Ellie Goulding Madison Square Garden June 22nd, 2016
A few days back, I noticed that Ellie Goulding was playing a(n un-sold out) show at MSG, and then realized how many of her songs I knew, and BAMMMM – a few days later – the wife and I + a hella lot of teenage girls and gay men were sweating to her oldies (cause I don’t really know the new Delirium stuff)!!
Setlist – Intro (Delirium) / Aftertaste / Holding on for Life / Goodness Gracious / Something in the Way You Move / Outside / Devotion / I Do What I Love / Keep on Dancin’/ Don’t Need Nobody / Heal / Explosions / Lights (acoustic) / Army / Lost and Found / Figure 8 / On My Mind / Codes / Don’t Panic / We Can’t Move to This / I Need Your Love / Burn
Encore – Anything Could Happen / Love Me Like You Do
Flight of The Conchords The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel June 1st
THEY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, the never really went away – juss got all big and Hollywooded, but no matter how many riches and fames they’ve accumulated, they will always be good ole Bret and Jemaine, or good ole Jemaine and Bret (depending on how you like to order your favorite Kiwis) of Flight of the Conchords
After a 3 year break from touring, the boys are about to embark on a big tour, and so they needed to fine tune their roadshow before showing the road, and set up a 5 night residency at the Heath. For some reason I skipped out on their last tour, so it has been 7 years since I last saw them live, but now I got to see them in a venue that only served 200, and all 200 of us were well served
Sure, B & J sounded a little raw and undisciplined – starting and stopping and restarting tunes new and old, constantly being out of rhythm with one another, but luckily these two can fill dead air and stage hiccups with endless witty stage banter, like Jemaine asking the audience if they actually paid money to see this show [we all happily did]. But none of us cared how unvarnished the presentation was – cause we were all there to laugh with them, and at them (no one does self-deprecating humor like them), and so we did
They tried out 5 to 6 new/newish songs (see setlist below), and while these newbies don’t seem destined top anything they’ve created before, they were good enuff for everyone to sit thru AND thoroughly enjoy. Most times you don’t want to hear any band play any new stuff, but most bands aren’t this one and that’s both a good thing AND a bad thing. And the old stuff? Still AWESOME, after all these years! Even a song like ‘Bowie’, which was a once a creative lark, is now a song of soulful passion – a valentine to a man they and we love(d), who once fell to earth, but is now back in the stars, forever orbiting in greatness
Maybe one day someone will write a song about how great the Flight of the Conchords are. That would be some mighty meta stuff there – meta world peace yo!
Setlist – Chips and Dips^ / The Seagull^ / Foux du Fafa / F**k on the Ceiling^ / The Ballad of Stana^ / Father and Son^ / Think About It / Business Time / Bowie / Shady Rachel^
Encore – The Most Beautiful Girl (in the Room)
^ not sure of the actual song title – as the songs were new or never released
It’s never too late to right wrongs. Never have regrets in life, and if you do, fix them, if they are fixable.
Pearl Jam’s Ten owned the ears of high schoolers everywhere from 1991 onwards. When grunge was grunge, these guys were like the fringe of grunge – rocking rock that had an edge (but not droning like Soundgarden and Alice In Chains’ music did), and this rock was rock built for the ages. I LIVED for Ten. We all did. It’s not only the perfect debut album, but a perfect album – up their in my mind with the likes of Paul Simon’s Graceland, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Beasties Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, most albums by The Beatles, and so on and so forth and so onforth
At the height of their and my hysteria, I somehow neglected to see them in concert, which is odd, considering how I saw a LOT of shows as a teen, including the original Smashing Pumpkins line-up, Nine Inch Nails, Fugazi, Alice In Chains, the Beasties Boys 128238823 times, Ice-T, Public Enemy, Urge Overkill, The Soup Dragons, etc. (My lucky brother saw Pearl Jam open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers AND Smashing Pumpkins in New Orleans, in 1991. Red Hots are another band I meant to see, and still never have)
Time passed, and then Pearl Jam released their 2nd album – Vs – and while a lovely effort, it was no perfect Ten. More like a 6? Probably a 7. But time has been good to it. It’s probably an 8 now. But back then? A 6. I was so pissed it wasn’t Ten-2 that by the time their 3rd album dropped – Vitalogy (still a terrible name) – I was done – and for me – Pearl Jam was over. And while I was done with Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam wasn’t done at all – they were just getting going – releasing 7 albums in my absence, and keeping on keeping on rocking in the free world
Eons passed, beards grew, and then I saw that they were coming to MSG this year, and was like, you know what – I’ve never heard ‘Even Flow’, ‘Jeremy’ or ‘Alive’ (my holy Pearl Jam trinity) played live – not a once, and how could I let this wrong continue to be wrong? Boom – done – wrong to be righted. And spank the lord I did, for in 3 hours time, my face melted (like the Nazi in Raiders) with endless and effortless and awesomebest rock n roll, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first Pearl Jam show (OK, I was a little/lot pissed when they played Ten in its entirety two shows before the one I would attend)
Look at that setlist below!!! They played THREE songs with ‘man’ in the title, IN A ROW!! They played BOTH songs from the Singles soundtrack, BACK 2 BACK!!! They did a cover of Cheap Trick’s ‘Surrender’, WITH 2 DUDES FROM CHEAP TRICK!! They did a Police cover WITH STING – AND IT DIDN’T PUT ME TO SLEEP (cause Sting is boring). And after studying setlist after setlist from their 2016 tour, I nailed it when I said they’d do a cover of the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ (which I’ve always wanted to hear them play ever since they played it on MTV in 1992). The two dudes who came with me to the show (one being Shreddy FCUKING Mercury!!!) each had one request each, and Pearl Jam played both (‘State of Love and Trust’ AND ‘Yellow Ledbetter’). And they played my holy trinity of ‘Even Flow’, ‘Jeremy’ and ‘Alive’. Think I enjoyed that????? See video above!!!!!!!!!
Moral of the story – Pearl Jam never stopped rocking / I was an idiot for years / you CAN go back again / the mid 90s will never die / I will see Pearl Jam ANYTIME they come back to NY / Sting is still boring, but less so when Pearl Jam is his backing band
Setlist – Corduroy / Mind Your Manners / Once / Animal / Given to Fly / Surrender (Cheap Trick coverwith Rick Nielsen & Tom Petersson) [watch] / Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town / Nothingman / Leatherman / Better Man / Garden / Even Flow / Sirens / Deep / Jeremy / Leash / Do the Evolution
Encore – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Beatles cover) / All or None / Pendulum / Present Tense / Breath / State of Love and Trust / Porch
Encore 2 – Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover) / Driven to Tears (Police cover with Sting) [watch] / Lightning Bolt / Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys cover) / Alive / Baba O’Riley (Who cover) / Yellow Ledbetter / The Star-Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith cover)
31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Barclays Center April 8th
Say what you will about the actual Hall of Fame for Rock and Roll, and how they go about figuring out who gets in and who doesn’t, but the show they put on to induct whoever gets in is simply amazing – cause these moments only happen once – and sometimes people come together that haven’t been in awhile, and then never will again
This year’s inductees weren’t AS monumental, both to me personally and for music in general, but the show went on, and the show was AWESOME!!
it opened with David Byrne and Kimbra and The Roots paying tribute to David Bowie with ‘Fame’!!!
I had no idea who was in Deep Purple or whether they were still alive or not. Well, they are alive!! And David Corverdale was in Deep Purple at some point (and now actually looks like a white snake)! And Lars Ulrich loves them!!!! And they were great! Although they didn’t play ‘Child In Time‘, which is one of my mos flavorite longest songs of balls thyme, but I guess there wasn’t time for 10+ minutes songs, but the ones they played were juss perfect
Highway Star / Hush / Smoke on the Water
I think we take Steve Miller for granted and granite. Maybe cause his name is so basic and so American, or that his music has become so commonplace and so 70s American. But you know what – we took a listen to Steve Miller’s greatest hits last week and we realized how foolish we’d been for not listening to him in ages. His music is CLASSIC rock that truly rocks, and Steve’s still got it at age 72. Hearing 3 of his songs was not nearly enuff to quench my need for Miller time. I’ll have to go see a full on Steve Miller show. HAVE to!
Fly Like An Eagle / Rock’n Me / The Joker
Coming off the HUGE success of the hugely awesome Straight Out of Compton movie, N.W.A.’s influence and importance has never been higher – so what a PERFECT time for them to be inducted into the RnR hall of fame (becoming the 5th hip-hop group to do so), right??? And the group members speeches? Thighly memorable – but they didn’t peform – which is almost a complete waste of inducting them. Apparently N.W.A. wanted to perform but the Hall wasn’t helpful in helping them do what they wanted to do, so they didn’t do anything, which is BS. But hey, if all we have are those speeches, then speech on!
then a little break for a Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter duet of The Eagles’ ‘New Kid in Town’, a tribute to the late Glenn Frey (who was at on this very stage 2 years ago)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions that bring about unexpected reunions are the single greatest reason for the Hall to exist. I mean, it brought The Talking Heads together, and the 3 other heads HATE David Byrne more than I hate microwaved Nazi tunafish at Duke University. Well, if Peter Cetera and his former bandmates of Chicago were to EVER reunite – this would have been the time – but alas, they didn’t, and so, we heard Chicago as they are today – Chicago minus Peter Cetera. They do have a faux Cetera, but it’s juss not the same. Anywho, Chicago remain cheesy, but they’re fun, and groovy, and cheesy groovy fun
Saturday in the Park / Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? / 25 or 6 to 4
2 weeks ago, I was like – I don’t know who Cheap Trick really are or why are they being inducted (esp over Three Dog Night or Duran Duran or whoever you think). Then I youtubed some of their hits and was like, oh yeah, I know those songs, but they’re so MEHHHHHHHHHHHH, and I was like, so why are these guys getting inducted?? And then when I was at the show, I was like, they must induct these guys first and get them out of the way. But no – they were the last dudes to go. Probably cause their music is high engery, but whateves. They were inducted, and they sounded good (and it was cool that their former drummer played with them for maybe the last time ever), and now I can move on with my life and Cheap Trick can with theirs
I Want You to Want Me / Dream Police / Surrender
and it all ended with a jam that was not one for the books, but hey, when else are Steve Miller Deep Purple Chicago Cheap Trick Paul Schaffer Sheryl Crow Kid Rock Rob Thomas and Little Stevie all going to play music together at the same exact time???? Nowhere else but for the Hall!!!!!!
In my family, I’m the vulture of culture, and usually dictate which movies and concerts we go to. My wife excels at other things – like being beautiful and being an amazing cook, and even being funnier than I. So it came with great shock and awe shucks that she turned me onto an incredible singer/songwriter that I never had the pleasure of hearing of, and hearing in general. Ears, meet Raul Malo – a Cuban-American whose influences are wide-ranged, and whose voice is so grand and marvelous that it sends chills down my ears, to my spine and into my heart, where it hugs and tugs, and warms it song after song
We caught Mr Malo at the intimate City Winery, where all he brought was an acoustic guitar and that singular soul-shaking voice. My oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! It didn’t matter what he was singing, from his own solo catalog, to tunes from his band the Mavericks – it all ROCKED. But where things really really REALLLY ROCKED were the covers her covered – doing justice and then some to the likes of Willie Nelson, Sinatra, Harry Nilsson, Roy Orbison and The Hollies. I want to hear him cover every song ever!!! EVER!!!!!!!
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