Posted 21 February 2019 - 04:13 PM
Posted 23 February 2019 - 02:12 PM
Marillion’s “garden party” was playing when we walked into the theater, so that was pretty cool.
I’m not sure which of the band is old and which are new but they were all really good . Todd Cooper, one of the main vocalists and guitar player/saxophone player was quite talented. His sax solo on “Old and wise“ out of this world.
All in all fun show, they did a couple of new songs from their upcoming album and then played a lot of the old stuff which was great to hear live.
And the exit song was “look on the bright side of life” which I particularly enjoyed being a maiden fan!
Oh, and the average age of the audience had to be 65, LOL .
Posted 04 March 2019 - 05:16 PM
Also, they have a new bassist, from Augusta, GA, who flat out kicks ass. He did a lot more than the old bassist, who was basically nonexistent, it seemed. A few minor technical glitches during the show and they played a lot of the new album, which is has some sad songs on it. Marcus King didn't play very long, but Derek Trucks played the last song with them, and, they came out and played 2 encore songs with Tedeschi Trucks. It's was a very good show, but not the best. Still, I'm glad they came to Augusta, so I wouldn't have to drive 3 or 4 hours, one way, to see them.
Posted 04 March 2019 - 05:19 PM
Posted 07 March 2019 - 07:23 PM
I was chomping at the bit to get to this show. There was also a listing for a show at 5:00 for a "special VIP" which I was wondering if it was maybe some sort of acoustic Neal Morse set that I would be kicking myself for missing...but figured if it wasn't, maybe it would be someone else special, or just expose me to some new music.
Saturday came, and I was bouncing off the walls, and was finally happy when the time came to go. I got there about 4:00-4:30-ish, and waited in the lobby. The 5:00 pm band was an offshoot of an older prog band calle Unitopia from Australia. (Don't know the name of the actual band, though, but they played mostly Unitopia music, and I heard from a rock journalist there on assignment that they were opening for Steve Hackett when he goes on tour...this was sort of a warm up for them) anyway... great music, and if I get the actual name of the band, I'll let you know....
Ran to dinner across the street while they changed the stage for Neal Morse, and watched the Kentucky Derby.... The concert started at 8:30 and the place was getting packed! If everyone would have shut up, you could have heard the sound check, but it was just a blur in the background (and I was chased away from a door trying to listen) They let everyone in about 10 minutes before the show started, and WHAT A SHOW! They played the entire new album, and NAILED it! Portnoy was on drums, and was having a blast all night. This was the first time I got to see him live, and he's fun to watch. Neal Morse is an amazing musician, and writer, and this album is really great...I'm glad I got to hear it a few times before this show.
The Overture and the Dream were off the charts, and The Man in the Iron Cage was wild! Lots of music to digest in this one, but it was all good. During the last tune of the album, his laptop seemed to die, and his keyboards stopped working, so while he had a tech come out, he just grabbed a guitar and kept playing.... when the song was over, he explained his problem, and his keyboard guy and a tech came out... he strummed his guitar and said "any requests" I quickly yelled "WE ALL NEED SOME LIGHT!" before anyone else got anything out, and he actually started playing it!!! he did the first verse and chorus, when he noticed his laptop re-booted, and his keyboard started to work again....bummer...I wish it stayed broken, I might have gotten the whole tune!l (but I at least got that!)
He sailed through his last song from the Grand Experiment album, and that was it!
I guess it was some sort of "divine intervention" that got me to go to this show. Talk about a whim! So, to whatever force got me to listen to his new album, and cued up Transatlantic on my iPod THANK YOU! If I would have missed this, I would have been pissed!! IF you get a chance to see this show, don't pass it up, some CRAZY playing going on, on stage! I overheard a conversation at the show, and the guy said "he isn't as into him since he got 'all religious', but he's still a good player, and I was coming anyway".... OK, who cares...the message changed, but the music is still off the charts! Not sure why the mention of "Jesus" makes people so nervous? When Iron Maiden started yelling 666 it wasn't so bad!
Ok.... Just an update on stuff that I've found since this show happened... I saw a little information from a few odd sources about UNIT dB, and where they came from (Unitopia) and I was able to find a setlist from the show I saw, and actually find some of their music. So the past week, I've been listening to their stuff and HOLY CRAP! I LOVE it! I mean I loved hearing what I heard when I saw them live, but after giving things a critical listen, I am totally a fan! (although they aren't together anymore) but I've picked up their entire output and Amazon lets you listen to the Mp3 versions, and I'm amazed! I'm So glad I got to see this band live, and hear what I heard, and now that I can relive it, it's great!! (the other offshoot band is Southern Empire which is another great band, get their stuff!)
Edited by Jaminbenb, 07 March 2019 - 07:23 PM.
Posted 07 March 2019 - 09:00 PM
Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:05 PM
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Posted 25 April 2019 - 04:22 PM
Fantastic show. He was truly memorizing throughout (well except for the one man mosh pit who was jumping like mad over the star wars theme song....). I've been a fan of his since I was 12-13 or so so this is one of my white whale concerts. He played in an old church which really added to a lot of the atmospheric stuff he did. Some of it reminded me of the Casualties of Cools shows in The Union Chapel. The two hours really flew by. It's definitely one of the best shows I've seen for under $30.
Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:18 PM
1. Queen + Adam Lambert (2017)
2. Rush (2015)
3. Chicago and REO Speedwagon (2018)
4. The Who (2019)
5. The Musical Box (2018)
6. Coldplay (2016)
7. Panic! At The Disco (2018)
8. Imagine Dragons (2017)
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers (2017)
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