i see far too many shows to list them here, but coming up this week are 2 of interest:

tomorrow night "the dead weather" and saturday night "y&T".
Had free tix to see Michael McDonald at Deer Valley this evening. Thank God it was only 70 minutes long. Only sipping on a Chapoutier Chante Alouette during the show kept us there until the end. Must add I was never a Doobie Brothers fan though.
Tonight-McCartney. He was awesome. Not quite the pandamonium/bedlum of a Beatle concert, but still a great show. Nice mix of Beatles and Wings.
Over the weekend, at Lollapalooza:

Arcade Fire
The National
MGMT
Frightened Rabbit
Hockey
Yeasayer
Mumford & Sons
The Cribs
Green Day
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
JP, Chrissie, & the Fairground Boys
The XX
Stars
Wild Beasts
The Soft Pack
The Morning Benders
Foxy Shazam
Wavves
Los Amgos Invisibles
Mavis Staples
Drive-By Truckers
The New Pornographers
Dirty Projectors
The Black Keys
Jimmy Cliff
Lady Gaga
The Strokes

I need a nap.
Caught the new Rush tour in Toronto and was quite happy with the setlist and light show. For three guys in their mid to late 50's to play for three hours with no opening act is quite a feat.

On the other end of the spectrum I attended a Queensryche show titled "Queensryche Caberet" last week. It was awful. From my perspective it looked like they were trying to come up with something that would play in a Vegas casino. Yuck.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Caught the new Rush tour in Toronto and was quite happy with the setlist and light show. For three guys in their mid to late 50's to play for three hours with no opening act is quite a feat.

On the other end of the spectrum I attended a Queensryche show titled "Queensryche Caberet" last week. It was awful. From my perspective it looked like they were trying to come up with something that would play in a Vegas casino. Yuck.


Dick Tree - this is hilarious. You and I saw EXACTLY the same two concerts except I saw both in LA.

Saw Rush last night - AMAZING. Going tomorrow to see them in Irvine. I think this was their best show I've seen them play. Loved hearing The Camera Eye live. I'm trying to find ways to get to them to try to convince them they need to play Hemispheres. Doubt that will ever happen.

Queensryche was a disaster. First, I didn't realize they had 7 albums come out since Empire so I knew two of the songs. Two, the people in attendance were kind of disgusting. Lots of ladies vomiting in the bathroom. I did feel bad for them, though. They went from a "Standing Room Only" show to suddenly putting seats in to fill up more of the space. After about 5 songs in, Geoff had to ask the audience to stand up because people were sitting in their seats like they were watching a play. That whole thing was a bloody mess.
Saw Sting the end of June with the Orchestra. Was one of the most enjoyable concerts I've attended. It really was a feature of the artist and actually hearing them sing instead of just belting out tunes in front of a wall of sound.

Was concerned that without people filling the upper bowl the acoustics would be bad (like they were for the Springstein folk band concert a couple years ago that we had to walk out on), but it was phenomenal. The clarity of his voice allowed hearing those neuances you pick up when listening to the albums in the pristine recording studio. If you're a fan of his, I couldn't recommend it enough.
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Originally posted by Dick Tree:
Caught the new Rush tour in Toronto and was quite happy with the setlist and light show. For three guys in their mid to late 50's to play for three hours with no opening act is quite a feat.

On the other end of the spectrum I attended a Queensryche show titled "Queensryche Caberet" last week. It was awful. From my perspective it looked like they were trying to come up with something that would play in a Vegas casino. Yuck.


Dick Tree - this is hilarious. You and I saw EXACTLY the same two concerts except I saw both in LA.

Saw Rush last night - AMAZING. Going tomorrow to see them in Irvine. I think this was their best show I've seen them play. Loved hearing The Camera Eye live. I'm trying to find ways to get to them to try to convince them they need to play Hemispheres. Doubt that will ever happen.

Queensryche was a disaster. First, I didn't realize they had 7 albums come out since Empire so I knew two of the songs. Two, the people in attendance were kind of disgusting. Lots of ladies vomiting in the bathroom. I did feel bad for them, though. They went from a "Standing Room Only" show to suddenly putting seats in to fill up more of the space. After about 5 songs in, Geoff had to ask the audience to stand up because people were sitting in their seats like they were watching a play. That whole thing was a bloody mess.


Nice to find another Rush fan hereabouts. I have seen three shows so far on the Time Machine Tour (Albuquerque, Toronto - twice) and have plans for seven more. My next show is next Wednesday at Red Rocks which is a great place to see a concert.

As for Queensryche...the more I think about that show the more I am disillusioned by the direction they took. From the pinnacle that was the Empire/Mindcrime era to these depths is such a shame.

On the plus side though, Geoff Tate is out promoting is Washington blend. I bought a bottle when he was doing a meet & greet at Spec's in Houston.
Made my annual pilgrimage to the Jimmy Buffett concert last Saturday. Hotter than hell in the parking lot all day, but a great time once again.

During the show, Patrick Kane joined Jimmy on stage during Boat Drinks with the Stanley Cup. Buffett and Blackhawks - two of my favorite things.
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Saw Sting the end of June with the Orchestra. Was one of the most enjoyable concerts I've attended. It really was a feature of the artist and actually hearing them sing instead of just belting out tunes in front of a wall of sound.

Was concerned that without people filling the upper bowl the acoustics would be bad (like they were for the Springstein folk band concert a couple years ago that we had to walk out on), but it was phenomenal. The clarity of his voice allowed hearing those neuances you pick up when listening to the albums in the pristine recording studio. If you're a fan of his, I couldn't recommend it enough.


I bought tickets for 2 of his shows but was unable to attend either: big Frown. Sold them at a loss and missed having the experience. I like the album though. Still wishing he would get back to his Nothing Like the Sun Days. Maybe he needs to read more Carl Jung again.
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Saw Dave Mathews last night. Tim Reynolds played with the band the entire show. Warren Hayes came out and played #41 with them. I was really hoping for Cortez The Killer in the encore but it didnt happen. Had 5th row seats which was nice. All in all a good but not great show.


Cool
American Carnage Tour last night - Testament opening with Megadeth and Slayer co-headlining. Great show and a good value - $38 (face value less Ticketmaster rape)for our reserved seats.
Michael Buble' iin Vancouver the other week. He was very good but I enjoyed him in Kelowna two years ago much better as the Prospera arena is very small and he looked like you could reach out and touch him compared to having to use binoculars at GM place. Oh, ... Naturally Seven opened for him as they always do and they are a band of seven black dudes that sing and sound like instruments (saxophone, drums, trumpets and so on) without the actual use of any instruments other than a microphones.
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Michael Buble' iin Vancouver the other week. He was very good but I enjoyed him in Kelowna two years ago much better as the Prospera arena is very small and he looked like you could reach out and touch him compared to having to use binoculars at GM place. Oh, ... Naturally Seven opened for him as they always do and they are a band of seven black dudes that sing and sound like instruments (saxophone, drums, trumpets and so on) without the actual use of any instruments other than a microphones.

Buble was great here in April, unfortunately the venue less than desirable. I didn't care for Naturally Seven, not my taste. I much preferred when he had Jann Arden as his opener.
Saw Jack Johnson last Thursday and was a good show. Was disappointed that Jimmy Buffett didn't show for JJ's encore of A Pirate Looks at Forty like he did five years ago in Boca. This one was in West Palm Beach, like 12 miles from Jimmy's home on Palm Beach island, and I checked and he didn't have any of his own concerts that week. Jimmy now covers JJ's The Horizon has been Defeated on his shows.
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Saw Jack Johnson last Thursday and was a good show. Was disappointed that Jimmy Buffett didn't show for JJ's encore of A Pirate Looks at Forty like he did five years ago in Boca. This one was in West Palm Beach, like 12 miles from Jimmy's home on Palm Beach island, and I checked and he didn't have any of his own concerts that week. Jimmy now covers JJ's The Horizon has been Defeated on his shows.


Well - he is on tour and played shows on Long Island and lives more there than here anyway so probably was not too tempted to come down. Saw pretty good reviews for that show.
Saw Heart earlier this evening here in St. Louis. Damn, those sisters can rock. For a 60 year old, Ann has got one hell of a set of pipes. One of the best older rock singers that I have heard in some time.
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Originally posted by vinole:
Saw Jack Johnson last Thursday and was a good show. Was disappointed that Jimmy Buffett didn't show for JJ's encore of A Pirate Looks at Forty like he did five years ago in Boca. This one was in West Palm Beach, like 12 miles from Jimmy's home on Palm Beach island, and I checked and he didn't have any of his own concerts that week. Jimmy now covers JJ's The Horizon has been Defeated on his shows.


CARGO SHORTS!
Dave Matthews Band at Wrigley Field last night. Good show with a quality mix of current songs and older 'classics'. The hangover today isn't that great, though.
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Dave Matthews Band at Wrigley Field last night. Good show with a quality mix of current songs and older 'classics'. The hangover today isn't that great, though.


You guys in Chicago (and vicinity) know how to do it right.
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Dave Matthews Band at Wrigley Field last night. Good show with a quality mix of current songs and older 'classics'. The hangover today isn't that great, though.


You guys in Chicago (and vicinity) know how to do it right.

I did forget to mention, in case there are any other big DMB fans on the boards, they played a cover of Burning Down The House. I know they played part of it on the NFL Kickoff Night last week, but I don't think this is a song they have traditionally played. Pretty cool.
going to see roger waters recreate "the wall" at MSG on tuesday. if last years "dark side of the moon" is any indication, i'm a happy camper!
Think he and Dave Gilmour will ever bury the hatchet for more than a one-off? I thought it might be likely until another member passed away.
David Gilmour and Roger Waters buried the hatchet a few years ago which is why Pink Floyd performed at Live 8. Also on this tour Gilmour agreed to make at least one guest appearance and play guitar on Comfortably Numb. As for working closely together on a new project....well I wouldn't hold my breath. It's one thing to be cordial but another completely to create music together.
i'm ok keeping them apart. the "real" pink floyd will never exist again, and i get to enjoy both bands, both of which are excellent! of course, what page/plant did was extraordinary too, and i probably would not have wanted that reunion either, so i could be wrong. dead wrong. Eek
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Courtesy of mrs. tbird, last night saw Alice Cooper for the first time since 1976.

How was that? This was the guy my folks warned me about listening to. Big Grin

He's got a syndicated radio show on the weekends that I really enjoy. He's very entertaining, but not in a flashy way. He spins classic rock, and tells stories of his career, friends, people he met and worked with, etc. He really sounds like a regular, down to earth guy, who just happened to have a very extraordinary job some years ago. Pretty cool! Cool
Big Grin Cool

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He's got a syndicated radio show on the weekends that I really enjoy. He's very entertaining, but not in a flashy way. He spins classic rock, and tells stories of his career, friends, people he met and worked with, etc.
Last Friday I caught one of the last Rush concerts (Tampa) this year. Three hours of great music and a fantastic light show, with no opening act.
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Big Grin Cool

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Originally posted by mneeley490:
He's got a syndicated radio show on the weekends that I really enjoy. He's very entertaining, but not in a flashy way. He spins classic rock, and tells stories of his career, friends, people he met and worked with, etc.


Big Grin Big Grin
Concert was fun, tight band. Talked to him after show and he does seem really down to earth. Even mountainbiked with the drummer yesterday. I think he will recover.
watching Roger Waters effortlessly pull off The Wall last night reminded me of how "Operation: Mindcrime" is such an ersatz version, at best.
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going to see roger waters recreate "the wall" at MSG on tuesday. if last years "dark side of the moon" is any indication, i'm a happy camper!


The Dark Side of the Moon concert at MSG was excellent. I have enjoyed Gilmour's latest album On an Island. When is Waters going to come out with something new? I like the last 2 tours, but would also like to see where he is creatively in the studio.
if you are not 100% satisfied, i'll eat a bug! Eek

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Busy weekend coming up, but I may just try to make the show this Friday. Cool

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