Monday, May 28, 2012
Paradiso Amsterdam June 21, 1994
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Roskilde Festival Denmark June 28, 2003
Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1988 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change—influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Who, The Beatles and XTC—Blur released Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). As a result, the band helped to popularise the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a famous chart battle with rival band Oasis dubbed "The Battle of Britpop".
Frontman Damon Albarn went on to form the virtual band Gorillaz, composed of four animated band members created in 1998. Love their music too.
Winterland San Francisco CA December 28, 1978
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Live In New York, January 18, 1970
"Other highlights abound throughout the set such as “Moonlight Drive” from the third show which is hypnotically perfect in every way. The band is dead-on in backing up one of Morrison’s finest vocal performances complete with the “Horse Latitudes” poem – when the band lays back and let’s Morrison do his thing the performance becomes pure Doors magic, a perfect blend of heavy groove and exotic mysticism."
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Echo and the Bunnymen
Bologna Teatro Tenda May 17, 1984
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Friday, May 25, 2012
We had dinner at Earl's in Cherry Creek after work, the kids meeting us part way to the office. From there it was straight to the Pepsi Center and into our seats on the third level balcony with a clear, guaranteed unobstructed, row 1 view of the stage. By the time we sat down Kool and the Gang were already making a good impression on what eventually turned out to be a full house.
Once Van Halen took the stage I was well no my way to nirvana, their show pushing me into that voodoo trance state of mind where nothing but the music mattered. After taking a few pictures, I said screw this and just went for the music. The kids got to see their dad get a little crazy: dancing in the aisle; defying security; screaming at the top of his lungs; challanging a female security staff person to show her nipple (after she said she could see mine); standing on the armrests of the seat on the edge of the balcony; and eventually passing out in the car on the way home from the overdose of excitement. Dave miss a few lyrics? Changed some words? What's new? He made it more entertaining than any of the shows I went to on the last tour. I loved it! What a show!!
I was reminded why I love this band so much. And it was the catalyst I needed to convince me to buy a ticket for another show in early June, paying good money for an up front seat close to the stage. The party will continue!
The band ran through a setlist that matched nostalgic faves (“Everybody Wants Some!”, “Jump”, “Dance The Night Away”) with select tunes from their recently released “A Different Kind Of Truth”, some of which worked (the rocking “She’s The Woman”) and some which didn’t (the heinously awful “Tattoo” and dull “The Trouble With Never”).
A high point: the band (i.e. the Van Halen family) — drummer Alex, guitar god Eddie and his young son Wolfgang, who handled himself admirably as replacement for original four-stringer Michael Anthony on bass and high harmony vocals — played mercilessly tight. A master of his instrument, Eddie clearly still has his chops, and it was a thrill to witness his fretboard fireworks in person.
However, Roth was an embarrassment.
The once lionesque front man came off like a slightly creepy fourth wheel who’d forgotten to take his meds for the past several months. Throughout the set, Diamond Dave dropped words, changed melodies and even forgot lyrics to the simplest of songs (“Oh, Pretty Woman”). Thankfully, the crowd knew the songs well enough to really amp up the energy and do them justice by happily singing along (especially on “Runnin’ With The Devil” and “Hot For Teacher”).
In his defense, it didn’t help that Roth’s vocals were buried in a murky mix. And really, it could have been worse — it could have been Sammy Hagar up there singing.
“Runnin With The Devil”
“She’s the Woman”
“Everybody Wants Some!”
“Somebody Get Me A Doctor”
“Hear About It Later”
“Oh, Pretty Woman”
“You Really Got Me”
“The Trouble With Never”
“Dance The Night Away”
“And The Cradle Will Rock …”
“Hot For Teacher”
“Women In Love”
“Ice Cream Man”
“Ain’t Talkin Bout Love”
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
At 6:28 the show began at first contact, the edge of the sun dimpled by the moon. We watched as the moon took more and more out of the suns disk, its progress marked by noting when it covered three prominent sunspot groups visible on the sun's surface. The moment everyone was waiting for happened around 7:30. The trailing edge of the moon gradually moved onto the sun’s disk, second contact. You could easily see the moon’s movement as the two points of the light crescent moved towards one another, touch and complete the “ring of fire.” This bright ring was visible for a little over 4 minutes, during which the throng of people cheered and clapped. The ring was broken at third contact and the eclipse went in reverse with the moon exiting the suns disk on its upper left-hand side. People gradually began returning to their vehicles and made their way back to Albuquerque. We waited for sunset along with a bunch of others. And it was a spectacular sunset with a crescent sun setting behind distant mountains.
Then it all came to an end and the remaining vehicles returned to the highway and back home. We drove out of Albuquerque by 9 PM and were back home in Colorado by 3:30 AM. Lots of driving but the whole experience was worth it. Our daughter’s high school graduation ceremony began at 8 AM. I was tired all day.
The next total eclipse is happening in November in Australia! Who’s going?
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It is this spontaneous fire that made the Doors, and the performances contained within this set, such an exciting live act. Take for instance the three searing versions of “Who Do You Love?” The first one, from the first show, is the one we all know and love from the much loved In Concert album. Here, in it’s original running order in the show, followed by a dramatically perfect “Little Red Rooster,” a boogiefied “Money” and a pointed “Light My Fire,” we can hear just how capable the band was of providing blistering blues one minute, and psychedelic wonder the next.
One of the more interesting aspects of this set is getting to hear the progression of the band, and the ecstatic New York crowd, over four distinct shows. As each show progresses you can hear the band taking just a few more chances in the music. Compare the evening show of the first night to the earlier show and the band sounds just a little more loose, wild, and perhaps like they’ve been doing some backstage “relaxing” between shows. The crowd too becomes a part of the performances, growing ever more passionate as the nights goes on.
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Can't wait to get the autographed copy of his acustic performance at the Liverpool Anglican Cathederal. That I know will sound like heaven!