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Title: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: RTM on September 29, 2014, 10:49:21 PM
This may turn into 2 separate threads, we'll try it as one first.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on October 04, 2014, 11:27:33 AM
Saw Lecrae last night in Houston. He put on an amazing show. My mini-review I posted to FB last night:

"Tonight, Lecrae demonstrated what it means to infuse your art with your faith. He does not preach. He testifies, his words set to some of the best beats you will hear in rap music. The result was an emotional roller coaster, as songs I'm very familiar with were pieced together in a new way to tell a story that is more autobiographical than I realized, warts and all. It was honest, personal, and real. It is also high quality. He does not produce shoddy work and call it "good enough." He pushes himself and those he works with to produce the best songs they can. Ten years into his career, and those songs keep getting better and better. I know he just released his latest less than a month ago, but I'm already looking forward to what he'll do next."

Upcoming shows:

Thousand Foot Krutch next month & Nightwish in May 2015.

I also just bought my tickets to ProgPower USA XVI next year. I really wanted to go to this year's show, but I didn't realize tickets sold out so quickly. By the time I went to buy them, they were already sold out.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Nemo Atkins on October 05, 2014, 12:13:47 PM
I'm going to be definitely seeing Queen + Adam Lambert in January. They're coming to my local area (...well, OK, Newcastle isn't completely local for me, as it's still about 50 miles away, but it's still the closest city to where I live, so it's close enough!), so I'm happy about that!

In terms of possible gigs which I still thinking about, there's a folk duo up in Newcastle at the end of October that I'm debating going to see, I'm considering going to see Reckless Love, Saxon, Hell, Machine Head, Slade and Sweet at various places around the UK in December (mostly because I really like those guys and want to try to see all of them before going to see Queen in January), I'm organising a trip to see Kamelot in London in March with a few friends and I'm hoping to do the same to see Blind Guardian in April (although that one might not happen: I'm not that familiar with Blind Guardian's discography outside of Nightfall in Middle-Earth and I don't know the support band (Orphaned Land) at all, so I might opt to skip this one).
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on October 13, 2014, 10:02:59 PM
Just bought my ticket:

Nightwish
(Sabaton)
Delain

Sabaton is technically unannounced.  The original event poster featured their logo, which was quickly removed.  Nightwish just posted that on November 10th, they have a big announcement regarding the US tour....Sabaton's last date opening for Amon Amarth in the US is November 9th.   I do not believe that is a coincidence, and they are waiting for Sabaton to finish this tour so they don't impact the ticket sales by announcing dates later on with Nightwish.  :)

After 15-16 years, I am FINALLY going to see Nightwish!  And with Floor Jansen as well!  Plus, the opening bands are both awesome.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on October 16, 2014, 11:25:16 AM
I'm going to see Nightwish, too. I'll admit I'm a newbie to their fan base, but I LOVE Floor and didn't want to miss an opportunity to see them. I'm also buying my tix to see Sixx A.M. in April later this morning. I've been waiting for them to do a headlining show for years, and now that Motley's (supposedly) going away, they're doing a big headlining tour with Apocalyptica opening. Yay!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on October 16, 2014, 11:29:55 AM
Awesome!  They really are better with Floor.  It's been a while since I've been this excited to see a band.

You might enjoy a little Delain too - their keyboardist was one of the original Within Temptation members, so their first record was very much in the vein of older/Silent-Force era Within Temptation.  Now they're a bit more poppy like WT as well and also have a female singer. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on October 16, 2014, 11:30:09 AM
I bought my tix for Nightwish in Houston next May. If Sabaton does end up on the bill, that will be great. I had tickets to see Sabaton, ReVamp, and Iced Earth last April, and got sick the day of the show.

It was Floor's performance at Wacken, that turned into Showtime, Storytime, that made me a fan. I've since bought their entire back catalog, but I admit to preferring Floor's live versions to any of the studio versions.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on October 16, 2014, 11:36:00 AM
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I had tickets to see Sabaton, ReVamp, and Iced Earth last April, and got sick the day of the show.

Oooh, bummer. That was a great show--we immediately bought both of ReVamp's CDs after their set. Sabaton are good, but I will say this--they stink. Literally. Hubby and I were down front and you could smell their B.O. from the stage. If they do wind up on the Nightwish bill, I'll be safely up in the balcony where the stench can't get me. ;)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: EvilAshLives on October 17, 2014, 02:09:10 PM
Just got tickets to see Danny Elfman perform on November 1st in Hollywood.  This is an orchestral performance of the pieces he composed for Tim Burton, with Elfman coming out to sing all of the Jack Skellington parts from Nightmare Before Christmas.  Since I never got to see Oingo Boingo, and I thought Danny Elfman would never perform again, this'll be a total dream come true.  Can't wait!!!!

EvilAshLives
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: nattiep on October 20, 2014, 04:25:39 PM
Saw King Diamond last night. The man still has it and I don't know how. Stage was pretty big for what I've seen of his past set ups from bootlegs. Actors and costumes, burning "grandma" alive. The setlist was pretty varied, with only a few albums skipped and a couple of Mercyful Fate songs thrown in.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10371919_10204142215049071_7119458174889761742_n.jpg?oh=bb7700b8de95d6472df4672c4677b8c3&oe=54B5A1CE&__gda__=1421578673_47fdda81224e201b9c0ca638bd0e57ba)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Hank Wrangler on October 20, 2014, 04:35:53 PM
Just got tickets to see Danny Elfman perform on November 1st in Hollywood. 

That sounds like it will be a hell of a show. Have a great time!!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on October 20, 2014, 08:37:49 PM
I love that King Diamond stage set!   He's playing tomorrow night in Chicago, and weeknight shows are tough for me to do, especially with the logistics of getting to/from work and to/from the show cheaply.  Sucks that I'm missing that show, but I can live vicariously via youtube.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Deathless on October 22, 2014, 03:03:58 PM
Decided to pull the trigger and go see Amon Amarth Friday night, they've been selling out all over the place and word is this show is great to see. I'm pumped!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on October 22, 2014, 03:21:16 PM
Decided to pull the trigger and go see Amon Amarth Friday night, they've been selling out all over the place and word is this show is great to see. I'm pumped!

If you're not already a Sabaton fan, be sure to check them out.  I think they only get 45-ish minutes before Amon Amarth, but it's the equivalent of a tank (ha!) rolling over you.

Unless I win free tickets to this show via the venue contest, I'll likely be skipping this tour.  Sucks, because I love both AA and Sabaton, but my budget is really tight this time of the year.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on October 22, 2014, 03:40:50 PM
Alter Bridge this weekend!! I'm just a little excited!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: AnybodyListening.net on October 23, 2014, 01:41:18 PM
Alter Bridge this weekend!! I'm just a little excited!!!!!!!

+1
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on October 27, 2014, 02:34:05 PM
Animals as Leaders and Devin Townsend Project on 12/4 in Philly.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on October 27, 2014, 03:47:45 PM
So the Alter Bridge show exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did AB sound amazing, but California Breed were EXCELLENT. I mean, they are so tight, and it was a joy to get to hear Glenn Hughes out sing people half his age in a live setting. We also did the VIP and got to meet Alter Bridge and go to their soundcheck--I swear I did not abscond with Myles. Super nice guys, and allowed me to check one off of my bucket list.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on October 27, 2014, 04:31:23 PM
So the Alter Bridge show exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did AB sound amazing, but California Breed were EXCELLENT. I mean, they are so tight, and it was a joy to get to hear Glenn Hughes out sing people half his age in a live setting. We also did the VIP and got to meet Alter Bridge and go to their soundcheck--I swear I did not abscond with Myles. Super nice guys, and allowed me to check one off of my bucket list.

So Awesome, glad to hear!  Would love to see AB again someday, and CB wouldn't be too bad to check out... ;)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: RTM on October 29, 2014, 11:39:30 AM
I just saw that Nonpoint is coming to a bar in my town tonight on the cheap. Does anybody have experience with their live show/catalog? I really don' tknow the first thing about them.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ShadowWalker on October 29, 2014, 12:33:55 PM
I just saw that Nonpoint is coming to a bar in my town tonight on the cheap. Does anybody have experience with their live show/catalog? I really don' tknow the first thing about them.

Sometimes going in with absolutely no background is the best way to get that first exposure. That was how I got into Iced Earth. I knew the name, knew the reputation but had no music in my catalog. On a whim, I took in a show during the Fall 2008 Crucible of Man tour and was hooked. I couldn't shake the memory of how moving "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)" was and that is what opened the door to me going full bore into their back catalog. Throwing the dice like that, if it is relatively cheap, can be very rewarding...
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on November 01, 2014, 10:56:40 PM
I just saw that Nonpoint is coming to a bar in my town tonight on the cheap. Does anybody have experience with their live show/catalog? I really don' tknow the first thing about them.

Sometimes going in with absolutely no background is the best way to get that first exposure. That was how I got into Iced Earth. I knew the name, knew the reputation but had no music in my catalog. On a whim, I took in a show during the Fall 2008 Crucible of Man tour and was hooked. I couldn't shake the memory of how moving "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)" was and that is what opened the door to me going full bore into their back catalog. Throwing the dice like that, if it is relatively cheap, can be very rewarding...

This. It's how I saw Katatonia.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on November 11, 2014, 09:56:16 AM
Just bought my ticket:

Nightwish
(Sabaton)
Delain

For anyone on the fence, Sabaton was confirmed as direct support to Nightwish for the tour! 

I really hope they change up the setlist, they've played similar sets opening for Iced Earth and Amon Amarth in the US, both tours gave them around 45 minutes.  I'd like to see a few Coat of Arms songs thrown in to replace Gott Mit Uns/Carolus Rex.   Oh, and NIGHT WITCHES from Heroes needs to be played!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on November 11, 2014, 10:51:19 AM
I already had my tix, but I'm still pretty excited about the addition of Sabaton to the Nightwish bill. I missed seeing them (and ReVamp) open for Iced Earth this year when I got sick the day of the show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ShadowWalker on December 02, 2014, 03:30:53 PM
Tix I have

Dec 3 - Animals As Leaders / Devin Townsend Project, Ram's Head Live!, Baltimore MD

In 2015
Jan 25 - An Evening With Extreme (entire Pornograffitti to be performed), Baltimore Soundstage
Jan 30 - Jack White, Madison Square Garden, NY
May 10 - Zappa Plays Zappa (including performance of Frank Zappa's One Size Fits All), Ram's Head Live!

To be purchased: Sixx:A.M.; Nightwish
Maybe - The Neal Morse Band
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on December 02, 2014, 09:34:26 PM
Bought tix to see Opeth/In Flames/Red Fang in Houston on 12/12.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on December 09, 2014, 11:46:11 AM
Last Thursday night I went to see Devin Townsend Project, Animals As Leaders and Monument. My initial thought...why is this so hard to do? It can't be fucking rocket science. By this I mean, 3 solid prog/djent/whatever acts. Of the 3, I had only watched a few AAL videos on youtube and heard DT sing Natural Science on a Rush tribute disc. I went in almost completely blind but had heard a lot of good things about DTP. Anyway, the show was at the Trocadero theater in Philadelphia which is one of the coolest places I've ever gone for a show: http://www.thetroc.com

It's an old theater and the downstairs is basically an open floor. The upstairs has padded, semicircular benches and a decent/seedy bar in the back. You could tell that it was a prog show because, as small as the theater was, you could see that all 3 bands had their own drum kits and not a 5 piece among them. Anyway, Monument came out and just blew my gf and I away. They were kind of TesseracT-ish with a psychotic, charismatic frontman. A bit more screaming, kind of like the first TesseracT disc but not too much, and he was fun to watch. On the other hand, he was inciting people to mosh which I have NEVER seen at a prog show. Hell, I've heard Bruce Dickinson and Ray Alder tell people NOT to mosh. Thankfully, everyone upstairs chilled out and enjoyed their beverages. This guy is not only too old to mosh but I have no interest in trying to mosh to heavily syncopated prog metal with odd time signatures thrown in and in an audience with about a 70/30 ratio of people who don't want to mosh to those who do. But I REALLY enjoyed the music and plan on getting their most recent disc.

AAL was up next and they are as good live as they are on record. Tight was shit and virtuosic. That said, there is a certain monotony to them. By the time they were getting to the end of their set, I was looking forward to it.

DTP came out and, as I said, I've never seen him perform before so...he's different. If you don't know anything about him, he's very sarcastic and funny. He also seems huge. No idea how tall the guy is. He played one guitar that looked like a large, hollow body Gibson but with lit up lightening bolts instead of the f-holes and another that was THE largest flying V I have ever seen in my life. I didn't recognize the brand of either of these guitars. I really like his vocal style which is kind of a blend of operatic and screaming. He's an extremely talented musician and the music was good. It was very different from AAL in that it was more riff-based and, kind of, all encompassing, like a wall of sound. All that said, his set got a bit boring for me too, in the exact opposite way the AAL's did. It was just milking riff after riff and, while I appreciate the humor in the Ziltoid idea, that's not what I listen to prog for. So, the gf and I split about a half hour in but we had an hour ride home and had to get up for work the next day.

Getting back to my initial point, this was a solid bill in a cool theater, right in Philadelphia. Why I had to drive to Reading (which is in the middle of nowhere, if you don't know) and sit through, like 4 hours of shit from 5 other bands just to hear Fates Warning AND drive to the Poconos (about 2+ hours from Philly) and sit through Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel just to see Queensryche I will never understand. I mean, is Devin Townsend bigger than Queensryche and Fates? I'm curious. Just to be clear, I don't live in Philadelphia and both Reading and the Poconos shows were fairly easy to get to. It just makes no sense from a demographic perspective. So, there's my review.  :)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on December 09, 2014, 12:10:05 PM
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To be purchased: Sixx:A.M.; Nightwish

Got my tix for those, and hubby and I are also seeing Death Angel do a headline gig a few days after Christmas.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: AnybodyListening.net on December 09, 2014, 12:25:41 PM
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To be purchased: Sixx:A.M.; Nightwish

Got my tix for those, and hubby and I are also seeing Death Angel do a headline gig a few days after Christmas.

\m/
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Bloodhail on December 12, 2014, 10:19:51 AM
Just got tickets for Neutral Milk Hotel's last tour for the foreseeable future. So excited!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on December 31, 2014, 12:39:07 PM
Last night I Finally saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  PHENOMENAL show.  Having seen Savatage twice back in the day, it was a treat to see Al Pitrelli & Johnny Lee Middleton onstage, and even more exciting to see this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiGMUOQtwHE&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiGMUOQtwHE&feature=youtu.be)

It's a little blurry in spots - the camera was having a hard time focusing on the two platforms.

Overall, the sound was excellent (Xcel Energy Center is Amazing in terms of audio quality), and the light show...... BEST I've EVER seen. \m/
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on December 31, 2014, 12:48:15 PM
Awesome!  I'd love to see TSO again, but haven't felt like buying tickets each year.  I saw them once in 2004, which was the first time the East touring group came to Chicago (prior to that, we had the West with Al Pitrelli/Johnny Lee Middleton).  So I saw Chris Caffrey/Alex Skolnick/Jeff Plate/Mark Wood (violin) which was excellent.  The West group hit Chicago for the first time in ten years, and while they have Jeff Scott Soto, I'd be angry at not getting Russell Allen, who is with the East.

I know TSO did a studio version of The Mountain on Nightcastle, and they've used a few other Savatage songs (Believe, Back to a Reason).  Lately, they've played Gutter Ballet and Chance in Europe, which I really liked, since Savatage has been defunct until next year's reunion at Wacken.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on December 31, 2014, 02:28:17 PM
That was AWESOME, I've never seen them, but that may have to change after watching that. That light and pyro show is killer, and they kick ass doin Hall of the mountain king, I used to love Electric Light Orchestra's kick ass build up version of that song off ELO's on the third day album, they did it back in like 1973, for anyone who's never heard their version, look it up its good, they were probably the first to do it in a rock setting. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on December 31, 2014, 03:50:31 PM
Awesome!  I'd love to see TSO again, but haven't felt like buying tickets each year.  I saw them once in 2004, which was the first time the East touring group came to Chicago (prior to that, we had the West with Al Pitrelli/Johnny Lee Middleton).  So I saw Chris Caffrey/Alex Skolnick/Jeff Plate/Mark Wood (violin) which was excellent.  The West group hit Chicago for the first time in ten years, and while they have Jeff Scott Soto, I'd be angry at not getting Russell Allen, who is with the East.

Wouldn't mind seeing the East Coast version as well. :)


I know TSO did a studio version of The Mountain on Nightcastle, and they've used a few other Savatage songs (Believe, Back to a Reason).  Lately, they've played Gutter Ballet and Chance in Europe, which I really liked, since Savatage has been defunct until next year's reunion at Wacken.

Speaking of Gutter Ballet, I found this older 2013 news quite interesting (scroll down to the end of the article)....

http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/nov/22/trans-siberian-orchestra-concert-tour/ (http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/nov/22/trans-siberian-orchestra-concert-tour/)

Not that the album needs to be redone, but if O'Neil / TSO did another concept piece with Gutter & When The Crowds Are Gone songs as the centerpiece, it could be interesting.....
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on January 06, 2015, 05:30:32 PM
So, the Death Angel show was CRAZY, in the best possible way. The band just slayed all night--they played a little more than 2 hours, total, including a couple of funny covers (the Beatles' "Drive My Car" and a cheesy Christmas song) and the ENTIRE The Dream Calls for Blood album (not in order, but every song was played during the set). They also busted out the 10+ minute instrumental "The Ultra-Violence" and were note-perfect, even though they hadn't played it in years. Original rhythm guitarist Gus Pepa also showed and sat in for a song. The whole thing really ramped up my appreciation for the band, especially Rob Cavestany's shredding abilities. It was a great last show for 2014.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on January 20, 2015, 11:31:00 AM
Motley Crue "Final Tour" show in Winnipeg, August 3rd!!

COZ I'M ALIVE!!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on January 20, 2015, 11:37:40 AM
Motley Crue "Final Tour" show in Winnipeg, August 3rd!!

COZ I'M ALIVE!!

It is very tempting to see them next August, since Chicago has a Saturday night show at a suburban arena that isn't difficult to get to for me.  But I have some budgetary changes coming up this summer that will affect my future concertgoing for a while.  Sadly, I'll have to skip it.

I did see them in 2005 on the Carnival of Sins tour, which was a nice "farewell" show for me since it had a killer setlist and stage show.  I also saw them from the front row in 1999 and got high-fives from Tommy and Vince, so one last final show probably won't top those two Crue experiences for me.  Vince will probably still do solo tours in clubs, and while his sets are rather predictable, they're still off the hook to see him in such a small space.

Enjoy the show!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on January 20, 2015, 04:45:06 PM
I saw the Carnival of Sins show too and while this show will likely not offer much of a different experience, it'd still be fun to see. Plus Alice Cooper is still scheduled to open for them and I've never seen him live before.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: AnybodyListening.net on January 20, 2015, 05:18:14 PM
I saw the Carnival of Sins show too and while this show will likely not offer much of a different experience, it'd still be fun to see. Plus Alice Cooper is still scheduled to open for them and I've never seen him live before.

Alice is worth every penny. I'm not a huge fan of Alice Cooper. I'm a casual fan that enjoys some of his stuff, but we've seen him twice (once co-headline with Rob Zombie, and once direct support for Heaven and Hell) and he was awesome both times.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on January 21, 2015, 11:24:58 AM
Alice is worth every penny. I'm not a huge fan of Alice Cooper. I'm a casual fan that enjoys some of his stuff, but we've seen him twice (once co-headline with Rob Zombie, and once direct support for Heaven and Hell) and he was awesome both times.

I'm certainly not the biggest Alice Cooper fan either, though I do like his output from the mid-80s to the early 90s, as cheesy as some of his stuff got. It'll be cool to see him, even if it's an opening slot. I've always heard he puts on a solid show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on January 22, 2015, 11:09:32 AM
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Date    Location    Venue    Tickets   
May 8, 2015    Tulsa    BOK Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
May 10, 2015    Lincoln    Pinnacle Bank Arena    On Sale Soon   
May 12, 2015    St. Paul    Xcel Energy Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
May 14, 2015    St. Louis    Scottrade Center    On Sale Soon   
May 16, 2015    Austin    Austin360 Amphitheater    On Sale Soon   
May 18, 2015    Dallas    American Airlines Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
May 20, 2015    Houston    The Toyota Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
May 22, 2015    New Orleans    Smoothie King Center    On Sale Soon   
May 24, 2015    Tampa    Amalie Arena    On Sale Soon   
May 26, 2015    Atlanta    Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre    On Sale Soon   
May 28, 2015    Greensboro    The Greensboro Coliseum    On Sale Soon   
May 30, 2015    Bristow (DC Area)    Jiffy Lube Live    On sale January 30, 2015   
June 8, 2015    Columbus    Nationwide Arena    On Sale Soon   
June 10, 2015    Buffalo    First Niagara Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
June 12, 2015    Chicago    United Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
June 14, 2015    Detroit    Palace of Auburn Hills    On Sale Soon   
June 17, 2015    Toronto (I)    Air Canada Centre    On sale February 6, 2015   
June 19, 2015    Toronto (II)    Air Canada Centre    On sale February 6, 2015   
June 21, 2015    Montreal    Bell Centre    On sale February 7, 2015   
June 23, 2015    Boston    TD Garden    On sale January 30, 2015   
June 25, 2015    Philadelphia    Wells Fargo Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
June 27, 2015    Newark    Prudential Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
June 29, 2015    New York    Madison Square Garden    On sale January 30, 2015   
July 9, 2015    Kansas City    Sprint Center    On Sale Soon   
July 11, 2015    Denver    Pepsi Center    On sale January 30, 2015   
July 13, 2015    Salt Lake City    Maverik Center    On Sale Soon   
July 15, 2015    Calgary    Scotiabank Saddledome    On sale February 6, 2015   
July 17, 2015    Vancouver    Rogers Arena    On sale February 6, 2015   
July 19, 2015    Seattle    Key Arena    On Sale Soon   
July 21, 2015    Portland    MODA Center    On Sale Soon   
July 23, 2015    San Jose    SAP Center at San Jose    On sale January 30, 2015   
July 25, 2015    Las Vegas    MGM Grand Garden Arena    On Sale Soon   
July 27, 2015    Phoenix    US Airways Center    On Sale Soon   
July 30, 2015    Irvine Meadows    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre    On Sale Soon   
August 1, 2015    Los Angeles    The Forum    On Sale Soon   
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: AnybodyListening.net on January 22, 2015, 11:34:44 AM
Grrrrr
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on January 22, 2015, 11:46:00 AM
Grrrrr

What's wrong?
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on January 22, 2015, 01:06:26 PM
RUUUUUUUUUSH!!!!! MUST attend this show.......
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on January 22, 2015, 02:13:01 PM
 I wouldn't miss Rush for the world (  :) ) ! Can't wait!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ted262 on January 22, 2015, 05:28:30 PM
Grrrrr

What's wrong?

Maybe someone doesn't want to have to drive to San Jose...
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on January 22, 2015, 06:20:40 PM
Yeah, it's just not feasible. It's a weeknight, it's too far, and it's the only date in NorCal. Kind of sucks, but it is what it is.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: AnybodyListening.net on January 23, 2015, 10:18:12 AM
The only feasible way for me to do this is to take a day off. And while I'd be OK with that, it'd be an absolute shit commute to get there.

I understand why Rush is just doing one date in Nor Cal. It's a short tour, they don't want to tour much any longer, and by putting it in San Jose, they reap maximum dollars (or the promoter does). So I get it. But it makes it frustrating for those that don't live within an hour of San Jose. Particularly with Bay Area traffic. You can tack on another hour because of that during the week.

It is what it is. A buddy of mine really wants to go, so we'll see. But I'm not gonna be torn up about it if it just isn't going to work for me.

Upcoming shows for me:

Periphery/Nothing More
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on January 23, 2015, 10:40:29 AM
Bear in mind that I don't know what your schedule or budget is like but you could always do Vegas on that Saturday. Just throwing it out there.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ted262 on January 23, 2015, 08:02:10 PM
Can't say as I blame either of you.  Every year when I'm in the Bay Area to see my mom and sister the biggest headache is always traffic, whether trying to get between the East Bay and the city or heading down towards San Jose. It helps keep traffic problems in Seattle in perspective.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on January 30, 2015, 11:50:31 AM
Just got our Rush tickets!!! \m/\m/
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ted262 on February 05, 2015, 09:39:37 PM
Yeah, just got mine for the Seattle show this morning.  Wish I had a chance in hell of getting a photo pass.  Oh well, I'll just enjoy the music!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on February 06, 2015, 10:49:32 AM
Philly got sold out from under me. Bitter? Oh, yes. Yes I am.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ShadowWalker on February 06, 2015, 02:52:28 PM
Philly got sold out from under me. Bitter? Oh, yes. Yes I am.

I was momentarily bitter that I would not be going to see this tour due to a series of conflicting dates until I saw the ridiculous prices Rush is looking for on this pass. To get into the pavilion in Bristow VA (the DC-area show), it will cost you a minimum of $155 after fees. Total crap. For the privilege of standing on the lawn, $50. I love Rush, but this will be the first tour I have missed since skipping Counterparts. Not happy at all at the jacked up prices, but with the cloud of no more big (or ever) tours hanging over this jaunt, I guess promoters felt they could get away with a little wallet raping (and judging by early ticket sales, they were right)...
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: RTM on February 06, 2015, 08:16:07 PM
I just relocated from upstate NY to San Diego, I'll probably be catching the Irvine show. Looking forward to seeing a lot more concerts here in general.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on February 07, 2015, 07:56:26 AM
Philly got sold out from under me. Bitter? Oh, yes. Yes I am.

I was momentarily bitter that I would not be going to see this tour due to a series of conflicting dates until I saw the ridiculous prices Rush is looking for on this pass. To get into the pavilion in Bristow VA (the DC-area show), it will cost you a minimum of $155 after fees. Total crap. For the privilege of standing on the lawn, $50. I love Rush, but this will be the first tour I have missed since skipping Counterparts. Not happy at all at the jacked up prices, but with the cloud of no more big (or ever) tours hanging over this jaunt, I guess promoters felt they could get away with a little wallet raping (and judging by early ticket sales, they were right)...

2 things...$155/ticket for a normal ticket? And...did you mean jawn?
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=jawn&utm_source=search-action (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=jawn&utm_source=search-action)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: christophercale on February 14, 2015, 10:51:57 AM
What a crazy week this is going to be for me....   3 shows in 1 week.

Rush - 5/16/2015 - Austin 360 Ampitheatre  (GA Lawn... not a reserved seat to be had)

Kamelot - 5/20/2015 - Austin - Emo's East  (GA)

Queensryche - 5/23/2015 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas  (VIP - never been to this venue, so who knows...)

Christopher




Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on February 14, 2015, 02:15:03 PM
Got tix for the BLS acoustic tour in April. That makes four shows in that month.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on February 17, 2015, 10:55:17 AM
I'm hoping to see Maiden Manitoba, a local Iron Maiden tribute band, play May 2 in Winnipeg.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on February 17, 2015, 11:03:06 AM
Testament/Exodus tour in April!   Testament will play The Legacy/New Order in full, plus album cuts from Practice What You Preach!

The Chicago area gets another Saturday night show, but it's a week before Nightwish, which I'm already attending.  So I will not likely be going, since I saw Testament 3x on the Formation tour cycle.

It's an awesome tour though - Exodus' new album is completely ripping!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on March 05, 2015, 09:16:55 AM
My brother is planning on heading to Vegas to see this run of bands at Vamp'd:

Winger - March 28
Michael Sweet and Mike Tramp (both acoustic) - April 1
Y&T - April 3

Lucky bastich.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on March 10, 2015, 06:20:23 PM
Newly added to the horizon:

STP w/ Chester in April
ARMORED FREAKING SAINT in May
AIC in July
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ted262 on March 10, 2015, 09:33:06 PM
Newly added to the horizon:

STP w/ Chester in April
ARMORED FREAKING SAINT in May
AIC in July

Man, I'd love to see all of those, but STP is too expensive and the other two aren't playing Seattle (how the hell is AIC skipping Seattle 2 years in a row?)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: AnybodyListening.net on March 10, 2015, 10:12:21 PM
Here's 2015 so far:

January - Periphery/Nothing More/Wovenwar/Thank You Scientist
March - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
April - Stone Temple Pilots
April - Black Label Society
April - Sebastian Bach
May - Saxon/Armored Saint
May - Dokken (tentative, possibly not)
July - Alice in Chains
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on March 11, 2015, 09:01:01 AM
AIC is going to be round these parts on August 16th. Might go but I just saw them in 2013. I'll need to see a setlist first.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on March 11, 2015, 11:23:40 AM
It's been a while since we've seen AIC (before BGWtB came out, even)--the timing for their shows in our area just hasn't been right for the last several tours. I'm looking forward to this one.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on March 11, 2015, 11:37:54 AM
It's been a while since we've seen AIC (before BGWtB came out, even)--the timing for their shows in our area just hasn't been right for the last several tours. I'm looking forward to this one.

I thought they sounded great!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on March 11, 2015, 11:46:37 AM
The shows we saw back in the mid-Aughts were really good--I think William is even better now, though, because the live performances I've seen on YouTube show that he's put his own spin on a lot of the classic material. I'm really looking forward to the show.

In fact, I'm looking forward to all the shows I have coming up. I'm trying to concentrate on bands I haven't seen much or at all, and skipping some that I've seen a million times and that have gotten a little stale in their live shows (Tesla, I'm looking at you). The AIC show will add to the list of bands I have tickets to see:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Sixx A.M.
STP w/Chester
BLS ("Unblackened" acoustic show)
Faith No More
Nightwish
The Mavericks (one of the few country acts I like)
Saxon/Saint
AIC
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Bloodhail on March 11, 2015, 02:24:06 PM
Saw AIC in 2010. First show I ever went to, and a hell of a show at that. They even played Acid Bubble.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on March 18, 2015, 11:28:27 AM
Just added Weird Al to my list of upcoming shows. Yay!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on March 18, 2015, 11:36:43 AM
Just added Weird Al to my list of upcoming shows. Yay!

Lucky. There's no scheduled stop in my town for this tour. I'd really like to see Weird Al one of these days.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on March 18, 2015, 12:21:45 PM
This will be my 3rd time seeing him, but I'm especially excited to see the Mandatory Fun stuff live.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on March 23, 2015, 08:47:00 AM
Well, tickets for Nightwish purchased. 4/10 in Philly. \m/
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on April 09, 2015, 02:29:20 PM
So, last night's Sixx A.M. show in SF was pretty epic. The band sounded really tight with a solid 95 minute set, and while it took James about a song and a half to warm up, once he did he was on fire. He even came over and sang right to me a whole bunch of times, most enthusiastically during "Dead Man's Ballet" (I gave it right back to him, too!). For the first show in a tour with a band that's never done a headlining tour before, there were no bugs, no missteps, and they all sounded great. The set list was pretty good, too, although I would have liked at least one more song from The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. They played 7 of the 11 songs from Modern Vintage, and they all came off really well live. All in all, I want to do it again tonight--it was that good.

Apocalyptica was the direct support, and while I don't think I'd buy any of their CDs, watching them live was pretty great. They're very animated on stage, and it's a surreal experience watching dudes windmilling while playing cellos. They have a singer now, but he's unfortunately pretty mediocre--he sounds like every other guy in every bland hard rock band out there.

First act was a Japanese band called VAMPS. Very schticky and stylized--the singer has clearly watched many hours of both Ian Astbury and Ville Valo, and has morphed himself into a less interesting hybrid of the two. The music was pretty unremarkable and butt-rocky, but they have a Following. My goodness, there were a lot of hysterical young ladies there to see them! The good part is that they had all been waiting for hours to get in and all rushed to the barrier, but then left right after the band played. That meant I got a plum spot right up front. :D

The thing that struck me about the crowd is that many of them were clearly only there for Nikki Sixx. Lots of Crue shirts and people in line craning their necks to see if they could catch him outside the bus. Didn't see many people singing along with the deeper album songs during their set (probably why I stood out to James, because I knew them all), but I'm hoping the band made a bunch of fans out of the Crue faithful that haven't given the Sixx A.M. stuff a proper listen.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on April 17, 2015, 03:24:32 PM
Damn, just found out that Mastodon and Clutch are playing my town tonight. Can't go, too late notice. Shitty.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on April 17, 2015, 03:26:37 PM
Damn, just found out that Mastodon and Clutch are playing my town tonight. Can't go, too late notice. Shitty.

Yeah, that tour's hitting our area the on the same night as Nightwish, and I already had my ticket for the latter.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on April 19, 2015, 04:26:11 PM
Nightwish - Concord Music Hall, Chicago IL

I made into the venue with about 20-30 minutes to spare before Delain ended up taking the stage.  Picked up a Nightwish event shirt (album cover/Chicago show details only on the back) and another Sabaton shirt (sadly a little similar to my existing shirt from last year, oops). 

I found a spot on the main floor, with a decent view for Delain.  They were great, Charlotte was awesome (and had a cool light-up mic stand), and I realized that Martin is Sharon Den Adel's brother in law as I was watching the show.  They only had 6 songs, four of them were from my least favorite album (We Are The Others) and two from the newest record, which is slamming.   So I wasn't very excited about with their choice of songs, but at least they were grooving along.  I'd rather they had dropped two tunes from WATO and added April Rain and another new track.  But they're pushing the more recent records.


Sabaton....they kicked ass like usual.  No backdrop, no stage scrims/banners.  Just metal.  I loved their set - 4 songs from Heroes, and a few other songs were dropped to add Swedish Pagans and Uprising, which they didn't play when I saw them a year ago with Iced Earth.  They had a great intro to Primo Victoria, discussing how the song was about honoring D-Day and how Europeans tend to forget that "your grandfathers" saved their ass in the war.  In an era of anti-American military strategy, it's nice to see a group of foreign citizens acknowledge what the US military does, or has done in the past.  They were having a lot of fun on stage - Joakim was cracking jokes and again re-iterated how much they appreciate the reaction as they were only a support band on this tour. 

Highlights - Night Witches, Resist and Bite, Uprising


Nightwish

The show was sold out and I was surrounded by 6' tall people on the main floor, so I moved way back onto an elevated area behind the bar and soundboard.  At least if I was craning my neck to see, I'd be higher up and could see more than upper bodies on stage.   It was weird not mixing up in the crowd, but it was a good choice.  As they took the stage, I just decided to enjoy the ride and not be concerned with what they might or might not play.  And that was a great feeling to just watch and have fun, and I ended up being really happy with the set.  Heavy on the new album, only 5 songs from the Annette era, one from Wishmaster, one from Once, one from Century Child, and two from Oceanborn.

Having followed them since the Tarja days, I was amazed that the Annette-era songs got the biggest crowd responses of the night, with people going absolutely bananas for Amaranthe (I've always felt that DPP has much better tracks!).  I was next to a family that only seemed to know the Annette songs and acted kind of bored during the others, so I ended up moving closer to a group of super fans that were dancing jigs and going crazy for every song, which was a lot of fun to see. 

The only two songs I wish they had played were I Wish I Had an Angel (though the title track to the new disc has a similar feel to this one) and Nemo (dropped in favor of Ever Dream, which I approve of!).

Musically, they were spot on and had such a huge sound and presence on stage.  Floor sounded fantastic, Marco is a beast, and Troy is a very cool addition to the band.  Oh, and Floor was windmilling like crazy, which is so fun to see.

Highlights:  Ghost Love Score (just incredible!), My Walden, Weak Fantasy, Last Ride of the Day, Stargazers (one of the very first NW songs I ever heard, and they decide to break it out on this tour!), Ever Dream (!), & I Want My Tears Back
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on April 19, 2015, 08:52:18 PM
Can't wait to see this show in Houston on May 6. I've introduced many friends to Nightwish in the past year, and I'm bringing 9 of them with me.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on April 20, 2015, 08:13:03 PM
Just saw Nightwish last night at 7 Flags Event Center in Clive, IA.  That was a long-ass road trip!

Echoing most of Grappler’s above review - they were FANTASTIC.  A lot of new material was played as well as a bunch of the classics.  My brother was ecstatic when they played Ghost Love Score. Marco did a nice little acoustic bit with The Islander, and the rest of the band accompanied him on the last verse & chorus.  The only hiccup was their opening number - the main speakers died and you could barely hear their stage volume (they all looked a bit confused but kept playing) … 10 seconds later the sound came roaring back and the crowd roared their approval. :)  Overall the sound quality / acoustics in the event center was quite decent.

Sadly, we missed Delain, due to delayed taxi service from the hotel.  And I was really looking forward to seeing them. Grrrrr.  We did catch most of Sabaton's set - they sounded great!

End of the night, we got to meet Tuomas outside the tour bus.  Nice guy!  And I ran into Charlotte from Delain and apologized for missing their set.  She said they’lll hopefully be back soon….

bhg70 - hope you and your friends have a blast on May 6!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Grappler on April 20, 2015, 08:33:45 PM
That's awesome - glad you enjoyed the show!   From what I've seen, Tuomas seems to be very shy and humble.

I've only seen a PA system die once - it happened twice during Iced Earth's first show with Matt Barlow back in 2008.  The band is raging on stage and they have no clue the PA is dead.   ;D 

I did hear that Delain hangs out by their merch table after Nightwish's set - if anyone else is attending the tour, that may be a decent time to try and meet the band.  For the record, I really enjoyed watching them and Charlotte is awesome, I just wanted to hear different tunes.  :)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on April 20, 2015, 10:40:44 PM
Thanks Grapp, I owe it to you and the gang here for getting me, my brother, and a few friends hooked. :)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on April 30, 2015, 04:09:49 PM
Echoing the great reviews for Nightwish--I saw them night before last in San Francisco and was truly impressed. A lot of their songs play heavier live, which is a plus for me, and Floor proves she can pretty much sing anything.

I also saw Faith No More the week before that, and they're still killing it live. They played four songs off of Sol Invictus, and a good mix of songs off of their other albums EXCEPT The Real Thing--Epic was the only thing they played from that one. It was very heavy on King for a Day... and Album of the Year, which tickled me to no end. It was especially cool that they threw in "Pristina" for the first time this tour. My only complaint was I thought the set should've been longer--last time in SF, they played for more than two hours. This time, they barely broke 90 minutes, which was a little disappointing.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on May 01, 2015, 03:09:47 PM
Just bought my ticket for the Interstellar Rodeo festival's Friday night which includes Hawksley Workman, Tanya Tagaq and Sinead O'Connor. Pretty pumped.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on May 13, 2015, 12:47:44 PM
Last night - Rush R40 at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.  As always, they never disappoint.  I don’t want to spoil it for any of you planning to attend a show on this tour, but will say it was a clever setlist with a clever stage setup that progressed throughout the night, and plenty of great comic video filler between songs.  This makes it my 4th time seeing Rush live, which will more than likely be the last time :(….
A very fun, memorable if slightly bittersweet evening. :)

A little video snippet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93blFKgfRW4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93blFKgfRW4)

Audio is a bit rough in spots, but when you're in the upper level, the sound quality usually won't be very good....
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Bloodhail on May 18, 2015, 03:27:48 PM
I saw Dan Deacon last night and it was incredible.

For those who don't know, Dan Deacon plays this kind of blissed-out, electronic pop music that sounds very colorful and alive. We were all cramped in a tiny little bar, but he still impressed the crowd regardless. There was a ridiculous amount of audience participation; for Mind on Fire, he made the audience form a circle and picked two to do a dance competition, while they switched out members from the audience. During When I Was Done Dying, he split the audience and picked two people to lead each side in a group interpretive dance. That was great, and I almost got picked to lead. That wouldn't have ended well. Haha. Finally, for Meme Generator, he got the audience to form a large tunnel that was supposed to lead out the bar area, outside onto the sidewalk and back into the venue through another entrance. We almost got there before the song ended, and when we walked back inside, he was making ocean sounds, like he told us to do when we were outside. "We don't need a lot of hollering to annoy the neighbors."

The music was fantastic when the instruments worked. Dan had to deal with so many electrical problems throughout the show and at one point, he was drawing enough power to trip a breaker. It took a while to get fixed, and there were times when his instruments just straight up cut out, but he handled everything like a pro. There were supposedly problems during the song USA, but I couldn't tell.

I got to talk to him for a little bit after the show. He was really feeling the stress from everything going wrong, but he shook my hand and sincerely thanked me for staying through it. I got a shirt and a vinyl copy of his new album. (Should've got it signed, though.)

All in all, it was probably one of the best times I've ever had at a show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on May 21, 2015, 11:54:11 AM
I saw Rush last night in Houston, and it was pretty amazing.

Full disclosure, part one: I only knew three songs. I am a *very* casual Rush fan and went mainly because they've announced it's their last large-scale tour and because I figured I would enjoy the performances regardless. On the second point, I was correct.

Full disclosure, part two: I left early. They did two sets. About three songs into the second set, the smell of recreational pharmaceuticals, combined with the very cramped seating (we were in the top row of the top section), was making me sick to my stomach. I don't do well in cramped spaces. The amount of leg room was so small as to be non-existent. So, after fighting it for as long as I could, I had to take my leave.

So, with that out of the way, let me just say, Rush is an incredible live act. I've long known they are all considered virtuosos on their respective instruments, but it's one thing to *know* that and another thing to *see* it.

Even though my familiarity with the songs I heard was miniscule, they all sounded incredible.

The songs I did know were from their 80s synthesizer-heavy period, so seeing Alex Lifeson play his guitar was an eye opener. So many amazing solos, all perfectly suited to the song, no grandstanding or showing off, just playing his heart out.

Geddy Lee's voice has always been the dealbreaker for me. Too high, too shrill, too odd. While I'll never be his most ardent fan, I will say that hearing him live was a different experience. As was seeing him play bass. Again, being used to seeing/hearing him focus on synthesizers, it was quite the eye opener to see him let loose on the bass. He's incredible.

Neil Pert showed why drum solos are usually a terrible idea -- unless you're Neil Pert. Dude is amazing. I know I'm not saying anything new, but seeing him do what he does was, again, an amazing experience. The only other drummers whose drum solos I've enjoyed are Peter Chriss (Kiss Alive II, during "God of Thunder" -- which I've since learned was overdubbed in post-production because Chriss was usually drunk during concerts), Mike Portnoy (with the Winery Dogs, live), and Mike Mangini (with Dream Theater, live). Every other drum solo I've ever heard has been a pale imitation.

Rush are definitely a progressive rock band. Highly technical and extremely gifted players, they incorporate funky time signatures and many notes per second. So why do they appeal to so many people who would not consider themselves prog fans? Because they rock, plain and simple. All of that technicality is used to create some rockin' songs. They're also not pretentious in the least bit, a fact proven by some of the between song videos.

So, despite not knowing more than a handful of songs and having to leave early, I'm really glad I went. I'm pretty sure I'll be giving their catalog another look. Maybe this time I'll be able to accept Geddy Lee's voice a bit more. If not, well, at least I got to see "Tom Sawyer" performed live. :-)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Buelinator on May 21, 2015, 02:13:41 PM
Glad you enjoyed 'em bhg70, bummer you had to leave early... they cranked out an awesome second set.  It really is something special to see them live.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ted262 on May 21, 2015, 03:36:25 PM
It's a crying shame about Neil's tendonitis.  A guy that good with a health issue that will prevent him from playing is heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on May 21, 2015, 05:46:49 PM
I had no idea. It didn't seem to be bothering him last night.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on May 21, 2015, 06:14:25 PM
It's important to remember that he's 62 years old and has been putting his body through a lot for a long time. We're lucky to get to see him at all.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on June 02, 2015, 02:17:50 PM
We picked up tix for one of Chris Cornell's solo gigs in September. I almost like his solo shows better than Soundgarden gigs these days.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: TonyFlyingSquirrel on June 02, 2015, 07:44:13 PM
I actually got to not only attend, but also meet the artist, but was also asked to perform not once, but twice over two days with him and we became friends as a result.  It was quite humbling to stand on stage, playing some of my favorite songs, realizing, I'm playing them with the author.

3 Time Grammy Award Winner
Lifetime Achievement Award winner for the Native American Music Awards.
1st Native American Artist to collaborate and perform with the Kibbutz Symphony and Orchestra in Israel.

Bill Miller

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Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: bhg70 on June 02, 2015, 08:46:03 PM
That's awesome, Tony; thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on June 03, 2015, 08:50:26 AM
Very happy for you brother. Good work. \m/
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ShadowWalker on June 15, 2015, 02:54:42 PM
Great story Tony!

Scored at last minute ticket to tomorrow's Coheed and Cambria show that kicks off their little mini summer tour. Woo hoo!!!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on June 15, 2015, 03:12:55 PM
Very cool indeed, Tony!

I bought my ticket to see Kings of Chaos next month in SF. It's a benefit show for Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, and the lineup for this show is pretty much UYI-era GNR minus Axl (Slash, Duff, Gilby, Matt), plus Sammy Hagar, Billy Duffy, Glenn Hughes, and MYLES FREAKING KENNEDY. Should be a good time.  :D
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ShadowWalker on June 19, 2015, 11:12:36 AM
Last concert: Coheed and Cambria at the Bottle & Cork, Dewey Beach, DE. Fantastic show. The 90 minutes show length would be my only complaint, but they usually clock in around 90-105, so it was not much of a surprise. The set weighed heavily on the first two albums, with 9 of the 15 songs coming from them (5 from IKS and 4 from SSTB). It was refreshing to hear the Second Stage songs in particular since they have been more or less absent from the sets since the 2011 tour when they celebrated the 10th anniversary by playing the whole album. Three songs in the encore from FFTtEoM, again teasing the next in the Neverender tour series when that album will be played in its entirety as they did with the second encore of the the Neverender: IKS tour from last year, and one each from NWFT, YotBR and Afterman:Descension.

The band sounded great, and it was a loud, albeit relatively tame crowd (unlike that show I saw in Atlantic City NJ which was downright rowdy). The venue was tiny - about 500 people and the stage was small so no effects, props, screens or anything. Just a band and a stage. It was like seeing them in a place before they got big. I loved the atmosphere. An interesting juxtaposition from the show in 2013 at Radio City Music Hall for sure.

Next up, the complete opposite environment - Heinz Field (home of the Pittsburgh Steelers) to see The Rolling Stones tomorrow...
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: New Reign on June 24, 2015, 12:26:08 PM
Hell yeah! HELL YEAH!!!

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Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on June 26, 2015, 01:04:51 PM
Just bought my ticket to see The Darkness in October, and I am SO EXCITED. :D
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on July 07, 2015, 11:00:28 AM
Just bought my ticket to see The Darkness in October, and I am SO EXCITED. :D

I'd love to see those guys live. I've been listening to the new album and it's terrific.

Upcoming shows I may or may not go to:

Aug 29 - Belinda Carlisle
Oct 8 - Joan Jett opening for The Who
Nov 6 - Lee Aaron opening for Platinum Blonde
Nov 16 - Halestorm opening for Three Days Grace

I'd for sure be going to all these shows if the headliners became the supporting acts. Obviously The Who are way bigger than Joan Jett so that would never happen, but as far as Halestorm, I still don't know who Three Days Grace is.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Lucretia on July 07, 2015, 12:02:36 PM
This will be my second time seeing The Darkness, and the first one was a GREAT show. Can't wait!

Three Days Grace are one of those modern "hard rock" bands that sounds like about 50 other bands they play on terrestrial radio and XM Octane. Bland singer, recycled riffs, boring lyrics, and you can't figure out who actually buys their records, yet they are somehow still popular.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on July 07, 2015, 01:17:06 PM
Three Days Grace are one of those modern "hard rock" bands that sounds like about 50 other bands they play on terrestrial radio and XM Octane.

Ugh, that's kinda what I thought. I almost wanna skip this show in hopes of Halestorm coming back around when they're headlining their own tour.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: nattiep on July 15, 2015, 12:18:56 PM
Saw Deep Purple last night. I knew Gillan was shot but he still but some effort in here and there. I was just bummed with how bored and stiff they were. The jams were planned out way ahead and nobody seemed like they wanted to be there.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on July 23, 2015, 11:08:01 AM
Sinead O'Connor just cancelled her performances for the Interstellar Rodeo festival in Canada and brother I am PISSED.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Jonny Con Carne on August 15, 2015, 11:58:04 PM
Went to see Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton a couple of weeks ago.
 
CHEAP TRICK
Another excellent show from one of my favorite bands (I have seen these guys approx 40 times).  Robin Zander was spot-on...even with some tough songs like Tonight Its You, and Stop This Game, he nailed it.  Legend.  The highlights for me were Stop This Game, Waiting for the Man, In Crowd (new song), and Daddy Should've Stayed in High School (old song from their 1st album).  Also met bassist Tom Petersson before the show and got to talk to Gary Cherone (who joined the band onstage for Surrender).   

SETLIST
Hello There
Come On, Come On
Big Eyes
Lookout
California Man
Ain't That a Shame
Voices
Tonight It's You
Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School
Magical Mystery Tour
The 'In' Crowd
Stop This Game
Waiting for the Man
The Flame
I Want You to Want Me
Dream Police
Never Had a Lot to Lose
Surrender (with Gary Cherone) (also with Senator Scott Brown)
Goodnight

FRAMPTON
Frampton was ok.  He jams a bit too much but I could appreciate his guitar playing.  My biggest complaint was the thing that made him famous...the talk box.  To me, it was gimmicky and annoying.  When he used it during a cover of Black Hole Sun, that was enough to drive me to the exit.  That being said, he seems like a nice guy.  Early in the set, he actually fell down during a solo but he made the most of it and cracked a joke at his own expense. 

Last night...ALICE IN CHAINS
AIC were incredible but the setlist was a bit of a disappointment.  There were a few songs that they have been playing for most of the tour that I was hoping to see (Sunshine, It Ain't Like That, Bleed the Freak) but we got extra songs from Black Gives Way and Devil instead.  Ugh.  But they were still great.  They started and ended strong with Junkhead and Dam that River...probably the best songs of the night.  Cantrell was nasty and DuVall did a great job filling in for Layne.  I saw DuVall on Cantrell's solo tours and he seems a lot more comfortable and confident singing the old Layne songs. 

SETLIST
Junkhead
Check My Brain
Again
Man in the Box
Voices
Nutshell
Hollow
Stone
Rooster
Got Me Wrong
Last of My Kind
Grind
Down in a Hole
Your Decision
No Excuses
Would?
We Die Young
Them Bones
Dam That River
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on September 25, 2015, 02:17:14 PM
Just picked up tickets to the Platinum Blonde / Lee Aaron show in November. Canadian Rock we are GO.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on October 02, 2015, 10:52:59 AM
Steel Panther surprised everyone the other day with upcoming dates for their "Well Hungover" tour. They've got a date in Winnipeg for November 19 so I snatched up some tickets for that. Can't wait. I've seen these guys in Vegas before and they put on an awesome show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on March 02, 2016, 07:41:20 PM
I'm going to see Ace Frehley tonight (3/2) in Tempe. Should be fun! It's been a long time since he's played here (March 2000 with Kiss to be exact).
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 03, 2016, 03:40:55 PM
The Space Ace, the one Kiss affiliation I wouldn't mind seeing live. What kinda set list is he doing these days? post up what songs you can remember that he did and how the show was. I'll have to throw up a thread for him. I loved the Frehley's Comet records back in the 80's. Haven't checked out his recent release, I'll have to do so. 

I missed the Operation Mindcrime show at Sellersville, PA. was a Sunday night, didn't work for me, I'll catch them next time.

Next up for me Faster Pussycat In Philly April 28th. Still debating on M3 to catch Queensryche again. At least I'll get the full headline set of Faster Pussycat as opposed to the short M3 set.  ;D
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on March 06, 2016, 07:25:56 PM
The Space Ace, the one Kiss affiliation I wouldn't mind seeing live. What kinda set list is he doing these days? post up what songs you can remember that he did and how the show was. I'll have to throw up a thread for him. I loved the Frehley's Comet records back in the 80's. Haven't checked out his recent release, I'll have to do so. 

I missed the Operation Mindcrime show at Sellersville, PA. was a Sunday night, didn't work for me, I'll catch them next time.

Next up for me Faster Pussycat In Philly April 28th. Still debating on M3 to catch Queensryche again. At least I'll get the full headline set of Faster Pussycat as opposed to the short M3 set.  ;D


Here's the setlist from the Tempe show 'NJ':

'Toys'

'Rocket Ride'

'Parasite'

'Love Gun'

'Snow Blind'

'Sister'

'Emerald' (Thin Lizzy song from upcoming covers album 'Origins Vol. 1')

'Rock Soldiers'

'Strange Ways'

'New York Groove'

'2 Young 2 Die'

'Shock Me'

'Rip It Out'

Encore:

'Detroit Rock City'

'Deuce'

Again, my biggest problem is the show's duration. Playing only 15 songs is simply unacceptable ( >:() for an artist of that caliber, in my opinion. That said, it was a good balance of solo and Kiss material. Truth be told, Ace's band overall sounds better live than the current Kiss lineup. I say 3.5 out of five stars. I had a good time.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 07, 2016, 07:18:52 PM
Great set, I like that. Ya know actually, much like the argument about Queensryche's current set list/ set length. Although I would like a couple extra songs added to Queensryche's set, and I suppose a couple more could have been added to Ace's as well (how bout his version Do Ya from ELO, always liked his remake of that for instance). anymore I'm typically fine with an hour and a half set ESPECIALLY if it's in a standing only no seat bar/club. I could take a 2 hour show in a theatre, but I'm not into the close quarters stuffiness crowded concerts like I was when I was younger, so these stripped down shorter sets are actually more appealing to me personally these days.   
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on March 30, 2016, 09:15:12 AM
Weird Al is playing my town in August, so I'll be picking tickets up for that soon. Having been a fan of his since his debut, it'll be fun to finally see him live.

Also, the VIP packages are riDICulous.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 01, 2016, 12:39:47 PM
Never saw Weird Al , I'm sure that would be a good time and cool show, enjoy  8) 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on May 20, 2016, 11:40:55 PM
The next show for me will be (a new incarnation of... ;)) Bad Company this Sunday (5/22). It'll be weird without Mick Ralphs on guitar, although I have to admit I'm curious to see how Rich Robinson (former Black Crowes guitarist) pulls off the material. I'm looking forward to a night of straight-ahead rock and roll with great weather to match (  :) ).

I took advantage of the Live Nation $20 special that took place this week and ended up with a mid-level seat that was originally $70. No service charge either, surprisingly ( :o)!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on May 22, 2016, 03:02:19 PM
I too was looking over the $20 summer ticket master promotion at a few shows, but I missed the cutoff  >:(

I was surprised to see Mick Ralphs not participating on this tour. But Howard Leese is awesome and now the addition of Rich Robinson should be pretty cool, he should fit in with that style well.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on August 03, 2016, 12:40:21 PM
I'll be seeing Tom Keifer next month at a local casino. I'm not the biggest Cinderella fan, but I thought his last solo record was pretty good. And there was a cruise or something recently where people were saying he was the best thing on there. Should be a fun show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on August 08, 2016, 06:40:00 PM
I'll be seeing Tom Keifer next month at a local casino. I'm not the biggest Cinderella fan, but I thought his last solo record was pretty good. And there was a cruise or something recently where people were saying he was the best thing on there. Should be a fun show.

You'll enjoy that show Rock, Tommy is awesome. I haven't caught his solo show yet but I've seen video of his recent shows. I've seen Cinderella the last few times they we're out playing both at M3 and in Atlantic City a couple times. He'll play the Cinderella hits along with his solo stuff. Always a great show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on September 20, 2016, 11:10:10 PM
I just saw the Prophets Of Rage show this past Saturday (9/17). Great show and great price ($25) for a seat. Fortunately, Chuck D and B Real have improved their performances on the Rage Against The Machine material.

Earlier footage of the band definitely looked like a karaoke group. They upped their game considerably, to their credit. I'm sure Morello helped with it as well.

Next up is Black Sabbath tomorrow night (9/21) for "The End". Looking forward to it, however, without Bill Ward it's NOT a proper "farewell" in my opinion. I'm glad I won them (thanks KSLX) instead of having to buy them for that reason alone.  :)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on September 21, 2016, 04:38:24 PM
With the help of a really cool guy I met on FB, I was able to snag 2 tickets to the sold out Millencolin show here in town tonight. From what I hear, the concert sold out in 10 minutes because the venue is so small and the band has never played here before (so the demand was through the roof). I'm fucking stoked man. Haven't been to a punk show in a few years and have never seen Millencolin live before. I'm gonna have a great time.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on September 22, 2016, 09:02:34 PM
Ok Rockox how was the show?
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 23, 2016, 02:18:19 PM
I'll be seeing Tom Keifer next month at a local casino. I'm not the biggest Cinderella fan, but I thought his last solo record was pretty good. And there was a cruise or something recently where people were saying he was the best thing on there. Should be a fun show.

And how was Keifer, How much Cinderella and how much solo album did he do? decent crowd?
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 23, 2016, 02:19:50 PM
I just saw the Prophets Of Rage show this past Saturday (9/17). Great show and great price ($25) for a seat. Fortunately, Chuck D and B Real have improved their performances on the Rage Against The Machine material.

Earlier footage of the band definitely looked like a karaoke group. They upped their game considerably, to their credit. I'm sure Morello helped with it as well.

Next up is Black Sabbath tomorrow night (9/21) for "The End". Looking forward to it, however, without Bill Ward it's NOT a proper "farewell" in my opinion. I'm glad I won them (thanks KSLX) instead of having to buy them for that reason alone.  :)


So how was the Sabbath show, give us the rundown and details. I wanted to this tour but didn't make it  :(
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on September 23, 2016, 04:49:58 PM
Tom Keifer - I went with a buddy I used to be in a band with years ago. Neither one of us are huge Cinderella fans so we opted for the modestly-priced tickets way in the back. We ran into an old co-worker of my friend's who worked the casino and was able to upgrade us to the standing area "party pit" right in the front for free. So we were pretty happy with that. The show itself was way better than I was expecting. I think he might've played about 3 new songs or so and the rest were Cinderella tunes or other covers (his encore included With a Little Help From My Friends and It's Only Rock n Roll But I Like It, which if you know my particular musical interests, you'd know I wouldn't give two shits about those tunes. But holy fuck man, it was awesome).

The show was probably just under 90 minutes (no opener), but being a modest Cinderella fan, I couldn't think of any other tune I would've liked to have heard (except maybe Nothin' for Nothin'). Both my friend and I had a great fucking time. And considering the shape Keifer's voice was apparently in a few years back, I think he sounded just fine. His wife and another singer Kendra Chantelle came in halfway through the set and provided backup vocals. Kendra Chantelle is a goddamn smokeshow and likely distracted more than a fair portion of the audience (guilty as charged).

Gypsy Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YPWzWLIX4Q

Millencolin - Holy fuck, dude. The venue was absolutely packed, with Millencolin either having never played here before or playing the first time in about 17 years (depending on who I talked to). Such Gold, a newer punk band, opened for them and played a really good, tight set. During their set, the room full of people, but you could still move around fairly well amongst the crowd. Once Millencolin hit the stage, it was shoulder-to-shoulder everywhere except for the mosh pit, which was pretty insane. But it was one of those happy mosh pits, where most people weren't complete dicks. For example, I saw a bunch of dudes immediately help out guys who had been thrown to the floor. It was aggressive for sure, but no one was out to fuck with anyone else. My friend and I were right up front, but just off to the right side and just on the fringe of the mosh pit (we only got shoulder-checked a few times).

Millencolin played just short of 90 minutes and didn't play a handful of songs I would've liked to have heard, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the show. The band was loud, strong and had great vocals from the two guitarists and the lead vocalist/bassist. And the sound, even though we were right up front by the speakers was never oppressive. They got a really good balance in that little place.

Two VERY different shows, but both were excellent. November will see me checking out John K. Samson (folk punk), Helix and Kick Axe (80s metal / hard rock) and Dragonette (synth pop). Should be a good time.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on September 23, 2016, 06:26:16 PM
Glad You enjoyed the shows

Tom Kiefer Nobody's fool   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcWxqyNecUM
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 23, 2016, 11:10:32 PM
Tom Keifer - I went with a buddy I used to be in a band with years ago. Neither one of us are huge Cinderella fans so we opted for the modestly-priced tickets way in the back. We ran into an old co-worker of my friend's who worked the casino and was able to upgrade us to the standing area "party pit" right in the front for free. So we were pretty happy with that. The show itself was way better than I was expecting. I think he might've played about 3 new songs or so and the rest were Cinderella tunes or other covers (his encore included With a Little Help From My Friends and It's Only Rock n Roll But I Like It, which if you know my particular musical interests, you'd know I wouldn't give two shits about those tunes. But holy fuck man, it was awesome).

The show was probably just under 90 minutes (no opener), but being a modest Cinderella fan, I couldn't think of any other tune I would've liked to have heard (except maybe Nothin' for Nothin'). Both my friend and I had a great fucking time. And considering the shape Keifer's voice was apparently in a few years back, I think he sounded just fine. His wife and another singer Kendra Chantelle came in halfway through the set and provided backup vocals. Kendra Chantelle is a goddamn smokeshow and likely distracted more than a fair portion of the audience (guilty as charged).

Gypsy Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YPWzWLIX4Q

Millencolin - Holy fuck, dude. The venue was absolutely packed, with Millencolin either having never played here before or playing the first time in about 17 years (depending on who I talked to). Such Gold, a newer punk band, opened for them and played a really good, tight set. During their set, the room full of people, but you could still move around fairly well amongst the crowd. Once Millencolin hit the stage, it was shoulder-to-shoulder everywhere except for the mosh pit, which was pretty insane. But it was one of those happy mosh pits, where most people weren't complete dicks. For example, I saw a bunch of dudes immediately help out guys who had been thrown to the floor. It was aggressive for sure, but no one was out to fuck with anyone else. My friend and I were right up front, but just off to the right side and just on the fringe of the mosh pit (we only got shoulder-checked a few times).

Millencolin played just short of 90 minutes and didn't play a handful of songs I would've liked to have heard, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the show. The band was loud, strong and had great vocals from the two guitarists and the lead vocalist/bassist. And the sound, even though we were right up front by the speakers was never oppressive. They got a really good balance in that little place.

Two VERY different shows, but both were excellent. November will see me checking out John K. Samson (folk punk), Helix and Kick Axe (80s metal / hard rock) and Dragonette (synth pop). Should be a good time.

Very Cool.
Tommy's good. Yeah he had to totally retrain his voice and put in a shit load of work to get back in the game. He has sounded great in recent years. I've caught Cinderella a few times. I picked up the new solo disc, there are a few songs I dig, and some I don't.

I never heard of Millencolin either but sounds like you had fun. I checked out the few songs Inna gadda posted up in great songs of the 90's, not bad. Pretty good stuff. You can have that mosh pit stuff though  ;D F**K that, I didn't like that shit when I was younger LOL, I sure as hell don't go near them nowadays.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on September 23, 2016, 11:25:15 PM
I just saw the Prophets Of Rage show this past Saturday (9/17). Great show and great price ($25) for a seat. Fortunately, Chuck D and B Real have improved their performances on the Rage Against The Machine material.

Earlier footage of the band definitely looked like a karaoke group. They upped their game considerably, to their credit. I'm sure Morello helped with it as well.

Next up is Black Sabbath tomorrow night (9/21) for "The End". Looking forward to it, however, without Bill Ward it's NOT a proper "farewell" in my opinion. I'm glad I won them (thanks KSLX) instead of having to buy them for that reason alone.  :)


So how was the Sabbath show, give us the rundown and details. I wanted to this tour but didn't make it  :(


They sounded great, however, they only played 14 songs ( >:(). It was a 100-minute show, give or take. The biggest surprise was 'Hand Of Doom' (from 'Paranoid). They opened the show with 'Black Sabbath' this time. 

Opening act Rival Sons weren't too bad. I was surprised the venue was 3/4 filled when they hit the stage. That doesn't happen too often with a (relatively) new band as the opener.

I'll give "The End" either 3.5 or four stars. Overall, they went out in fine form. Still, without Ward it wasn't a proper "farewell" as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad I went though. Thanks for asking 'NJ' ( 8)).
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on September 30, 2016, 11:21:07 AM
I never heard of Millencolin either but sounds like you had fun. I checked out the few songs Inna gadda posted up in great songs of the 90's, not bad. Pretty good stuff. You can have that mosh pit stuff though  ;D F**K that, I didn't like that shit when I was younger LOL, I sure as hell don't go near them nowadays.

Yeah, I haven't been in a good mosh pit for at least 15 years and I'm certainly not looking to go back. Especially not the Millencolin one. There were huge, sweaty, shirtless dudes that would've fuckin crushed me. But they at least seemed all really good-natured for the most part. One huge guy needed a bit of a breather and stood against the wall where I was standing. A couple of us went over to him to make sure he was ok because he seemed a little dazed, but all was good. And again, very friendly. There was another dude that brought his two young sons (his oldest being 8 years old) and a few of us made sure they could get up and check out the stage when they wanted to.

But yeah, fuck a mosh pit, man. I just wanna rock out and enjoy the music.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 15, 2016, 12:03:52 AM
I just saw the Prophets Of Rage show this past Saturday (9/17). Great show and great price ($25) for a seat. Fortunately, Chuck D and B Real have improved their performances on the Rage Against The Machine material.

Earlier footage of the band definitely looked like a karaoke group. They upped their game considerably, to their credit. I'm sure Morello helped with it as well.

Next up is Black Sabbath tomorrow night (9/21) for "The End". Looking forward to it, however, without Bill Ward it's NOT a proper "farewell" in my opinion. I'm glad I won them (thanks KSLX) instead of having to buy them for that reason alone.  :)


So how was the Sabbath show, give us the rundown and details. I wanted to this tour but didn't make it  :(


They sounded great, however, they only played 14 songs ( >:(). It was a 100-minute show, give or take. The biggest surprise was 'Hand Of Doom' (from 'Paranoid). They opened the show with 'Black Sabbath' this time. 

Opening act Rival Sons weren't too bad. I was surprised the venue was 3/4 filled when they hit the stage. That doesn't happen too often with a (relatively) new band as the opener.

I'll give "The End" either 3.5 or four stars. Overall, they went out in fine form. Still, without Ward it wasn't a proper "farewell" as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad I went though. Thanks for asking 'NJ' ( 8)).


Yeah, from what I've seen in the vids posted online, they didn't seem to sound bad all things considered. Glad you enjoyed it. They're a little long in the tooth, at least they changed the set list up somewhat this time. I wasn't expecting much more then 14 songs. Yeah the proper farewell with Ward would have been nice. I'm glad I got to see them on the 1999 reunion tour (Jan 28, 1999) at the Spectrum in Philly with Ward and Pantera opening, that show was killer.

And yeah Rival Son's aren't bad at all.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 18, 2016, 08:58:10 PM
February 24th 2017 at Sellersville Theater in Pennsylvania
Corky Laing from Mountain with I believe a 3 piece band is playing
Mountain songs and also on the bill with a 3 piece band is Ginger
Baker's son Kofi and they are playing Cream songs. The Baker trio
sounded pretty good on the link to video they have on website.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on December 05, 2016, 09:35:52 AM
GNR playing my town next August. Having never seen them before, this is prolly a must for me.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on December 22, 2016, 10:29:22 AM
A Few More Sellerville Pa shows coming up:

March 1 2017   Adrian Belew(King Crimson)

March 13 2017  Uli Jon Roth(Scorpions)

March 19 2017 Candlebox Accoustic

April 23 2017 Mickey Dolenz(Monkees)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Eye9 on December 23, 2016, 01:09:09 AM
Uli Roth is worth catching, He is doing the Tokyo Tapes (Scorpions) revisited on this tour. For the guitar work alone, regardless of who is singing is worth that ticket price.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on January 25, 2017, 01:43:35 PM
Kasey Chambers is playing some dates in the US in March. She's a folky chick from Australia that my wife really digs, so we might try to take a trip to see a show. She's playing New York, Annapolis (what the fuck do you do there?), Chicago.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on January 31, 2017, 01:02:53 PM
Annapolis is a Navy Base town I'm sure there is some night life and stuff to do around there.

 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on January 31, 2017, 01:03:42 PM
This looks like a good package...deep Purple, Alice Cooper, and Edgar Winter Group  8)

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/deep-purple-alice-cooper-the-edgar-winter-band-to-join-forces-for-north-american-tour/
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on February 13, 2017, 11:53:04 AM
Whelp, there it is. Got tickets to go to New York City to see Kasey Chambers on March 21. Never been to New York, but we have some friends who live there, so we can crash on their couch and save a little bit of money. Should be a fun trip.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on April 04, 2017, 12:26:16 AM
It's been a pretty busy weekend with the NCAA March Madness Music Festival. I saw Keith Urban on Friday (3/31) and Aerosmith last night (4/2)...for free! That doesn't happen too often, so I thought I'd go to two of the three nights. The Chainsmokers headlined the second night, which I passed on.

I'm not familiar with Keith's music, however, I was impressed with his proficiency on guitar, bass, and banjo. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. I'll give it 3.5 out of five stars, mainly because I have nothing to judge it against.

Aerosmith were solid overall, however, the set list "shakeup" that Joe Perry mentioned in the Arizona Republic earlier in the week wasn't that impressive, with maybe one exception. Unfortunately, their 90s dreck is still in there. Be that as it may, here's the 15-song set list:

Nine Lives
Love In An Elevator
Crying
Young Lust  :)
Livin' On The Edge
Rag Doll
Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)  :-[
Stop Messin' Around (with Perry on lead vocals)
Baby, Please Don't Go
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing  :-[
Come Together  :)
Walk This Way
Toys In The Attic  :)

Encore:

Dream On (w/ snippet of 'Home Tonight' at the beginning)
Sweet Emotion




Since I've seen Aerosmith several times beginning in 1985 I'll give this one three stars. Good, but nothing really special. Still, it was a fun weekend with many diverse artists...and fans!   8)

Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on May 16, 2017, 08:53:18 PM
I've got three gigs over the next week. Should be fun:  :)

1. Testament tomorrow night (5/17), with Sepultura and Prong opening.

2. Heading to L.A. with my brother this weekend for U2, the second night (of two shows) at the Rose Bowl on Sun. 5/21.

3. Finally, back home for a solo show from Ann Wilson (of Heart) next Tues. 5/23.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on May 16, 2017, 08:56:27 PM
Looks like fun Ann Wilson is awesome
Saw her 4 or 5 times alone or with Heart
Enjoy
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on May 18, 2017, 02:33:53 PM
Looks like fun Ann Wilson is awesome
Saw her 4 or 5 times alone or with Heart
Enjoy


Thanks 'IGDV'. Agreed, Ann is one of rock's greatest vocalists....EVER.  :)


Really quick, the main thing I can say about the triple threat of Testament, Sepultura, and Prong...DO NOT MISS! I don't say this much about veteran bands, but I think Testament is arguably at the top of their game, 30 years into their career! Frankly, there aren't many bands who can honestly say that.

They played I believe a 17 song set that combined "hits", some deeper cuts, and five songs from the new album Brotherhood Of The Snake. To their credit, I think Testament really put an honest effort into finding a happy medium (that generally pleases both band and fans) with the set list that so many other bands of their caliber fail to.

They seem to be in a really good place, onstage at least. 4.5 out of five stars! Here's the (roughly 100 minute) set list:

Brotherhood Of The Snake
Rise Up
The Pale King
Centuries Of Suffering
Electric Crown
Into The Pit
Low
Throne Of Thorns
Stronghold
Eyes Of Wrath
First Strike Is Deadly
Urotsukiduji (instrumental)
Souls Of Black
Seven Seals
The New Order 

Encore:

Practice What You Preach
Over The Wall






Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on June 06, 2017, 01:46:08 PM
Both Lee Aaron and Lita Ford are supposed to be playing my town in October. Looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on July 21, 2017, 01:10:33 PM
I saw the Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears double-bill this past Monday (7/17) and must say I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. H&O in particular showed how big a part of American popular music they were and are. Four out of five stars.  :)

Tomorrow night (7/22) will be drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Billy Cobham and the Spectrum 40 Band. My first time seeing him. It should be a nice change of pace.  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on July 25, 2017, 01:43:04 PM
Man, I'd love to see Tears for Fears. What a great show that'd be.

I just saw Richard Thompson over the weekend and having never even heard of him before, I was pretty impressed with his performance.

This was my favourite tune of the evening, Johnny's Far Away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmMCdyObBHw
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on July 26, 2017, 06:02:02 PM
Man, I'd love to see Tears for Fears. What a great show that'd be.

I just saw Richard Thompson over the weekend and having never even heard of him before, I was pretty impressed with his performance.

This was my favourite tune of the evening, Johnny's Far Away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmMCdyObBHw

That guy reminds me of Warren Zevon a little bit.

Tears For Fears had a few good songs.

I have three lined up in the next few months
Two Queensryche shows and UFO/Saxon

Been debating on Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder Aug 12'th in Atlantic City as well as the Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Edgar Winter show next month in Camden, NJ and the Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman lineup of Yes in September. I'd like to hit one of those three. The Purple/Cooper/Winter show probably is the best bang for the buck considering it's a pavilion show with cheap lawn seats available.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 27, 2017, 11:14:02 PM
Saw UFO and Saxon last night at the TLA in Philly, as I posted in the UFO thread.
Awesome show, both bands were exceptional. Nice crowd for a Tuesday night and most were in the venue and did not waste an opportunity to get there early, as did I, to catch all of Saxon's opening set. Biff has lost nothing of his vocal power and both he and Phil Mogg had the crowd laughing on several occasions with some funny English humor banter between songs.

Highly recommend catching this tour. Both bands had lots of energy and put on a great show last night.

Next up Queensryche next month in Atlantic City  8) 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on September 27, 2017, 11:16:35 PM
Also, they are advertising and I believe tickets are on sale for a Michael Schenker Festival at the TLA in March, 2018. Not sure who is all on the bill but I assume Michael Schenker's band at a minimum. That may be worth checking out. Also Yngwie Malmsteen is playing there in November.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on September 27, 2017, 11:27:17 PM
I saw Wishbone Ash tonight at Sellerville Theater really good show
they have a new guitarist who did a great job. They played over 2 hours
here is a couple clips from recent shows.

Wishbone Ash: "The King Will Come"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGvdjoXUPqQ

Wishbone Ash Phoenix 9-15-17 Arcada Theater St. Charles IL Jerry Kozuch  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsZf6uMSv6g

WISHBONE ASH: WARRIOR LIVE 9-15-17      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZujObvbHaI
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 01, 2017, 05:58:06 PM
Saw Yes Featuring Anderson Rabin and Wakeman Saturday night
at Patriot theater In Trenton. Great concert they played And You and I
Heart of the Sunrise,Changes, Rythem of Love,Hold On,Owner of a Lonely Heart
Roundabout and a few others. Crowd was standing after every song.

Here's a couple recent clips:

YES feat. Anderson,Rabin,Wakeman - Heart of the sunrise (live @ Loreley 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8nvvQh_YOg

YES feat. Anderson,Rabin,Wakeman - Changes (live @ Loreley 2017) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN5SDHczBwE
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 08, 2017, 12:08:35 AM
Saw some good bands tonight at Rosenhayn Harvest Festival.
2 tribute bands i will try to put something up on tribute thread.
Introduction The Chicago Experience was very good excellent guitar
player and vocalist and band with full horn section. They only cover
Chicago's heavy years from 1968-1978 and they played all the good stuff
I'm A Man, I Just Want To Be Free,South California Purples,25 or 6 to 4,
Lowdown,Beginnings,Colour My World,Happy Man,Make Me Smile and many
others.
Next up was Idol Kings and they played a full set of Journey Songs and were
very good.
Then John Ford Coley originally from England Dan and John Ford Coley (England
Dan Seals died in 2009 from Lymphoma)  He was very good.

England Dan and John Ford Coley - I'd Really Love to See You Tonight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxdsk-cFX-k

Nights Are Forever Without You - England Dan & John Ford Coley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR45JW9buOo

Then Rock Hall of Fame member Terry Sylvester of the Hollies played a set of
Hollies hits He Ain't Heavy,Just One Look,The Air That I Breathe,Bus Stop, On A
Carousel and Long Cool Woman in A Black Dress.

The Hollies The Air That I Breathe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wACCgCCjRc

Then closing the show was Denny Laine former original member of the Moody Blues
and Paul Mccartney and Wings who played a couple of his songs then Go Now which
he originally sang and played on with the Moody Blues and some of The songs from
his days with Wings including Live and Let Die and Band On The Run.
They were all very good.

Go Now - Denny Laine - Sept 19, 2014    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfzkIZe1wxw


Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 08, 2017, 06:37:57 PM
Went back to Rosenhayn today and saw Eagles
Tribute band Eaglemania they were very good.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 10, 2017, 12:25:30 AM
Saw Yes Featuring Anderson Rabin and Wakeman Saturday night
at Patriot theater In Trenton. Great concert they played And You and I
Heart of the Sunrise,Changes, Rythem of Love,Hold On,Owner of a Lonely Heart
Roundabout and a few others. Crowd was standing after every song.

Here's a couple recent clips:

YES feat. Anderson,Rabin,Wakeman - Heart of the sunrise (live @ Loreley 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8nvvQh_YOg

YES feat. Anderson,Rabin,Wakeman - Changes (live @ Loreley 2017) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN5SDHczBwE

Sounds like that was a great show, I toyed right up till the end debating whether to go to that one but ended up not pursuing it. I'll have to check out those clips and see if any full shows pop up on you tube.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 10, 2017, 12:27:25 AM
Saw some good bands tonight at Rosenhayn Harvest Festival.
2 tribute bands i will try to put something up on tribute thread.
Introduction The Chicago Experience was very good excellent guitar
player and vocalist and band with full horn section. They only cover
Chicago's heavy years from 1968-1978 and they played all the good stuff
I'm A Man, I Just Want To Be Free,South California Purples,25 or 6 to 4,
Lowdown,Beginnings,Colour My World,Happy Man,Make Me Smile and many
others.
Next up was Idol Kings and they played a full set of Journey Songs and were
very good.
Then John Ford Coley originally from England Dan and John Ford Coley (England
Dan Seals died in 2009 from Lymphoma)  He was very good.

England Dan and John Ford Coley - I'd Really Love to See You Tonight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxdsk-cFX-k

Nights Are Forever Without You - England Dan & John Ford Coley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR45JW9buOo

Then Rock Hall of Fame member Terry Sylvester of the Hollies played a set of
Hollies hits He Ain't Heavy,Just One Look,The Air That I Breathe,Bus Stop, On A
Carousel and Long Cool Woman in A Black Dress.

The Hollies The Air That I Breathe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wACCgCCjRc

Then closing the show was Denny Laine former original member of the Moody Blues
and Paul Mccartney and Wings who played a couple of his songs then Go Now which
he originally sang and played on with the Moody Blues and some of The songs from
his days with Wings including Live and Let Die and Band On The Run.
They were all very good.

Go Now - Denny Laine - Sept 19, 2014    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfzkIZe1wxw

I was looking into that one too, I didn't think the lineup was that strong this year. I would have liked that Chicago tribute band though.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 18, 2017, 07:21:39 PM
I grabbed a ticket to Michael Schenker Fest at the TLA in March. This lineup features four vocalist's that Michael has worked with all on the same stage. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet (ex Rainbow), Robin McCauley, and Doogie White (ex Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen).
IGDV, you may be interested in this one, I believe the band consists of a few guy's you kinda like a little bit... Chris Glenn and Ted McKenna from Alex Harvey Band   
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 18, 2017, 08:19:45 PM
Just reading this now just posted on your last post that I would
like to see this band so I will check my work schedule and try
to make this show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on October 18, 2017, 09:03:11 PM
Sunday March 11th at the TLA on South Street is the Michael Schenker fest show. That's where we saw The Musical Box that time, with one ass cheek out the fuckin front door lol. But I just saw UFO/Saxon there last month and Queensryche there last year. Don't worry it won't be as mobbed as that Musical Box show was. That was a rarity  :D 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on October 18, 2017, 10:02:14 PM
Saw Yngwie Malmsteen is going to be there 11/7/2017.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on October 19, 2017, 11:41:33 AM
I just grabbed tickets for two shows next year:

Anthrax with Killswitch Engage
Weird Al (the "Ill-Advised Vanity Tour") with Emo Phillips

I don't think I've heard a single Killswitch tune. Gonna have to remedy that. Or not.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on December 11, 2017, 10:49:53 PM
I saw the Trans-Siberian Orchestra last week (12/3). Always cool to see every few years or so. If we can't have a reunited version of Savatage, this is probably the best we can ask for.  :)

Be that as it may, at least TSO is always reasonably priced for an arena gig. It's definitely worth seeing at least once if you get the chance. 3.5 out of five stars.  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on January 16, 2018, 06:15:24 PM
I saw Fates Warning a few nights ago (1/12) and was very impressed. It was my first time seeing them, and actually spoke to bassist Joey Vera. He does double duty with Armored Saint as well. Overall, I'd give it 3.5 to 4 stars.

Like Testament, I can understand why some feel that Fates Warning are at a creative peak currently. Roughly 100 people showed up, however, the band played as if there were 10,000.  8)

Here's the 17-song set list:

From The Rooftops
Life In Still Water
One
A Pleasant Shade Of Gray (pt. 3)
Seven Stars
SOS
Handful of Doubt
Firefly
The Light and Shade Of Things   (NOTE: this was arguably the highlight of the set! Great song.)
A Pleasant Shade Of Gray (pt. 9)
A Pleasant Shade Of Gray (pt. 11)
The Ivory Gate Of Dreams: VII Acquiescence
The Eleventh Hour
Point Of View

Encore:

Through Different Eyes
Monument
Eye To Eye


Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on January 19, 2018, 11:06:33 AM
Pretty jealous of you seeing Fates Warning, O:Q. I've never seen those guys live and I reckon I never will, at least not in my neck of the woods. I'd have to travel likely to the States if I wanted to see them.

I'm off to see Maiden Manitoba (now Maiden Canada - I guess they're growing?) tomorrow night. I missed seeing the Iron Maidens last week, and the real Maiden doesn't come to our town anymore, so Maiden Canada is the next best thing.

I might go check out Pennywise and Strung Out in March. Haven't been to a good punk show in awhile.

I did score tickets to see comedian Chris D'Elia in a couple weeks. We finally found a babysitter, so my wife and I can actually go see something together for once. Should be a fun night.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on January 19, 2018, 02:21:18 PM
Wow, Fates Warning is only drawing 100 people after their last very strong record, that is lame.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 13, 2018, 07:05:33 AM
Saw Fates last year, great set, maybe 300 folks there (500 cap club).  Going to see Armored Saint later this summer.

Caught The Iron Maidens a few months ago, only caught half their set due to a clusterfuck getting back to our vehicle after a US-Germany rugby match (US won).  Great show, love that Iron Maiden is cool with them and most of the band have seen them play and Nicko has jammed with them.

The Michael Schenker Fest is a great concept.  Starts off with an instrumental then each of the singers come out in chronological order to do a few songs then a solo before the next singer comes out.  Barden sounds good and is a good frontman. Was really cool to see Bonnet do his MSG songs with Michael as he never toured with MSG after his album was done.  Then McCauley killed it, always liked his voice.  Then they trade off vocals for the last set song and the two encores.  Ted McKenna was amazing on drums and I cant say enough good things about Chris Glen.  And Steve Mann filled in the sound as well as Paul Raymond on guitars keys and backing vocals.  Everyone was laughing and smiling on stage.  Great vibe.  I think Doogie White will be on the US leg this year along with the other three so try to catch it if you can.

Upcoming shows this year for me:

Saxon
Myrath (great prog metal band Tunisian some great Arab melodies in their music)
Pretty Maids/Pink Cream 69
Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous
Magnum
Martin Barre (former Jethro Tull guitarist)
Skid Row
Judas Priest
Ramblin Man Fair (Maidstone UK) featuring Sons Of Apollo, Halestorm, The Cult, Fish, Steel Panther, Steve Earle, Gov't Mule
Armored Saint
Mr Big/Fozzy
Nightwish
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Eye9 on February 13, 2018, 06:33:08 PM
Great to see Armored Saint making it over to Europe. Wonder if they have an east coast US leg here this year. I'll have to check into that. They did a tour leg with Queensryche here last year. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Eye9 on February 13, 2018, 06:35:39 PM
Looks like just a half dozen or so at this point for Armored Saint, first ever South America dates and a few Germany listed.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 20, 2018, 07:06:10 PM
Iron Maiden/Killswitch Engage in Estonia
Phil Campbell & Bastard Sons
Andy Scott's Sweet
Kamelot
Fish
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Eye9 on February 20, 2018, 10:46:45 PM
I wanted to see the Maiden tour and missed it  >:(

Fish is still around? what Marillion stuff is he doing these days live? definitely have to let us know how those two are after you see them.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 21, 2018, 10:12:56 AM
Yeah he plugs around Europe.  Last tour was his Farewell to Childhood (supposedly he wont be doing even Kayleigh or Lavender this time through).  This cycle will be Weltschmerz (his new CD, German word for world weariness) and his farewell to Clutching at Straws.  He is planning on retiring from touring and maybe even recording after this cycle, but he's pushed it back.  His voice is pretty well shot but I think its in better shape than Ian Anderson's but that bar is pretty low. He is moving to Germany to live with his partner and her kid once he's done with the road.  Marillion is still plugging away as well but when Hogarth took over the mic stand they lost the plot for me at least.  They are playing later this year here but I have a schedule conflict and cant make the show.  May go see Rothery's solo band when they come through here in May I think. 

Maiden should be good as its a non album support cycle so more older tunes (Book Of Souls was a good tour as the album cuts they played I think went over better than the last few album tours)  Bruce's voice has held up phenomenally well, especially after the cancer scare.  Still need to read his book, its in the pile of must reads lol.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on February 21, 2018, 04:10:56 PM
Cutting Crew and Wang Fucking Chung are playing my town this summer. Not really sure what I think of that yet.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on February 21, 2018, 10:12:20 PM
Iron Maiden/Killswitch Engage in Estonia
Phil Campbell & Bastard Sons
Andy Scott's Sweet
Kamelot
Fish

I'm a big Sweet fan, I put up a lot of different stuff in their band thread on here. I have a lot of their stuff and have tracked down a bunch of the official bootlegs and the Level Headed tour rehearsals.

Let me know how that show is and what songs they play, wasn't sure if Andy was still touring or not, I guess he is, but yeah I'll never see him since he doesn't come to the States. I wish him and Steve Priest would merge and do a more legitimate version of Sweet, but I guess that's not going to happen. Very underrated band in the hard rock/metal community. I don't know that they'd even be much of a draw even if they both formed one version of Sweet together sadly. Great band though. 

Steve Priest's version doesn't seem to do too many dates and the east coast dates are few and far between and are usually a hike from me. But they are another one of those one original member bands that it is hard for me to get excited about or go out of my way to see.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 22, 2018, 07:19:54 AM
I saw Priest's version back in 2010 at the Rock n America festival in OKC.  Priest has put on a lot of weight and his voice is not what it once was.  He's lived in the US for decades and I think a deal him and Andy cut was he gets North America and Andy gets Europe.  I did get to see Andy Scott and his singer perform back in 2016 at a show that tours around Europe billed as Rock Meets Classic.  They get singers or one or two band members from bands to come out and do their hits backed by a rock band and a small orchestra.  Was pretty good.  I'll do a separate post on that but Andy and his current singer Pete Lincoln did good, be nice to see it with his band.  The last run through Europe last year was supposed to be the retirement run but here he is lol.  These guys just need to quit announcing retirement tours and just not go out anymore if they mean it but I realize its a money thing to do a Farewell tour. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on February 23, 2018, 10:18:32 PM
It looks like I'm going to see Steve Hackett this Sunday (2/25). He's playing a new venue in Phoenix called The Van Buren, which opened last August. I believe it's 1500 capacity with roughly 100 tickets left as of this writing.

It's supposed to be "An Evening With" and feature Genesis, solo, and GTR material. Should be interesting, I haven't seen a gig there yet.  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on February 27, 2018, 08:27:45 PM
I've yet to catch Hackett live doing the Genesis Revisited stuff, one of these days. That should be a great show.

I picked up a seat for Armored Saint/ Act of Defiance at Sellersville Theatre, PA in July. Saint is doing the Symbol of Salvation album in it's entirety. That will be awesome. Got to see them last year open for Queensryche in Baltimore, will be cool to see a headline show  8) 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 27, 2018, 08:40:13 PM
Hoping they do the Symbol Of Salvation top to bottom run thru when I see them in Germany in August.  That is one of my desert island albums for sure. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on February 28, 2018, 01:40:43 PM
I had a great time at Anthrax and Killswitch Engage the other night. I'd never really heard any Killswitch stuff before, and I was pretty impressed with them. It was great finally seeing Anthrax after being a fan of theirs for over 30 years. Frank Bello is the fucking man.

Anthrax played a relatively short set (11 songs I think?) and only played 2 new songs. But everyone loved the show all the same. Do fans complain about Anthrax shows the same way certain fans complain about current Queensryche shows? Like is their some uberfan named NotMan who goes on message boards and complains about Anthrax not playing much of their newer, more relevant material?  ;)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on February 28, 2018, 08:27:39 PM
Notman here, them god damn bastards, they still haven't changed up that set list and started playing more material. Who do they think they are, fucking Queensryche  >:D

I been trying all evening to get Son's Of Apollo tickets for the philly show, it won't let me buy tickets. I think that damn thing may have sold out day of sale.  >:( 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on February 28, 2018, 08:59:30 PM
must have been a ticketmaster snafu, finally got in and got my Son's of Apollo ticket  8) I'm curious to see how that show sells, if they sell out that venue. Not too bad $30 ($44.75 after ticketmasters fuck thy customers over fee's  >:( )
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 28, 2018, 09:27:43 PM
Joey and Frank are the cool ones in the band, Joey especially.  Last year was the lets flog Among The Living end to end yet again tour (kinda like QR/Tate with O:M).  When they played the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium they opened a new song (at the time) from Worship Music (Fight Em Till You Cant) and played The Devil You Know also from that album in a 9 song set (they were first on that day but I felt best energy on stage)
Plus you never know if Benante is going to be behind the kit.  Last 5 times I saw them , I got Jon Dette 4 out of 5 shows.  Just let Charlie go the Tipton route. Stay in the background, manage business stuff, write new material, etc. 

May go to Dublin to see Sons of Apollo, want to see them on their own and not at a festival the first time.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on February 28, 2018, 09:45:24 PM
Passing on the Stones.  Cheapest seats in a football stadium are 181 Euros (221 US dollars) for nose bleeds at the other end.  Seen them before so I'm good lol. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on March 02, 2018, 10:36:37 AM
Plus you never know if Benante is going to be behind the kit.  Last 5 times I saw them , I got Jon Dette 4 out of 5 shows.  Just let Charlie go the Tipton route. Stay in the background, manage business stuff, write new material, etc.

I honestly couldn't tell you if that was Charlie behind the kit when I saw them, hahaha. I thought it was. I thought maybe they introduced him. But who knows.

SEE? This is what some fans are like with bands, "NotMan". Some people are fans of the music, but they may not always know what the fuck is going on in the band. I knew Dan Spitz had been out of the band for awhile, but I completely forgot why he left. AND THAT'S OK.

But yeah, seeing the guys actually perform was something else. After seeing live videos, music videos and numerous interviews for over 30 years, it's just not the same as actually seeing them galloping around on stage. Scott Ian may be a dick (at least that's what the internet tells me) but he put on a solid fucking show, and at the end of the day, that's all I care about.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 03, 2018, 10:34:07 AM
Saxon/Diamond Head/Armored Dawn
Batschkapp
Frankfurt, Germany

Show has been sold out for awhile now.  Not surprising as Saxon has a huge following amongst the metal community here. 

Armored Dawn is a band out of Brazil that plays what I'd call Viking Metal.  Not bad, not something I'd buy but didn't walk out on their set either.  Midday slot at a festival. 

Diamond Head was next up and was a band I'd been wanting to see for a long time now.  They were supposed to play at Rocklahoma last year but Mother Nature had other plans and theirs was one of the sets that got cancelled.  Brian Tatler on guitar is the only founding member left.  Most of you know their songs thru Metallica, who were heavily influenced by the band and still play Diamond Head songs live, especially Am I Evil.  Their current singer, Rasmus Bom Andersen, has a strong voice and did very well.  Really enjoyed the set, short as it was, and will keep an eye out to see them headline a club. Why they didnt make it the first time around in the late 70's early 80's comes down to poor management and band squabbles. 

Saxon has been around since the mid 70's and I have seen them numerous times from around 81-82 thru to this show.  I have never seen them play a bad gig.  Their lineup has been pretty stable for 10 years now. 

They opened with Thunderbolt the title track from the new album and it is a song meant to open a concert with.  The set was a mix of classics interspersed with six more songs from the new album, all of which sounded good and went over well with the crowd.  Biff Byford is one of the better frontmen in metal.  Always smiling and having a good time but staying on course.  His voice has held up well, better than many others and he can still bring the goods.  Founding guitarist Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt are one of the best tandems in rock and trade licks well.  Nibbs Carter on bass is still a perpetual motion machine on stage left and is a good background vocalist as well.   Nigel Glocker is on his third tour of duty (this one since 2007) with the band on drums and brings experience from playing pop, rock, prog, jazz and blues.  Great drummer. 

They Played Rock And Roll is the band's tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead on the new album and really went over well.  Motorhead and Lemmy shirts and back panels on battle vests were second only to Saxon in the crowd.  Towards the end of the set they debuted Sons Of Odin from the new disc live for the first time.  First encore was Heavy Metal Thunder and Princess Of The Night and second encore was Denim and Leather.  All three found the crowd in full voice singing along on the choruses.  Older man behind pushing 60 kept headbanging the whole night behind me, occassionally hitting my back and shoulder. 

Saxon isnt a band to take chances, they know their fanbase and give them what they want and do it exceptionally well.  Catch them with Judas Priest and Black Star Riders this spring in the US.  Looking forward to catching them when they come thru Europe on the next leg of this tour.

Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 05, 2018, 01:38:44 PM
Saw Saxon recently with UFO here in Philly. Saxon put on a great show and were very well received here. Wish Diamond Head would have been on that bill too, would have loved to check them out. Byford was awesome and still has most his vocal range intact agreed.

Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 05, 2018, 01:39:44 PM
Oh, also I picked up tickets to see Bush in Atlantic City in April. One of the better 90's bands in my opinion. That should be a good show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 08, 2018, 06:26:45 PM
Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons/Hellhorse
Das Bett
Frankfurt, Germany

Show wasn't quite sold out but looked close to me (400 capacity).  Way more folks in there than when I saw Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy last year.  Lots of Motorhead gear as to be expected. 

Hellhorse is out of Denmark and only caught half their set as they started a half hour earlier than what was printed on the ticket.  Not bad for a drop D tuned doom metal band.  Not my cup of tea but there you go. 

Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons (Todd on guitar, Dane on drums, and Tyla on Bass and not his son Neil Starr on vocals) played a good set with eight of their own songs out of 19 played.  Lots of Motorhead of course.  Neil doesn't try to sing like Lemmy and Tyla doesn't use Lemmy's bass tones.  But they sound good as you have the guitarist that wrote and played those songs over 30 years.  The only song from before Phil's tenure with the band was Ace Of Spades.  I would have been fine had they not played it but I understand why they did and it did sound good.  They played a cover of the Hawkwind song Silver Machine (from Lemmy's time in Hawkwind and on the new album from these guys) and the Motorhead version of David Bowie's Heroes. 

Band sounds really good, like Motorhead but not if that makes any sense.  And that's a good thing.  Phil and the band have a lot of fun on stage and his sons have definitely got their musicianship and professionalism from their dad.  Worth checking out if they end up in your area.

Setlist:

Big Mouth
Freakshow
Deaf Forever
Rock Out
Cradle To The Grave
Welcome to Hell
Take Aim
Born to Raise Hell
Get On Your Knees
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Ringleader
Dark Days
Silver Machine
Ace of Spades
High Rule

Encore:

Just 'Cos You've Got The Power
Rock 'n' Roll
Heroes
Going to Brazil

Next up is Gotthard/Eric Martin (Mon) followed by Myrath (Thurs) and Pretty Maids/Pink Cream 69 (Fri)
Halestorm tix go on sale tomorrow for their October show in Frankfurt ;-)

Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on March 09, 2018, 10:15:59 AM
Sheryl Crow is playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival this July. Should be a good time.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 09, 2018, 12:51:51 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6583067.stm

Well she won't need too much toilet paper....
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Eye9 on March 12, 2018, 02:05:16 PM
I'm not touching that one  ;D 8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 13, 2018, 12:48:18 AM
Grabbed a ticket for Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino at the Trocadero in Philly in April doing an Angel reunion set. Michael Schenker fest kicked absolute ass last night I wrote more about that in the Michael Schenker Band thread. There's a few more good ones coming I have my eye on too.  8) 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 13, 2018, 10:38:00 AM
Got tix yesterday to see:

Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blizzard Of Ozz, Gary Moore, etc) & Friends 23 March

Graham Bonnet Band 15 May

Glenn Hughes doing Deep Purple set 25 October

Might do G3 (Satriani/Petrucci/Uli Jon Roth) on 27 March
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 13, 2018, 04:41:19 PM
Gotthard/Eric Martin
Batschkapp
Frankfurt, Germany 12 March 2018
Was surprised to see the balcony closed and the back of the hall draped off to about 2/3rds of full capacity.

I got tickets for this show mainly for Eric Martin (Mr Big).  He's opening a set of dates over here for Gotthard, a melodic rock band out of Switzerland.

Eric Martin came out with an acoustic guitar and accompanied by another guitarist, Dave Cotterill.  Good set about 35 minutes.  I've always enjoyed him with Mr Big (who will be coming back thru in August) so I was glad to see him do an acoustic set.  Mostly Mr Big songs and their cover of Wild World.  After they played Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy Eric referred to Dave as the human electric drill (this is the Mr Big song where Paul Gilbert usually brings out the electric drill with picks on it).  Made me wish he had a longer set.

Gotthard has been around since 92 putting out their melodic rock.  This was their acoustic tour so the main band was rounded out with a percussionist and two female backup singers.  Had heard a few of their songs over the years and they are good musicians but lack a hook to make me do a deep dive into their catalog.  Deep Purple , Aerosmith and Bon Jovi are big influences on the band.  Most of their set last nite reminded me of later Bon Jovi ballads and melodic rockers, especially with the acoustic setting.  I did enjoy the percussionist and what he added to the vibe for sure.   They covered Deep Purple's version of Hush early in the setlist and closed out the night with a great cover of Smoke On The Water. 

I'd go see them again plugged in. 

Setlist

Miss Me
Out on My Own
Bang!
Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller
Beautiful
Feel What I Feel
Hush
Remember It's Me
Stay With Me
Tequila Symphony No. 5
Mountain Mama
Why
C'est La Vie
One Life, One Soul
Tell Me
Starlight
Sister Moon
Right On
Lift U Up

Encore:
Heaven
Anytime Anywhere
Smoke on the Water
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 16, 2018, 10:50:34 AM
Myrath/Manigance
Nachtleben
Frankfurt, Germany  15 March 2018

Pretty small venue in basement under a cafe in downtown Frankfurt. Maybe 250 capacity. My guess is about 150-175 at the show last night.

First up was Manigance, a band from France that sings in French.  They just got a new lead singer this year and she sounded pretty good.  They have a keyboardist still listed as being in the band on their website but he was no where to be found as they played as a five piece (vox, two guitars, bass and drums).  The keys were taped/triggered.  It was kind of amusing as they sang in French, stage patter in English in a German club.  Style very much like Kamelot and Angra overall.  First two songs the sound was muddy but they got it together.  Only drawback with the singer is some of the high notes were flat sounding.  One of the guitarists was playing a seven string.

The bands shared a drum rack and bass drums.  Swap out of cymbals and drums went pretty quick.  About 20 minutes between sets which was nice.  I hate the everything is ready but we're gonna make you wait cause rock and roll stuff. 

Myrath starts with a taped song and a bellydancer.  Then they launch into their set.  Straight into a new song from an album to be released later this year.  Third song of the set was also a new song called Dance which also saw the bellydancer return.  She would make two more appearances during the main set.  I've liked this band since seeing them open for Symphony X two years ago.  My wife does bellydancing so I am familiar with the melodies and percussion of Arabic music and this band blends metal very well with these influences.  The lead singer is a good frontman, engaging the crowd better than many others I have seen.  Guitarist plays a custom 7 string with Arab styled artwork on it.  He and the bass player are both incredible players.  Both have solo spots in songs that highlight their talents.  Drummer lays down the rhythms of his homeland very well blending them with the western rock styles.  Keyboards flesh out the band well. 

Encore was three songs, two of which had the bellydancer on stage with the band.  It was fun to watch all this happen on the very small stage at Nachtleben.  I'm sure other venues for this tour are comparable in stage size. 

Setlist:
Born To Survive
Storm of Lies
Dance
Wide Shut
Merciless Times
Get Your Freedom
Endure the Silence
Nobody's Lives
Madness
Sour Sigh
The Unburnt
Tales of the Sands

Encore:
Believer
(Unknown)
Beyond the Stars

Will definitely see both of these bands in the future and if they are in your neck of the woods, you should see them.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on March 16, 2018, 09:18:08 PM
Sheryl Crow is playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival this July. Should be a good time.


I love Sheryl Crow! I finally got to see her in Oct. 2015, and she definitely brings it live. Enjoy.  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 20, 2018, 06:50:34 PM
Pretty Maids/Pink Cream 69
Colos Saal
Aschaffenburg, Germany  16 March 2018

Venue was close to sold out. 

Pink Cream 69 was a band I'd wanted to see live for awhile.  I'd heard some of their songs over the years, initially from wanting to hear Andi Deris' pre Helloween band. Good songs but not enough to get me to buy the discs. 

After seeing them live last Friday, I'm more of a fan now.  They are like Aerosmith where the studio albums don't really capture the energy and vibe of the live show.  They are in a special guest billing so they got to play for over an hour and 13 songs. 

Bass player Dennis Ward's bass tone was awesome and was more upfront in the mix without taking away from the rest of the band.  Good melodic metal usual influences (Maiden Priest Dokken Whitesnake etc).  Well worth checking out.  Pretty sure their band name kept them from being bigger in North America.  Played 5 songs from their 2017 release Headstrong.

Setlist:

We Bow to None
Welcome the Night
Keep Your Eye on the Twisted
Path of Destiny
Talk to the Moon
Lost In Illusions
Man of Sorrow
Walls Come Down
Livin' My Life For You
Bloodsucker
Do You Like It Like That
Break the Silence
Shame

Pretty Maids came up next.  Last run of shows for their Kingmaker tour before a break and recording a new album for a 2019 release.  Been a fan of these guys since Future World came out in 87.   

Melodic metal at its finest.  Ronnie Atkins sounded better at this show than he did when I saw them last year.  He does strain a bit on the higher notes (he has a thin head voice, always has) but was on key and pitch.  Very good frontman, good sense of humor.  He bungled the lyrics to Eye Of The Storm, a ballad off of Future World which they've trotted out for a handful of shows in the last few months after only a handful of live plays thru the years.  They plowed through (which I prefer, rather than the band stopping and starting over) its rock and roll after all.  Ronnie laughed it off and apologized.  Ken Hammer was stellar as usual on guitar.  Rene Shades has been on bass for a few years now and has a few songs where he has solo sections in and has been a great addition to the band. 

Good mix of songs from last three albums and their first two.  They are gearing up to record a live show in a few weeks where they will play Future World all the way through so five songs from that album played at this show.

Setlist:
Mother of All Lies
Kingmaker
We Came to Rock
Heavens Little Devil
It Comes at Night
Eye of the Storm
Rodeo
Pandemonium
I See Ghosts
Bull's Eye
Little Drops of Heaven
Back to Back
Red, Hot and Heavy
Encore:
Future World
Love Games

Getting to see both of the bands again in October in the UK at a festival and looking forward to that


Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on March 20, 2018, 09:14:08 PM
You "DO" go to a lot of shows, don't you  :D 8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on March 22, 2018, 05:50:20 PM
Pretty Maids/Pink Cream 69
Colos Saal
Aschaffenburg, Germany  16 March 2018

Venue was close to sold out. 

Pink Cream 69 was a band I'd wanted to see live for awhile.  I'd heard some of their songs over the years, initially from wanting to hear Andi Deris' pre Helloween band. Good songs but not enough to get me to buy the discs. 

After seeing them live last Friday, I'm more of a fan now.  They are like Aerosmith where the studio albums don't really capture the energy and vibe of the live show.  They are in a special guest billing so they got to play for over an hour and 13 songs. 

Bass player Dennis Ward's bass tone was awesome and was more upfront in the mix without taking away from the rest of the band.  Good melodic metal usual influences (Maiden Priest Dokken Whitesnake etc).  Well worth checking out.  Pretty sure their band name kept them from being bigger in North America.  Played 5 songs from their 2017 release Headstrong.

Setlist:

We Bow to None
Welcome the Night
Keep Your Eye on the Twisted
Path of Destiny
Talk to the Moon
Lost In Illusions
Man of Sorrow
Walls Come Down
Livin' My Life For You
Bloodsucker
Do You Like It Like That
Break the Silence
Shame

Pretty Maids came up next.  Last run of shows for their Kingmaker tour before a break and recording a new album for a 2019 release.  Been a fan of these guys since Future World came out in 87.   

Melodic metal at its finest.  Ronnie Atkins sounded better at this show than he did when I saw them last year.  He does strain a bit on the higher notes (he has a thin head voice, always has) but was on key and pitch.  Very good frontman, good sense of humor.  He bungled the lyrics to Eye Of The Storm, a ballad off of Future World which they've trotted out for a handful of shows in the last few months after only a handful of live plays thru the years.  They plowed through (which I prefer, rather than the band stopping and starting over) its rock and roll after all.  Ronnie laughed it off and apologized.  Ken Hammer was stellar as usual on guitar.  Rene Shades has been on bass for a few years now and has a few songs where he has solo sections in and has been a great addition to the band. 

Good mix of songs from last three albums and their first two.  They are gearing up to record a live show in a few weeks where they will play Future World all the way through so five songs from that album played at this show.

Setlist:
Mother of All Lies
Kingmaker
We Came to Rock
Heavens Little Devil
It Comes at Night
Eye of the Storm
Rodeo
Pandemonium
I See Ghosts
Bull's Eye
Little Drops of Heaven
Back to Back
Red, Hot and Heavy
Encore:
Future World
Love Games

Getting to see both of the bands again in October in the UK at a festival and looking forward to that


Nice, Cool. Would have loved to have seen that show.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 23, 2018, 07:38:48 PM
Don Airey & Friends
Musiktheater REX
Bensheim, Germany   23 March 2018

New venue for me this evening, nice repurposed building.  Bench seating and tables along walls, some standing cocktail tables strewn about.  Maybe about 400 folks there.

Don Airey only band on the bill and started on time.  I figured the friends would be pretty good musicians, seeing as Don's pedigree and CV is legendary in rock.  Starting with his time in Cozy Powell's Hammer in the early 70's to playing with guitarists like Gary Moore, Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker and more up to his current day job alongside Steve Morse in Deep Purple.  I had no idea how good these would turn out to be.

Set heavy with Rainbow and Deep Purple songs.  All the Rainbow tunes were from his two albums with the band, Down To Earth and Difficult To Cure.  Sprinkle in tunes from Blizzard Of Ozz, Focus, Colosseum II and two songs from his upcoming solo album and it was a really fun set to hear. 

Singer Carl Sentance was amazing.  Currently the lead singer with Nazareth, he handled the material from all these different bands in the original keys.  His voice fit the best with the Graham Bonnet songs from Down To Earth.  But all the other material sounded great too. 

Drummer Jon Finnigan and bassist Dave Marks are the rhythm section Blackmore should have hired for his current incarnation of Rainbow.  Finnigan did Powell, Paice, Kerslake, and  Hiseman proud.  Marks spent time with a tour of Hans Zimmer's live show and has worked with Carl Palmer and it showed.  Belfast born Simon McBride on guitar was amazing.  He definitely channeled that other Belfast boy Gary Moore on Still Got The Blues and Colisseum II's The Inquisition and handled the other guitarists material just as well. 

The two new songs were Victim Of Pain, a chugging more metal sounding number, and All Out Of Line, a blues based song.  Both sounded great and were received well by the audience.

Carl missed a cue in Back On The Streets but band handled it well. 

The show didn't drag at all.  An hour and forty five minutes flew by. 

Setlist:

Spotlight Kid (Rainbow)
Pictures Of Home (Deep Purple)
Back On The Streets (Gary Moore)
I Surrender (Rainbow)
Still Got The Blues (Gary Moore)
Victim Of Pain (new solo song)
The Inquisition (Colisseum II)
Mr Crowley (Blizzard Of Ozz)
All Out Of Line (new solo song)
Difficult To Cure (Rainbow)
All Night Long (Rainbow)
Lost In Hollywood (Rainbow)

Encore 1:

Hocus Pocus (Focus)
Hush (Deep Purple) with drum and bass solo's
Black Night (Deep Purple)

Encore 2:

Since You Been Gone (with a really cool crooner style intro by Carl and Don)

Encore 3:

Bad Girl (Rainbow) was a B side to Since You Been Gone

The chemistry of the band was great.  Everyone was smiling and having fun on stage.  If you get to see Don and his friends do it. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on March 24, 2018, 09:51:56 PM
Magnum/Reds'Cool
Colos Saal
Aschaffenburg, Germany   24 March 2018

I think they oversold the show.  Band merch was in the cafe next to the venue so more fans standing where merch normally set up. First time I'd seen that at this venue.  Got to the venue half hour prior to opening band start and couldn't get past the FOH boards unless I wanted to go full sardine can mode.  When Magnum was on there had to be at least 50 folks in the foyer that couldn't get in the doors to the main room. 

First up was a melodic rock/metal band out of St Petersburg, Russia called Reds'Cool.  Singer has a permanent rasp in his voice, like 4 packs of menthols a day.  Good voice though.  Triggered keyboards and background vox.  Band was tight. Sounded like House Of Lords to me.  Pretty good opening band, played 50 minutes.  Went over pretty well with the crowd.

Magnum has been a favorite band of mine since the late 80's.  I'd read about them in Kerrang magazine and got a bootleg copy of their album Vigilante (produced by Queen's Roger Taylor)  and I was hooked.  Got to see them live for the first time last summer in the UK at the Ramblin Man Fair.  I was a bit disappointed in the set that day.  50 minute slot, sound wasn't that great, and the singer Bob Catley didn't sound good that day. 

Decided to give them another chance so here I am  >:D

They are touring on their new release Lost On The Road To Eternity.  The first half of their set was the title track along with three others from this album along with a few more from their last album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies and opened with When We Were Younger from 2007's Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow.  I'll admit I'm not a big fan of their albums since they reformed in 2002 but I enjoyed most of the newer material live and the crowd ate it up. 

My favorite era of the band was when they were signed to Polydor Records in the late 80's/early 90's and they were playing arenas in their native UK and large halls and theatres in Europe.  These songs and the ones from albums previous to this era are the ones I enjoy most and was not disappointed.  How Far Jerusalem, Les Morts Dansant and All England's Eyes all from their most popular album On A Storyteller's Night with a new tune Show Me Your Hands sandwiched in the middle of that cluster.  The title track of the album Vigilante and my favorite song Dont Wake The Lion off of Wings Of Heaven closed out the main set. 

Encore saw an acoustic guitar and piano start to their classic The Spirit before closing out with another Vigilante track When The World Comes Down. 

Considering Bob Catley is 70 years old and didnt sound all that good last time I saw them, he sure made up for it this night.  Voice was strong and on key.  Some of the older songs are down a bit in tuning but not painfully so.  Tony Clarkin is the main man of this band.  He's written every song on all 20 of their studio albums.  I've always enjoyed his guitar tone and playing.  Not a whiddly diddly speed demon but sounds great.  Him and Bob have been Magnum since 1972 with a break from 1995 till 2002.  Al Barrow on bass holds down the low end very well and provides nice high harmonies to Bob's baritone.  New keyboardist Rick Benton played well, didnt go off the reservation on the classics.  New drummer Lee Morris was a good choice to replace Harry James, who left last year due to Thunder getting more active again. 

If you want to check them out you'll have to get to the UK or Europe. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 05, 2018, 01:38:17 AM
This looks like a good show, The Cult, Bush, and Stone Temple Pilots. It will be worth checking out how this tour goes over for STP with their new singer. I think he sounds pretty good. I'm already going to see Bush headline in Atlantic City this Saturday night, but wouldn't mind seeing the other two bands on this tour. Calling it the Revolution 3 Tour cause the order that the bands play will revolve from night to night, which is pretty cool.

Here is some cool interviews and a little tune up at a tour launch event in Hollywood Tuesday night.
  http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/watch-stone-temple-pilots-bush-and-the-cult-perform-at-the-revolution-3-tour-launch-event/

Tour dates
https://www.monsterenergy.com/events/the-revolution-3-tour

Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: ted262 on April 05, 2018, 01:19:40 PM
That’s the same lineup I’m seeing at Pain in the Grass in August - with the addition of Alice In Chains as headliner!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on April 05, 2018, 09:38:10 PM
I'll be heading to the Backstage Biker Bash in Mesa, AZ. this weekend. Literally a mile away from home. On Friday (4/6) Mark Farner headlines, while Queensryche does the same on Sat. (4/7). Two day pass is $35, so it's not too bad.  8)

Apparently Casey will be doing a drum clinic ($15 tickets) at the Phoenix Music Academy in North Phoenix on Friday. Is it fair to say he'll get a few questions about Scott ( ;))?
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on April 07, 2018, 03:55:47 PM
NICE! Good lineup
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on April 07, 2018, 08:34:37 PM
Mark usually puts on a good show how was it
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on April 09, 2018, 03:34:00 PM
Mark usually puts on a good show how was it


I was impressed, if not shockingly surprised. It could be argued that Farner is just as strong (vocally) as Paul Rodgers is today, yet doesn't receive half the recognition. Yes, he's that good.  :o

Farner found a fair balance between (Grand Funk) hits and deep cuts, about a 17-song set total. No solo material. The surprise for me was a killer rendition of CSNY's Ohio! I'm sure Neil would be floored if he heard it.  8)

Four out of five stars! I'm glad I went.  :)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 09, 2018, 09:52:00 PM
Bush was pretty good Saturday night in Atlantic City, 15 song set. A good cover of REM The One I Love.

Notable songs.
Everything Zen
Chemicals Between Us
The Sound of Winter
Swallowed
Little Things
Machine Head
The One I Love (cover)
Glycerine
Comedown

Only played one new song from their latest album I think. Gavin came out into the crowd and went all the way up the right side isle to the back wall of the upper level and across the back row and all the way down the left upper level isle right past our isle seats singing with fans and back down through the lower level back to the stage. That was pretty fuckin cool. He also invited a bunch of people (mostly females) up on stage at the end which got a little chaotic and resulted in him not being able to play much guitar during the closer due to too much cluster on the stage and a couple of guys that jumped up there too then being close lined and aggressively helped off stage by security. (totally unnecessarily, I might add) lol. Fun time  8) Saw them once before back in the 90's and they put on a great show then, and didn't disappoint this time either.

Next up Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino from Angel on Thursday night at the Trocadero in Philly.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on April 14, 2018, 06:48:57 PM
Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous
Nachtleben
Frankfurt, Germany 14 April 2018

This band traces its roots to the annual Vibe for Philo that has taken place in Dublin on and around the 4 Jan anniversary passing of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott.  Most of the bands that play are full out Lizzy tribute bands from mainly Europe or groupings of Irish rockers that will put together a set of Lizzy tunes to play this event to celebrate the music of Phil Lynott.  The only other member of Thin Lizzy to play on every album (as well as Phil's solo work) was his childhood friend, drummer Brian Downey.  At the Vibe in 2016, Brian sat in with the Low Riders for 5 songs before playing with founding Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell for a full set of Lizzy's first three albums.  Sometime after that Vibe, Brian and the other members of the Low Riders wanted to do something special for the next Vibe in 2017 and they formed Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous. They then played three nights in a row for the 2017 Vibe.  Then later in 2017 they took this over to Europe and the UK.  They played at this venue last October and back in January of this year I saw tickets for this show go on sale so here I am again  8)

The basis for the setlist is Lizzy's Live and Dangerous live album released in 1978.  This was their pinnacle as a band and lots of great material from that era from 1974 through 77 to choose from.

All three of the other musicians are mainstays on the Irish music scene and grew up with Thin Lizzy in their blood. 

This is my 5th time seeing them (the three Vibe shows in 2017 and the show here last October) and they are good.  Bassist/singer Matt Wilson has a voice close to Phil's but not exactly like it and his phrasings are different.  It is a good mix of respecting the song and putting his stamp on it. 

Guitarists Phil Edgar and Brian Grace make a good tandem.  Both play Gibson Les Paul's, I don't think you could do the songs justice on anything  else.  Something about the warmth and fullness of a Les Paul that works, especially with the twin leads that Gorham and Robertson perfected in the 70's.  Phil and Brian don't play the parts verbatim but don't stray too far afield either.

Then there's the man in the back, Brian Downey.  I just love the drum parts in Thin Lizzy, the fills and rolls, cymbals, all of it.  And he's a fun drummer to watch. 

Other than one slip up in Boys Are Back In Town, the band was pretty tight.  Sometime during the second verse, one of the guitarists missed a chord change, which through the whole train off the rails for about 8 beats.  Vocals, bass, drums, guitars, all of it.  But they got it back on the rails. 

Seemed like a couple dozen more folks than last October but Saturday night probably helped with that versus the midweek show last time. 

Setlist:

Jailbreak
Are You Ready
Southbound
Rosalie
Dancing In The Moonlight
Massacre
Still In Love With You
Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
Cowboy Song
Boys Are Back In Town
Warriors
Sha La La (with Downey drum solo)
Don't Believe A Word
Suicide
The Rocker

Encore:

Bad Reputation
Emerald
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on April 15, 2018, 07:52:12 PM
On Thur. 4/12 I saw the first AZ. show of Last In Line. Good show, albeit too short with only 13 songs. Andrew Freeman isn't a bad singer, and Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice seem to enjoy playing together again. Also, Phil Soussan is a great replacement for the late Jimmy Bain.

The song that stood out to me most was their rendition of Don't Talk To Strangers. In some ways, Freeman kind of reminds me of Tony Martin, for better or worse. 3.5 out of five stars.  :)

I also saw ZZ Top last night (4/14) as part of AZ. Bike Week. I'm not a fan of theirs, honestly. I respect their longevity and I like a couple of songs here and there. But overall, they're not a great live band in my opinion.

That said, I do like the fact that they're faithful to the records live. Do I regret going? No. But I also would never pay to see them. I'm glad I got a freebie. Two out of five stars.  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Operation:Queensr˙che on April 22, 2018, 10:18:14 PM
I saw the almighty King's X on Fri. (4/20). It was their first AZ. show in 10 years. They're still in top form overall, although Pinnick's voice has lost steam during that time. That said, he's still pretty solid vocally. And still a phenomenal bassist.  8)

They played a 17-song set, tickets were reasonable at $20, and they had a "free" meet-and-greet after the show. Very cool guys, a class act indeed.

The guys graciously signed 7 of my CDs as well as my LP of 1989's Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, rightly regarded by many as the band's finest hour. It turned out the security guard wasn't happy with the amount of discs I had them sign ( ;D). Looking back, maybe I was a little selfish? But I digress ( :-\... :D).

I'll give the show four stars. Great time!  :)


***UP NEXT: Judas Priest/Saxon/Black Star Riders this Tues. 4/24. Despite Glenn sitting this tour out, it's still selling pretty well--- surprisingly.

On the other hand, MANY people had tickets before his departure was announced.   :-\
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on April 30, 2018, 02:51:02 PM
Skid Row/Double Crush Syndrome/Dirty Thrills
Schlachthof
Wiesbaden, Germany  29 April 2018

Show was close to home for a change (bout two miles from the house)

The previous venue was actually the local slaughterhouse (that's what schlachthof means in German) that was repurposed as a music hall.  When it was deemed unsafe for that, it was demolished and a new purposebulit hall built in its place and kept the slaughterhouse name.  It can hold about 2000 folks for shows but on this night, a portion at the rear of the hall was sectioned off.  Crowd size I estimated at 800-900.

First up was Dirty Thrills from London, UK.  Sounds like a Rival Sons clone.  Tight band but nothing that trips my trigger.  Singer had a good voice.  Had the Jagger rooster on speed stage moves and ubiquitous woman's frilly shirt and skinny jeans with the metal discs with fringe on those down the sides.  Rock God clothing 101.  Hipster blues rock. 

Next up was Double Crush Syndrome.  German band, punk rock, reminded me of Hanoi Rocks but with more of a punk rock look than glam.  Bassist was sporting a mohawk.  Three piece band, was more fun that the first band even though they werent as tight (but they are punk so...).  Both the bands got 40 minute slots and the changeover between was about 12 minutes so that was nice.

Skid Row was out next.  This was my first time to see them with new singer ZP Theart (formerly of Dragonforce)

No surprises in the setlist.  Bulk of the set was the first album and Slave To The Grind with only We Are The Damned as the only song that wasnt on those first two albums.

I liked ZP with Dragonforce and he fits in well with Skid Row. I saw Skid Row with Johnny Solinger and, while he was a good singer, I dont think he was the best fit for Skid Row.  ZP is that fit.  Good singer great range and not the raging ego douchebag that is Sebastian Bach.  Snake, Rachel and Scotti all sounded good.  Rob Hammersmith's kick drum sounded like a snare a lot of times, dont know if thats what he was going for but it was disconcerting at times. 

Rachel took some time to thank the crowd and shout out the different band shirts fans were wearing which was the lead in to their cover of the Ramones "Psycho Therapy" with Rachel on vocals. 

11 songs in the main set with "I Remember You", "We Are The Damned", and "Youth Gone Wild" closing out the set.

Good show, a bit short. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on May 01, 2018, 03:53:36 PM
Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous
Nachtleben
Frankfurt, Germany 14 April 2018

This band traces its roots to the annual Vibe for Philo that has taken place in Dublin on and around the 4 Jan anniversary passing of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott.  Most of the bands that play are full out Lizzy tribute bands from mainly Europe or groupings of Irish rockers that will put together a set of Lizzy tunes to play this event to celebrate the music of Phil Lynott.  The only other member of Thin Lizzy to play on every album (as well as Phil's solo work) was his childhood friend, drummer Brian Downey.  At the Vibe in 2016, Brian sat in with the Low Riders for 5 songs before playing with founding Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell for a full set of Lizzy's first three albums.  Sometime after that Vibe, Brian and the other members of the Low Riders wanted to do something special for the next Vibe in 2017 and they formed Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous. They then played three nights in a row for the 2017 Vibe.  Then later in 2017 they took this over to Europe and the UK.  They played at this venue last October and back in January of this year I saw tickets for this show go on sale so here I am again  8)

The basis for the setlist is Lizzy's Live and Dangerous live album released in 1978.  This was their pinnacle as a band and lots of great material from that era from 1974 through 77 to choose from.

All three of the other musicians are mainstays on the Irish music scene and grew up with Thin Lizzy in their blood. 

This is my 5th time seeing them (the three Vibe shows in 2017 and the show here last October) and they are good.  Bassist/singer Matt Wilson has a voice close to Phil's but not exactly like it and his phrasings are different.  It is a good mix of respecting the song and putting his stamp on it. 

Guitarists Phil Edgar and Brian Grace make a good tandem.  Both play Gibson Les Paul's, I don't think you could do the songs justice on anything  else.  Something about the warmth and fullness of a Les Paul that works, especially with the twin leads that Gorham and Robertson perfected in the 70's.  Phil and Brian don't play the parts verbatim but don't stray too far afield either.

Then there's the man in the back, Brian Downey.  I just love the drum parts in Thin Lizzy, the fills and rolls, cymbals, all of it.  And he's a fun drummer to watch. 

Other than one slip up in Boys Are Back In Town, the band was pretty tight.  Sometime during the second verse, one of the guitarists missed a chord change, which through the whole train off the rails for about 8 beats.  Vocals, bass, drums, guitars, all of it.  But they got it back on the rails. 

Seemed like a couple dozen more folks than last October but Saturday night probably helped with that versus the midweek show last time. 

Setlist:

Jailbreak
Are You Ready
Southbound
Rosalie
Dancing In The Moonlight
Massacre
Still In Love With You
Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
Cowboy Song
Boys Are Back In Town
Warriors
Sha La La (with Downey drum solo)
Don't Believe A Word
Suicide
The Rocker

Encore:

Bad Reputation
Emerald

Awesome set list there  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on May 08, 2018, 11:12:07 AM
Rock Allegiance festival in Philly area just announced their line up:

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/avenged-sevenfold-limp-bizkit-papa-roach-to-headline-this-years-rock-allegiance-festival/

Limo Bizkit? A headliner?  I'm thinking the festivals are reaching saturation now. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on May 09, 2018, 06:31:33 PM
Yeah, that is Lame Fest 2018 haha. I do like Last Resort by Papa Roach and a couple songs on that album , besides that No Thanks!
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on May 10, 2018, 05:26:53 AM
I actually like Papa Roach live.  They always had a fun set when they played Rocklahoma.  The lead singer would walk across the benches in the VIP area up front to get to the GA folks behind it.  Skillet is pretty good live as well. 

Dropping Rocklahoma this year for the first time in years this year.  Just not enough bands I'm excited to see to justify the expense and the vibe has changed over the last two I went to.  They have Vince Neil high up in the order for Saturday nite (usually the biggest nite of the festival).  That alone was enough for me to say no lol.  Vince was headlining the Rockingham festival I went to in Nottingham UK last October.  I went to see a hockey game instead of suffering through him mumbling and huffing and puffing. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Rockox on May 15, 2018, 09:38:55 AM
I recently went to see this band called My Son the Hurricane, a "14 piece brasshop beast from Toronto/Niagara" and holy cow these guys rip ass. Their poster made me think they were a ska band, but it's basically hip hop (an emcee who raps) with a band and live horns. It's really fucking good. They played a triple-header last month and I went to two nights. And the third night when I was doing something else, I wish I were seeing them again. Great live show, especially if you're into dancing, and just a great energy all around. I haven't been this excited about a live band in a while.

http://www.msthofficial.com/
Birthday Cake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFuKyx9F1OQ
Smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noi4Is-jBeA
Ain't My Style (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUnemm3l168
Bottles Into Money (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-2iA3KNkZI

And they're coming back in August for another triple-header. I'm getting tickets for all three shows this time.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on May 16, 2018, 08:00:32 AM
Good find on My Son The Hurricane, have to keep an eye and ear out for them. 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on May 16, 2018, 08:43:59 AM
Graham Bonnet Band/Guido Stoecker's Bodyguerra
Musiktheater REX
Bensheim, Germany  15 May 2018

My second time seeing the Graham Bonnet Band, third time to see Bonnet sing (saw him with MSG last fall) and first time to see him do a full headline set.  Last time I saw the band they were kicking off the first band first night of an outdoor festival last summer in the UK so weather and sound issues.  But indoors this time with their own setup.

Wasn't expecting an opening band but there they were lol.  Guido Stoecker's Bodyguerra.  Guido is the guitarist and very much a Blackmore fan.  Good set, they got about 40 minutes.  Think post Dio Rainbow faster songs.  Especially sounded like Stranger In Us All, Blackmore's last before he joined the lute and harpsichord time machine.  Englishman Ian Parry on vocals kinda sounded like Doogie White (vocalist on that last Rainbow platter) which added a bit more to the Rainbow influence.  Nice surprise, songs went over well and Guido was a good guitarist.  Rhythm section was tight, no major clams  >:D

Bands sharing backline and drum kit so changeover was fairly quick.

I was right up front for the show.  I was blown away at the sheer power of Bonnet's voice.  At a few points he was right infront of me, and having the PA speakers behind me, I heard his voice live and the power was incredible.  Taking into he is 70 years old and singing in original key for most songs, he puts many singers half his age to shame.  He moves around the stage, lots of fun on that stage, everyone smiling and having fun. 

Considering the guitarists he's played and recorded with (Blackmore, Schenker, Malmsteen, Vai, etc) he's tapped a guy named Kurt James to handle the guitar and handle it he does.  I was impressed with his comfort on stage, running around, hamming it up with the band and audience all set while nailing the solos.  He has the Malmsteen speed while still having feeling and soul in his playing. He emulated the original guitarists feel and tones. 

Joining Graham on keys was Jimmy Waldo, who he formed Alcatrazz with.  Sounded good from where I was, I wasnt getting most of the keys in the mix but the speakers were behind me for the most part.

Mark Benquechea on drums, the man can hit the skins.  Again handled the parts well.  Considering that he's covering some parts that Cozy Powell played originally he did very well.

On bass is Beth-Ami Heavenstone.  She's been the one stalwart in this iteration of the band since Graham put it together a few years ago.  Guess it helps when they are linked off the stage as well.  Having said that, she is a good bass player and backup singer.  And having to emulate Chris Glen and Roger Glover parts, she does well.

I like the fact that he only plays songs he sang on from Rainbow and MSG.  Annoys me to no end when, for example, Joe Lynn Turner plays Smoke On The Water.  Yeah you sang it when you were in Rainbow and Deep Purple, but you werent the one who recorded it, and you have enough Rainbow albums you sang on to pull songs from. 

The band played about a 100 minute set. Definitely worth seeing live if he's in your area, tickets wont break the bank and you'll get to hear one of rock's unique vocalists.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on May 16, 2018, 11:43:14 AM
I recently went to see this band called My Son the Hurricane, a "14 piece brasshop beast from Toronto/Niagara" and holy cow these guys rip ass. Their poster made me think they were a ska band, but it's basically hip hop (an emcee who raps) with a band and live horns. It's really fucking good. They played a triple-header last month and I went to two nights. And the third night when I was doing something else, I wish I were seeing them again. Great live show, especially if you're into dancing, and just a great energy all around. I haven't been this excited about a live band in a while.

http://www.msthofficial.com/
Birthday Cake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFuKyx9F1OQ
Smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noi4Is-jBeA
Ain't My Style (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUnemm3l168
Bottles Into Money (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-2iA3KNkZI

And they're coming back in August for another triple-header. I'm getting tickets for all three shows this time.

Those guys are actually pretty catchy and decent, I liked a few of those tunes.
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: Dream Evil on May 16, 2018, 11:49:57 AM
And yes, Bonnett sounded damn good at 70 in those Schenker Fest links, so I'm sure that was a great show  8)
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on May 17, 2018, 08:48:39 PM
Sons of Apollo, Felix Martin and Sifting at the TLA in Philly Wed May 16, 2018.

Sons of Apollo had two opening acts both California bands, the first to play was a band called Sifting, I got there after they had completed their set, a few people I talked to said they were decent. The next band Felix Martin was all instrumental stuff and featured Felix playing a custom made double fret board 14 string guitar. Very heavy bass and guitar driven stuff with a solid drummer. The first few instrumentals were pretty cool kick ass jamming but it did get a little redundant.
Here is a look at them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzi4HTmjqI4

Sons of Apollo then came on they played their entire debut album with two Dream Theatre covers (Just let Me Breathe and Lines in the Sand), along with cover songs by Queen (The Prophets Song & Save Me) and Van Halen (The Cradle Will Rock) mixed in. They also did a kick ass instrumental of The Pink Panther Theme led by Bumblefoot, and Sheehan and Sherinian had solo spots.

 Jeff Scott Soto was very impressive with his command and stage banter and vocals. Bumblefoot was insane and on his A game, I gained a ton of respect for him. Sheehan was excellent as was his bass solo. Sherinian's style didn't impress me all that much especially his solo, his playing just sounds too much like guitar noodling, and they already had plenty of that, so he kinda gets lost in the mix if you ask me. His playing was more noticeable and sounded better on the record than live. Portnoy was mostly low key but rock solid on drums all night.

The crowd was very into the band. Aside from the Queen and Van Halen cover songs and the few tunes I heard on you tube a couple times from the album I didn't know any of these songs but they kept everybody's attention pretty much from beginning to end. Excellent live band. I was surprised at the turnout, I actually thought when I purchased the tickets that these guys would sell out this venue. The venue was probably less than half capacity (which is 1,000). I'll venture a guess at maybe 450 to 500 people were there and that is being generous. UFO/Saxon and Michael Schenker Fest at this same venue was way more attended than this show. If you get the chance go see them, you won't be disappointed.   
 
Title: Re: Upcoming Concerts & Reviews
Post by: radardude65 on May 27, 2018, 04:38:52 PM
Iron Maiden/Killswitch Engage
Saku Suurhall
Tallinn, Estonia 26 May 2018

Had a bit of an issue getting to Frankfurt airport Friday evening due to a broke train but after running thru the terminal we made our flight which ended being delayed itself.  Several Maiden fans on the flight.  Saturday touring around Tallinn was more Maiden clothed fans around old town. 

Headed to the venue around 1800 and no issues getting in (not even a security pat down).  Nice venue 10000 capacity for concerts.

This was first night for Maiden's Legacy Of The Beast tour and deep lines for the new merch on offer.  Lots of fans from our of Estonia we wondered if any locals got tix lol.

Killswitch Engage played a 50 minute set to start.  Not a huge fan but I do enjoy the banter from lead guitarist and Price Is Right contestant Adam D and his stage moves.  They closed out their set with their cover of Holy Diver.  They had plenty of room to maneuver on stage and full PA and lights. 

After they left Maiden's crew set up the monitor wedges and when Doctor Doctor kicked in on the PA two roadies dressed in UK army battle dress uniforms pulled the black coverings to reveal their usual stage setup covered in olive drab camo netting.  Lites go down and Churchill's Never Surrender speech comes over the PA.  Aces High kicked off the set with a full sized inflatable Spitfire over the stage with spinning propeller and lights.  Oh and it tracked out over the front part of the crowd and moved on all axis.  At the end of the song the plane was nose up behind the back risers as stage went black to sound of aircraft crashing (allowing crew to deflate and disconnect rigging)  Lights back up for Where Eagles Dare.  Two more inflatables overhead thru the show ( Icarus during Flight Of Icarus, this song played for the first time since 1986!) and a horned Eddie head during Iron Maiden.

The set list saw other songs getting aired out including The Clansman and The Sign Of The Cross from Blaze Bayley's turn with Maiden along with Revelation and For The Heater Good Of God.  Hallowed Be The Name made a return to the set after being left out during the second half of Book Of Souls tour cycle due to a lawsuit over royalties. 

This was the best staging I've seen from Maiden in ages.  The amount of detail in the huge hand painted backdrops still blows my mind with a new one for each song as well as four others flanking that are painted as stain glass church windows.

Lots of propane. Think they've been hanging out with Rammstein.  Bruce even had a two fisted flame thrower during Icarus which had a malfunction for a bit with the left thrower.  Whose bright idea was it to give him a flame thrower anyway?  I told my wife that this is how Nicko will die  this tour lol.

Bruce was his at his theatrical best.  almost as many costume changes as Hqlford.  From flying officer coat and leather helmet for Aces High, to winter hat and white anorak for Where Eagles Dare to a 19th century nightwatchman costume with top hat and a long nosed silver carnival eyemask with green lighted lantern for Fear Of The Dark.  No trooper jacket for him this tour during the Trooper as Eddie made an early appearance decked out as a British redcoat  complete with backpack and bedroll to stalk the stage and swordfight with Bruce. 

The show was themed in four parts.  War Religion Death and Hell.  After the first five songs of war, all the camo netting was removed to show the artwork of a cathedral underneath.  It also gave a first look at Nicko's drumkit.  All the drum shells were painted with different stained glass versions of Eddie thru the years.  Drumhead was a round stained glass mosaic and cymbals were black with a blood red gong at the back.

Considering this was a first show for new stage and setlist not too many hiccup.  Sound was pretty good from our seats (lower bowl 9 rows up from floor about 70 feet from stage on right facing stage).  Nicko's drums really up in the mix.  Bruce was amazing on vocals. still moves all over like a loon.  Steve and the three guitarists were great as well.  Some minor hiccups but those will be ironed out in a few ahows. 

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/iron-maiden-kicks-off-legacy-of-the-beast-world-tour-in-tallinn-estonia-video/

Got back to our hotel about 2 hours after the show (pub stop to watch Liverpool lose to Real Madrid and bad karaoke) and already dozens of videos on you tube. 

If you are in Europe check out this show.  I'm curious how they'll handle the overhead props at festival gigs.  This is the best show I've seen from Maiden in years and the band sounds great.  Hopefully they tour North America next year with this and they need to film this setlist.