Alan Parsons – Westgate – Las Vegas NV : February 1st, 2020

What a great night in Las Vegas tonight at the Alan Parsons Live Project at the Westgate Resort and Casino. Toni and I decided to take a quick weekend trip to Vegas for me to an iconic singer/songwriter/composer and to Toni to relax away from the house. What a fun weekend.

The weather was incredible with a high around 68 degrees and clear Skys, it was just beautiful. We arrived around 1:30pm or so and were able to check right into our room at the Pallazo Hotel…we love that place…

After having dinner I headed off to the show around 4:00pm to make sure that I had enough time to get there and be ready for the 5:00pm meet-up for the VIP activities. My ticket was supposed to be at will call, but when checking in, the attendant indicated the tickets were to be with the VIP host at the entrance to the venue, so off I went. Once there, they seemed to know nothing about the tickets and besides that I had somehow lost my ID which was going to make it difficult to prove who I was to either get my ticket or my VIP credentials…what a drag! There were a few other people looking for their tickets, so the VIP representative went over to will call to try and figure out where the tickets were. Fortunately when she came back she not only had my ticket, but also me ID…whew!

We were let into the venue to queue up for the meet & greet which started at 6:00pm. Meeting Mr Parsons was incredible. He was so nice and initiated a conversation asking me if I had ever seen his show before…we talked for a few minutes about the last time I saw him up at a small casino in Bow Washington…such a nice guy. Once the photos and autographing was done, we were all ushered into the seating area of the venue for the sound check…these are always so much fun as the artist/ musicians seem so relaxed but yet professional about getting the sound and stage just right. They played many “bits” of various songs which was just great to see and hear.

The show started about 8:45pm and finishing up a little after 10:00pm. They played so many old favorites as well as new music from their new(er) album The Secret released about a year ago. My favorite of the night was Breakdown / The Raven, I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You, Prime Time and Don’t Answer Me. 

Great night and great weekend!

The Who – T-Mobile Park – Seattle Wa : October 19th, 2019

What can I say about The Who…other than what another great show! This was the 6th time I have seen them over the last 20 years with my first being August 2000 which was one of my more memorable shows with the way that unforgettable organ/ synth sound echoed and reverberated off the back of natural outdoor amphitheater…it was just mesmerizing and hypnotic…

I had a great seat for the show too…I splurged for the VIP package so that I could not only get a good seat in the gigantic T-Mobile Park, but also get in early for march shopping and low stress entry into the venue. I was also able to sit in on their sound check which was very cool to see them casually perform chunks of songs as they tuned up the sound.

They performed all of the hits that you would expect them to play including Pinball Wizard, Who Are You, Eminence Front, Substitute, I Can See for Miles, You Better You Bet and the performance of Behind Blue Eyes was just incredible. This tour was special as they brought out an orchestra for a big part of their set. The orchestra put a fantastic element to both Love, Reign O’er Me and Baba O’Riley.

The end of the show even brought out Eddie Vedder who sat in singing with Roger Daltrey on the song The Punk and the Godfather. Seems that Eddie and Mike McCready always end up on stage when someone big comes to town in Seattle.

I will continue to see The Who as long as they tour…they always put on a memorable show.

Babymetal – The Paramount – Seattle Wa : October 16th 2019

Attended a very interesting and surprising good show at the Paramount on Saturday, October 16th. Roz and Marissa needed a ride and offered to buy my ticket if I were to drive them into Seattle, and who am I to pass up a free concert. I was surprised to see that they can actually move all of the seating out of the lower portion of the Paramount and made it all GA standing room…we of course found a nice quiet spot in the back to take in the show, so I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures.

This was a pairing of a couple very good Asian Metal Bands. The Hu are a Mongolian rock band who play traditional Mongolian instrumentation, and Mongolian throat singing, which if you have never heard before is quite mesmerizing and hypnotic to listen to. Paired with the amplified and distorted traditional instruments made for an excellent show…I was very pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it.

Babymetal is a band I have heard of before and is very popular in Asia, generally selling out huge arena. They put on a great show, but I think the limited size of the stage at the Paramount stifled their stage presence and ability to put the show that they are known for.

Brian Wilson/ Zombies – Paramount Theatre – Seattle Wa : September 16th 2019

Doing a little catch-up before the upcoming concert season…it’s been a few months since my last update, however have see a few shows in that time that I hadn’t had the time to post on until now. One of those shows was Brian Wilson and The Zombies.

Kind of a strange pairing, but they called the tour the “Something Great From ’68’ Tour”. Brian Wilson will primarily performed songs from two of his favorite Beach Boys albums, 1968’s Friends and 1971’s Surf’s Up, with sprinkles of other rarities within the setlist. His former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin also joined him on stage for this show.

Their SetList: California Girls, I Get Around, Don’t Worry Baby, Darlin’, Meant for You, Friends, Wake the World, Busy Doin’ Nothin’, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B, God Only Knows, Feel Flows, Long Promised Road, Sail On, Sailor, I Can Hear Music, Little Bird, Diamond Head, ‘Til I Die, Surf’s Up, Lookin’ at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song), Heroes and Villains, Good Vibrations, Help Me, Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Surfin’ U.S.A., Fun, Fun, Fun, Love and Mercy

The Zombies set featured Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone reuniting with fellow co-founders Chris White and Hugh Grundy, who performed alongside the current iteration of the Zombies.

I was able to do a short meet and greet with members of the Zombies, although I am not sure why everyone wasn’t there and it was just Hugh Grundy (Drums) and Chris White (Bass)…especially Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone who were the two primary founding members were there…kind of a bummer, but you never know with these meet and greets who wants to actually meet.

The Zombies SetList: Tell Her No, Merry Go Round, Edge of the Rainbow, She’s Not There. [Odessey and Oracle]
Care of Cell 44, A Rose for Emily, Maybe After He’s Gone, Beechwood Park, Brief Candles, Hung Up on a Dream, Changes, I Want Her She Wants Me, This Will Be Our Year, Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914), Friends of Mine, Time of the Season

 

Weird Al Yankovic – Paramount Theatre – Seattle Wa : August 16th 2019

Another smile and laugh filled evening with Weird AL. His material never gets old and always seems fresh, even the older parodies that I have heard many times.

The show opened up with a full orchestra performing a number of movie selections including the Indiana Jones theme, the Mission Impossible theme and a Star Wars compilation. It was a little strange to have the first 40 minutes of the show filled with orchestral music, but after-all the show was called “Weird Al Yankovic – Strings Attached”, so shouldn’t have been too unexpected.

Weird Al came on around 8:45 or so and opened with a mash up of I Lost on Jeopardy / I Love Rocky Road / Like a Surgeon, then went directly into The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota and Word Crimes. There were tons of small videos in between each of the main performances where he and the band would change into the costumes representing songs such as Smells Like Nirvana, Amish Paradise and White & Nerdy (my personal favorite) and then main encore where he and the band came out dressed as Jedi Knights and there were a full set of Storm Troopers, Tie Fighter pilot, Speeder Bike pilot and Darth Vader himself standing in the center of all of them…quite a site. Weird Al then sang the all so popular The Saga Begins (which I posted the Youtube Video below) and Yoda which were just fantastically done.

His pop culture parody is not for everyone I am sure, but if you want see and listen to some silly performances and just have a laugh out loud evening, the Weird Al show is a must.

We did the meet and greet which was at the end of the show and went until just after midnight…they provided everyone with an endless supply of pizza and we all got a chance to meet the man himself, get a personal photo (below) and get a few things signed. All things considered, the night was fun and we had a great time.

 

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