Brian Wilson – Santa Barbara CA : May 28th 2017

Finally getting around to posting about the Brian Wilson show I went dow to Santa Barbara to see. Funny thing…I decided to go to this particular show as when it was being advertised, it was being advertised as the last of the Pet Sound shows, so I thought how cool it would be to go and see this iconic artist perform what many believe is one of the top albums of all time in souther California where it all started. Cool huh? Well, turns out that not only was this NOT the last show it was’t even the last show in the US as they added a later date in Hawaii and then planned a whole european tour…fished in again!

Well, didn’t take me long to get over that as soon as the first notes of the sound check started. This was by far one of the best sound checks I have ever seen as I really wasn’t expecting to see Brain Wilson, but not only did he host the entire set, but they must have played for a half an hour. What a treat to see them play for such a small group and in such a informal setting.

The main show was absolutely fabulous. I know beach boys songs are all relatively short, but he and the band played for what was around two an a half hours which turned out to be a total of 38 songs, with the entire Pet Sounds album sandwiched in between a ton of Beach Boys hits. A few of my favorites of the night were Shut Down, Little Deuce Coup, Don’t Worry Baby, Surfer Girl, Wouldn’t it be Nice, Sloop John B, and Sail on Sailor (sung by Blondie Chaplin – Who was a Beach Boy back in the 70’s).

One of the highlights of the day was getting to have a pre-show meet and greet where I was able to meet and have my photo taken Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Blondie Chapin. Oh and I had a perfect view of him in his big huge leather easy chair off slightly behind the stage and I bought him looking at his watch probably wondering the same thing I was…”when’s the show supposed to start anyway?”

A very memorable trip and show and I hope Brian can continue to perform for years to come.

Surfer Girl shot at the sound check

Rest In Peace Chris Cornell May 17 2017


One last picture to post of Chris Cornell.. This was from the last time I saw him back in 2014.

Arlo Guthrie – Tacoma WA : April 23rd 2017

Another great performance by one of the 60’s iconic folk legends, Arlo Guthrie. Tonight, at the beautiful and historic Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma was his concert entitled Running Down the Road.

Great set with some of the standard classics including Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) by Woody Guthrie, Running Down the Road and my all time favorite Coming Into Los Angeles.

Loved seeing Arlo Guthrie perform. He has a fabulous voice, great folk guitar sound and tells some awesome stories from his childhood and times in the sixties. A true legend!

 

The Zombies – Seattle WA : April 22nd 2017

What an amazing show at the Showbox in Seattle last night with The Zombies performing their entire album Odyssey & Oracle in celebration of it’s 50th anniversary.

The show was split into two sets, the first being a good solid set of their classic hits as well some of their more recent music from their album Still Got That Hunger from 2015. The first set had the current members of the band performing, and the second set reunited all of the surviving members of the band (Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Chris White, and Hugh Grundy) to perform Odyssey & Oracle.

This was a wonderful trip through the sixties from the early years with the enchanting melodies  of She’s Not There, Tell Her No and I Want You Back Again, down the hippie, love, flower tripping later years with A Rose For Emily, Beechwood Park and Time of the Season. They even played one of my favorite tunes from Argent called Hold Your Head Up which jammed out to a total of 12 minutes and 22 seconds!

These guys sounded as good as they day they started with Colin Blunstone being able to hit all of the notes spot on and Rod Argent absolutely killing it on the keyboards. It’s great to see a band who has been around for so long who can still perform as they did 50 years ago. Definitely a memorable show.

Green Day – Las Vegas NV : April 7th 2017

It’s been since the American Idiot tour back in 2005 that I have seen Green Day live. Came close a few time between then and now, but something always happened. This time was a bit of a issue as well as Toni and I didn’t synch too well on weekends when I bought the tickets months ago and we had already purchased tickets for the Super Natural Convention in Seattle, but I couldn’t miss them again and I had bought VIP tickets…so I came down to Vegas to see Green Day and Toni stayed up in Seattle to see the convention. I think all in all things worked out well. I will meet up with her tomorrow and be at the convention the rest of the weekend.

This was an absolutely incredible show! The guys were definitely on top of their game tonight with tons of energy, spot on vocals by Billie Joe and tons of personality from Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. They came on a little before 9:00pm and played until 11:30 hitting nearly all their hits from throughout their nearly 25 years of an incredible music library. Some of my favorites of the night were, Know Your Enemy, Longview, Basket Case and Minority. They even went way back to 1992 and the Kerplunk album and played 2000 Light Years Away…that took me back. I think all up, they played 27 songs including a funky compilation of Shout (The Isley Brothers), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python – Life of Brian), Satisfaction (by the Rolling Stones) and Hey Jude, most of which they played while laying on the floor…very strange.

They closed the show out with a great set of encore songs including American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia and Billie Joe did an incredible acoustic solo finale of Ordinary World and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). 

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