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8 hours ago, Krystal said:

Whitesnake cancelled the rest of their European tour last week.  Coverdale has sinus and trachea infections. The guitarist Reb Beach and drummer Tommy Aldridge were also under the weather.  They have an American tour scheduled to start at the end of next month.  It's still on as far as I know.  Their keyboardist Dino Jelusick is getting really bored during their downtime.  He was jamming with Steel Panther a few days ago.  It must be really frustrating for their crew.  I don't know how the band and crew get paid.  Some of them probably got laid off or furloughed. 

Thanks Krystal for this update 👍

I wasn’t aware of the band’s current situation. 
I’ve always enjoyed & followed the work of Reb Beach 🎸throughout his career. 

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On Sunday, I saw Taking Back Sunday, Hot Rod Circuit, and Super American in Buffalo, NY, at the Lakeside Event Lawn. It was a great show! I went with two friends.

 

The venue was a big open field right by the harbor, with a large stage up front. The view was beautiful. The show was delayed by 30 minutes, which worked for my group, because we thought we were going to be late.

 

First up was Super American. They're a newer band from Buffalo. Lately, I've been obsessed with their album from last year, Sup. They played nine songs, eight of which were from Sup. They sounded great! The two official members are the singers: Pat, who plays bass, and Matt, who plays both lead and rhythm guitar.  They have a rotating lineup of musicians filling in on the other guitar and drums. After their set, I found Pat at their merch table, and he signed my vinyl! I'll be seeing them open for Neck Deep in Syracuse on the 31st, and I'm very excited for that! I'm hoping I can get Matt's signature there.

 

Next up was Hot Rod Circuit. They're from the same era and scene as Taking Back Sunday. They had a really big album in 2002 called Sorry About Tomorrow. They played eight songs from that album, two from their debut, two from their sophomore album, and two from their most recent album. They were really good too! I was able to get one of their setlists after, and three of their four members signed it!

 

Taking Back Sunday played a great set. I'd seen them twice before this. They played 20 songs, and their set was a good mix of older and newer material. They also played four songs I'd never heard them play before, one of which just came out. The other three were unexpected deep cuts, which were very welcome surprises to me. I'd seen a lot of comments recently saying that their singer didn't sound good anymore, and I was worried. I'd seen them before, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I was concerned that he may have gotten much worse in the few years that passed since I last saw them. I was glad that he sounded good, and the rest of the band was super tight, as always. Adam Lazzara is a great frontman, and really knows how to get a crowd going. He's also known for swinging his mic around by the cable.

 

Overall, it was an incredible show, and the rest of my group had a lot of fun too!

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A Last minute ticket purchase.   Widespread Panic at the Beacon in NYC 9th row center on the aisle.

 

My first WSP show and I WAS IMPRESSED !!!

 

 

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14 hours ago, custom55 said:

A Last minute ticket purchase.   Widespread Panic at the Beacon in NYC 9th row center on the aisle.

 

My first WSP show and I WAS IMPRESSED !!!

 

 

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I've seen  quite a few WSP shows.  Glad you enjoyed it.

 

Which Phish shows are you doing?  I'm heading to Raleigh on Friday and then Merriwether Post on Sat and Sun.

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I saw The Joe Perry Project, "fronted" by Gary Cherone, and ZZ Top in Boston last week.  The JPP setlist was, unsurprisingly, heavy with Aerosmith songs.   Cherone sounded great.  I was a little disappointed they didn't do more from Let the Music Do the Talking, I've Got the Rock and Rolls Again (criminally underappreciated IMO) and Once A Rocker, Always a Rocker, because I think those albums have some good tunes.  I say "fronted," because, while Gary sang, Joe handled all the between song banter.  They did a couple of songs Joe said will be on his album coming out in the future (he said something like 2055).  I hope Cherone handles the vocals.  I may not live to find out, I guess.  :smile:

 

I had never seen ZZ Top live before.  They sound exactly like they do on the albums, which is pretty good for a band with a 72-year-old lead singer.  The new bassist (whose last name was, I think, Francis), was sporting his own beard and he fit in with Billy and Frank.  I'm not a "real fan," preferring their more popular songs, but the set list was pretty diverse.  Billy Gibbons remains one of the most distinctive guitarists in the business.  No wonder Jimi called him his favorite guitarist.  Frank Beard can probably do away with the Neil Peart inspired kit.  He's a solid timekeeper, but c'mon man.  What ZZ Top song has double bass?

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22 minutes ago, Rick N. Backer said:

I saw The Joe Perry Project, "fronted" by Gary Cherone, and ZZ Top in Boston last week.  The JPP setlist was, unsurprisingly, heavy with Aerosmith songs.   Cherone sounded great.  I was a little disappointed they didn't do more from Let the Music Do the Talking, I've Got the Rock and Rolls Again (criminally underappreciated IMO) and Once A Rocker, Always a Rocker, because I think those albums have some good tunes.  I say "fronted," because, while Gary sang, Joe handled all the between song banter.  They did a couple of songs Joe said will be on his album coming out in the future (he said something like 2055).  I hope Cherone handles the vocals.  I may not live to find out, I guess.  :smile:

 

I had never seen ZZ Top live before.  They sound exactly like they do on the albums, which is pretty good for a band with a 72-year-old lead singer.  The new bassist (whose last name was, I think, Francis), was sporting his own beard and he fit in with Billy and Frank.  I'm not a "real fan," preferring their more popular songs, but the set list was pretty diverse.  Billy Gibbons remains one of the most distinctive guitarists in the business.  No wonder Jimi called him his favorite guitarist.  Frank Beard can probably do away with the Neil Peart inspired kit.  He's a solid timekeeper, but c'mon man.  What ZZ Top song has double bass?

Nothing from Van Halen III? :16ton:

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On 7/23/2022 at 2:00 PM, apetersvt said:

I've seen  quite a few WSP shows.  Glad you enjoyed it.

 

Which Phish shows are you doing?  I'm heading to Raleigh on Friday and then Merriwether Post on Sat and Sun.

 

I did one night at Bethel and going Friday to AC. 

 

I couch tour a few nights a week as well.

 

This song, along with Sigma Oasis is in my top 5 performances this tour.  I love the dark jam.

 

 

 

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I saw the Stadium Tour last night.

 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts opened a little late, because of torrential downpours at around showtime.  It actually worked out for me because my buddy and I might have missed her if not for that.  She opened with Cherry Bomb and closed with Bad Reputation.  She sounded good.  Her set probably got cut short because of the delay.  My favorite tune of Joan's is I Hate Myself for Loving You and that didn't make it into the set.  Her keyboardist looks like Paul Schaffer's character from Spinal Tap.

 

Poison came out and had a TON of energy.  I'm not a huge fan, but I admit I enjoy their hits.  Brett Michaels comes across as a good guy, and it's true.  My buddy knows people who were working the show loading and unloading, and apparently Michaels searched them out for a photo after their set.  CC DeVille did a solo which I think they could have done without, although he played some of Eruption and the screen behind him had the EVH red, black and white design, which was cool.

 

Def Leppard is, for my money, the BEST live nostalgia act still going.  They played 3 songs from their new (and very good IMO) album.  They play all the other songs you expect to hear, and they pace their set well.  The closing run through Pour Some Sugar on Me, Rock of Ages and Photograph get a HUGE response.  They sounded great.

 

The Crue was the "headliner."  Vince put more effort into his performance last night than he did in 2015.  Did he sound good?  Hard to say.  The drums and bass were so loud, and the screens had so many effects going, that you couldn't hear him that well.  I suspect that wasn't an accident.  Vince was dressed about the same way he was dressed when I first saw him in 1987.  They played The Dirt and Saints of Los Angeles, which nobody but me seemed to recognize.

 

Both Tommy and Nikki spoke to the crowd extensively.  Tommy encouraged women to, "show their t*tties," which a couple did.  Nikki threw some girl a towel or t-shirt and told her to compare it with the one he gave her mom in 1987.  Say this for them, their banter was not what you'd expect in 2022, and they apparently do not give a f*ck.

 

If you like 80s rock (I do) it's a fun show.  None of the bands, "sound better than they did in the 80s," (something fans always claim that strikes me as insulting to how the band sounded when they were young) but 2 of them sounded great, 1 sounded excellent, and 1 was fun to watch.

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5 hours ago, Rick N. Backer said:

I saw the Stadium Tour last night.

 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts opened a little late, because of torrential downpours at around showtime.  It actually worked out for me because my buddy and I might have missed her if not for that.  She opened with Cherry Bomb and closed with Bad Reputation.  She sounded good.  Her set probably got cut short because of the delay.  My favorite tune of Joan's is I Hate Myself for Loving You and that didn't make it into the set.  Her keyboardist looks like Paul Schaffer's character from Spinal Tap.

 

Poison came out and had a TON of energy.  I'm not a huge fan, but I admit I enjoy their hits.  Brett Michaels comes across as a good guy, and it's true.  My buddy knows people who were working the show loading and unloading, and apparently Michaels searched them out for a photo after their set.  CC DeVille did a solo which I think they could have done without, although he played some of Eruption and the screen behind him had the EVH red, black and white design, which was cool.

 

Def Leppard is, for my money, the BEST live nostalgia act still going.  They played 3 songs from their new (and very good IMO) album.  They play all the other songs you expect to hear, and they pace their set well.  The closing run through Pour Some Sugar on Me, Rock of Ages and Photograph get a HUGE response.  They sounded great.

 

The Crue was the "headliner."  Vince put more effort into his performance last night than he did in 2015.  Did he sound good?  Hard to say.  The drums and bass were so loud, and the screens had so many effects going, that you couldn't hear him that well.  I suspect that wasn't an accident.  Vince was dressed about the same way he was dressed when I first saw him in 1987.  They played The Dirt and Saints of Los Angeles, which nobody but me seemed to recognize.

 

Both Tommy and Nikki spoke to the crowd extensively.  Tommy encouraged women to, "show their t*tties," which a couple did.  Nikki threw some girl a towel or t-shirt and told her to compare it with the one he gave her mom in 1987.  Say this for them, their banter was not what you'd expect in 2022, and they apparently do not give a f*ck.

 

If you like 80s rock (I do) it's a fun show.  None of the bands, "sound better than they did in the 80s," (something fans always claim that strikes me as insulting to how the band sounded when they were young) but 2 of them sounded great, 1 sounded excellent, and 1 was fun to watch.

Thanks for the review! I wasnt able to make the show here in central PA so I'm glad to hear about it. Def Leppard has sounded really good in the tour videos I have seen! Bret Michaels grew up in the next town over from us and I've also heard he is a great guy. He certainly brings a lot of energy to performing! The family in his childhood house had a severe fire and he made a large donation to help them get back on their feet. Bret's dad was a Korean war veteran (recently passed) and Michaels has quietly done a lot here in PA for veterans' support groups as well.

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21 hours ago, Rick N. Backer said:

I saw the Stadium Tour last night.

 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts opened a little late, because of torrential downpours at around showtime.  It actually worked out for me because my buddy and I might have missed her if not for that.  She opened with Cherry Bomb and closed with Bad Reputation.  She sounded good.  Her set probably got cut short because of the delay.  My favorite tune of Joan's is I Hate Myself for Loving You and that didn't make it into the set.  Her keyboardist looks like Paul Schaffer's character from Spinal Tap.

 

Poison came out and had a TON of energy.  I'm not a huge fan, but I admit I enjoy their hits.  Brett Michaels comes across as a good guy, and it's true.  My buddy knows people who were working the show loading and unloading, and apparently Michaels searched them out for a photo after their set.  CC DeVille did a solo which I think they could have done without, although he played some of Eruption and the screen behind him had the EVH red, black and white design, which was cool.

 

Def Leppard is, for my money, the BEST live nostalgia act still going.  They played 3 songs from their new (and very good IMO) album.  They play all the other songs you expect to hear, and they pace their set well.  The closing run through Pour Some Sugar on Me, Rock of Ages and Photograph get a HUGE response.  They sounded great.

 

The Crue was the "headliner."  Vince put more effort into his performance last night than he did in 2015.  Did he sound good?  Hard to say.  The drums and bass were so loud, and the screens had so many effects going, that you couldn't hear him that well.  I suspect that wasn't an accident.  Vince was dressed about the same way he was dressed when I first saw him in 1987.  They played The Dirt and Saints of Los Angeles, which nobody but me seemed to recognize.

 

Both Tommy and Nikki spoke to the crowd extensively.  Tommy encouraged women to, "show their t*tties," which a couple did.  Nikki threw some girl a towel or t-shirt and told her to compare it with the one he gave her mom in 1987.  Say this for them, their banter was not what you'd expect in 2022, and they apparently do not give a f*ck.

 

If you like 80s rock (I do) it's a fun show.  None of the bands, "sound better than they did in the 80s," (something fans always claim that strikes me as insulting to how the band sounded when they were young) but 2 of them sounded great, 1 sounded excellent, and 1 was fun to watch.

 

 

I saw the tour about a month ago. I pretty much agree with most of what you say in your review. For me Poison stole it by a mile. I love their first 3 albums & I still think they're a great party band. Well worth seeing just for CC's ridiculous top hat & wig combo. Joan Jett did I Hate Myself when I saw her. She was good. Def Leppard were fine but the setlist was not to my taste. Just a personal thing. As for Crue, they were pretty much shite. Mick Mars is the only plus they've still got going for them, and I was a huge Crue fan back in the 80s. 

 

All in all a good night out though.

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Saw Metallica on Thursday. One of only a handful of US stadium shows they're doing this year. I missed the first band, Ice Nine Kills, because of traffic getting to the stadium. Gretta Van Fleet was the other opener and they did their usual good job of being Led Zeppelin cosplayers. It's what they're best at, so I guess they'll stick with it. Awful stage presence. The singer just stood there for the most part and sang. He didn't move around much and never engaged with the crowd. He really needs to work on his stage persona. It might work well in small venues but the band is decently known. So, he needs to learn how to play to bigger crowds otherwise they're not going to get many more gigs like this.

 

Metallica sounded great and the crowd was really into everything except for the song they did off St. Anger. I guess they wanted to know what it was like to silence fourty thousand people at once. At 60, Kirk is still nailing all the solos. Everyone played great, yes, even Lars. He doesn't play like he used to 35 years ago but still plays with intensity and energy. James, as always was the great front man he's been for decades. His monster riffs engulfing the air. Rob did whatever it is that he does. The set was mostly older songs. This was my seventh time seeing them but it's the first time I saw them play Ride The Lightning. It's always cool when you can see a band multiple times and still hear something different live.

 

Here's the setlist.

 

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/metallica/2022/highmark-stadium-orchard-park-ny-7bb396f4.html

 

 

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2 hours ago, J2112YYZ said:

Saw Metallica on Thursday. One of only a handful of US stadium shows they're doing this year. I missed the first band, Ice Nine Kills, because of traffic getting to the stadium. Gretta Van Fleet was the other opener and they did their usual good job of being Led Zeppelin cosplayers. It's what they're best at, so I guess they'll stick with it. Awful stage presence. The singer just stood there for the most part and sang. He didn't move around much and never engaged with the crowd. He really needs to work on his stage persona. It might work well in small venues but the band is decently known. So, he needs to learn how to play to bigger crowds otherwise they're not going to get many more gigs like this.

 

Metallica sounded great and the crowd was really into everything except for the song they did off St. Anger. I guess they wanted to know what it was like to silence fourty thousand people at once. At 60, Kirk is still nailing all the solos. Everyone played great, yes, even Lars. He doesn't play like he used to 35 years ago but still plays with intensity and energy. James, as always was the great front man he's been for decades. His monster riffs engulfing the air. Rob did whatever it is that he does. The set was mostly older songs. This was my seventh time seeing them but it's the first time I saw them play Ride The Lightning. It's always cool when you can see a band multiple times and still hear something different live.

 

Here's the setlist.

 

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/metallica/2022/highmark-stadium-orchard-park-ny-7bb396f4.html

 

 

 

 

Great one two punch combo to open the set.

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On 8/13/2022 at 8:23 AM, J2112YYZ said:

Saw Metallica on Thursday. One of only a handful of US stadium shows they're doing this year. I missed the first band, Ice Nine Kills, because of traffic getting to the stadium. Gretta Van Fleet was the other opener and they did their usual good job of being Led Zeppelin cosplayers. It's what they're best at, so I guess they'll stick with it. Awful stage presence. The singer just stood there for the most part and sang. He didn't move around much and never engaged with the crowd. He really needs to work on his stage persona. It might work well in small venues but the band is decently known. So, he needs to learn how to play to bigger crowds otherwise they're not going to get many more gigs like this.

 

Metallica sounded great and the crowd was really into everything except for the song they did off St. Anger. I guess they wanted to know what it was like to silence fourty thousand people at once. At 60, Kirk is still nailing all the solos. Everyone played great, yes, even Lars. He doesn't play like he used to 35 years ago but still plays with intensity and energy. James, as always was the great front man he's been for decades. His monster riffs engulfing the air. Rob did whatever it is that he does. The set was mostly older songs. This was my seventh time seeing them but it's the first time I saw them play Ride The Lightning. It's always cool when you can see a band multiple times and still hear something different live.

 

Here's the setlist.

 

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/metallica/2022/highmark-stadium-orchard-park-ny-7bb396f4.html

 

 

That’s a really killer set list!

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