KISS – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma WA : February 2nd 2019

Well, this is supposed to be KISS‘ last (End of the Road) tour, but I think we have heard that before. Regardless, I couldn’t run the risk of not seeing the greatest live band of all time one last time. I also took advantage of an opportunity to meet the band back stage, and since this was “the last time they would ever tour”, I thought that I had better go big and participate in this as well.

As typical, the show was running late, where we were to meet for the Meet and Greet at 5:30, we really didn’t;t get in to meet them until closer to 8:00, which actually wasn’t so bad as the crowd was pumped and there were a Buch of die-hard fans to keep us all entertained. The guys were pretty cool back stage, messing around and teasing people as they came in for pictures. When it came to my turn for a photo, Eric Singer and Paul Stanley pulled the collar up on my jacket, called me Elvis and Paul gave the “Fonzie” thumbs up. A little silly, but the pictured turned out OK.

After the meet and greet, I went to find Toni and Nicki at our seats, which were awesome…just five rows from the floor with perfect view of stage left. The band came on (without opener) at between 8:30-9:00 and just tore it up. They started out with Detroit Rock City followed by Shout it out Loud and Deuce. They played throughout their nearly 50 year catalog including Heaven’s on Fire, Lick it Up, Psycho Circus, I Was Made for Lovin’ You and the encore was Beth, Do You Love Me and Rock and Roll All Night…what an incredible set of classics.

If this was the last time I will ever see KISS live, then I will be happy as it was one of the best, but if for some reason they keep touring or start up again in a few years…well that’s OK too.

Scorpions/ Megadeth – The Forum – Los Angeles : October 7th 2017



Good show last night at the Forum in L.A. Toni and I flew down for the day for her birthday to celebrate with the Scorpions – one of her favorite bands.

We did the VIP package again for this show, but really regret it as the food was very sparse…just three items and one was a cup of tomato soup. The area set aside for the VIP group was just a little roped off area of the main concourse. The thing with the Forum is they let you enter the outer concourse early to have drinks and food, so there really is no reason to get the early entry VIP at this venue. The swag was also meager with only a small insulated (branded bag) with a couple of aluminum cups and a bottle opener.

We got to our seats just about a half an hour before show time. Great 3rd row aisle seats just off to the right of the main stage. Seeing how I forgot my camera at the hotel, I was fortunate that we were this close so that I could use my cell phone to take pic.

Megadeth opened up for the Scorpions, which seems a little odd. They are both metal bands, but seems like different types of metal fans between the two bands. The Megadeath fans are rough biker types and the Scorpions were they 50 something group that pretend to be bikers, and of course us.We had some good folks sitting around us, but invariably drunken losers with crappy cheap seats seem to always be able to find their way into the front sections and ruin things for the folks who pay a lot just to watch and enjoy the show. We of course had the most belligerent of the losers in front of us which made for a very tense show…just can’t watch the show and enjoy with these losers constantly spilling their beer on people, falling over the chairs, facing the audience pretending they are the stars of the show… i just don’t get these types of people and they are at almost every show.

Not being the biggest Megadeth fans, we left after just after a few of their songs going out into the lobby area to have a little food and something to drink and to let the losers do their thing. We hoped that they would be gone when we can back for the Scorpions…we were wrong and they were still there.

Regardless, we tried our hardest to enjoy the show. The Scorpions sounded great. Our seats were right in front of guitarist Matthias Jabs who was constantly smiling. He and the rest of the guys clearly enjoy playing for the audiences. They sounded great and put on one hell of a show. They hit all of our favorites including The Zoo, Black Out, Big City Nights, Wind of Change and a tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead playing their hit Overkill. There was a short bit midway through the show where they all came out to the center, extended stage and played an acoustic medley of Always Somewhere / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel. It was real cool to be so close as when Mikkey Dee was playing his drums, I could only hear the actual drum play and not the amplified sound…it was like he was playing in my living room. Real cool! They ended their set with three great encore songs, No One Like You, Still Loving You and Rock You Like a Hurricane.

Even with the small problems, we did enjoy the show and Toni had a great early Birthday and she still loves the Scorpions.

METALLICA – Hong Kong : January 20th 2017

It was a dream come true in Hong Kong tonight.

So, I am out of town on business, ending a long week and just for grins, I thought I would check one more time to see if there was even a chance of getting a ticket for the Metallica show at the AsiaWorld Expo. I knew they were on their Asia tour and that they were going to be in Hong Kong (apparently, their first time ever playing Hong Kong), but when I tried for tickets over the past several weeks, it had appeared to be sold out, and why wouldn’t be…right? Well, I took a chance and called the venue directly to see if by chance they may had released some obstructed view, or nose-bleed seats but to my amazement, they had some real good seats available and I scored one in the lower bowl, second section from the stage and four rows from the front! It was a miracle!

It was a little dicey with logistics, as I first had to come in from China and with Chinese New Year, traffic at the boarder was horrible, fortunately I did give myself plenty of time. Then I had to find one of the local ticket sales outlet to get a printed copy of my ticket.. this took me about an hour of roaming the back streets of Kowloon, but I finally found it and had my ticket in hand. I then had to decide what time I should get a cab to take me to the venue… with the level of traffic I had been in just a couple hours earlier, I decided I would give myself plenty of time and I left at 5:00 and this took about an hour on a trip that is normally just a half an hour. I got to the venue, which was actually right adjacent to the airport and in hindsight I could have stayed at a hotel at the airport and been much better off. Oh well, next time. The AsiaWorld Expo is absolutely HUGE! Besides the Metallica show, I think there were at least three other major events happening at the same time in other areas of the facility. Strange to see a bunch of metal heads along with conventioneers roaming the same halls.

The doors opened about 7:00 and I quickly found my seat. Metallica came on just about 8:30pm and opened up with one of their new songs.. a very hard song called Hardwired (one of my favorites off their new album). They followed up with Atlas, Rise! and then For Whom the Bell Tolls. I am not sure which song I enjoyed the most, but it was probably a toss up between Sad But True, Fade to Black and Seek & Destroy.. They played a total of 15 songs in their regular set and 3 in their encore, which consisted of Battery, Nothing Else Matters and finally Enter Sandman.

Getting out of the venue and back to the hotel was another adventure fighting a ton of people all trying to do the same thing as me….get out. After standing in the wrong taxi queue for about 30 minutes, I was finally able to locate the “correct” taxi queue which happened to be the most popular of course and proceed to wait another 45+ minutes before taking the hour long ride back to my hotel, but all in all, it wasn’t the worst after concert rush I have experienced and I got back to my hotel safely around 12:15.

By far, this will be one of the most memorable concerts I have ever been to, not only because it was an absolutely phenomenal show, but it was by luck that I was able to make it.

Set List

  • Hardwired
  • Atlas, Rise!
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Creeping Death
  • The Unforgiven
  • Now That We’re Dead
  • Moth Into Flame
  • Wherever I May Roam
  • Confusion
  • Halo on Fire
  • Sad But True
  • One
  • Master of Puppets
  • Fade to Black
  • Seek & Destroy


  • Battery
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Enter Sandman

Guns N’ Roses – Los Angeles CA : August 19th 2016

The Seattle show on August 12th was so good that I had to see Guns N’ Roses again and decided go fly down to LA and see them at Dodger Stadium on Friday August 19th. In Seattle, Alice in Chains opened and last night it was The Cult. I have always liked their music and have never seen them live, so this was an extra bonus to see them along with GNR. They had a very simple stage show, but sounded incredible…as good as I remember from first hearing them in the early 90’s.

Guns N’ Roses came on about 8:20pm and played an incredible 26 song set, finishing up with 4 encores at about 11:30pm. The set was very similar to the Seattle show, however this show had a special guest drummer… Steven Adler (original GNR drummer) who performed on the songs Out Ta Get Me and My Michelle. It was a real treat to see and hear 4 original band members back together.

I stayed through the whole show this time and really glad I did as they played Sorry, Don’t Cry, The Seeker and wrapped up the show with Paradise City which was just an absolutely incredible.

Glad I made the trip down.

Black Sabbath – Tacoma WA : February 6 2016

I am not sure what to say about the Black Sabbath show last night at the Tacoma Dome…. Toni and I were part of the VIP experience which got some some good swag, early entry into the venue, free beer/wine/ snacks and a sound check with some incredible jams by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos. The topper was a great (full) performance of War Pigs with Ozzy coming out and singing during the sound check…this was a real treat as typically during sound checks, the singer does not participate, and to have Ozzy come out and perform to such a small group of fans and Toni and I being just feet from him was an unforgettable experience.

That’s where the fun ended… from then on, when the actual show started, all hell broken loose with the most idiotic, selfish, drunken group of fans (using the word very loosely) that I have even had the displeasure of being in the same room with. I just could not believe the blatant disregard for any sort of self control, personal dignity or care for anyone else but themselves. I realize that this is a metal concert and that there is a certain amount of natural depravity that comes along with that, but this was just over the top. Toni and I stuck it out for as long as we could, but we couldn’t stay for the whole show, leaving about 3/4 way through, right after Iron Man.. too bad to because Ozzy sounded great, and the band, lights and show were incredible.

This was Black Sabbath’s final tour and it’s kind of a bummer to know that we won’t be able to see them perform live again, but what I can say is good riddance to all the loosers who ruin an otherwise great experience.

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