Adam Ant – Seattle Wa : February 2nd 2017

Adam Ant at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle Friday night, February 2nd. Toni and I both liked Adam Ant back in the day (Toni a little more than me) and were looking forward to hearing some of the classic 80’s new wave glam pop and we weren’t disappointed. It was great to see that he hadn’t lost all of his glamour and personality…maybe a little slower in some of his pirate moves, but still had the swagger and look that made Adam Ant one of a kind.

It was a late show for an older band and audience. Adam Ant didn’t come on stage until just before 10:00pm and put on nearly a two hour set with 23 songs in his regular set with 3 encore songs…quite a show and the crowd enjoyed every minute of it. I was waiting for the song Goody Two Shoes which is the song that I remember most from the day and posted a video link below (sorry about the sound quality, but haven;t mastered video yet). Some of the other songs were, Ant Music, Kings of the Wild Frontier, Stand and Deliver and Desperate but not Serious. Unfortunately Toni and I turn into pumpkins at midnight and left before the encore and missed, Red Scab, Get it On (T Rex song) and Physical (Your So)..

We came in a little apprehensive, but left very satisfied and longing for more of the 80’s.. fun era of music.

 

 

Pretenders – Seattle WA : December 11 2016

What an incredible show tonight. Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders put on one hell of a show at Key Arena in Seattle tonight. This was the first time I have seen them and was 100% impressed by their energy, sound and Chrissie’s absolutely incredible voice. Often times with the older bands, the lead singer looses some of their vocal range, but not with Chrissie Hynde. She hit every note spot on and has such a wonderful voice. It really came through on songs like Hyme for Her and I’ll Stand by You – very powerful indeed!

They played a great set with what I think was about 15 songs including their best hits Back in the Chain Gang, My City was Gone, Don’t get me Wrong, and of course Middle of the Road and Brass in Pocket.

Had a great time and I would see the Pretenders again any time.

 

Yellowcard – Seattle WA : October 26 2016

It’s hard to believe that Yellowcard is hanging it up after just 20 years of being a band. I understand going out while you are on top, but I do believe they could have gotten much bigger. It was clear from the size of the crowd at the Showbox in Seattle that they have a huge and dedicated fan base. I was one of over 100 people who bought special, meet and greet VIP tickets and who stood in the driving rain outside the venue for over an hour and a half waiting to meet and see the band perform one last time. I have never seen so many people in a meet and greet. They could have easily filled a much bigger venue. I was able to score a really good seat (which there were very few of in this venue) in the raised bar area at the corner rail of a handicapped walkway which acted as a buffer between the extremely crowded, standing room only floor, providing me with a direct view to the stage over the main crowd….very comfortable after standing in the rain and VIP line for nearly two hours.

I was first turned on to Yellowcard in the late nineties and attribute their music to enlightening me to a whole new genre of ‘alternative’ music. I hadn’t ventured out of my standby 60s-80’s music much (with the exception of a little bit of grunge – I’m from Seattle after all) until I heard and appreciated their distinctive, modernized punk sound. It opened me up to other bands of that genre and gave me a whole new library of music to enjoy.

The show Wednesday night was incredible. There were three opening bands, Like Torches (from Sweden), Dryjacket (from New Jersey) and as a special guest in Seattle only, Acceptance (who springily are from Seattle). All the bands were good, but I was very impressed with Acceptance. They had a great, hard rock sound to them and of course got the local crowd even more pumped up for the main event. Yellowcard came on around a little before 10:00pm if I remember correctly, which was very late for a midweek show, but the crowd was certainly ready and excited for their set. I cheated and looked on setlist.fm to see their playlist and was surprised that we were in store for a long night with more than 20 songs (24 to be exact). They opened with Believe, which is an incredibly powerful tribute to 9/11 (you should watch the video on YouTube). They followed up with Lights and Sounds (one of my all time favorite songs and albums) and then with Way Away from their Oceans Avenue album.

I unfortunately was feeling the affects of a change in timezones, a 14 hour flight from Hong Kong the day before and the thought of having to get up the next morning and I had to force myself to leave before the end of the show. Too bad as I know this will be the last chance I will ever have to enjoy the live sounds of Yellowcard. At least they provided me with 20 years and 10 albums of their music to continue to listen to for years to come.

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Blink-182 – Seattle WA : September 17 2016

 

After nearly 20 years of being a big fan of Blink-182, I was finally able to see them perform live. It was a great line-up at Key Arena last night with All American Rejects opening up and putting on an incredible show. They only played 7 songs, but did a great job and sounded great. A Day to Remember came on next and they just blew it out of the park with their show… they did not hold anything back from their energy, performance, stage show and use of inflatables… Jeremy McKinnon (lead singer) even got into a big inflatable ball and walked over and through the whole floor crowd…I have never see that before, really cool! Absolutely amazing performance. Blink-182 came on a little after 9:00pm I think, and their stage showed opened with a big flaming “FUCK”, which was also something I had never seen before and was just so cool (sorry if the photo is offensive, but had to post). After A Day to Remember’s performance, I didn’t see how anyone could improve, but clearly I had underestimated Blink-182… They had a HUGE stage, with a ton of pyrotechnics and even more inflatables. It was worth the wait seeing these guys…I’m sure 20 years ago, they must have had a little bit different show, but last night in Seattle, they were phenomenal.

Sting / Peter Gabriel – Key Arena – Seattle WA : July 21 2016

Great and fun show last night at Key Arena with Sting and Peter Gabriel for their Rock, Paper Scissors tour. What a great pairing with these two great performers who clearly loved performing with each other last night.

It was a different type of co-headlining show, where typically one band will perform their set followed by the other. This show had them trading off songs as well as joining in on each other’s songs. What an incredible library of songs they had too… they played for over two and a half hours with what I think were 23 songs in their main set and two encore songs. They held absolutely nothing back when it came to their performances, embellishing a few of the songs with jam sessions and extended and alternate arrangements. …truly amazing! One of the highlights of the show last night (of course for the Seattle audience) was Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam coming out and performing with the guys. Vedder sat-in with Peter Gabriel on Peter’s solo hit Red Rain and he also helped lead Sting’s band through The Police classic Driven To Tears. A few of my favorite songs of the night were Invisible Sun, Games Without Frontiers, Big Time, Englishman in New York and of course Roxanne.

One of the best shows of the year for sure.

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