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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.
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.
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 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.
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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
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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:
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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.
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.
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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