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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

Alice Cooper Concert Review, Austin, TX, August 21, 2016

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Alice rolled into Austin again for the 3rd time in 2 years…and there’s nothing wrong with that!  I’d go see him every week if I could.

As it was last year, we were served an evening with just Alice Cooper.  I was quite pleased to see that the setlist was different for this tour.  I ended up with 3rd row seats at stage right on Ryan Roxy’s and Chuck Garric’s side.  Ryan pitched a pick perfectly to me towards the end of the show.

Overall it was great and Alice’s voice was in good condition and his backing band was as solid as ever.  One of these days I’ll get Garric and Hendrikson added to The Book.

The only down side to the show was the amount of fucking camera phones being held up the whole show.  Don’t get me wrong, I will snap some shots but I don’t keep my phone out and held up the whole show.  It was really annoying.  But I digress.

Highlights would be Ballad of Dwight Fry, Elected, The World Needs Guts and a good rendition of Ace of Spades.  It was a strong set overall.

I used a couple of my own photos as well as some from Christie O. and John A.  Thanks!

 

 

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August 22, 2016 at 11:02 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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Foreigner Concert Review, Austin, TX, April 21, 2016

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Let’s briefly go back in time…

I guess it was on the “4” tour for Foreigner that my oldest brother, Mark, went to the show (Norfolk Scope 1981?).  He was a pretty big fan of the band and I think most people probably liked some of their stuff.  In the late 70s and early-to-mid-80s you couldn’t get away from them.  I liked them enough.  Urgent is a great song.  Beyond I Want To Know What Love Is, I pretty much like all of their hits.  And for many of us musicians, Jukebox Hero has a lot of meaning.

Flash forward to today.  Foreigner still tours…a lot.  But wait.  Who’s in the band?  Lou Gramm is long gone.  But Mick Jones is still on guitar, right?  Nope.  Who’s left from the original lineup?  No one.  NO ONE.  Mick has had some major health problems in recent years and can’t tour.  He did an acoustic TV appearance with the band a couple of months ago and looked pretty frail on that.  So what we had last night was the most solid Foreigner cover band you could ever see and I was aware of that fact when I bought the VIP/meet and greet pass.

I’ve got a few friends that call me crazy for doing that with bands, but there’s usually a mission behind it and that’s to get certain musicians in The Book.  With Foreigner, two of the guys were in 80s metal bands that I liked and actually have a little personal history with one of them.

Typically on these things it’s just a small group of folks but last night they had nearly 100 people buy the VIP.  It’s also usually known up front if personal autographs would be allowed.  Nothing noted during the purchase about that.  This was not a cheap purchase by any means.  We’re not talking KISS prices by any stretch of the imagination, but not chump change either.  I was there on a mission.  This one didn’t state either way so I went for it.  As they’re explaining the process, the girl mentioned “no personal autographs”.  Everything puckered up quickly.  She walked through the line to see if folks had questions and when she got to me, she got an earful.  Respectfully of course.   I showed her The Book and explained to her blah blah blah.  She leaned in to me and said, “I’ll do my best to make it happen.  Just hang tight and maybe drop back in line a little.”  OK.

So we’re going through the backstage area of the awesome Moody Theater and I’m noticing that only 2-3 other people had something extra with them.  It was almost my turn to meet the band and she comes up to me and says, “It’s happening.  Do the picture then just hang out over there with Bill (another manager) until everyone goes through.”  I hugged her.

As I got up to the band to shake their hands, Jeff Pilson (Dokken et als) was first.  I mentioned I was a huge early Dokken fan and said, “Me too!”  When I spoke to Kelley Hansen (Hurricane), I mentioned our history. “What did I do?”  I mentioned him contacting me around 2001 when I was selling a promo only Hurricane picture disc that he apparently had never seen and didn’t own.  We had worked out a trade.  “That was you?!  I still have that thing and still haven’t seen another!”  A couple of quick photos and I was shuffled off to Bill who says, “Leave the book here and I’ll bring it to you after they sign it.”  ummm…What?  No, sir.  Sorry, that book doesn’t leave my sight.  Allison heard our exchange and said, “He’s fine, Bill.”

As I’m waiting for the last 20 or so folks to do their thing with the band, I see Joey Kramer from Aerosmith walk in with a small entourage.  HOLY SHIT.  Joey Kramer.  He lives locally and is out and about often but this was my first encounter.  He walks by me and I just say, “Hey Joey, how’s it going.  Got a moment to sign something?”  “Sure, man.  Whatcha got?”  I flip The Book open to the Aerosmith page, he asked my name and signed it.  I mentioned how much his playing blew me away the 3 or 4 times I had seen them since the 80s.  “Best American rock drum shuffle ever”, I said.  “Thanks, Sean.  Nice to meet you.”  To be honest, I got a little star struck.  I’ve met a lot of bands over the years, but for whatever reason, maybe the surprise of seeing him, got me all worked up for a moment.  That made the price of admission completely worth it.

After the crowd got through the line, Kelley came over and signed the book, shook my hand and moved on.  Pilson came over and we chatted for a few minutes.  Told him I saw Dokken/Aerosmith in 89.  He asked who was better and I said, “We were mainly there to see Dokken.”  He seems like a pretty laid back guy.

I ran my stuff back to my truck quickly and went back in.  I was front row, just off center.  The show started at 815PM and they were slated to only play 13 songs.  Just the hits and nothing more.  I’ll say this, they were fantastic.  Everyone in that band is a solid professional, it’s just unfortunate that no original members are still playing in the band.  I heard a lot of complaints around me about Jones not being there.  It was a sold out show, too.  As stated earlier, I knew what to expect going it, but it was all worth it.  That said, I’ll never go see them again, even if Jones was able to come back.

I do want to give a hand to Kelley Hansen’s vocals and performance.  That guy’s voice was perfect.  He does, however, look a lot like Steven Tyler these days and is copping his moves pretty hard.  Some of his between song banter was annoying but he was also playing to the older crowd that was there.  At 46, I was one of the youngest in attendance.  As he was introducing the band, he stated that Jeff Pilson was a founding member of Dokken.  Part of me wanted to yell, “What about Juan Croucier?!”  haha.  He also mentioned that one of the guitarists had been assaulted the night before in downtown Austin.   The drummer was a beast, but I could have done without the drum solo.  They were slated to do Long, Long Way From Home in the encore but it got nixed for a little love fest tribute to Prince.  They had a local high school choir doing backing vocals in I Want to Know What Love Is and ended it with Hot Blooded.

Overall an enjoyable night.

 

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April 22, 2016 at 10:03 am

Pat Benatar Concert Review, Austin, TX, February 25, 2016

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It’s been almost 3 years since the last time I saw Pat and Neil.  That show was fun as was last night’s.  There’s not much new here to report except that at age 63, Pat still sounds incredible.  The setlist varied a little bit since that show, but it was still fun.  It was good hearing Shadows of the Night.  My old friend Brenda went with me.  Haven’t seen her in quite a while and it was fun to hang out since she’s moving soon.

They played a snippet of Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl.  I had no idea that Neil was the guitarist on the original.

America was also in town last night and I don’t know how that one got by me.  I would have been there since I’ve never seen them and am a pretty big fan of their hits.  Oh well.

 

 

 

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February 26, 2016 at 11:20 am

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven & Power Trip Concert Review, Austin, TX, February 8, 2016

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I went to last night’s show solely to see Anthrax and Power Trip.  I think Deafheaven and Lamb of God are awful.  Boring, really.

Originally I wasn’t going to go then I saw that Anthrax was doing a relatively inexpensive meet and greet and I’ve wanted to meet them and to get them in The Book so I got my ticket and ordered the meet and greet.  Shortly after the M&G was announced, a local record store posted that they would be doing an in-store as well and to get anything signed, you had to buy a deck of their playing cards and no photos.  Oh well.

Doors were at 4:30PM (wow) and we were told to be there at 3:15PM.  Ultimately there were only 4 of us and we got taken to the backstage area where the band came out to say hello, sign stuff and do a few pictures and talk for a few minutes.  It was pretty obvious that Scott Ian didn’t want to be there, so I just shook his hand, had him sign The Book, a photo and my Spreading the Disease CD cover.  Charlie was checking out The Book, looked up and saw my Loudness patch and said, “I bet Loudness isn’t in here.”  I let him know that they were and that I had sigs from 3/4 of the original band.  Then he started rambling off other bands, some of them nu-metal shit, and I said that there were no bands after 1991 in here.  “Oh, cool.  Where do I get one of these?”  So I directed him to Amazon blah blah blah.  Joey and Frank were extremely nice and super chatty as was their new guitarist, Jon Donais of Shadows Fall.  I wish I had recognized him at the moment because I love Of One Blood by Shadows Fall.  I mentioned to Joey and Frank that I had first seen them on the Among tour at The Boathouse.  Scott heard me and said, “Geez, I remember that dump.  We played there a few times.”  Three to be exact, but whatever.  It was good to meet them and we were all given a deck of the Anthrax cards, a record mat, a band photo to get signed and the M&G laminate.  We were also given the opportunity to buy merch on the way out so I got a tour shirt.

Since Power Trip wasn’t going on until 6PM, I went over to Lambert’s for some awesome food and a beer as it was only 430PM when we were led back out of the venue.  I’m back at the venue are 530PM and see a bunch of friends and hang out a bit before Power Trip’s set.

I head up to the mezzanine area and sit for a few minutes.  I’ve had some back issues lately and I was seated on the back corner of the back row (only four rows in this section) and could get up as needed.  I ended up standing for most of the show as it was more comfortable.  Power Trip started promptly at 6PM and the crowd was trickling in.  I’ve seen them several times and I really enjoy them in a live setting.  I think they gained some new fans by then end of their 30 minute set.  They were solid as usual.

Deafheaven was up next and I just went back out to the lobby area to hang out with some friends.  They bore me to tears.

Anthrax came on right at 745PM opening with Fight ’em Till You Can’t from their Worship Music album, which I really liked.  Having Belladonna back in the band has been great, for me at least.  They rolled effortlessly through an 8 song set that had 2 songs from their forthcoming album, For All Kings.  I liked the 2 new tracks a lot.  They played In the End, Caught In a Mosh and Indians as well…and two covers.  FUUUUUCK.  I mean, I know they’ve always played covers live, but throw us a bone every now and then.  On some of the shows where they’ve had a longer set, they’ve included as many as 3 songs from Spreading the Disease.  HOLY FUCK I’d lose my mind if I saw Lone Justice live.  *sigh*  Oh well.  Charlie Benante is still ungodly on drums and Frank Bello is basically the Angus Young of the bass.  I’ve always loved his playing and his backing vocals are superb.  Joey sounded great, too.  Jon is a killer guitarist and played Spitz’ parts perfectly as well as his own.

After a short break, Lamb of God comes on.  I stayed for the first song and that was enough for me.  Never liked their stuff.  Bro-metal.

 

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!