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Pitbull
Prudential Center
August 13th, 2016

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Prior to July, I didn’t know much about Pitbull, other than he was a guy who always wore sunglasses, had women draped all over him 24/7, said ‘yeahhhhhhh’ a lot, and was a man who probably never wore a pair of shorts.  Then the wife comes along and says we should go see him live.  And why not – Groupon provided a cheap in, and I guess it would be fun, and who doesn’t like to have fun, right???

And as with all concerts I attend – I do my due diligence and brush up before a show – cause what’s the point of seeing a show if you’re not prepared to hear what you’re going to hear???  And to my surprise – the guy has some banging-a$$ tunes.  So what if his bangers are mad-banging cause the heavily lifting is mostly done by the guest vocalists he has employed – running the gamut from Marc Anthony to Ke$ha to Christina Aguilera to Enrique Iglesias to Chris Brown to Ne-Yo to Usher to T-Pain (I’m surprised he hasn’t dueted with Tony Bennett!  Guess Lady Gaga’s got him locked up in her basement or something)

But these songs are great (they are!), and his fans LOVE them, and L-O-V-E to hear them live (I hadn’t been to a show where people stand the entire time in ages… but then again, I mainly see concerts involving 80 year olds, both on stage and in the audience).  And Mr Worldwide (Pitbull) loves his fans – playing the ever-willing hype man to his own songs, while a cadre of hotties happily gyrate next to him on stage (as everyone happily watches/gyrates in their seats).  The entire presentation (with no encore!) was truly spectacular – a visual feast that feels like you’re watching an endless James Bond opening credits sequence, with Mr 305 acting more like Mr 007!!

Setlist (may be missing a song in the middle) – Don’t Stop the Party / Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) / The Anthem / Rain Over Me / Sube Las Manos Pa’ Arriba / Hotel Room Service / Fireball / Shake / I Like It / DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love / Time of Our Lives / Feel This Moment / Timber / Give Me Everything

BUT, he didn’t play my new most favorite song ever – ‘Bon Bon’.  ¡El bastardo!  Guess I’ll have to wait for the next time he comes to town/Groupon!

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They Kite Be Giants

Pablo Fanque! Mr Kite! Mr Henderson! Hogshead of real fire! somersets – on solid ground!

 

you know, from ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’

yes they is, and all those WONDERFUL names and phrases were real things!!!!

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and Lennon nicked them from an 1843 circus poster he bought, while on break from filming the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ video in 1967!

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This Guy Was In The Beatles

Paul McCartney
MetLife Stadium
August 7th, 2016

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This guy was in the Beatles.  Let me rephrase that…

THIS FCUKING GUY WAS IN THE FCUKING BEATLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You should probably go see him if you haven’t, cause he was in The Beatles.  This was my 3rd time seeing this guy who was in The Beatles, but wish it was my 3,3333,333333333th time  Dumb me  

What’s really nice of this guy from the Beatles is how this tour’s setlist is varied from the previous tour’s setlist, when I last saw the Beatles guy tour, so I’ve been SOOOO blessed to hear SOOO many Beatles songs sung live by a Beatle (and also happy not hear ‘The Long and Winding Road’ again).  And you know what, this Beatles’ post-Beatle output is pretty fcuking prolific too.  And on this tour, he even dug up some deep deep deep cuts! Like TEMPORARY SECRETARY!!

McCartney breaking out the deep cuts like 'Temporary Secretary', but what about 'Spies Like Us'????

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Time is not eternal.  Paul is alive, but won’t always be.  One day ‘Paul Is Dead’ will ring true, and then none of us will be able to see and hear this Beatle perform live.  I don’t even want think about it. A world without this Beatle?? I only want to think about seeing this Beatle again.  And again.  AND AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SetlistA Hard Day’s Night / Save Us / Can’t Buy Me Love / Letting Go / Temporary Secretary / Let Me Roll It (followed by ‘Foxy Lady’ jam) / I’ve Got a Feeling / My Valentine / Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five / Here, There and Everywhere / Maybe I’m Amazed / We Can Work It Out / In Spite of All the Danger / You Won’t See Me / Love Me Do / And I Love Her / Blackbird / Here Today / Queenie Eye / New / The Fool on the Hill / Lady Madonna / FourFiveSeconds / Eleanor Rigby / Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! / Something / Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Band on the Run / Back in the U.S.S.R. / Let It Be / Live and Let Die / Hey Jude

EncoreYesterday / Hi, Hi, Hi / Birthday / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End

yeah, nice show their Paul – you Beatle you – but how come you’ve NEVER played ‘Spies Like Us’ in concert, everr???????

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Face Melting

Guns N’ Roses
MetLife Stadium
July 24th, 2016

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Still – one of my biggest regrets in life is not seeing the Guns N’ Roses/Metallica tour in ’92.  I’m sure I didn’t miss anything earth-shattering, but I juss soooooo wanted to be there.  Not sure why I couldn’t make it work – be it economics, calendar conflict, being scared of the audience memebers, what have you  

I made up for it by seeing Axl and a bunch of other dudes that weren’t GnRers when they toured in 2006.  Sure, there was no Slash or Duff, but it was MORE than good enough.  It was great enough cause Axl was Axl – at least in voice – but he did look a little (read: A LOT) aged, and metal bands juss don’t age well – physically (and probably mentally too)

Even today, Axl looks worse for wear – and wearing some REALLY dumb hats doesn’t help his cause

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but unlike the Nazi from Raiders, Axl is STILL melting faces, not having his own face melted!

Well, hatchets somehow got buried, and Slash and Duff were able to mend whatever burnt fences they had with Axl – lucky us!  Sure, there aint no Izzy or Adler or even Matt Sorum, but c’mon, if we can make do with juss Axl, we can beyond make do with juss Axl and Slash and Duff!  Side note – I’ve always found Duff to be such a pretty man.  He’s beautiful.  I want to play with his hair, as he rocks my world

The trio + some other people, handed in a very quality G n R show… which pretty much resembled the show I saw a decade ago – setlist-wise – although this time they DID play ‘Don’t Cry’, but last night they DIDN’T play ‘Patience’.  Why both aren’t a part of every show – and 3+ Chinese Democracy songs are – is beyond me.  Heck, they coulda even played even longer than they did, and perhaps skipped having an opener, although now I can check Lenny Kravitz off my ‘to see’ list

So, the only question left is, where do we go now?

where do we go now? WHERE???????????????????????????

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Setlist – It’s So Easy / Mr. Brownstone / Chinese Democracy / Welcome to the Jungle / Double Talkin’ Jive / Estranged / Live and Let Die (Wings cover) / Rocket Queen / You Could Be Mine / New Rose (The Damned cover) / This I Love / Civil War / Coma / Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather, Andy Williams cover) / Sweet Child O’ Mine / Better / Out Ta Get Me / Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) / November Rain / Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover) / Nightrain

EncoreDon’t Cry / The Seeker (The Who cover) / Paradise City

 

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