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Von Bontee said
Very cool!

I’ve never actually attended a Dylan show, but I did listen and linger awhile outside the fencing surrounding his concert at Toronto’s CNE stadium on August 29, 1988; I also caught a glimpse of him through his tour bus window after the show.

  

I pulled out right behind his tour bus. Had a moment where I thought about stalking him to his hotel and staying there (i was 3.5 hrs away) but quickly decided to go back home. 

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Just saw Dylan for the first time. Second show of the Rough and Rowdy Ways tour, man he sounds great and his sense of humor is still sharp as ever. Gave a new breath to the new songs that I’m still getting to know, and did some fantastic renditions of a few classics from Blonde On Blonde, Nashville Skyline, Shot of Love, etc. Awesome show. 

Me being pernickety, but second show of the third leg of the Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour 2021-2024, first leg being 2 November to 2 December 2021 (21 shows), the second between 3 March and 14 April (28 shows). You went to show 51 of the R&WT.ahdn_john_08_gifa-hard-days-night-george-10

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Hoping to see it become more World Wide soon as all 3 legs so far have been in North America.

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Do you have the count of how many legs and shows were in The Never Ending Tour? Its too bad I never got to see any shows from that tour which had been going since before I was born. Either way R&RW is an awesome album, and his performances of those songs in particular went over well with the audience who mostly didn’t know them beforehand.

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How about a series of posts with the theme “Concerts Gone Wrong”? First up, jazz sax man Sonny Rollins.

In 1972 I was treated by a stranger to my first jazz club concert. The club was located on a busy street in a college town. I remember there was a little lobby that opened up to a bar area. Besides the large wooded bar, there were couches and closed circuit tv broadcasting the performance from the showroom. The showroom had many tables and chairs with a small dance floor in front of the stage. The entire place including the walls and chairs was covered in red velvet. The artist was the saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who is black. To my surprise there was not one black person to be found, only long haired 20-something caucasians like me (and I had a fake ID). It was clear that the rules of etiquette of this place were to socialize in the first room and focus on the musicians in the second. We watched the first set in the bar and then moved up close to the stage for the second set. I was not familiar with the jazz code of conduct and had a hard time finding the groove. I may have closed my eyes like during a hippie space jam and just let my mind wander. The concert appeared to come to an end and without warning Sonny grabbed the bar stool he’d been leaning against, raised it over his head, and smashed it into pieces. One of the legs went flying by my head as we walked off like nothing had happened. At first I thought maybe he was doing a “Townsend” move, but the guy I was with said he was pissed off at the crowd. Now that I know more about this passionate artist, I suspect he was frustrated with his playing that night. Either way, I took the fractured stool leg with me and must have been a curious sight walking down the street with it hanging on my shoulder.

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Next up: Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia stops playing mid-song.

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This is the second in a series of posts titled Concerts Gone Wrong. This one features a 1980 show by singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. 

I saw him once at a Stop Hunger outdoor benefit at Stanford University. The “ticket” to get in was a can of food. He was playing solo and I remember when he sang Taxi he taught the females in the crowd to sing the falsetto part (it was funny and poignant at the same time). There were about 20 or 30 frat guys crowded at the front of the stage. They were all wrestling around while drinking beer and generally creating a rowdy scene while Harry was trying to play. Finally after a few songs Harry jumped off the stage right in the middle of these guys. We didn’t know what he was going to do and then we realized he was joining them. He had a beer and sat on the grass chatting for a while. Eventually he got back on stage and continued the show. I don’t know what he said but the frat guys calmed down and listened to his music. His way of handling the situation was just so cool. By the end of the show the entire crowd was singing the chorus to Cats In The Cradle while he conducted and smiled away

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An update on the concerts that I’ve been to (and not been to) over the past year or so, as well as something upcoming…

Unfortunately, that Platinum Blonde show I was supposed to go to last August ended up getting cancelled a few days prior, I think possibly due to a rise in COVID cases around that time. A bummer, but understandable.

Things went up from there though, because after over two years of waiting, I finally got to see James Taylor in May! Alas, Bonnie Raitt (who was originally supposed to be opening for him on the Canadian tour) was no longer able to join, but Jackson Browne (who opened for him in the States) came up here instead! It was amazing all around, and incredible to see and hear two songwriters of that calibre not only perform with their respective backing bands, but also perform with each other! I made sure to familiarise myself with as much of their music as I could beforehand (though I wasn’t able to get to everything, they both have quite the discographies!), and I can say that I’m a very big fan of them both.

The next concert I went to was Alanis Morissette in July, which Garbage opened. I’m not particularly familiar with Garbage, but I enjoyed them. Additionally, I’ll admit that I’m a bit more of a casual Alanis Morissette fan, I suppose (my mum had seen her before and was blown away, by the sounds of it), but wow!!! Does she have pipes!!! How she could run and dance about the stage like she did, while hitting the notes and singing with the power that she did, I don’t know. I had a great time, as very clearly did the rest of the audience, who were singing along for a fair amount of the show.

Just last week, I saw Greta Van Fleet for the second time! Hannah Wicklund was the first opening act, and she and her band were alright. Next was the Pretty Reckless, who I liked less, but holy smokes! Greta Van Fleet absolutely killed it!!! They were awesome when I saw them the first time in 2018 (which I think may have also been the last time they were here), so I had high expectations this time around, and what a spectacle it was!!! We had floor tickets, which was the general admission section, and we were able to get perhaps around 10-ish people back from the stage and about in the middle. They had these cool light tower things with glass rings that would glow and change colours, and lots of fire, which I could feel every time some went off! I suppose you could say that we could feel their love, rising with the Heat Above. a-hard-days-night-george-10Josh (the singer) soared to every high note, and the rest of the band as a whole (who also each got their own time to shine in solos and extended instrumental passages) sounded superb. My mouth was often agape, and it took several hours for me to calm down from all the excitement!

Finally, in only a couple of days, I’m seeing Poison, Mötley Crüe, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts…. and DEF LEPPARD!!!!! beatlemaniacs_02_gif I got into Def Leppard a little over a year ago (actually, coincidentally a year to the day before the release of their latest album, Diamond Star Halos), and they quickly cemented themselves as one of my all-time favourite bands. I don’t know if I could even think of the right words right now to properly describe how much I love them, and I can hardly believe that I’ll be seeing them so soon. I have a feeling that this is going to be a big one. heart

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Nice to see you @WeepingAtlasCedars! I’ve missed your postings. It sounds like you have a lot of pent-up live music energy leftover from the lockdown (me too). a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

 

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An update on the concerts that I’ve been to (and not been to) over the past year or so, as well as something upcoming…

Unfortunately, that Platinum Blonde show I was supposed to go to last August ended up getting cancelled a few days prior, I think possibly due to a rise in COVID cases around that time. A bummer, but understandable.

 

Finally, in only a couple of days, I’m seeing Poison, Mötley Crüe, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts…. and DEF LEPPARD!!!!! beatlemaniacs_02_gif I got into Def Leppard a little over a year ago (actually, coincidentally a year to the day before the release of their latest album, Diamond Star Halos), and they quickly cemented themselves as one of my all-time favourite bands. I don’t know if I could even think of the right words right now to properly describe how much I love them, and I can hardly believe that I’ll be seeing them so soon. I have a feeling that this is going to be a big one. heart

  

Wow, great shows you’ve seen/will see! I’d love love love to see Joan Jett, maybe Def Leppard too, although my sister (who actually did see Platinum Blonde in ’86 or so) is the bigger fan – I thought they peaked with their debut, and enjoy almost nothing they recorded after Rick Allen’s tragedy…

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This is the second in a series of posts titled Concerts Gone Wrong. 

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Next up: Sonic Youth meltdown

  

Wow, that Chapin story is amazing – he was well-known as a wonderful warm generous dude. 

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Not quite a meltdown, but singer Thurston Moore did deliver quite the harangue against the cops (“sorry you guys; fuck the police, man…” – oh and remember: this was just months after they threatened to arrest Madonna at Skydome for lewd behaviour!…ridiculous) at the end of the Sonic Youth show I caught decades ago; I think they were forced to end the show just past 1am, before they were through, just because of noise: No crowd violence, just a bit of the usual crowd surfing. (I’d actually encountered the guitarists hours before showtime, all of us killing time browsing in a record shop across the street from the venue; I said a few inane starstruck words to ’em.)

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The first concert I went to was a battle of bands in 2018 in Savannah, TN. I competed, I lost, I was 8 years old though. I played a BBQ joint in Jackson, TN about 6 months ago. Ever since then I’ve gigged there pretty occasionally.

The only concert I went to where I didn’t end up preforming myself was the last Memphis In May. A police officer at my school took me there as a reward for getting my life back together. We went there to see Foo Fighters, but Taylor Hawkins passed before the festival. I ended up seeing Weezer and Megan Thee Stallion. Weezer was so bad it was good. Megan Thee Stallion though? I wanted to leave the whole time. it was just bad. Does that chick understand that stallions are male horses that have balls?

But y’know my family members are the only people who got to see something good… My aunt saw the Beatles, my grandfather saw LZ 4 times, Black Sabbath before they were even a known band, and Fleetwood Mac. Another one of my aunts saw REO Speedwagon, and then another aunt saw the Eagles recently. My grandma met George, Paul, and Ringo! And the musicians that came before me in my family got to play with the Beatles! I have a friend who played with Jack White too. I am definitely not jealous of all of the people I mentioned here.

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Can’t believe I haven’t updated this in so long? a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Anyway, I’ve seen

– George Winston twice, but I can’t remember when because both times were kind of a long time ago a-hard-days-night-paul-7
– Roger Waters in Sept. 2017 in Boston, MA
– Muse twice: once in 2018 at Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC, and once in Atlanta, GA, in 2019, during their Simulation Theory tour. They’re touring their latest album so I’m hoping to see them again soon, and bring my friends this time. ahdn_john_08_gif
– Nightwish with my best friend who is a massive Nightwish fan, in Lowell, MA, in May of last year
– Billy Strings in Cary, NC, last June

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This is the third in a series of posts titled Concerts Gone Wrong. This one features a 2004 show by singer/songwriter Elton John. 

It’s a fairly well kept secret that almost any performer is available for private gigs if the price is right. This is especially true in Silicon Valley. My wife’s tech company throws an annual party to celebrate their founding. It is an extravagant affair with a dozen restaurants and wineries, rides and games, and a wide array of entertainment with at least one or two famous headliners. Through the years we saw Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Rod Stewart and Garth Brooks among others. So this one year they had decided to setup the concert stage outdoors in the parking lot. The corporate headquarters were close to San Francisco Bay and it was a little windy that day. The first artists to appear were Missy Elliot and Matchbox 20. Between shows the viewing area would clear out as people wandered about to enjoy the party. The unusual thing about these shows was that absolutely no publicity of any kind was permitted. If there was any press coverage the artist could cancel the show and still get paid. Because of this you never knew who was going to come walking or dancing out from backstage. Due to my eclectic music tastes I was always hanging around the stage trying to guess who the headliner was by the instruments and setup. So this day there was a covered grand piano, a covered drum kit, a little riser behind the piano, and 2 microphone stands up front. There was a gust of wind and the piano cover blew up revealing YAMAHA. I started thinking maybe Billy Joel? Next the cover swept away from the drum kit and there it was; in big black letters NIGEL OLSSON, Elton John’s drummer. Needless to say I skipped the food and lined up with the keyboard straight in my line if sight and didn’t move a muscle. Elton came out and was in a great mood and voice. The highlight was a dream come true from more than 30 years prior.  Christmas 1971 was all about Madman Across The Water and the opening songs were Tint Dancer and Levon. We listened to those song hundreds of times over the holidays and dreamed of seeing them played live. About 5 songs in Elton starts playing the intro to Tiny Dancer. My first thought was could he possibly follow it up with Levon. When he finished Tiny Dancer he went into the next song with barely a pause. I must have jumped in the air because he glanced at me and smiled as he sang “Levon wears his war wound like a crown/He calls his child Jesus“. 
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Can’t believe I haven’t updated this in so long? a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Anyway, I’ve seen

– George Winston twice, but I can’t remember when because both times were kind of a long time ago a-hard-days-night-paul-7
– Roger Waters in Sept. 2017 in Boston, MA
– Muse twice: once in 2018 at Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC, and once in Atlanta, GA, in 2019, during their Simulation Theory tour. They’re touring their latest album so I’m hoping to see them again soon, and bring my friends this time. ahdn_john_08_gif
– Nightwish with my best friend who is a massive Nightwish fan, in Lowell, MA, in May of last year
– Billy Strings in Cary, NC, last June  

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I’m quite proud of myself because I bought tickets for myself and my friends – one who introduced me to Muse (and with whom I’m in a band, and we’ve played a lot of Muse songs a-hard-days-night-john-6), and one whom I introduced to Muse (and with whom I saw Nightwish) – and we all planned the trip out together, and I made what had long been sort of a vague pie-in-the-sky dream into a reality. a-hard-days-night-john-1

We saw them in Philadelphia, which was pretty much the closest to us, and it was a great trip. We spent the day doing a bit of sightseeing around downtown Philly, which was really cool (actually, it was really COLD – freezing cold), and the concert itself was everything I could’ve hoped for. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad I had such wonderful people to share it with – I’ve seen Muse before, of course, but a) Muse never get old and b) having my friends there really made it special. a-hard-days-night-paul-7heart

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How about a series of posts with the theme “Concerts Gone Wrong”? First up, jazz sax man Sonny Rollins.

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Wow, I somehow missed this post last summer, very cool anecdote! 

Several times during his 60+ year career, Sonny wound take a year or three off from recording/performing and just practice; he had the inexplicable tendency to become dissatisfied with his own playing. And I believe one of those periods began in ’72, so maybe you saw one of his last shows before he semi-retired again for a bit.

Nothing so dramatic as a smashed chair at the show my friend and I saw in Toronto’s Massey Hall in ’91, though he did play and dedicate “Tenor Madness” to his old friend John Coltrane, earning applause – the 1956 recording was the single occasion the two tenor giants recorded together…

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@vonbontee I wish I would have known you back then, so I could have avoided feeling bad about the crowd all these years. I’m not sure what happened to the stool fragment. I vaguely remember trading it for something, but I can’t imagine what.

 

This is the fourth in a series of posts titled Concerts Gone Wrong. This one features a 2005 show by guitarist Carlos Santana.

For a few years in the late sixties, Santana was the opener for many of the Bay Area concerts I attended. I didn’t realize at the time that Bill Graham (the promoter) was their manager. Carlos always wore a tank top and kind of gave off a tough guy image. The band was a little unusual due to their Latin vibe and multi-racial musicians. When I saw the Woodstock movie in the spring of 1970 I was shocked to see Santana up on the big screen. I read a book about Hollywood that pointed out one of the reasons for our “hero worship” of stars is because when we see them on screen they are as tall as a house. I kind of had that feeling of heightened importance, even though I’d heard that exact set a dozen times. I wonder now if what I experienced is similar to what fans that hung out at the Cavern felt when they saw A Hard Days Night for the first time. The next time I encountered Carlos was in 1988 at a college campus concert. He had morphed into a spiritual shaman, wearing a colorful robe and smiling peacefully as the smell of sandalwood filled the air.

In 2005 I was attending another one of the annual corporate concert celebrations. As usual we had no idea who would be preforming. I usually didn’t pay that much attention to the food, but at this party my favorite steakhouse was in attendance. They had this lobster mac and cheese that was awesome, so I was standing in line when I heard:

Don’t you feel it growing, day by day
People getting ready for the news
Some are happy, some are sad
Whoa, gotta let the music play

Liking The Doobie Brothers more that cheese, I took off running. I caught most of the song and when they finished it Tom jokingly said ”Whoops, we played our encore first”. The crowd filled in and they put on a rocking show. They ended up playing Listen To The Music twice, which was fine with me.

Next up was Santana. He was dressed this time like a jazzman with dark silky suit and a matching skull cap. He had a great sax player (can’t recall his name) and multiple percussion and keyboards. This time he had morphed into John Coltrane. It is hard to explain, but his guitar playing was like a melodic experiment and took the whole band and listeners on a journey. I loved it and it was by far the most creative performance of the 30 I saw over those 10 years. He closed with a version of A Love Supreme in which he allowed every member of the band room to move. When they finished Carlos jumped down from the stage and joined the crowd. I was close enough to hear him tell someone he wanted to see Earth Wind and Fire too (Don’t think he knew it was supposed to be a secret). I saw a little kid come up and say something to him, after which Carlos took his cap off and put it on his head. Later the kid gave the cap back saying “Thanks you Swantana”.

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Earth, Wind and Fire must have been on tour because they were in top form. They played a long version of That’s The Way Of The World that brought all of the employees together in musical unity. To my tastes this was the best concert of the 10 I attended. Unfortunately, the fifth anniversary of the company also marked the final vesting of everyone’s stock options. Many people soon left for other companies and there was some grumbling about this concert because a rival firm had hired Neil Diamond.

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@sigh butterfly’s description reminded me of a few things I experienced seeing Santana 4 times (all during the 70s) as well as other concerts during that time — specifically the other artists of double bills:

Santana opening for Clapton was cool, especially at the end when they jammed together on stage. 

Booker T. and the MGs opening for Santana.

Average White Band opening for Herbie Hancock.

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During one Santana concert, their timbales player Chepito during a furiously fast solo lost a stick. It went flying into the audience, and my friend caught it in mid air.  To my anger, he gave it to his girlfriend who wasn’t even a Santana fan! 

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I bought season tickets for Milwaukee’s Summerfest back in November of last year (super cheap because it was November) and I’ve been taking long weekends off from work for the past two weeks + this week.  So far, I have seen:

Two weeks ago:

La Sra. Tomasa, The Reverend Horton Heat, Chicago Blues Supersession, The Moss, Buddy Guy, Crocodyle, Caroline Jones, Ruby Waters, Steven Adler (of Guns N’ Roses), Queensrÿche, The Brook & The Bluff, Vanilla Fudge, Wishbone Ash, Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Elvis Costello, Rosa Linn, Evangelia, Vixen

One week ago:

Phillip-Michael Scales, Argonaut & Wasp, Georgia Satellites, Shinyribs, The National Parks, Vance Joy, Chicken Wire Empire

This weekend:

Lifeguard, Horsegirl, Jenny Lewis, Smoking Popes, The War on Drugs, The Cuz, Cafune, Here Come the Mummies, Tito Puente Jr., Built to Spill, Collective Soul, Kalie Shorr, Greylan James, Walk The Moon, The Mountain Goats, Smokey Robinson (probably a couple others I wasn’t originally planning on seeing)

So if you plan on assassinating me this weekend, you can easily find me.

I also saw Santana on June 30 because I bought my dad a ticket to Santana for his birthday.

The weekend before Summerfest started, I saw Adolescents, Circle Jerks, and Descendents in Milwaukee.

 

So, yeah, a lotta concerts lately.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 wow! I’d be especially thrilled to have seen both Smokey and Buddy Guy…

I like the fake fantasy festival lineup posters that Spotify let its users create last November, based on our most-played artists of the year; “BloomFest 2022” would’ve been one for the ages! 

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