Evanescence / Lindsey Stirling – Auburn WA : September 7th 2018

What an incredible show last night at the White River Amphitheater. We started out with early entry to the venue and a very cool Evanescence sound check where we heard her and the band/ orchestra rehearse four full songs including a real beautiful version of Across the Universe by the Beatles and a awesome rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears. I had a pre-show, champagne toast and photo op. with Amy Lee and the band prior to the show which was also super cool.

The show itself was one of the most spectacular set of performances that I have ever seen. I hadn’t heard of Lindsey Stirling prior to the show (although Toni knew her music). All I have to say about Lindsey’s show is WOW! She was an amazing performer with so much energy…it was hard to get a good picture of her as she was all over the stage like a crazy person. Her dancing equaled her violin quality in stunning artistry. I couldn’t have been more blown away.

Amy Lee and Evanescence came on around 9:30 or so with a full orchestra backing up the band. I am so amazed by her sound and vocal style. She is just an absolutely amazing singer and with a full orchestra backing her, it was one of the most powerful shows I have ever seen. She had a great setlist, but the only song that they didn’t perform which I would have really liked to see was Call Me When You’re Sober…that is probably my favorite Evanescence song.

Rod Stewart/ Cyndi Lauper – Auburn WA : September 1st 2018

Real good show last night at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn Washington.

We have seen Rod Stewart a couple times over the last few years but this was our first time seeing Cyndi Lauper. Rod Stewart always puts on a great show with an incredible band and stage show. Cyndi Lauper’s show was simple but in my opinion, was the highlight of the night. She played all her 80’s hits including, She Bop, All Through the Night, Time After Time, True Colors and of course Girls Just Want to Have Fun. She sounded great, engaged the audience with some interesting stories and even came out into the crowd during some of her songs…she even came into the first level which required her to climb over a fairly significant railing…amazing energy and excitement.

Rod Stewart came on about 8:45 and had a very nice stage arrangement with his band dressed in matching 50’s style outfits. The show was very similar to the other shows we have seen from him, but it works well and I guess there’s no point of changing a good thing. His set-list was also very good with songs spanning his many years of solo hits as well as when he was with Faces and Jeff Beck Group. It was a relatively short set with only 19 songs, although he did play all my favorites such as Some Guys Have all the Luck, You Wear it Well, Tonight’s the Night, Maggie May and You’re in my Heart. The only song that he didn’t play that I wanted to hear was Hot Legs, but I guess he can’t play everything. It was real cool when Cyndi Lauper came out and they did a duo of the old Marvin Gaye song, It Takes Two.

Great show and would go see Cyndi Lauper again any time…she really put on a incredible show and sounded great.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – The Forum – L.A. : August 5th 2018

All I have to say about last nights show is WOW! Very much worth the wait to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live. Definitely a once in a lifetime show.

Started out the evening with another early entry VIP (really the only way to go to shows anymore). This one was a little better than the night before with a huge tented area (fully under cover from the sun) a ton of tables, ELO memorabilia, very good food with full bar and access to the upper concourse area of the arena with more drinks, food and all the merch!

The show started a little late, actually a little more than a half an hour and people were starting to get a little anxious, but everyone settled right down after the came on, opening with Standing in the Rain and Evil Woman followed by massive hit after hit such as; All Over the World, Showdown, Livin’ Thing, Rockaria!, Can’t Get It Out of My Head, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Don’t Bring Me Down, Turn to Stone, Mr. Blue Sky and even a Traveling Wilburys cover Handle With Care. And if that wasn’t enough, the encore was none other than Roll Over Beethoven!

Running a little tired today with little sleep over the last 3 days of concerts, but well worth ending my weekend with this incredible show.

Weezer / Pixies – White River Amphitheater : August 4th 2018

Excellent show last night at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn with the Pixies and Weezer.

Toni and I had a great time doing the early entry “Karl’s Corner” VIP having some food and drinks before the show.

The opening act was unexpected (thinking it was the Pixies – although now realizing this was a “co-headline” show) with a band called Sleigh Bells, who were actually pretty good. Toni had heard of them before, but the were new to me. Always good to be surprised with a good opening band.

We aren’t really {pixies fans, so although they sounded good and played well, they just didn’t do anything for us…but when Weezer came on, it was AMAZING! They opened up with Buddy Holly, followed by Beverly Hills, Pork and Beans and then Undone (The Sweater Song)…I mean what a great first set of songs! And it didn’t stop there… the next few songs were Hash Pipe, Perfect Situation and My Name is Jonas..the night went on and on with hit after hit and they sounded fantastic.

In my opinion, Weezer is by far one of the best live bands to see. What a great show!

Pat Benatar – Emerald Queen Casino : Tacoma WA : August 3rd 2018

Another wonderful performance by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. I have them four times and they never let the audience down and always perform at 100% even though I believe Neil Giraldo had a bit of a cold tonight. Pat Benatar can belt out the lyrics as she has always done with phenomenal range and Neil Giraldo can play the guitar like it’s an extension of his body and soul. It is actually funny how he occasionally gets carried away playing during songs and you can tell from her face and expressions that he was doing just a little more than she had planned…they are such a pair to watch…obviously in love and with great chemistry.

Their sets list was incredible with all their hits and some obscure songs done by just the two of them without the band. Kind of cool. For me the best song of the night was Hell is for Children…very powerful song. Hit Me with Your Best Shot was also especially awesome! She actually told a short, little story about one of their first hits, a story that I should have remembered (due to it’s revolutionary relevance to my early musical influence) that her song/ video You Better Run, was the second video ever played on MTV, just a little over 37 years ago today, on August 1st, 1981.

I did the VIP meet and greet before the show and was able to meet and say a few words to Pat, but unfortunately Neil was a no show for the meet and greet for what was likely his cold. Anyway, below is a pic of me with her prior to the show.

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