judgmental. Apologies. Let's just say, I didn't enjoy it.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
David Spade


David Spade is a band??


"Bands or performers (they have comedy and food performers as well) I thought were good to amazing"
I Love the 90s at Ravinia near Chicago.

As predicted, this was absolutely terrible and I'm ashamed to have spent a single dollar on what turned out to be the worst concert I've ever been to. Mark McGrath ("Sugar Ray") in particular was horrendous. Zero talent and just a terrible person in general.

So bad it wasn't even fun. The only positives were the great company and terrific wines/beers that were shared.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
Our big music festival in SD just happened.
Bands or performers (they have comedy and food performers as well) I thought were good to amazing:
Muse (my highlight of the festival)/Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dan Band (of the movie "Old School" fame)/Tom Petty/David Spade/Weezer

Bands I'd never pay to see, but enjoyed seeing:
Jason Derulo/Pink/David Guetta/X Ambassadors

Bands that made me think, "oh yeah...I remember them. I used to love them":
Wallflowers/Live/Jane's Addiction

Lowlight of the entire festival was listening to Jane Says (great song) by Jane's Addiction, while two girls were swinging above the stage, connected to ropes that attached to two piercings that went through their shoulders. Perry Farrel is a freak, and not in a good way. Actually that was a bit judgmental. Apologies. Let's just say, I didn't enjoy it.


After last year I decided 2 nights was plenty and skipped Friday. I think they greatly expanded the concert area on top of re-configuring things which made for a better experience. They still have work to do on the getting in n out but that seemed better also. It was nice to see sincere efforts to making it a better experience.

Guess Im more of an old timer than you. My faves were Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jane's Addiction and Pink on Saturday. Then Live and Jackson Browne.

Regardless of what you liked sounds like you had a good experience also.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
David Spade


David Spade is a band??


"Bands or performers (they have comedy and food performers as well) I thought were good to amazing"


Thanks for clarifying.....
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by bates40:
Vedder at Dana Point manyana - looking forward to it.


My sister went to this and loved it. She said Vedder was performing songs with other performers all weekend.


It was a great concert, on the beach (area) with a smaller (ish) crowd. Played with Liam Finn, Fiona Apple (who is a nut, etc.). Only trouble was that Finn played Society during his set so Vedder did not.
The War on Drugs @ Terminal 5 in NYC.
Show was great. The band has a great full sound and Adam Granduciel is a talented guitarist and has a good voice. Influences of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and others can be seen.
I like moving around at shows like this, but am getting tired of the crowds at general admission shows.
Wire at Theatre Fairmount last night with Mimik and our better halves. It's been a long time since I've seen a band whose members are older than me. Significantly too. Six to ten years older. Pretty old crowd too. Good show.
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Originally posted by VinT:
UB40 (Ali/Astro/Mickey version).


You mean there are more than one version of the band now?

They kind of became the Beach Boys of reggae after a few strong albums in the early 80's. I loved Present Arms. I remember seeing them in 1984 at Super Skate Seven in Waterloo. Red Face
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by VinT:
UB40 (Ali/Astro/Mickey version).


You mean there are more than one version of the band now?

They kind of became the Beach Boys of reggae after a few strong albums in the early 80's. I loved Present Arms. I remember seeing them in 1984 at Super Skate Seven in Waterloo. Red Face


http://ub40.org

http://wwww.ub40.global
Headed out to see U2 tonight. I'm not the biggest fan, but my wife likes them. We've seen them before, and they put on a good show and have a great catalog. Who can complain about spending an evening with friends, beer, and Bono?
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Originally posted by Jorgerunfast:
Begrudgingly missing Arcade Fire tomorrow night Roll Eyes


Well, they don't deserve Floridians' business anyway! I mean, 5 albums in and I believe tonight's Tampa show is the first time they've ever played in Florida???
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
Headed out to see U2 tonight. I'm not the biggest fan, but my wife likes them. We've seen them before, and they put on a good show and have a great catalog. Who can complain about spending an evening with friends, beer, and Bono?


Will be there tonight also on the floor. Special guest forumite t dub and friends coming in from AZ also
Need to ask - what are the acoustics like at Qualcomm? Saw many concerts at Sports Arena and also Balboa (dates me). It's outdoor - so is it decent or does it matter?
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
Need to ask - what are the acoustics like at Qualcomm? Saw many concerts at Sports Arena and also Balboa (dates me). It's outdoor - so is it decent or does it matter?


Just WOW!!!!!! Easily the best acoustics and sound quality of any outdoor concert Ive ever been to and maybe the best including indoor venues. T dub attended the concert in Phoenix 2 days earlier and said the sound quality did not compare. In addition to their music U2 is backed by the best crew in the business. The 200 ft wide HD screen that backed their performance of the Joshua Tree album was visually breathtaking with clarity bordering on 4K tv's.

The set list was perfect starting with Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, Bad and Pride on the remote stage which we were 20 ft from dead center on the floor. Then they return to the main stage and launch into the Joshua Tree. They took a short break before returning for a 7 song encore set that blew me away!

Miss Sarajevo - Ive been following set lists and they have only played this rarely on this tour. I was hoping to hear it for the first time ever live and was overjoyed. A very emotional song particularly with the inclusion of the Pavarotti portions included in the background.

Beautiful Day - a recent standard and crowd favorite

Elevation - just rocks

Vertigo - rocks even harder

You're the Best Thing About Me - new song and played acoustically for the first time live because Bono's wife was in attendance and he wanted to feel like he was singing it directly to her

Ultraviolet - a favorite of mine with The Edge killing it on the guitar solos

One - wrapping it up with one of their all time ballads the crowd singing along

This was the last stop on the tour and they went out with a flawless performance! I could do that everyday and be a very happy man
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
Need to ask - what are the acoustics like at Qualcomm? Saw many concerts at Sports Arena and also Balboa (dates me). It's outdoor - so is it decent or does it matter?


Just WOW!!!!!! Easily the best acoustics and sound quality of any outdoor concert Ive ever been to and maybe the best including indoor venues. T dub attended the concert in Phoenix 2 days earlier and said the sound quality did not compare. In addition to their music U2 is backed by the best crew in the business. The 200 ft wide HD screen that backed their performance of the Joshua Tree album was visually breathtaking with clarity bordering on 4K tv's.

The set list was perfect starting with Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, Bad and Pride on the remote stage which we were 20 ft from dead center on the floor. Then they return to the main stage and launch into the Joshua Tree. They took a short break before returning for a 7 song encore set that blew me away!

Miss Sarajevo - Ive been following set lists and they have only played this rarely on this tour. I was hoping to hear it for the first time ever live and was overjoyed. A very emotional song particularly with the inclusion of the Pavarotti portions included in the background.

Beautiful Day - a recent standard and crowd favorite

Elevation - just rocks

Vertigo - rocks even harder

You're the Best Thing About Me - new song and played acoustically for the first time live because Bono's wife was in attendance and he wanted to feel like he was singing it directly to her

Ultraviolet - a favorite of mine with The Edge killing it on the guitar solos

One - wrapping it up with one of their all time ballads the crowd singing along

This was the last stop on the tour and they went out with a flawless performance! I could do that everyday and be a very happy man

Cool
Off to a Roy Buchanan Tribute at a little club in Bethesda, MD. Will feature many of his former band-mates including Billy Price, Robbie Magruder, Malcolm Lukens, Bill Heid, Vince Santoro, Carey Ziegler, and local guitarist Tom Principato. Having dinner with Billy Price and one of Roy's daughters who is an occasional drinking buddy of mine before the show. Should be a hoot!

PH
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Originally posted by bomba503:
quote:
Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
Need to ask - what are the acoustics like at Qualcomm? Saw many concerts at Sports Arena and also Balboa (dates me). It's outdoor - so is it decent or does it matter?


Just WOW!!!!!! Easily the best acoustics and sound quality of any outdoor concert Ive ever been to and maybe the best including indoor venues. T dub attended the concert in Phoenix 2 days earlier and said the sound quality did not compare. In addition to their music U2 is backed by the best crew in the business. The 200 ft wide HD screen that backed their performance of the Joshua Tree album was visually breathtaking with clarity bordering on 4K tv's.

The set list was perfect starting with Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, Bad and Pride on the remote stage which we were 20 ft from dead center on the floor. Then they return to the main stage and launch into the Joshua Tree. They took a short break before returning for a 7 song encore set that blew me away!

Miss Sarajevo - Ive been following set lists and they have only played this rarely on this tour. I was hoping to hear it for the first time ever live and was overjoyed. A very emotional song particularly with the inclusion of the Pavarotti portions included in the background.

Beautiful Day - a recent standard and crowd favorite

Elevation - just rocks

Vertigo - rocks even harder

You're the Best Thing About Me - new song and played acoustically for the first time live because Bono's wife was in attendance and he wanted to feel like he was singing it directly to her

Ultraviolet - a favorite of mine with The Edge killing it on the guitar solos

One - wrapping it up with one of their all time ballads the crowd singing along

This was the last stop on the tour and they went out with a flawless performance! I could do that everyday and be a very happy man

Very nice.
Roger Waters last weekend in Hartford. He's old and still angry but seemed to be enjoying himself at many times during the show. Man I love quadrophonic sound. Why transmit in anything else at a concert?
It was a fun show with many favorites and some excellent tech work. After seeing both Gilmour and Waters over the last year, I'd have to say that Roger's ego is bigger by moons.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Hall & Oates, with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Hard to tell which I enjoyed more - great show.

How were St. Paul & the Broken Stones live? I've been enjoying them this month on Spotify.
So, after seeing U2 a few weeks ago, and last night Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams (who performed two tunes together, Cuts Like a Knife and Badlands - epic!), Kelly Clarkson (we actually enjoyed her performance) and Bachman/Turner (no Overdrive), we see Paul McCartney tomorrow and Roger Waters a week later.

Seen/seeing more top artists over 5 weeks than I've seen over the past two years!
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Originally posted by bman:
So, after seeing U2 a few weeks ago, and last night Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams (who performed two tunes together, Cuts Like a Knife and Badlands - epic!), Kelly Clarkson (we actually enjoyed her performance) and Bachman/Turner (no Overdrive), we see Paul McCartney tomorrow and Roger Waters a week later.

Seen/seeing more top artists over 5 weeks than I've seen over the past two years!

Nice going B - that's a heck of a run!
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Hall & Oates, with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Hard to tell which I enjoyed more - great show.

How were St. Paul & the Broken Stones live? I've been enjoying them this month on Spotify.

Outstanding - highly recommend you catch them when you can.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by bman:
So, after seeing U2 a few weeks ago, and last night Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams (who performed two tunes together, Cuts Like a Knife and Badlands - epic!), Kelly Clarkson (we actually enjoyed her performance) and Bachman/Turner (no Overdrive), we see Paul McCartney tomorrow and Roger Waters a week later.

Seen/seeing more top artists over 5 weeks than I've seen over the past two years!

Nice going B - that's a heck of a run!


Sir Paul did 39 songs over a little more than 3 hours....at age 75. Epic show and great venue - most comfortable stadium seating ever.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Hall & Oates, with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Hard to tell which I enjoyed more - great show.

How were St. Paul & the Broken Stones live? I've been enjoying them this month on Spotify.

Good to hear. I thought they must be great live. On my "to see" list for sure.
Outstanding - highly recommend you catch them when you can.
The New Pornographers at the Corona Theatre on Friday night.

No Dan Bejar, no Neko Case (nothing new there) and of course no Kurt Dahle who left the band last year.

No Bejar meant they didn't play a few of my favourite songs, but they played all the other great ones. Kathryn Calder can do a very good job of handling the vocal duties of Neko Case on most songs, although they unfortunately didn't play Go Places. The new drummer is solid, but not as good as Dahle.

All said and done, another fun show from the NP's.
My wife and I at City Winery in Chicago last night saw David Crosby and Friends kicking off the Sky Trails tour. I've never really been a huge CSN fan, nor the solo stuff that each of them have done, but I enjoyed the show last night with the intimate setting and plentiful stories. My wife was bummed that he didn't do any CSN songs, but it was still enjoyable.
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
Need to ask - what are the acoustics like at Qualcomm? Saw many concerts at Sports Arena and also Balboa (dates me). It's outdoor - so is it decent or does it matter?


Just WOW!!!!!! Easily the best acoustics and sound quality of any outdoor concert Ive ever been to and maybe the best including indoor venues. T dub attended the concert in Phoenix 2 days earlier and said the sound quality did not compare. In addition to their music U2 is backed by the best crew in the business. The 200 ft wide HD screen that backed their performance of the Joshua Tree album was visually breathtaking with clarity bordering on 4K tv's.

The set list was perfect starting with Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, Bad and Pride on the remote stage which we were 20 ft from dead center on the floor. Then they return to the main stage and launch into the Joshua Tree. They took a short break before returning for a 7 song encore set that blew me away!

Miss Sarajevo - Ive been following set lists and they have only played this rarely on this tour. I was hoping to hear it for the first time ever live and was overjoyed. A very emotional song particularly with the inclusion of the Pavarotti portions included in the background.

Beautiful Day - a recent standard and crowd favorite

Elevation - just rocks

Vertigo - rocks even harder

You're the Best Thing About Me - new song and played acoustically for the first time live because Bono's wife was in attendance and he wanted to feel like he was singing it directly to her

Ultraviolet - a favorite of mine with The Edge killing it on the guitar solos

One - wrapping it up with one of their all time ballads the crowd singing along

This was the last stop on the tour and they went out with a flawless performance! I could do that everyday and be a very happy man

Very nice.


Just re-upped my membership at u2.com in the hope of getting decent seats for the San Jose, California show- NEVER been disappointed in a u2 show (with the best being Green Day/Pearl Jam and u2 at Aloha Stadium.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Arcade Fire w. Broken Social Scene as opener @ ACC


I went on the Friday night.

Great show!

Bfw
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Arcade Fire w. Broken Social Scene as opener @ ACC

How was the crowd? Apparently they've been playing to a lot of empty seats on this tour.
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Arcade Fire w. Broken Social Scene as opener @ ACC

How was the crowd? Apparently they've been playing to a lot of empty seats on this tour.


I saw that article as well. The crowd was really good the night we went and there was a lot of interaction with the band. Mrs. VeV said it didn't feel like a concert - it felt like they threw a party and happened to invite a few thousand people.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Andrea Bocelli again tonight at the United Center.


My parents just saw him Friday night in Cleveland, they said it was incredibly moving show. Enjoy
Rural Alberta Advantage w. Yukon Blonde @ danforth music hall last night. Yukon was menh, RAA were outstanding. One of the best shows I've seen this year.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Going to see Andrea Bocelli again tonight at the United Center.


My parents just saw him Friday night in Cleveland, they said it was incredibly moving show. Enjoy


It was a great show. Andrea was in fine voice last night. Guest artists last night included Heather Headley and Larisa Martinez, who were both excellent.
Went to see The Weather Station on Wednesday night at Le Divan Orange.

Very good band from Toronto, although band might be generous. Primarily the singer songwriter Tamara Lindeman who wears her influences on her sleeve. Her singing style is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and she mentioned Neil Young at one point between songs.

I bought their latest album after the show...on vinyl of course.
Mike Watt and the Meat Puppets in So. Cal.

Watt finished his set, took all of his merchandise and split. Meat Puppets played like 5 songs and left.

Something weird was amiss....
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
Last night saw The Nadas and Freddy Jones Band at City Winery. Fun night.

I think you and the Mrs. need to look into a city condo. Unless the Rick Bayless order of protection forbids it. Cool
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Originally posted by billhike:
I think you and the Mrs. need to look into a city condo. Unless the Rick Bayless order of protection forbids it. Cool


Believe me, it has come up several times. Thankfully, she is usually rational and comes to her senses before any damage is done.
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Billy Joel for NYE at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale.

How was this show?
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Originally posted by BRR:
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Originally posted by Pinotlvr:
Billy Joel for NYE at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale.

How was this show?


It was nice! He pulled out some deep tracks so the setlist was different than both our 2014 and 2016 shows where we saw him. Wouldn't have gone to see him again if it wasn't a NYE thing, so very glad I chose this show over the upcoming Tampa show in February.
The Moody Blues 50th Anniversary tour this past Thursday in Houston. Third time to see this band and definitely the best show of the three. Excellent presentation of Days of Future Passed in its entirety and there was a touching tribute to Ray Thomas, original member who died a few days ago.
Very cool (to me at least): a friend of mine (and singer in the last band I was in) just got the gig as the new singer in Chicago.

It was a long road for him to get there. He had been singing in a Chicago tribute band called Brass Transit, and he was almost hired as Chicago's singer two years ago. He was so sure he had the gig, he quit the tribute band. But then Chicago went with Jeff Coffey instead. My friend has done a number of guests spots with the band over the past two years and yesterday they announced that Coffey was leaving and Neil would be the new tenor lead (doing the Cetera stuff).

Here's one of his guest appearances with Chicago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPJ00BflL8w
The Killers. Great as always, even without their original guitarist and bass player who are taking a break from touring.
For the guitarists among us, I caught the latest G3 tour a few days ago. Performers included Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (of Dream Theater) and Phil Collen who is 1/2 of the guitar duo in Def Leppard. Satriani and Petrucci were their amazing selves but Phil Collen really surprised me with his playing of the blues. A strong recommendation of you can catch one of these shows.
Went to see Nap Eyes last night at Casa Del Popolo. Good show from Halifax's finest (now that Sloan are Toronto based).

First time I've been to that tiny venue although I have been to their sister club La Sala Rossa a few times. I'm considering going to see Jonathan Richman at LSR tonight, but we probably wouldn't be the oldest people at that show.
Glen Hansard

One of those nights you always remember and makes you realize live music can be absolutely magical. I go to a good number of concerts, this is easily top 10, maybe top seven. I'm not one for hyperbole, if he has any dates left within a few hours of you get tickets.
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Glen Hansard

One of those nights you always remember and makes you realize live music can be absolutely magical. I go to a good number of concerts, this is easily top 10, maybe top seven. I'm not one for hyperbole, if he has any dates left within a few hours of you get tickets.


Very talented guy. I first saw him in The Commitments - a movie I always enjoy.

Saw Once on a plane - it was a perfect flight movie.
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Glen Hansard

One of those nights you always remember and makes you realize live music can be absolutely magical. I go to a good number of concerts, this is easily top 10, maybe top seven. I'm not one for hyperbole, if he has any dates left within a few hours of you get tickets.


Very talented guy. I first saw him in The Commitments - a movie I always enjoy.

Saw Once on a plane - it was a perfect flight movie.


He had an 11 person band last night and honestly it was very reminiscent of the final gig in The Commitments movie except that everyone was friends and there was no fighting. Over the course of almost three hours he played his music, he played Van Morrison, he played Woody Guthrie and Joni Mitchell. They finished standing shoulder to shoulder across the front of the stage with The Auld Triangle a Capella (and without mikes) with every band member and eventually even the roadies each doing a stanza with the crowd responding with the chorus. Magical.
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Glen Hansard

One of those nights you always remember and makes you realize live music can be absolutely magical. I go to a good number of concerts, this is easily top 10, maybe top seven. I'm not one for hyperbole, if he has any dates left within a few hours of you get tickets.


Very talented guy. I first saw him in The Commitments - a movie I always enjoy.

Saw Once on a plane - it was a perfect flight movie.


He had an 11 person band last night and honestly it was very reminiscent of the final gig in The Commitments movie except that everyone was friends and there was no fighting. Over the course of almost three hours he played his music, he played Van Morrison, he played Woody Guthrie and Joni Mitchell. They finished standing shoulder to shoulder across the front of the stage with The Auld Triangle a Capella (and without mikes) with every band member and eventually even the roadies each doing a stanza with the crowd responding with the chorus. Magical.


Sounds fantastic
Two weeks ago I caught the latest Iced Earth tour with Sanctuary and Kill Ritual opening. They played the small room at the House of Blues so the sound was awful...but Sanctuary was even worse. I followed that up last week by catching a show by the Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute band to Iron Maiden. In short they were fantastic and lead guitarist Courtney Cox (not the one from Friends) was truly impressive.
Mrs. TLV and I saw Joshua Radin at City Winery Tuesday night. She's gone with me to see a lot of bands that she doesn't necessarily follow, so it was my turn to take one for the team. I didn't really recognize any songs, but I enjoyed them all.

The opening act was William Fitzsimmons, who I had never heard of, but also enjoyed. He cracked me up after playing the first two songs, which were very dirge-like, when he said he was going to cool it with all the happy songs and play something a little depressing. I'm still chuckling about it as I type it.
Wednesday night my sons (ages 7 and 9) took my wife for her birthday to see Pink, truly a terrific show. Almost like Cirque du Soleil with a terrific singer. Her voice was crystal clear, very interactive with the crowd, and she did a version of Smells Like Teen Spirit from Nirvana that was unexpected and very good.
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Originally posted by bman:
Seeing Rod Stewart tonight.


On my bucket list. An old favorite that I somehow never got around to seeing live
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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Originally posted by bman:
Seeing Rod Stewart tonight.

On my bucket list. An old favorite that I somehow never got around to seeing live

Can't imagine what Rod would be like now. Saw him with the Faces (and opening act Heart) at Maple Leaf Gardens on Oct 27, 1975.

I didn't remember that date; I had to google it. And in doing so, I found a series of photos from the concert. Hilarious. Especially the set.

http://www.dragonflymobilereco.../rod-stewart-to.html
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by bomba503:
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Originally posted by bman:
Seeing Rod Stewart tonight.

On my bucket list. An old favorite that I somehow never got around to seeing live

Can't imagine what Rod would be like now. Saw him with the Faces (and opening act Heart) at Maple Leaf Gardens on Oct 27, 1975.

I didn't remember that date; I had to google it. And in doing so, I found a series of photos from the concert. Hilarious. Especially the set.

http://www.dragonflymobilereco.../rod-stewart-to.html


bomba, you'd better see him now if you can as it doesn't seem he has much gas left in the tank. mrs bman thought his show was more like a variety show than a concert, as his 10 musicians and 3 back-up singers all took turns doing either extended solos or just performing a song on their own while he was offstage. We presumed that he must have had a few beers before the show and needed to pee a few times....

As for the photos, Sunny, while the set is much bigger and more modern, the clothes? Not so much. And during one of the tunes he showed a series of old concert photos, some of which resembled those you shared!
Was supposed to be in Vegas next week top cross him off my list but had to cancel trip. My expectations are low, I just want to hear his voice in person once if I can.
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Originally posted by bman:
bomba, you'd better see him now if you can as it doesn't seem he has much gas left in the tank. mrs bman thought his show was more like a variety show than a concert, as his 10 musicians and 3 back-up singers all took turns doing either extended solos or just performing a song on their own while he was offstage. We presumed that he must have had a few beers before the show and needed to pee a few times....

As for the photos, Sunny, while the set is much bigger and more modern, the clothes? Not so much. And during one of the tunes he showed a series of old concert photos, some of which resembled those you shared!


What did you expect Bman? To see him prancing around the stage in a leopard skin suit singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? Ripping through a raucous version of Every Picture Tells a Story with Ron Wood at his side? (he's busy with another geezer gig).

That 1975 tour Sunny mentions was probably the last time he was worth seeing. In fact I was surprised to hear he was even touring. I figured he never ventured out of Las Vegas where he's slotted in the matinee shows between Englebert Humperdinck and Celine Dion.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
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Originally posted by steve8:
That 1975 tour Sunny mentions was probably the last time he was worth seeing.

Actually, no it wasn't. He wasn't worth seeing even then.

I recall that the band was sloppy and lethargic, and Rod looked alternately bored and pissed off throughout the concert. The crowd went nuts for Heart (who played a blistering set) and sat on their hands for the Faces. Rod didn't like that. At one point he tried to get the crowd to sing along, and when they didn't respond he lay down on his back on the stage and sang the rest of the song from that position.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by steve8:
That 1975 tour Sunny mentions was probably the last time he was worth seeing.

Actually, no it wasn't. He wasn't worth seeing even then.

I recall that the band was sloppy and lethargic, and Rod looked alternately bored and pissed off throughout the concert. The crowd went nuts for Heart (who played a blistering set) and sat on their hands for the Faces. Rod didn't like that. At one point he tried to get the crowd to sing along, and when they didn't respond he lay down on his back on the stage and sang the rest of the song from that position.


I had a similar situation back in the 70's when I saw HEART open for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Being a huge Deep Purple fan I was ecstatic that Ritchie was bringing his new band to my town, but they were terrible, even with Ronnie James Dio handling vocal duties. Keyboardist Tony Carey (RIP) seemed drunk out of his mind and they didn't even do an encore. Heart, on the other hand, were incredible. Ann Wilson's vocals were amazing and Nancy Wilson's playing impressive too.
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Originally posted by steve8:
What did you expect Bman? To see him prancing around the stage in a leopard skin suit singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.


Actually, while I cannot swear it was while singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (which he did sing), he did indeed wear some kind of faux animal skin suit at some point of the proceedings!
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by steve8:
What did you expect Bman? To see him prancing around the stage in a leopard skin suit singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.


Actually, while I cannot swear it was while singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (which he did sing), he did indeed wear some kind of faux animal skin suit at some point of the proceedings!


The jokes just write themselves.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by steve8:
What did you expect Bman? To see him prancing around the stage in a leopard skin suit singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.


Actually, while I cannot swear it was while singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (which he did sing), he did indeed wear some kind of faux animal skin suit at some point of the proceedings!

This?

https://theknow.denverpost.com...1006412-1020x780.jpg
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by steve8:
What did you expect Bman? To see him prancing around the stage in a leopard skin suit singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.


Actually, while I cannot swear it was while singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (which he did sing), he did indeed wear some kind of faux animal skin suit at some point of the proceedings!

This?

https://theknow.denverpost.com...1006412-1020x780.jpg


Looks familiar.....
Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH at the Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska last night. Not an ideal venue (it was built as a gymnasium about 100 years ago), nevertheless the show was an impressive retrospective through the first twenty years of the band's recordings. Vocalist Floor Jansen has never been better.
Brit Floyd. Really first class tribute band of seasoned professionals who have been doing it for a while. Second time we see them and even better this time around.
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Originally posted by Fox:
Doobie Brothers.


Seeing them in July with Steely Dan.

Thoughts?
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Fox:
Doobie Brothers.


Seeing them in July with Steely Dan.

Thoughts?



The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is a great venue to see a show.

The concert was terrific! Setlist was really good and the band was spot on. Highly recommended.
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Going to see Cigarettes after sex tomorrow night.


TMI.......
Saw Jeff Tweedy solo a couple of nights ago at the Corona Theater here. I've seen Wilco a half dozen times, but never him solo. I wasn't sure how interesting a show it would be, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Went to the Rock n' Roll HOF Induction Ceremony

Howard Stern inducted Bon Jovi, his speech was funny but also sincere. Bon Jovi (the band) sounded better than Bon Jovi, the singer

Disappointing, the 3 Dire Straits band members outside of the Knopfler brothers gave a brief speech about how the band has personal issues, and didn't play a song.

The Cars played well, the Moody Blues were good, and the artists that did tributes to Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were very good as well.

Ann Wilson and Jerry Cantrell did a tribute to Chris Cornell, playing Black Hole Sun, that was killer, and The Killers did American Girl by Tom Petty that was also very good.

A very unique experience, my first induction show. Unfortunately there was no group jam session at the end.
Brit Floyd last Saturday. Picked-up a last minute ticket in the 4th row. Believe it or not, too close. The best sound went over my head and was better in the back.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Disappointing, the 3 Dire Straits band members outside of the Knopfler brothers gave a brief speech about how the band has personal issues, and didn't play a song.

Very cool that you got to attend.

I watched the Dire Straits induction. There's a 14 minute clip of it on Mark Knopfler's website. At the induction ceremony bassist John Illsley said Mark Knopfler didn't attend for "personal reasons", not because the band has personal issues. In an interview elsewhere Illsley said that he tried to convince Knopfler to attend, but it wasn't important to him.

Knopfler has played on Illsley's solo albums. Keyboardist Guy Fletcher, who attended the induction ceremony, has been a member of Knopfler's band ever since Dire Straits split up. So I don't think there are personal issues between those three.
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Originally posted by patespo1:
Went to the Rock n' Roll HOF Induction Ceremony

Howard Stern inducted Bon Jovi, his speech was funny but also sincere. Bon Jovi (the band) sounded better than Bon Jovi, the singer

Disappointing, the 3 Dire Straits band members outside of the Knopfler brothers gave a brief speech about how the band has personal issues, and didn't play a song.

The Cars played well, the Moody Blues were good, and the artists that did tributes to Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were very good as well.

Ann Wilson and Jerry Cantrell did a tribute to Chris Cornell, playing Black Hole Sun, that was killer, and The Killers did American Girl by Tom Petty that was also very good.

A very unique experience, my first induction show. Unfortunately there was no group jam session at the end.

Very cool, Pat. I've always wanted to attend a R&R HOF ceremony.

The broadcast will air on HBO on May 5, and is usually available to stream for several weeks afterward.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
The Breeders


How was it?

The concert was very much like you might expect from this band, Steve: loud, crazy, interactive, disorganized, funny, and energizing.

They played 20-25 songs, including several covers, over a two-hour period.

Wiggs and Macpherson provide the stability to counter the unpredictability of the Deal sisters.

I really wish those four had been able to record a follow-up album to Last Splash.
4 straight nights of concerts for me.

The first night was an old-school, SoCal punk night with Face to Face at a dive bar in San Diego. Reminded me of my college years in the bay area, so much so that I decided getting into the pit was a good idea. Hopefully I don't have hepatitis.

The other 3 nights were in Indio at the Stagecoach Festival. Headliners were Florida Georgia Line (meh), Keith Urban (not my kind of music, but surprisingly good), and Garth Brooks (pretty awesome, but probably more so if you knew more than 2 songs, which was my situation). Other highlights for me were Midland (going to be gigantic stars), Cody Jinks (Chris Stapleton 2.0), and Jason Isbell. Brothers Osborne were ok, Jake Owen was good, Lee Brice was energetic and good. Kacey Musgraves was great to me, but probably not headlining material. Way too chill.

Time to take a month off before heading up to our next festival...Bottlerock.
U2 concert #ivelostcount this time with both my kids and on the floor close to stages again. Every show reinforces why they are my favorite live concert experience bar none. So much emotion and songs that can be so deeply personal that you find yourself feeling he's singing it just for you. Taking my kids to NYC for a week in early July and realized they are playing while we are there. While floor seats probably aren't in the cards it will be a hard pass
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Originally posted by bomba503:
U2 concert #ivelostcount this time with both my kids and on the floor close to stages again. Every show reinforces why they are my favorite live concert experience bar none. So much emotion and songs that can be so deeply personal that you find yourself feeling he's singing it just for you. Taking my kids to NYC for a week in early July and realized they are playing while we are there. While floor seats probably aren't in the cards it will be a hard pass

Always a spiritual, uplifting, and unifying experience, bomba. Cool
Have John Prine coming up June, 1.

Psyched for a couple of reasons.

First, I've seen him 20+ times and have never been disappointed. Not even close. He's not getting any younger, either.

Second, I'm taking my youngest granddaughter with me. She has a beautiful voice, and last year she came over for a sleepover and heard me plunking Fish and Whistle on her way into the house. She said the song sounded "cool," so we spent a couple of hours working on it, I played, and she sang for her parents when they came to pick her up the following afternoon. A truly wonderful rendition, if you allow for the poor guitar picking... Roll Eyes

I don't think anyone, including Mr. Prine has ever delivered this line with more feeling:

Then I got fired for being scared of bees
And they only give me fifty cents an hour...


Big Grin

PH

I saw Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl (2nd of 3 nights) on his "farewell" tour. He sure didn't play like a guy about to hang it up. Very well-chosen 2.5 hour set with highlights from all phases of his career, played with a versatile band of something like 12-15 musicians, plus a smaller wind/string chamber ensemble for a couple of radically reworked songs. I had never seen him live before and this show exceeded my expectations in every way.

vs posted:

I saw Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl (2nd of 3 nights) on his "farewell" tour. He sure didn't play like a guy about to hang it up. Very well-chosen 2.5 hour set with highlights from all phases of his career, played with a versatile band of something like 12-15 musicians, plus a smaller wind/string chamber ensemble for a couple of radically reworked songs. I had never seen him live before and this show exceeded my expectations in every way.

Glad to hear it. I'm going to the Toronto show in 2 1/2 weeks.

vs posted:

I saw Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl (2nd of 3 nights) on his "farewell" tour. He sure didn't play like a guy about to hang it up. Very well-chosen 2.5 hour set with highlights from all phases of his career, played with a versatile band of something like 12-15 musicians, plus a smaller wind/string chamber ensemble for a couple of radically reworked songs. I had never seen him live before and this show exceeded my expectations in every way.

I've seen him solo, multiple times, and once with Art Garfunkel.  He always delivered a very entertaining show.

Ian Anderson presents 50 years of Jethro Tull last Friday (6/1). Ian's vocals are pretty unreliable but his flute/harmonica/acoustic guitar skills are still in good shape. The band, especially the lead guitarist, were fine but did not include any members from the core Tull days, not even Martin Barre.

They went very deep into the 1st two Tull albums, and saved the best for last with great renditions of Aqualung and Locomotive Breath.

Went to Bottlerock in Napa over Memorial Day.  Pretty great set up.  Awesome food and drink available, pretty easy access to the stages, and a really good lineup.  Highlights for me were the Killers, Muse, Low Cut Connie, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and I only saw a little of the Struts but they were good.  Cool to go to a festival, as I'd never pay to see Bruno Mars, Halsey, or Incubus.  Other good acts were Chainsmokers, Snoop, Revivalists, Michael Franti, Shakey Graves.

Last night I went to see some country music with the Turnpike Troubadours and Charley Crockett at the Belly Up.  Awesome.  For a guy who loves punk and rock and roll, Turnpike is easily one of my favorite bands in the world.  Great storytelling, good beats, and no songs about getting drunk or trucks (as opposed to the Kenny Chesney concert I'm going to next week). 

vs posted:

I saw Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl (2nd of 3 nights) on his "farewell" tour. He sure didn't play like a guy about to hang it up. Very well-chosen 2.5 hour set with highlights from all phases of his career, played with a versatile band of something like 12-15 musicians, plus a smaller wind/string chamber ensemble for a couple of radically reworked songs. I had never seen him live before and this show exceeded my expectations in every way.

Just curious: was there an opening act? Going to the Toronto show tomorrow and I can't find any info on this.

Ryan Adams - The first time seeing him live, in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater east of downtown, at the base of the mountainside.

He was very interactive with the audience, and he, and his band, sounded great.

gigabit posted:

Ryan Adams - The first time seeing him live, in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater east of downtown, at the base of the mountainside.

He was very interactive with the audience, and he, and his band, sounded great.

One of my all-time favourites, both on record and live. I've seen him with 3 different bands as well as solo. All were great, but if you ever get a chance to see him solo, don't hesitate. There's an excellent double album from a few years ago of his Carnegie Hall show (same tour I saw him solo). Very much worth a listen.

Paul Simon last night at the ACC.

Fantastic 14-piece band behind him and they were all superb. Most were multi-instrumentalists (guitar player also played sax, drummer played guitar on one song, the various string section members also sang and some played brass). Depending on the song, there might have been 4 musicians on stage or all 15.

Every one of them was at the top of their game.

As for Paul, he was in fine form. I saw his PBS Austin City Limits performance from about 18 months ago and he played and sang well but seemed lethargic. Last night he had great energy. And he sang really well.

He commented briefly on the weekend's anti-Canada comments, calling it idiotic and saying that the American people don't feel that way about Canada. "We're all family."

A 2 1/2 show with no breaks. As a friend said on FB "how does a guy in his late 70s go 2 1/2 hours without having to pee?"

An excellent setlist with representation from all stages of his career:

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist...canada-13ea991d.html

Sonny Landreth followed by Aaron Neville. After a low-key acoustic set opening Sonny treated us to slide mastery for a rocking hour. Excellent. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Aaron Neville. His band was phenomenal. While his voice is hanging on (I think he is 77 😳) the backup vocals of the drummer and bass player seemed to carry him at times. The set was basically a wide range of well known covers. Interesting and enjoyable. 

Hard to complain with a $20 ticket to a riverside outdoor music fest 15 minutes from home. 

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On Saturday night the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion stop of the LSD tour. That would be Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle (& the Dukes) and Dwight Yoakam. The latter was the best of the three. Lucinda was disappointing. Steve Earle was solid, but Yoakam and band were more energetic.

Great venue too. 

Well that's a shame about Lucinda, Steve. She's been variable when we've seen her in the past - sometimes sharp and focused and sometimes tired and distracted.

I only saw her once before and that was the Car Wheels tour when she played the intimate setting of the original Club Soda here. Great performance. Tired and distracted could have been the case on Saturday night. She played the song Essence, which I really like, but her vocals on it were awful. A couple of songs (eg. Foolishness) were very well done.

Alison Krauss last night at the Sony Centre. About as perfect as it gets. Her voice has the purity and clarity of a great burgundy. She has perfect pitch, never once faltering. The band was excellent, including two members of Union Station as well as Suzanne and Sidney Cox from the Cox Family (probably most widely know for their contributions to the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack).

Great set design, too. 

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Saw the Rheostatics at The Hayloft in Price Edward County. Amazing venue, so-so band (as many 'almost made-it' college bands are).  

Cool venue, Rob. Dave Bidini's made a good career for himself post-Rheostatics: author of 2 or 3 books, and now publisher of the monthly West End Phoenix newspaper.

Kenny Chesney last Thursday, Slightly Stoopid last Saturday.  Two completely different performers, though both crowds were equally fun (albeit taking different roads to the promise land).  Chesney is a pro...I've seen him probably a half dozen or more times, and he always puts on a very similar, polished gig.  The boys in Slightly Stoopid were playing a hometown show, and so they always bring it when in SD.  My liver needs a break. 

Two shows this past week...first was a night of metal music headlined by Swedish band Hammerfall with Flotsam & Jetsam, Masqued and Apocalyptic supporting.  A good show but last date of the tour and they were ready to head home.

Most recently Brit Floyd (tribute band for Pink Floyd) put on a great show, complete with lasers and background video reminiscent of the Pulse era tour.  I would have liked to seen then again.

Dr. Lerxst posted:

Two shows this past week...first was a night of metal music headlined by Swedish band Hammerfall with Flotsam & Jetsam, Masqued and Apocalyptic supporting.  A good show but last date of the tour and they were ready to head home.

Most recently Brit Floyd (tribute band for Pink Floyd) put on a great show, complete with lasers and background video reminiscent of the Pulse era tour.  I would have liked to seen then again.

Seen Brit Floyd twice in the past year and will see them again.  

U2 at MSG with my kids as part of our NYC trip. Another great show though not on the floor which takes it a couple notches down from the L.A. Show in May

Well, tomorrow, sort continuing a pastime with my wife to see Rascal Flatts (Their version of "Bless the Broken Road" is our wedding song)

Then of course, Ticketmaster released some more shows I can apply free vouchers to, so picked up some free tix to:

Sat - Chicago/REO Speedwagon (I guess I'll see sunnylea's friend sing for Chicago)

Aug - Five Finger Death Punch/Breaking Benjamin

Oct - Kid Rock/Brantley Gilbert

and had tix to:

Nov - Ghost

pinotlvr posted:

Sat - Chicago/REO Speedwagon (I guess I'll see sunnylea's friend sing for Chicago)

 

The unknown history of how REO Speedwagon got its break:

A group formed in Chicago called Mountain Bus in the late 60s. They were sued by Mountain for their name and didn't have the pockets to fight them in court. The group broke up. Mountain was scheduled to play in Chicago shortly after this, but due to backlash against them they cancelled. However the show went on with REO, and the rest is history.

A blast from the past:  David Bromberg and Band.  I've been going to his shows since the mid-1970s.  He's one hell of a guitarist.  Everything from grungy blues slide guitar to flat-picking country and bluegrass.  An amazing evening of blues, "folk," "Americana"

pinotlvr posted:

 

Sat - Chicago/REO Speedwagon (I guess I'll see sunnylea's friend sing for Chicago)

 

And your verdict? Neil is an excellent singer but he has had a polarizing effect on fans of the band. Some love him, others not so much. He’s closer to Cetera in style than the last few singers they had.

sunnylea57 posted:
pinotlvr posted:

 

Sat - Chicago/REO Speedwagon (I guess I'll see sunnylea's friend sing for Chicago)

 

And your verdict? Neil is an excellent singer but he has had a polarizing effect on fans of the band. Some love him, others not so much. He’s closer to Cetera in style than the last few singers they had.

Show was last night!  He does have an amazing voice for sure.  Since I grew up in the 80's, I will admit to liking Chicago 16 and 17, when Cetera seemingly became the dominant vocalist.  That said, I also love the older stuff too and last night, they played the full Chicago II album before moving to other songs.  With Neil not also playing bass, he was over to the side dancing until his vocals were needed during songs he wasn't the primary singer.  That said, he nailed Hard to Say I'm Sorry (which happens to be my favorite Chicago song).  Like I said, I'm an 80's guy

pinotlvr posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
pinotlvr posted:

 

Sat - Chicago/REO Speedwagon (I guess I'll see sunnylea's friend sing for Chicago)

 

And your verdict? Neil is an excellent singer but he has had a polarizing effect on fans of the band. Some love him, others not so much. He’s closer to Cetera in style than the last few singers they had.

Show was last night!  He does have an amazing voice for sure.  Since I grew up in the 80's, I will admit to liking Chicago 16 and 17, when Cetera seemingly became the dominant vocalist.  That said, I also love the older stuff too and last night, they played the full Chicago II album before moving to other songs.  With Neil not also playing bass, he was over to the side dancing until his vocals were needed during songs he wasn't the primary singer.  That said, he nailed Hard to Say I'm Sorry (which happens to be my favorite Chicago song).  Like I said, I'm an 80's guy

Glad to hear it. With the Chicago II complete album performance, Neil only sings lead on one song, I believe, but it's a big one: 25 Or 6 To 4. He makes up for it in the second half of the show with all those Cetera hits.

Many times I'd thought they'd just hang it up, but I went to the Dead and Co a few weeks ago and had a blast.   Bob was on point and it is obvious John Mayer is into the music, earning his bones as a quality guitarist and bringing in an appreciation of a new generation to the oeuvre of Jerry, Bob, Robert, John et al.   John has brought a fresh energy, comfortable in his ow skin, to what is, essentially, a Dead cover band.  If passing though your neck, it is worth the price of admission.  

jabe11 posted:

Many times I'd thought they'd just hang it up, but I went to the Dead and Co a few weeks ago and had a blast.   Bob was on point and it is obvious John Mayer is into the music, earning his bones as a quality guitarist and bringing in an appreciation of a new generation to the oeuvre of Jerry, Bob, Robert, John et al.   John has brought a fresh energy, comfortable in his ow skin, to what is, essentially, a Dead cover band.  If passing though your neck, it is worth the price of admission.  

My buddies went to the same show, and said the same things. Man, your drive to the venue makes me jealous. 

Saw Rural Alberta Advantage & Broken Social Scene play the TO Beer Fest last night. RAA killed it (as they always do) but BSS seemed to be out of joint. No Feist either. The sound engineer for them was waaaay off as well.  Still... the CNE bandshell was a surprisingly good venue particularly with the backdrop of a giant black storm striking lightning down on lake Ontario behind them as the sun was setting in the West.

Saw Chris Stapleton two weekends ago. What a great songwriter. And pipes too. 

Went to see Cody Jinks at the Warfield in San Francisco. Awesome show, awesome venue (it’s probably been 15 years since my last show there). Actually ran into him at the A’s game the next day. Double awesome 

primordialsoup posted:

DMB in Holmdel NJ middle of the week. Better than Hartford CT on a Sat. night.

I went to both shows in West Palm Beach. DidntD think it was the same without Boyd. What did you think?

vinoevelo posted:

Saw Rural Alberta Advantage & Broken Social Scene play the TO Beer Fest last night. RAA killed it (as they always do) but BSS seemed to be out of joint. No Feist either. The sound engineer for them was waaaay off as well.  Still... the CNE bandshell was a surprisingly good venue particularly with the backdrop of a giant black storm striking lightning down on lake Ontario behind them as the sun was setting in the West.

Big fan of RAA

jcocktosten posted:
vinoevelo posted:

Saw Rural Alberta Advantage & Broken Social Scene play the TO Beer Fest last night. RAA killed it (as they always do) but BSS seemed to be out of joint. No Feist either. The sound engineer for them was waaaay off as well.  Still... the CNE bandshell was a surprisingly good venue particularly with the backdrop of a giant black storm striking lightning down on lake Ontario behind them as the sun was setting in the West.

Big fan of RAA

if you havent seen them i highly recommend it - they put on a great show and the drummer alone is worth the price of admission.

Asia & Toto in Costa Mesa. Both bands were really good but Toto just killed it. They closed with a cover of Weezer's Hashpipe. Apparently Weezer has recently recorded Toto's Africa. It was a great show!

Nightwish in Kiev.

From what they brought to Ukraine, I'd say Nightwish are best listened to coming from a good stereo system - they aren't rocking great in person. They're good, fine, nice, pleasant - but that's about it.

Dead&Co a little while a go at Coors-Cricket-Sleep Train-Mattress Firm Amphitheater in San Diego. FANTASTIC SHOW!

Yes, its not the Dead proper but   to John Mayer for doing it darn right.


 

racer117 posted:

Dead&Co a little while a go at Coors-Cricket-Sleep Train-Mattress Firm Amphitheater in San Diego. FANTASTIC SHOW!

Yes, its not the Dead proper but   to John Mayer for doing it darn right.


 

Wish I'd known you were going.  We had a pretty good preconcert gig with an after sesh at my house into wee hours.  We need to hook up, I'll shoot an email...

jburman82 posted:
primordialsoup posted:

DMB in Holmdel NJ middle of the week. Better than Hartford CT on a Sat. night.

I went to both shows in West Palm Beach. DidntD think it was the same without Boyd. What did you think?

I like Boyd and he can give an energy spark to a show. However, I think he has been just an ornament both live and in the studio the last several years or so. He could be adding so much more nuance to the songs but just seems to be showing up only. I hope he gets himself figured out.

thistlintom posted:

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers.  Very good concert, great musicians.

Damn. I'd love to see him with the full band. I've only ever seen him solo (twice). Must have been fantastic.

The Alarm at the Belly Up one of the great small venues in America and ten minutes from my house. A band that's been on my regular play list for about 35 years it was great to finally see them live. They did not disappoint

New Order was a great band, but I saw them in 1986 and they played for about 45 minutes and I felt cheated. It would also be hard to see them now without Peter Hook, whose bass playing was such a big part of their music imho. 

That said, I hope it's a good show Rob.

 

After missing out on The Alarm last week, Racer117 was able to join me at the Belly UP for another 80's show with Midge Ure (Ultravox) and Paul Young on a twin bill. Midge Ure rocked the house and played a solid guitar in addition to vocal duties. Paul Young is sadly well past his prime. He struggled through his set that was painful to listen to at times. High point was an encore with both onstage covering The Boys are Back in Town.

robsutherland posted:

Going to see New Order on Thursday. 

Enquiring minds want to know how the show was Rob? Do they still play stuff like Ceremony or Temptation?