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Heart Concert Review, Austin, TX, October 16, 2016

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Heart played to a sold out crowd last night in Austin at my favorite venue, The Moody Theater at ACL Live.

It was a good set but seemed to be over as fast as it had begun.  The Wilson sisters sounded great and the backing band was flawless.  It was a nice surprise to hear Mistral Wind from Dog and Butterfly.  Easily the highlight of the show for me.  Having seen the setlist from a few nights before, I knew that they were going to play 3 Led Zeppelin songs as their encore and I had no interest in that, so we left just as No Quarter had started.

Throughout the show I couldn’t help but think about my Aunt Dianne who died earlier this year.  She and her sister, my Aunt Debbie, were big Heart fans and the trips to Pennsylvania sitting in Grandma’s listening to their Heart records with my cousins are some really special memories.

Short set for that price and I’m not sure I’d go see them again to be honest unless they started doing full album shows.  I’d love to see them do all of Dog and Butterfly or Dreamboat Annie.

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October 17, 2016 at 10:12 am

Gordon Lightfoot Concert Review, Austin, TX, June 21, 2016

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Gordon Lightfoot will be 78 later this year.  He still tours.  He plays 2 sets and stands the whole time.  That’s pretty awesome.

Given his age, his voice has deteriorated a lot and it’s only in a few spots here and there that you can hear his golden voice from the 70s.  He’s much higher-pitched and weaker nowadays but he gets it done and does it without a teleprompter which I think is even more impressive.  His guitar playing is still pretty good, too.

He seems like quite a personable guy.  Doing some quick research online, it looks like he just got married (again) 2 years ago to the 55 year old actress Kim Hasse.

It was a good show overall and was comparable to the show I saw 2 years ago.  He played pretty much everything one would want to hear at his shows and it brought back great memories of being a kid listening to AM gold with my Mom.

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Chicago Concert Review, Austin, TX, May 27, 2016

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Last night was the 4th time I’ve seen Chicago since 1991 and the 3rd time since 2012.  I’ve loved this band since I was a kid thanks to their heavy radio play and thanks to my Mom being a big fan.

Last night’s show was “an evening with” type show, meaning no opener which was fine with me.  My friend, Kitty, ended up going with me and into the Moody Theater we went.

As soon as they hit the stage, I noticed on huge difference in the band.  Jason Scheff, the bassist/vocalist who replaced Peter Cetera, was not there.  Instead, Jeff Coffey was handling those duties.  Apparently Jason had a family emergency and had to back out of the tour.  Coffey auditioned for the band a week or so ago and got the job.  Impressive.

The band played the set you’d expect with a song from their latest album thrown in.  These “geezers” still deliver and it’s impressive how much energy they have.  I’ll say this, though.  Jeff Coffey was the highlight for me.  For as good as Scheff is, Coffey was nailing Cetera’s vocal and bass parts effortlessly.  I was really blown away.  I’d be ok if he became a permanent member.

As always, the highlight song for me was Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get AwayStreet Player, Call on Me and Another Rainy Day in New York City were also great to hear again.

Even more impressive is that they played 32 songs. 32!

 

 

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May 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

Whitesnake and The Dead Daisies Concert Review, Austin, TX, August 9, 2015

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The Dead Daisies opened the show and I had not heard of them until right before showtime.  They are sort of an all star lineup featuring John Corabi, Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortis, Brian Tichy and Damon Johnson.  They came out and got the crowd warmed up pretty easily and were a good fit to open for Whitesnake.  Musically I was pretty bored.  Too much hand clapping and “Hey!” type rock for me.  The crowd seemed into it though and that’s what mattered.  They were solid and Corabi’s voice sounded great.  They did a quick free meet and greet immediately after their set which was cool.  I spoke to Marco for a moment recalling the times I saw him with Thin Lizzy in Virginia and Maryland.  He’s got a good memory, “Phil Lynott tattoo on your arm, right?”

I saw Whitesnake for the first time about 10 years ago to the day (August 7, 2005) in Norfolk, VA and they were good.  Good enough, anyway.  Coverdale, who’s no spring chicken and should not be expected to sound like he did in the 70s and 80s, sounded good.  Last night was no different.

They had a taped opening of The Who’s My Generation then went right into Burn by Deep Purple, Slide It In and Love Ain’t No Stranger.  Great way to open a show!  They played some more Deep Purple songs (this is dubbed the Purple Tour) and some other Whitesnake tracks including Bad Boys from the 1987 S/T album.  I was a little surprised that they’re not playing Stormbringer on this tour, but oh well.

The band was super solid and their backing vocals helped Coverdale sound better for sure.  He’s got Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Tommy Aldridge, Michael Devin and a keyboard player that I’m too lazy to look up.  Both Reb and Joel were tearing it up on guitar and Aldridge bored me to tears like he always has.  I could never get into his playing.

The show didn’t sell out, not even close.  It was a great time with great friends during and after the show and I’ve got a little rock and roll pneumonia today to show for it!

 

 

Alice Cooper Concert Review, Austin, TX, February, 12, 2015

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No real review that would be any different than the San Antonio show.  It was a blast again!  I did get Chuck’s pick, an Alice $100 bill and the necklace, too.

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Chrissie Hynde Concert Review, Austin, TX, November 19, 2014

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usestockholmChrissie Hynde rolled through Austin, TX last night at my favorite venue, ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  I was able to score front row balcony tickets and brought a friend who was back in town visiting her friends and family.  The show was dubbed as “A Night With Chrissie Hynde”, which would make one think there was no opener.  Ultimately, The Rails, which features her guitarist, opened up.  We decided to skip them and just be there for the 9PM start of her show.

I’m a moderate Pretenders fan but have always liked her voice.  I’m that guy who is basically only familiar with whatever I heard on the radio over the years, all of which I liked but not enough to buy the records.

Walking in and right before she hit the stage, they were announcing that no photos we allowed, which was fine by me.  It’s nice not to look at a bunch of phone screens during a show.

She went on promptly at 9PM and right into the first song, someone in the front row pulled their camera out and she walked to the edge of the stage and wagged her finger in disapproval.  That seemed to end it.  She opened with 2 Pretenders songs, Don’t Lose Faith In Me and Biker, neither of which I was familiar with.  Her voice sounded great and her backing band, as expected, was very good.  She played 8 songs from her new album, Stockholm, 13 Pretenders songs and a Kinks cover of I Go To Sleep.

They played some of the radio hits like My City Was Gone, Back On The Chain Gang and Don’t Get Me Wrong (a favorite of mine), but left off Brass In Pocket and Show Me (my favorite of theirs).  There wasn’t a lot of talking between songs and she played rhythm guitar most of the night.  Early in the set there was a guy in the front row with a tambourine and she finally said to the guy, “Is there a story to go with this?”  She waved the guy to the end of the stage and he told her that she had given that to him during a show 31 years ago.  She said, “I don’t believe you!”, laughed and signed it and handed it back to him.  About a song or 2 later, he was playing it along with the band and she motioned for him to stop.  haha.

It was a fun show and about 3/4 through the set, the floor crowd ended up just rushing the stage and she was cool with it.  Before the first encore, some woman jumped up on stage to get one of her guitar picks that had been dropped and tried to peel the setlist off of the stage.  Security grabbed her quickly and rolled her off the stage.  Before the second encore started, some other woman crawled on stage and tried to get a pick from the guitarist’s stand and quickly got rolled off of the stage.  WTF, people?  STAY OFF OF THE FUCKING STAGE!

Anyways, it was a good show and worth seeing if you’re even mildly a Pretenders fan.

Goodnight!

 

Slayer Concert Review, Austin, TX, November 18, 2014

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usetitleIMG_6819Whew!  What a whirlwind it’s been the last month with all of the shows and there’s no sign of it slowing down yet!  Last night was not slow.  Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer were in town to play a sold out show at the Moody Theater (aka ACL Live).  I still can’t believe a show like this got booked at such a classy venue, but I’m glad it did and hope that it opens the door for more metal there.  Let’s get right into this…

Exodus hit the stage promptly at 7:30PM with Black 13 and Blood In, Blood out from their latest release of the same name.  They were fast, tight and Steve Souza sounded great.  They only got 30 minutes for their set which is by far too short for a band with such a back catalog.  They rolled right into Blacklist from Tempo of the Damned then gave the crowd what they wanted in the form of Bonded By Blood, Toxic Waltz and Strike of the Beast.  I’m in the minority when I say I don’t like the Bonded By Blood album.  I’ve bought it several times over the years and it just never caught on to me.  However, I do love Fabulous Disaster and Pleasures of the Flesh.  Gary Holt is doing double duty with Exodus and Slayer and he and the whole band sounded great.  Tom Hunting is always the highlight for me in seeing Exodus live. He’s got such a unique style and watching him play last night was certainly a treat.

I’m not the biggest Suicidal Tendencies fan but do love that late 80s pre-funk ST stuff.  Last night I became a bigger fan, at least in a live setting.  Mike Muir hit the stage looking healthy and just sounded clear and coherent all night.  The show I saw a few years back was pretty awful.  The backing band last night was totally kickass too.  Especially the drummer.  Holy shit that guy was a beast.  They opened with an extended version of You Can’t Bring Me Down and went right into Freedumb from their 1999 release of the same name.  They mixed the set up with songs from Join the Army, the self-titled LP, Lights Camera Revolution, How Will I Laugh and 13.  The crowd was completely into it and there was a decent pit most of the time they were playing.  Highlights for me were War Inside My Head and How Will I Laugh Tomorrow .  Again, Suicidal brought their best game last night and blew me away.

Up next…SLAYER!  I’ve been a big fan since Reign In Blood, main reason being Dave Lombardo’s drumming.  Well, Dave’s not in the band anymore and it’s completely obvious, at least to me it is.  More on that later.  Slayer opened up with World Painted Blood and flowed right into Post Mortem.  They only played 5 post -Seasons era songs and that was fine by me.  They sounded great early in the set but it seemed to deteriorate ever so slightly as the set progressed.  They are an intense band and I can’t imagine playing night after night with that intensity, but if it was my job, I’m sure I’d make it work.  Araya’s voice sounded great and was actually better than when I saw the Seasons anniversary tour.  For me what was brought the show down a notch or two was the lack of Lombardo behind the kit.  He brings a certain intensity (I know I’m using that word a lot but it fits) to Slayer and it was missing last night.  This is no slight to Paul Bostaph who is a damn fine drummer in his own right, but he’s no Lombardo.  Few are.  Slayer is like the Rush of thrash metal.  Rush fans want to hear all of Peart’s fills and Slayer fans, especially yours truly, wants to hear Lombardo’s stuff played properly.  Bostaph did a good job and that’s why he’s in the band.  But there were just some little things that made it hard for me to totally enjoy him and the band last night.  His double bass work in some songs wasn’t very consistent.  Maybe he was having an off night, I don’t know.  I remember when I was gigging regularly as a drummer that off nights happen.  Sometimes you’re just not in “the pocket.”  None of this is to say Slayer put on a bad show, I’m not sure that they could, I’m just saying that I miss Dave behind the kit and the band just seemed out of sorts last night.  I went so far as to rename them “Slower”, but that’s probably not too fair.  I do need to mention that Kerry King was as solid as ever and I loved his Raiders/Biletnikoff jersey.  Gary Holt did fine playing Hanneman’s parts.  Holt is a good guitarist all the way around.

In the unlikely even that he comes back to the band again, last night was probably my last Slayer show (that I’d pay for).  The setlist was good and I’m really glad I got to hear At Dawn They Sleep, Chemical Warfare, Hell Awaits and Die By The Sword.

Long live Slayer and RIP Jeff Hannemann.  It was a good night.