Seen something really really good?
I got to knock two artists off my bucket list this summer: New Order (sans Peter Hook) and "Black" FLAG (feat. Keith & Chuck & Bill & Dez & Stephen). I've been a HUGE fan of New Order since probably sixth or seventh grade when I heard HFS play the original version of "Blue Monday" on the radio. I know just about every song on every album inside-out and could probably sing the band's entire catalogue through their first break-up without batting an eyelash. When they got back together and started recording again in the early 2000s, I was so excited that I might actually get to see them play live. Sadly, they rarely ever come any farther into the U.S. than New York, then they broke up again shortly after the release of 'Waiting for the Sirens' Call', and I thought my hopes of seeing New Order play live were dashed for good. Fortunately, they've reformed and relaunched themselves across the globe, and I finally made an old wish come true. I saw them in July, and they were absolutely amazing; I was floating for days after the show.
Since the Trayvon Martin verdict came out, I've been listening to a lot of '70s & '80s hardcore, mostly bands like Black Flag, OFF!, and Void. Black Flag broke up YEARS before I'd ever heard of them, and, considering the political climate of the last decade-plus, I'm not surprised these old Reagan Era bands are crawling back out of the rafters. I won't get into the legal issues going on between Black Flag and FLAG (the Keith Morris-fronted "cover band"), but seeing FLAG is probably the closest I'll ever get to seeing Black Flag from the late '70s as I'm ever gonna get. They were insane. They blasted through 24 songs in a little over an hour, and I don't think Baltimore has been the same ever since. That was last week.
Didn't see a spot for Further. Sorry, if I have erred by putting it here.
That Sunday Further show at Red Rocks with Branford joining in for the whole second set was amazing. The first time I've consistently gone "Holy shit!" at a concert in a long time.
Friday was very good, from our limited experience, Saturday not so hot, but Sunday was a Spinal Tap 11.
Kyle Hollingsowrth is doing an event in Chicago on Saturday December 10 before the final performance of String Cheese's tour. The Brew Fest will take place at the Bottom Lounge. Hollingsworth will join Chicago’s Family Groove Company for a very special performance at the festival. This is also the finale of Hollingsworth’s Hop On Tour interactive fan experience throughout SCI’s Roots Run Deep Tour. Sounds like a super fun time and an awesome way to wind up the tour. Definitely not going to miss out on this one
Wilco I will second since you seconded my MMJ!
Wilco has always been good live but since they did that amazing 5 show run in Chicago where they played EVERY SONG they had ever officially released, their shows have transcended to a new level. And Nels Cline is ferocious on guitar AND brings out the nasty side of Tweedy when he solos- they complement each other perfectly.
Wilco, like MMJ, is another band that plays long shows, mixes up the sets, balances high energy with ballads- understands how to build a slowly building, well paced concert.
AND- when seeing Wilco, you never know when Tweedy's gonna start arguing with an audience member- always entertaining when that happens.
Definitely a must-see. My favorite band to see live right now is Wilco, and the first time that I saw My Morning Jacket they were opening for Wilco. Excellent show!
My only MMJ complaint is that, at least locally, they seem to draw the frat-party crowd which can be more than a little distracting if you're stuck with them around you at a show.
I had a good conversation going with a college-age set list freak when I saw them last spring...but then he cracked me up with, admittedly, a pretty good line: "This is like seeing Led Zeppelin in 1971!!!" (Yes, he said it with at LEAST 3 !!!).
I don't know if this was something that he said all the time, or if he said it for the benefit of this old geezer (me) that he was educating in all things MMJ. Regardless, I couldn't resist my not-exactly-kind impulse: I looked at him and said, "I'm probably older than your parents, and I'M too young to have seen Zeppelin in '71." Barely too young, to be honest, but I guess that I made my point. He stopped talking to me after that.
For my money, the best live band out there- right now- is My Morning Jacket. High energy balanced with powerful acoustic songs and ballads, jams, excellently composed set lists, long shows- amazing.
Jackson Browne and David Lindley at the Greek. I had resigned myself to not going because I had no money and much else on my plate when tix went on sale, but it turns out my friend Bennett just went out and got us tix at the time. Woohoo!
We didn't even know each other then, but it turns out both of us were there when they, along with Terry Reid, closed the first Bread & Roses fest, and let's just say it made quite the impression. Fog pouring into the Greek in the October dusk, with Jackson on piano, Lindley BOWING A BANJO, which makes a darn spooky sound, and Terry Reid singing some ghostly Scottish ballad about the Foggy Dew.
I have a feeling the new version won't be so life-changing, but it's been ages since I've seen them.
Mywife and I had front row seats for Elton John when he came through Sudbury a couple of years ago. Just him and his piano. It was fantastic.
I've seen Pearl Jam many times. One highlite was at the ACC when Bono came out and sang "Rockin' in the free world" with EdVed. Blew the roof off the place.
And , oh yeah, my wife dragged me to go see Madonna. Although I'm not really a fan I enjoyed it alot.
Jane's Addiction back in the day were mind blowing.
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DSO is doing 2 nights in Petaluma at The Mystic Theatre next week! These guys are always a good time, I will be at both shows Tue 4/13 and Wed 4/14- hope to see some of you there!