steve8 posted:
pinotlvr posted:

Last Night - KISS at Amalie Arena in Tampa.  Glad I finally got to see them and I truly hope they do indeed hang it up after this End of the Road Tour.  The stage show is awesome...but no doubt Paul can't hit the same notes anymore.  Certainly should have seen them in my teen years

You mean like 1977? London (Ontario) Gardens with Cheap Trick as opening act. I vaguely remember it being fun.

I was at that show myself! Sat almost parallel to stage right a few rows up. 

steve8 posted:
pinotlvr posted:

Last Night - KISS at Amalie Arena in Tampa.  Glad I finally got to see them and I truly hope they do indeed hang it up after this End of the Road Tour.  The stage show is awesome...but no doubt Paul can't hit the same notes anymore.  Certainly should have seen them in my teen years

You mean like 1977? London (Ontario) Gardens with Cheap Trick as opening act. I vaguely remember it being fun.

September 6, 1976 at Varsity Stadium. I vaguely remember being horrified.

The full lineup that day was Artful Dodger, KISS, Blue Oyster Cult and Rush. (I had to look it up on setlist.fm.)

Went to see Spiritualized at the Corona Theater last night. Not an exciting show as they don't have much of a stage presence. Jason Pierce sits through the entire concert and barely said a word to the audience. That said, very proficient musicians capable of producing a lot of noise. Three guitarists, including Pierce, made some seriously heavy music along with a good light show which was pretty intense at times. Overall though I'd say their (Pierce's) music is better listened to on a good sound system from the comfort of a couch.

sunnylea57 posted:
jcubed posted:

Wishbone Ash

Really? Loved them back in their heyday. Who is in the band these days? And how do they sound?

Yes. They are on a 50th anniversary tour. They will be up in the northeast over the next couple weeks. 

Andy Powell with the Flying V guitar is the only original member in the band. I am not really familiar with their catalog but a friend had an extra ticket. He saw Wishbone Ash at his first concert around 1970 when they opened for Alice Cooper.

Sounded good. Straight-ahead dueling guitar rock.

J3

jcubed posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
jcubed posted:

Wishbone Ash

Really? Loved them back in their heyday. Who is in the band these days? And how do they sound?

Yes. They are on a 50th anniversary tour. They will be up in the northeast over the next couple weeks. 

Andy Powell with the Flying V guitar is the only original member in the band. I am not really familiar with their catalog but a friend had an extra ticket. He saw Wishbone Ash at his first concert around 1970 when they opened for Alice Cooper.

Sounded good. Straight-ahead dueling guitar rock.

J3

Well now you have me listening to their first 4 albums on Apple Music. Some of it doesn't hold up, but some is still pretty good.

Went to "An initimate Evening with the National" last night.  It opened with a screening of Mike Mills short film 'I am Easy to Find' followed by a Q&A with the band hosted by Feist.   The show itself was mostly new material off their upcoming album that was generally good in that melancholy National sort of way.  The encore covered some of their older more familiar work. Fesit came out to sing with them on a few songs. Mrs. VeV got very excited when we spotted the Rural Alberta Advantage sitting two rows in front of us.   I'm used to more raucous/noisy shows but this was a pretty special experience.

Went to my annual (and hopefully final) Stagecoach.  A bit too pop oriented for my taste this year (Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean).  The saving grace was the first night, when Bret Michaels took the second stage and knocked out an hour's worth of Poison hits.  And it wasn't country versions, it was a straight up Poison concert.  It was 11 year old me's dream come true.  

Also ran up to Redondo Beach to a new festival they have in order to see Slightly Stoopid play. They played the set before Bob Weir.  I'm not a dead-head by any means, so it was just drinking time for me.  But Weir sounded good. Not my jam, but not the worst music I've ever heard. Caught a bit of Chris Robinson's band As the Crow Flies.  They weren't bad either.  And Chris Robinson hasn't changed in like 20 years.  

Friday Night saw Judas Priest in Hollywood, FL.  Really mixed up the set vs. the last time I saw them.  Played some stuff not played since their Epitaph Tour and even songs not played since the 80's and early 90's.  Always great seeing a mature band reaching deep into their catalog vs. playing the same greatest hits set year of year.

A couple of years I was at Kent's concert in Finland. I’m going to see Aurora this summer, very excited. She’ll be performing in St Petersburg, Russia, and I’m actually seeking for a company. In addition to the concert I’d also like to explore the city, maybe take a tour here petersburg.expert If you’re interested in either the concert or the tour, please write me! There’s not much time left, I’m sorry for the off topic!

I'm going to see Hootie and the Blowfish on Saturday night.

Funny story:  My wedding anniversary is coming up, and so I am struggling to figure out what to buy as an anniversary gift.  The "theme" for the anniversary is "music" so I decide to look some local concert tickets, and Hootie and the Blowfish are playing this weekend.  Perfect timing, as my wife enjoys Darius Rucker's music, as do I.  So I buy two tickets as a gift, Section 2 (center), row N.  

I mention to her that I got an awesome gift for her this year.  She says "I got you an awesome gift too."   - I can see exactly what's going to happen.  Turns out she bought tickets to the same concert, Section 2 (center), row N.

Looks like we are taking some friends with us.

Rothko posted:

I'm going to see Hootie and the Blowfish on Saturday night.

Funny story:  My wedding anniversary is coming up, and so I am struggling to figure out what to buy as an anniversary gift.  The "theme" for the anniversary is "music" so I decide to look some local concert tickets, and Hootie and the Blowfish are playing this weekend.  Perfect timing, as my wife enjoys Darius Rucker's music, as do I.  So I buy two tickets as a gift, Section 2 (center), row N.  

I mention to her that I got an awesome gift for her this year.  She says "I got you an awesome gift too."   - I can see exactly what's going to happen.  Turns out she bought tickets to the same concert, Section 2 (center), row N.

Looks like we are taking some friends with us.

GMTA - good minds think alike

Not a concert but my cousin and I attended the Gilmour auction @Christie's in NYC on Thursday. He plays in a Floyd cover band. We each had a paddle but it was an impossible dream. Had our eyes on a few items that we thought we could bid on even if they exceeded (low) estimates by 5-10x. Everything sold for 10-100x estimate! I was eyeing a lap steel estimated at 1-2k and it sold for $300k! I was hoping to be in the running for around $10k. Dreamer.

The day before we attended the viewing and got to see the over 100 guitars. That alone was pretty fun. This auction really set a new bar for guitars (and amps and guitar cases!).

Went to see James, The Psychedelic Furs and The Killers on Sunday pm.

James was hands down the best of the three. A shame the set was only one hour as they didn't play everything I would have liked to hear.

The Furs...appalling. These guys used to be a guitar band. Now it's the Richard Butler show with a single guitarist on mute and everything sounding like their bigger hits which were total sell outs anyway.  Pretty in Pink was neutered to the point I wasn't even sure that's what it was when they started playing it. They finished with India, which was easily the best performance of their set, but too little, too late. This ruined my memory of the show I saw in 1982 at The Concert Hall in Toronto.

The Killers. Not that familiar with them and that's the way it's going to stay. Way too slick for me. The drummer is pretty good though.

Saw the same show in Toronto, same feelings. I'm a massive James fan and they are a better live band than studio one. We got to go to the sound check and do a meet and greet with them before the show which was amazing.

The furs, a friend turned to me after the first song and said "cocaine is a hell of a drug". Stoned out of their minds and a drunk 60 year old office worker doing karaoke would sound better. We along with a few hundred others were streaming out the door by song four. Appalling. 

robsutherland posted:

Saw the same show in Toronto, same feelings. I'm a massive James fan and they are a better live band than studio one. We got to go to the sound check and do a meet and greet with them before the show which was amazing.

The furs, a friend turned to me after the first song and said "cocaine is a hell of a drug". Stoned out of their minds and a drunk 60 year old office worker doing karaoke would sound better. We along with a few hundred others were streaming out the door by song four. Appalling. 

Next Festivus I'll be drunk and 62. We can pull out a bluetooth speaker and I'll do some Butler karaoke. You can decide which was better. 

Seriously, sorry it sucked. Hate when that happens.

Not much of a concert guy but through work and some arm twisting I ended up about 10-15 feet from the stage at the Rolling Stone's concert at Burl's creek last week. 

Have to say, these guys(Mick) can still rock. Keith Richards sang 2 songs which couldn't have ended sooner but overall they were pretty tight (for the Stones). Gimme Shelter, Angie, Midnight Rambler were the highlights for me.  

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Britt Floyd. Great stage presence, very good vocals and instrumentals. The gal who sang on Great Gig in the Sky killed it

Love these guys.  Very true to the original versions of the tunes and the musicians and singers are tight.  Seen them twice and will see them every time they come to town!

sunnylea57 posted:
robsutherland posted:

Saw the same show in Toronto, same feelings. I'm a massive James fan and they are a better live band than studio one. We got to go to the sound check and do a meet and greet with them before the show which was amazing.

The furs, a friend turned to me after the first song and said "cocaine is a hell of a drug". Stoned out of their minds and a drunk 60 year old office worker doing karaoke would sound better. We along with a few hundred others were streaming out the door by song four. Appalling. 

Next Festivus I'll be drunk and 62. We can pull out a bluetooth speaker and I'll do some Butler karaoke. You can decide which was better. 

Seriously, sorry it sucked. Hate when that happens.

"Heeeeey kids, shake it loose together.... the spotlights been hitting something thats been known to yada yada...  hey wait... what day is it? Is this thing plugged in?"

steve8 posted:

Went to see James, The Psychedelic Furs and The Killers on Sunday pm.

James was hands down the best of the three. A shame the set was only one hour as they didn't play everything I would have liked to hear.

The Furs...appalling. These guys used to be a guitar band. Now it's the Richard Butler show with a single guitarist on mute and everything sounding like their bigger hits which were total sell outs anyway.  Pretty in Pink was neutered to the point I wasn't even sure that's what it was when they started playing it. They finished with India, which was easily the best performance of their set, but too little, too late. This ruined my memory of the show I saw in 1982 at The Concert Hall in Toronto.

The Killers. Not that familiar with them and that's the way it's going to stay. Way too slick for me. The drummer is pretty good though.

How is it possible to not be that familiar with the Killers?  Like them or not, they are one of the biggest bands (probably with Coldplay) of the last 15 years

Mr Brightside is one of the best songs of the 2000s in my opinion - and is a perfect driving/running song - and one it is difficult to avoid

jcocktosten posted:

How is it possible to not be that familiar with the Killers?  Like them or not, they are one of the biggest bands (probably with Coldplay) of the last 15 years

Mr Brightside is one of the best songs of the 2000s in my opinion - and is a perfect driving/running song - and one it is difficult to avoid

I'd heard some of the songs before, including the one you mention, but none of them have done much for me. Not enough to seek out more. His voice is kind of irritating and considering some of the music I like, that is an achievement. Don't like their cover of Shadowplay either. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one JC.

Went to see Sebadoh at Bar Le Ritz PDB a couple of nights ago. Small venue, excellent show. No longer slacker, lo-fi misfits, they are tight. Great to hear Soul and Fire as well as Brand New Love. Clearly this tour is on a shoestring budget as Lou Barlow was working the merchandise table himself after the show.

steve8 posted:

Went to see Sebadoh at Bar Le Ritz PDB a couple of nights ago. Small venue, excellent show. No longer slacker, lo-fi misfits, they are tight. Great to hear Soul and Fire as well as Brand New Love. Clearly this tour is on a shoestring budget as Lou Barlow was working the merchandise table himself after the show.

Touring musicians are pretty much traveling shirt salesmen these days, since nobody believes they should have to pay for music anymore.

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