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.

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.

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.

Paul Simon – Key Arena – Seattle : May 18th 2018

Paul Simon always puts on a great show. His voice and sound is still as amazing as it was when I first heard him on that all all time awesome album, Simon & Garfunkel Concert in Central Park.

The crowd at Key Arena was very energetic but yet subdued, which was ideal for just sitting back and listening to some great old classics. He opened up at just after 8:00pm with America followed by 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. He played his main set and then two encores with his 14 member band and then a third encore with just him and his guitar. My favorites for the night were Kodachrome, The Boxer and of course The Sound of Silence. All in all, he played for just about two and a half hours and played songs spanning his whole career and definitely all the greats.

It is sad to know that this is his last tour and we won’t have the chance to hear him perform all of these songs live again, but he did mention that he wasn’t sure what he was planning in his retirement, and that he loves performing, so who knows…he may put on some live shows sometime in the future, and we can always hope that he and Art Garfunkel decide at one point to have a reunion show or two…we can always hope.

%d bloggers like this: