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Bryan Adams Concert Review, Cedar Park, TX, April 10, 2016

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I’ve got Night Demon and Visigoth staying with me for a few days while they’re between shows on their current North American tour.  Night Demon stay with me regularly and even have a key to my house.  Solid dudes.  Their singer and I took the decision yesterday afternoon that we were going to go see Bryan Adams.  I was already planning on going and he was down for it.

The show was at the new-ish Cedar Park Center northwest of Austin and this was my second time seeing Bryan since 2012.  It was scheduled to start at 8PM with no opening act.  I had noticed that there were plenty of seats left when buying our tickets and we opted for the loge area at the back of this small arena.  Easy seating and close to the bar. Bryan took the stage at 815PM and I imagine that they were holding out for some additional people to get in to fill the place up a bit.  There were some sections that were cordoned off in the back as well.  No matter, on with the show.

He opened up with Do What Ya Gotta Do from his latest effort, Get Up.  It was followed up with Can’t Stop This Thing We Started from 1991’s Waking Up the Neighbours. He didn’t waste time getting to any of his hits with Run to You, Heaven and It’s Only Love and Kids Wanna Rock coming right after in the next handful of songs.

He played everything you would have expected to hear including 5 from his new album.  His band was great and the lead guitarist and drummer have been with him for 30+ years.  Their sound was phenomenal.  The mix in the venue was perfect and the guitar tones were great.  Four vintage Marshall half stacks on the back line.

Right before the encore, my friend and security manager for the venue sent a message and moved us up to the section beside the stage.  Sweet upgrade to catch a closer view of the band.  Thanks, Steve (aka Dave, Mike, Tom, John etc)!

Overall the show was fantastic.  If I had one disappointment, it would be that he didn’t play One Night Love Affair, which is my favorite song of his.  He didn’t play it at the 2012 show either.  Oh well.

 

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April 11, 2016 at 8:45 am

Motley Crue & Alice Cooper Concert Review, Cedar Park, TX, July 15, 2014

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Last night marked the second time I’ve seen Motley Crue (1989) and Alice Cooper (1996).  Crue was OK that night…better to say that the band was just fine, but Vince Neil wasn’t.  He’s been awful the 2 times since then that I’ve seen him with his solo band.  Cooper’s show back then was awesome as expected.  I’m not the biggest Crue fan and really only like the first 2 albums, but they do put on a decent show.  I pretty much love all Alice Cooper.

Crue announced recently that they were calling it quits for good and that they signed some sort of silly contract stating that there would be no more Crue shows after this tour.  We’ll see.  I probably wouldn’t have gone to see this had it not been announced that Alice Cooper was opening.  DONE AND DONE.  I got the presale code from Alice’s website and scored decent seats in the front center section of the relatively new Cedar Park Center.

My close friend, Trans Am (TA), and I arrived around 6PM and I was surprised at how small the venue was from the outside.  It’s pretty small inside, too.  But it’s really cool.  Not really many bad seats in the place.  We hung out in the parking lot for a few then made our way in.  We both ran into a ton of folks we know, of course.  This is the type of show that you’d see pretty much everyone you know.  We found out last minute that there was an opening band.  They weren’t worth mentioning.  zzzzzzzz.

Cooper’s front curtain goes up and his intro music begins.  We rush back into the venue, the curtain drops and they open with Hello Hooray.  Alice sounded great.  He’s not young but he still moves around like he is and his voice is still quite strong.  Since he was the opener, his set wasn’t that long but he played some of my faves like Billion Dollar Babies and Ballad of Dwight Fry.  Killer and I love the Dead were only partials which is unfortunate.  With From the Inside being my favorite Cooper album, of course I wanted some songs from that, but such is life.  His band was solid and his drummer, Glen Sobel, was awesome.  That’s no surprise since Alice never hires any slouches for his band.  They close with School’s Out and that was that.  The crowd was into it and Cooper just sounded so good.  I really hope he does another headlining tour.  I’ll travel for it if I have to.

Crue hits the stage and opens with Saints of Los Angeles.  Lots of lights for this show.  They move right into Wild Side and Primal Scream.  I will admit that Vince sounded better than I had heard in recent years…at least for the first 3/4 of the show.  The band sounded solid although I thought their mix was a little muddy.  I think that may have been on purpose.  Mick was relatively mobile, surprisingly.  The show was obviously done with backing tracks as I heard lots of rhythm guitars that weren’t being played by Mick.  Lots of additional vocal tracks beyond Vince and Nikki and the newer version of the old Nasty Habits backing singers.  On With the Show, Too Young To Fall In Love and Too Fast for Love were highlights for me.  By the time they started playing Shout at the Devil, Vince’s voice started to give out.  He’s always been good at letting the crowd sing a lot for him and last night was no different.

They had lots of pyro which was pretty cool.  Nikki had a flamethrower bass set up that was fun…and hot.

Overall the show was good and we had a blast.  What a great venue, too.  Next month I’m seeing Chicago and REO Speedwagon there.