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.

Jackson Browne – Chateau Ste Michelle : Woodinville WA : July 27th 2018

Always nice to go to the winery for a show on a nice night. It was nearly 90 degrees in Seattle today and by showtime had cooled down to just about 80…very nice.

I started out the evening with my normal routine for the winery…I stop at the swag spot and pick up a t-shirt and other items of interest, then walk to the food vendors and get a wonderful kielbasa and a giant, fresh squeezed lemonade…so good!

About 7:00, I made my way to my seat and met my seat neighbors who were having a picnic and some wine (looked like some tasty snacks). The show started promptly at 7:30.

This was my first time seeing Jackson Browne live and he did not disappoint. He sounded spot on to how I remember him from the many albums and CDs that I had listed to through the 70’s and 80’s. He played many of his hits, which my favorites of the night were That Girl Could Sing, Doctor my Eyes, Somebody’s Baby (which I love and had totally forgotten it over the years) and Red Neck Friend. There were actually quite a few songs which I had forgotten and it was great to hear them again, especially live.

Great show and I would see him again anytime.

Jimmy Buffett – Key Arena – Seattle : June 23rd 2018

Absolutely awesome night of party music last night at Key Arena with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band! What a great collection of music he has. It has been a while since I have really listened to Jimmy Buffett and with every song he played came a ton of memories of tropical backyard beach parties and barbeques with good friends over the years.

Toni and my favorite songs of the night were, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano, Son of a Son of a Sailor, Pencil Thin Mustache, Fins and of course Margaritaville. He even did a tribute to the late Eagles front man Glenn Fry with Take it Easy.

I have been waiting a ton of years to see Jimmy Buffett and my wait was well worth it. Just a great show with a ton of energy, fun and memories.

The Doobie Brothers/ Steely Dan – Key Arena – Seattle : June 5th 2018

Another great show in Seattle last night. Great combo classic rock show with The Doobie Brothers opening up for Steely Dan.

I have to say, after the absolutely incredible show and song set selection by The Doobies, it was impossible for Steely Dan to follow up. I have to hand it to Donald Fagen and his band, but the atmosphere was charged and unfortunately, in my opinion, they just could not keep it going.

This was the second time I had seen The Doobie Brothers in the last couple years, and I don’t remember them being as good or as powerful as they were last night. I was always a Doobies fan, but thought my self partial to the Michael McDonald version of the doobies until I was reminded of ALL of the incredibly awesome music that original, early ’70’s guitar and vocals members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons were responsible for recording. John McFee rounded out the amazing guitar trio and also played a mean violin and harmonica. It seemed like it was just hit after hit for over an hour and a half with such great songs as, Rockin’ Down the Highway, South City Midnight Lady, Jesus Is Just Alright, Eyes of Silver, Takin’ It To the Streets, Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While), Black Water, Long Train Runnin’ and two awesome encore songs, China Grove and Listen to the Music.

It was also a special show as I was able to do a short meet and greet with the guys from the Doobie Brother before the show. They were very nice and actually seemed as though they enjoyed meeting and talking to us fans.

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