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Beck
Madison Square Garden
July 19

A lot can happen in a month.  One could say, ‘I don’t really need to see Beck again for awhile‘ and then weeks later be like, um, I’m a fool, so can we re-define ‘awhile’ to mean ‘NOW’ and get on with it???  THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED!!!! 

For some reason I was over Beck.  Last saw him in 2013.  Then time slipped.  His last album was snoozy (and somehow won THE Grammy).  I didn’t want snoozy, I wanted a Midnite Vulture redux! 

Then right around July 4th, Live Nation, probably looking to shrug off sluggish ticket sales for Beck’s first ever MSG headlining show, offered ‘all in’ tickets for $25.  How could I resist?  You can barely get into anything at MSG for less than $50!  I was in!  Oh wait what, Beck released a new album last fall and I didn’t know about it or chose to ignore it?  Well, I better get on this sh!t STAT, and to my surprise – IT WAS THE ANSWER TO ALL MY PRAYERS – MIDNITE VULTURES REDUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Beck’s Colors album is FANTASTIC, and super fun, and I want it to be my BFFive-ever!!  

And the show at MSG that he was having trouble filling?  Enough fans filled the seats, and if there was any emptiness in the Garden, Beck overfilled it with the rock and pop circumstance I’ve always known and loved.  And I still love it.  He still gots it.  And I still gots it for him!!  (why do I keep forgetting these things?)

But seriously Beck, why do you got such hate-tations on Mutations?  You haven’t played ‘Cold Brains’ live since 2006, and ‘Nobody’s Fault But My Own’ since 2005????!!!  Enuff with the Snooze Changes and Snoozing Phases – and never forget your BEST quiet work!!!  I’m not asking for Mutations 2, but juss for you to give some live love to the album that showed us your TRUE colors, but if we’re hear to ask for things, I’ll certainly take Midnite Vultures 3 – with all the pan flute you can flute at us!!!

Setlist – Devils Haircut / The New Pollution / Mixed Bizness / Up All Night / Wow / Qué Onda Güero / Think I’m in Love > I Feel Love (Donna Summer cover) / l’m So Free / Dear Life (with Britt Daniel) / I Turn My Camera On (Spoon cover with Britt Daniel) / Girl Dreams (with Jenny Lewis) / Lost Cause / Blue Moon / Dreams / Girl /
Colors / Loser / E-Pro

Encore – Where It’s At > Can I Kick It > Good Times > See No Evil > I’m Waiting for the Man > Taking It to the Streets > Once In A Lifetime > In the Air (medley) / One Foot in the Grave / Where It’s At

@Beck – best pan flute since #Zamfir

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Them & I Are Rock & Roll

U2
Madison Square Garden
June 25

Congrats U2 – you are now tied for first – for the band I have seen the most in concert!!!  But I feel like you will soon leave Beck and Moby behind in the dust for good, cause I don’t really need to see Beck again for awhile, and Moby rarely tours anymore 

U2 + me = US3!!!

Last night’s MSG show was of course a great one (and very similar to the one back in 2015), as the lads dropped 8 rounds of love from their pretty damn good Songs Of Experience album!  And finally, Achtung‘s ‘Acrobat’!  But dude, how’d we get stuck with ‘All Because of You’ instead of ‘Gloria’?  How are those even swappable night after night?  Not even in the same league, bro! 

Anywho, the real setlist is below below, but after seeing these guys 10 times, I kinda now have my own dream setlist, and it goes like this…

Thighmaster’s Dream U2 Setlist

  • Zoo Station
  • Even Better Than The Real Thing
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Lady With The Spinning Head
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • Zooropa
  • Numb
  • Paint It Black (Rolling Stones cover)
  • The Blackout
  • Magnificent
  • Beautiful Day
  • Elevation
  • Vertigo
  • Volcano > American Soul
  • Raised By Wolves
  • Seconds
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • New Year’s Day
  • Stories For Boys
  • I Will Follow
  • Gloria
  • Van Diemen’s Land > In God’s Country

Encore

  • The Miracle of Joey Ramone
  • Desire
  • Get Out of Your Own Way

Second Encore

  • A Sort of Homecoming
  • Bad
  • Pride (In The Name of Love)
  • Ordinary Love
  • With Or Without You
  • Where The Streets Have No Name

yes, I left out ‘One’, on purpose!

you can listen to the setlist as a playlist it here (without the Experience songs or ‘Ordinary Love’)

MSG 6/25 Setlist – Love Is All We Have Left / The Blackout / Lights of Home / I Will Follow / All Because of You / Beautiful Day / The Ocean / Iris (Hold Me Close) / Cedarwood Road / Sunday Bloody Sunday / Until the End of the World / Elevation / Vertigo / Desire / Acrobat / You’re the Best Thing About Me / Staring at the Sun / Pride (In the Name of Love) / Get Out of Your Own Way / American Soul / City of Blinding Lights

Encore – One / Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way / 13 (There Is a Light)

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You’re Just The Part of Me I Can’t Let Go

Peter Cetera
Theatre at Westbury
June 23

A couple years back, I saw that the band Chicago was going to play a free show in Coney Island.  I was like, great!  Chicago!  Coney Island!!  They play that ‘25 or 6 to 4‘ song that has one of the greatest bass-lines EVER!!!!  And so I did what I normally do and prepped the crap out of myself to know all the songs that they were possibly gonna play.  And oh man – what songs!  I knew like zillions of them!!!  But then disaster struck!  The wife got sick and we couldn’t go!!  And then I realized something even worse – Chicago doesn’t even have Peter Cetera in the band anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!  WHAT THE FCUK IS UP WITH THAT!!!!!

But wait, Chicago was going to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the 2016 ceremony was going to be at the Barclays Center!!!  Surely Pete and the boys could mend fences and come together for one night (The Talking Heads once did for the Hall!), right???  Apparently not, but I went anyways and Chicago with fake Peter Cetera still fcuking RAWKKKKED it!!!  But still, Chicago without Peter Cetera is like New York without douchebag Yankee fans – INCONCEIVABLE!!! 

And so I had a mission – see Peter Cetera live and HEAR the true voice of Chicago!  AND SO I DID!!!  FINALLLY!!!!

And after all that’s been said and done, Peter’s voice is just the part of me I can’t let go, cause

PETER CETERA IS FCUKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He still has got THAT voice, and THAT awesome hair, but who knew he had such biting humor!  And who knew that his Karate Kid II theme was a rejected theme for Rocky IV?????  SCREW YOU ROCKY IV!!!  YOU MISSED THE BOAT!!!

AND I WILL NEVER EVER MISS THE S.S. PETER CETERA BOAT EVER AGAIN – WHICH ENDLESSLY SETS SAIL FOR ENDLESS AWESOMENESS, ENDLESSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

but if I could ask for one thing Peter – for next time – can you bring a horn section on tour with you?

Setlist – Save Me / Restless Heart / Baby, What a Big Surprise / After All (Cher cover) / Love Me Tomorrow / One Good Woman / Glory of Love / Stay the Night / If You Leave Me Now / You’re the Inspiration / Even a Fool Can See / Oh! Darling (Beatles cover) / Come Together (The Beatles cover) / The Next Time I Fall / Hard Habit to Break / Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away

Encore – Feelin’ Stronger Every Day / 25 or 6 to 4

‘Found this great pic from my “Olivia Newton John” phase! Holy Moly!’

ps – I love Peter’s pics and comments on his website

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You Look Pretty Good Down Here

Harry Styles
Madison Square Garden
June 21

Never had any coordinates set for One Direction, but my heart’s compass always pointed toward Harry Styles.  Not sure why.  I’m not a modern day boy band kinda boy, and yet I gravitate towards Harry and his… hair.  And then I saw him in Dunkirk, and was like, oh, this heartthrob is no dumbykirk – and oh, man, that hair!  And then I saw he was coming to Madison Square Garden and you can sit behind the stage for the price of 3 movie admissions and was like, well, why the hell not?  It would be like seeing the Beatles (sorta not really)!  It could be like an anthropology observation with today’s youth!!  

And so I binged his solo album over the last couple of weeks, and was ready to rock, but would Harry be ready to roll?  OH HECK YEAH HE WAS!!!  And I had never heard MSG louder in all my MSG going life!  Sure, I was probably the only straight man there over 40 AND without a daughter in the audience, but the girls’ ear-shattering shrieks at his every shimmy and shake were certainly warranted (and I may have even shrieked a bit meself)

Harry, may you nevers go out of Styles!

Setlist – Only Angel / Woman / Ever Since New York / Two Ghosts / Carolina / Stockholm Syndrome / Just a Little Bit of Your Heart (Ariana Grande cover) / Medicine / Meet Me in the Hallway / Sweet Creature / If I Could Fly / Anna / What Makes You Beautiful / Sign of the Times

Encore – From the Dining Table / The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover) / Kiwi

@harrystyles for life! #dancelikeeverybodyiswatching #aboutlastnight

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Everything Counts In Large Amounts

Depeche Mode
Barclays Center
June 6

REACH OUT AND TOUCH BUTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But what the fudge – you haven’t played ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ since 2014, and ‘People Are People’ in concert since June 18, 1988???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????  Depeche – what the mode??????????????

Still, you could have played boring songs about microwaved tunafish and it would have ROCKED THE FCUKING CASHBAR LIKE YOU DID ALL NIGHT AT BARCLAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me?  I couldn’t get enough!!

Setlist – Going Backwards / It’s No Good / Barrel of a Gun / A Pain That I’m Used To / Useless / Precious / World in My Eyes / Cover Me / The Things You Said / Home / In Your Room / Where’s the Revolution / Everything Counts / Stripped / Enjoy the Silence / Never Let Me Down Again

Encore – I Want You Now / Walking in My Shoes / A Question of Time / Personal Jesus

(yep, that’s me singing at the end :)

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