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Posted 23 October 2019 - 11:14 PM

Mystery - Wednesday, 23.10.2019 - Bensheim, Rex Musiktheater

WOW, WOW and WOW!!!!!! What a f***in' unforgettable evening!
The Rex is a fantastic, very small club in a village near Frankfurt, Germany. Took me half an hour to get there and I found the parking situation more than comfortable. Thirty seconds to walk to the entrance. I love German club shows.
The venue was half-full, which means that there were not more, than 250 people in attendance. So since one, could fairly walk around to find a spot, I easily ended up in the second row, right in front of Michel St-Pere. Cool to watch him play that close. He has a great repertoire of proggy sounds and his feeling amazes me more and more. What a great guitarist and what a great guy he really is!...
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So tonight, I finally had a chance to witness one of the finest French-Canadian prog celebrations around. Merci beaucoup, Mystery! So much fun to be there! The show had a playing time of 3 hours and 04 minutes (exactly) - Non-stop!!!!!! No joking here! It was all about pure fun on stage - and - thankfully, there was a very helpful Wednesday crowd, that lit a spark from the very beginning.  
Top sound (can't remember when I last heard and felt such brutal bass pedals!), Top setlist, Top vocals and flute from Jean, Top playing from all involved, Great audience, Great mood, Great after-show party!!!!!!

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 11:09 AM

Elton John last Thursday night in Toronto.  I had never seen him live before and definitely did not want to miss what was most likely the last chance.  A fantastic show!  Just hit after hit for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I love that the core of his original band is still with him after all of these years.

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 04:57 AM

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Elton John last Thursday night in Toronto.  I had never seen him live before and definitely did not want to miss what was most likely the last chance.  A fantastic show!  Just hit after hit for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I love that the core of his original band is still with him after all of these years.

That's a decent length!  What did he end on?

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 07:33 PM

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Dead & Co at Madison Square Garden - Nov 1, 2019.   Oh the floor about 50 feet from the stage.

Casual Dead fan but their shows are great.  John Mayer!

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:50 PM

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Ghost, with guest Nothing More
Reno Events Center
Reno, NV, 2019

Ghost is a band I'd seen at the tiny Knitting Factory,  prior to them exploding in popularity.  That show was fantastic, full of energy that was magnified by the size of the venue.  I was excited to see what Ghost would bring to a larger arena, and to hear some of the newer songs...

The night started off strangely, with the venue opening later than scheduled which meant waiting in a long line that snaked the full 360 degrees around the exterior of the arena.  We originally got in line, but then figured it would be better to just go get a gelato and come back when the line had shortened.  The pistachio at the El Dorado was excellent.

It was fun bring the Lad to the show, as he's never been to a real concert and he had little experience being around a horde of tattooed, body-pierced adults dressed head-to-toe in full black.  We've a;ways joked about the Goth lifestyle, and now he got to see a bit of it up close.  A Ghost concert tradition is for women to dress as evil nuns, and we were hoping to get a photo of the Lad with one of those, but that didn't work out.  He was able to pose with a Ghost über-fan dressed as Cardinal Copia in crimson robes and cap, so that was fun.  As for the show itself...

Opening act Nothing More isn't our cup of tea.  I like heavy rock, but I find bands that take themselves too seriously cringe-worthy, and Nothing More fit that bill.  Life in modern America isn't perfect, but for me it certainly doesn't merit the emotional cocktail of hyper-sensitivity, self-pity and misanthropy that permeates the lyrics and vocal stylings of bands like Nothing More.  So the Lad and I spent the bulk of the opening act's set rolling our eyes and chuckling to ourselves.  They band did pull of something I'd never seen before:  A three man bass solo.  Not three guys all playing bass separately.  Three guys on ONE bass guitar.  The lead singer use drumsticks to band on the strings while the bass and guitar players used piano tapping for the notes.  A very Spinal Tap moment.  :D   Thankfully, the set was mercifully short.

We had floor tickets, and I was wondering if we'd be battling  crowd all night.  I don't think the Lad was quite up to that, but luckily (for us, not for the band) the show was only about half sold.  So there was plenty of room to wander around and visibility wasn't an issue.  Ghost took what seemed like forever to get set up and ready to play.  There were several eruptions of cheering during the wait, but toward the end folks started to get impatient, causing shouts of "Come on!" and such.  There was a less than positive tension building...but then the first strains of Ring Around the Rosie started, the curtain raised, and...

Ghost launched into a rousing version of Rats, the single from Prequelle, and the all was right and good.  As Cardinal Copia, Ghost's Tobias Forge did a great job getting everyone into the show from the outset.  He's a great entertainer, and love to banter with the crowd.  Maybe a bit too much.  There's a fine balance between keeping the crowd engaged with "Are you with us, Reno?!?" and badgering the crowd for applause.  While the performance was great with a fantastic setlist and stellar performances by the Ghouls, Forge's nearly constant demands for applause and singing along (to songs many simply did not know) started to wear thin.  By the end there was an underlying animosity, which showed itself in Forge letting us know sarcastically that we were "...an AWFULly good crowd."

That aside, fans of the band, and fans of live music in general, weren't left disappointed.  A Ghost concert is a full experience, with awesome lighting, use of smoke, flame and  incense to set a mood of collective ritual.  It's musical escapism at its best.

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Setlist info:  https://en.wikipedia...d_Death_setlist

Looking at this and seeing the number of shows they've played and will continue to play, a little weariness and impatience setting in on Tobias Forge is understandable.  I don't know if any other frontman works harder at entertaining a crowd, and imagine it's hard when the crowd doesn't respond in kind.

There are two songs in that set I have never heard of. What were the songs he was trying to get people to sing along to that they didn't respond to? The band only has four albums and it's not like they have enough big hits to bring in a large casual audience. No excuse for people to not know the material that has been released so far. It's  not like they have this huge discography fans need to work through.
I don't know if it was one of the new songs, off Prequelle, or one of the songs off the debut, like Satan Prayer.  Either way, the majority of us didn't know the words.

As far as people not knowing the material, Ghost isn't exactly getting heavy radio play.

Which makes them doing arenas an odd choice. Mid sized venues that fit three or four thousand I think is their ceiling even with the spike in popularity over the last couple years. Filling arenas in north America is not something I felt like they could sustain for a full tour. I think Tobias and the record company had bigger hopes for them with the new album and aimed a little too high with some of the venues booked. I think they should stick to the same kind of theater venues that somebody like Alice Cooper does. That's seems to be the right spot for Ghost.
Agreed.
I saw them at Hershey arena whcih isn't a big arena but it is a professional hockey arena and the place was very full.

Nothing More was horrible but Ghost was good as always.

Still the best show I saw him on was at the Hippodrome here in Baltimore which is a theater\opera house and the acoustics are really good and the place has an old church type feel to it which fit's his stage show perfectly.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:54 PM

I have been a Tool fan since Undertow but last night was my first time seeing them live in concert and they did not disappoint.  The show was perfect.  The sound, the set list, the lights and video, all of it, perfect.

I have been floating ever since.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:44 PM

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I have been a Tool fan since Undertow but last night was my first time seeing them live in concert and they did not disappoint.  The show was perfect.  The sound, the set list, the lights and video, all of it, perfect.

I have been floating ever since.

Thanks for that.  Shame you never saw them on the Lateralus tour, that was a great time, I've had my fill.  Glad they're still not disappointing anyway...so no complaints with the set list even?

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 04:30 PM

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I have been a Tool fan since Undertow but last night was my first time seeing them live in concert and they did not disappoint.  The show was perfect.  The sound, the set list, the lights and video, all of it, perfect.

I have been floating ever since.

Thanks for that.  Shame you never saw them on the Lateralus tour, that was a great time, I've had my fill.  Glad they're still not disappointing anyway...so no complaints with the set list even?
Nah.  I mean there are always more songs they could play but I enjoyed everything they did play.

They sounded so tight as well.  Danny, Adam and Justin were just on it.  Everything sounded clean.

And Maynard was Maynard.

I hope I get to see them again.

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 12:48 AM

View Postthesweetscience, on 26 November 2019 - 04:30 PM, said:

View PostSteevo, on 26 November 2019 - 03:44 PM, said:

View Postthesweetscience, on 26 November 2019 - 02:54 PM, said:

I have been a Tool fan since Undertow but last night was my first time seeing them live in concert and they did not disappoint.  The show was perfect.  The sound, the set list, the lights and video, all of it, perfect.

I have been floating ever since.

Thanks for that.  Shame you never saw them on the Lateralus tour, that was a great time, I've had my fill.  Glad they're still not disappointing anyway...so no complaints with the set list even?
Nah.  I mean there are always more songs they could play but I enjoyed everything they did play.

They sounded so tight as well.  Danny, Adam and Justin were just on it.  Everything sounded clean.

And Maynard was Maynard.

I hope I get to see them again.

I hope Custom had a good one, he was really hyped for it.

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 07:55 PM

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View Postthesweetscience, on 26 November 2019 - 04:30 PM, said:

View PostSteevo, on 26 November 2019 - 03:44 PM, said:

View Postthesweetscience, on 26 November 2019 - 02:54 PM, said:

I have been a Tool fan since Undertow but last night was my first time seeing them live in concert and they did not disappoint.  The show was perfect.  The sound, the set list, the lights and video, all of it, perfect.

I have been floating ever since.

Thanks for that.  Shame you never saw them on the Lateralus tour, that was a great time, I've had my fill.  Glad they're still not disappointing anyway...so no complaints with the set list even?
Nah.  I mean there are always more songs they could play but I enjoyed everything they did play.

They sounded so tight as well.  Danny, Adam and Justin were just on it.  Everything sounded clean.

And Maynard was Maynard.

I hope I get to see them again.

I hope Custom had a good one, he was really hyped for it.

Loved their show.  Very impressed with the sound quality even at the high volume.  
I had great seats on Adams side: seat 5 rows off the floor and maybe 20 rows from the stage.

For sure, my favorite concert of 2019.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:35 PM

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Elton John last Thursday night in Toronto.  I had never seen him live before and definitely did not want to miss what was most likely the last chance.  A fantastic show!  Just hit after hit for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I love that the core of his original band is still with him after all of these years.

That's a decent length!  What did he end on?

Sorry haven't been on this thread for a while - opened with Bennie and the Jets and closed with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:44 PM

View PostSyrinx, on 28 October 2019 - 11:09 AM, said:

Elton John last Thursday night in Toronto.  I had never seen him live before and definitely did not want to miss what was most likely the last chance.  A fantastic show!  Just hit after hit for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I love that the core of his original band is still with him after all of these years.

I saw him in Milwaukee on October 19th- first time for me seeing him also, and it was fantastic.

Steevo- the last song was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Absolutely unforgettable!

I was impressed with the length of the show, and with his energy, and of course his gratitude. He gave copious thanks to his fans at least two or three times during the show, and you can tell he’s emotional about this tour being his last (though I believe this last tour is roundabout eighteen months long).

There were two songs that I didn’t know by title (though they were familiar melodies- I just can’t name them), so please forgive me...but those exceptions aside, this was the set he played, in exact running order:

Bennie and the Jets
All the Girls Love Alice
I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues
Border Song
Tiny Dancer
??
Indian Sunset
Rocket Man
Take Me to the Pilot
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Levon—> long jam (about 10 minutes)
Candle in the Wind
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
??
Daniel
Believe
Sad Songs Say So Much
(band intros)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
The Bitch is Back
I’m Still Standing
Crocodile Rock
Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting

Encore:
Your Song
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

And yes, the fact that he’s had the same lead guitarist since 1972, and Nigel on the drums since 1969...a core band indeed. It’s a five or six piece band, and they are simply incredible!

This is a write-up of the show I attended, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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The lLumineers. Second time seeing them and just as amazing a show. Crowd was totally into it and the band did a terrific job keeping things fun. The stage setup bringing a catwalk to the midpoint of the floor and having a piano and drum setup that went up and down as needed was great at bringing the show closer to the people in the back. As an added bonus the show had ''happy hour' pricing on drinks from 6 to 7:30 ($7) which the bartender said they've never had at the venue before as far as he knew. They're playing here again tonight so if you're in Toronto and can afford it, I highly recommend going. Tickets for the shows here are among the highest priced. The Ottawa show is cheaper and from what I saw so were the US shows.

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 09:06 PM

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 09:32 PM

I forgot!  What are "concert reviews?"

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I forgot!  What are "concert reviews?"

It's the thing we don't have to worry about doing until 2022.

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 07:21 PM

Trey Anastacio Band at Radio City, Oct 2, 2021.

Danced my ass off.  Great show.  I'd say 50% wore masks and you had to be vaccinated to attend.  Going for a Covid test tomorrow.


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