Robin Trower – Moore Theatre – Seattle Wa : May 17th 2019

I have been wanting to see Robin Trower for a number of years and haven’t been able to align my schedule to one of his appearances in Seattle up until last night. I have always enjoyed his unique and almost celestial guitar sound. His hypnotic solos are amazing to listen to on an album or radio, but they are a whole new level live…truly amazing. He played a great set of songs with a ton of songs from the Bridge of Sighs album, all just beautifully done.

I certainly was not disappointed and seeing him live was worth the wait for sure.

 

Kansas – Paramount Theatre – Seattle Wa : April 13th 2019

What a fabulous show last night at the wonderful Paramount Theatre in Seattle. I knew I was in for a long night as not only was this a show that they would play music spanning their 40+ years of hits, but also be performing the album Point of No Return in its entirety.

Tonight was going to be extra special as I had a meet and greet with the band prior to the show. Although there are only 2 original members of the band still performing (Kerry Livgren – Drums and Rich Williams – Lead Guitar), all members of the current band were incredible. Current Lead vocalist and keyboardist, Ronnie Platt (been in the band since 2014) just tore it up. His vocals were spot on to the sound of Kansas and he brought with him just a ton of energy. Billy Greer, Bassist (who also did a lot of vocals) has been in the band since the mid ’80’s and was also awesome to hear and see. The rest of the band (7 members in total) completed an incredible lineup who all sounded and performed as you would want them to…with power and passion.

With the meet and greet, we were able to meet and, very briefly talk to all the band members as we had them personalize and sign something (I had them sign my copy of Point of No Return album of course). They were very friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy meeting the fans. They have some very passionate fans…case in point the guy who sat to my right. He was the most intense seat dancer that I have ever experienced. He violently shook the entire front row of seats all the while playing his air drums with more passion than Tommy Lee at a Motley Crue show…I mean he wasn’t playing a four piece, Ringo Starr drum set, he was playing full on Neil Peart from Rush. It is great to see someone so passionate about what was clearly his favorite band, I just wished he wasn’t sitting right next to me.

Following the signing session we were able to have our photo taken with the band which was very exciting:

The show started around 7:30, which was pretty early, but they needed to start early with all the music that that had lined up. The set list was great, starting the show with some awesome classics as well as music from their last studio album (The Prelude Implicit – 2016). Some of my favorites were of course the classics, Hold On, Song for America and People of the South Wind. Of course the entire Point of No Return album set was fantastic, with songs such as Paradox, Portrait, Hopelessly Human and of course Dust in the Wind. They closed the show out with the only song that could possibly play that could stand up for such a strong night of music and that was of course Carry On My Wayward Son.

This was the best two and a Half hours of music I have heard in quite some time…thanks Kansas for all the music and memories!

Alan Parsons Live Project – Skagit Casino – Bow WA : April 12th 2019

I have always wanted to see Alan Parsons live and stumbled across tickets to the sold out show on Ticketmaster…must have had some late releases or something, but but definitely lucked out.

The show was a Friday night in Bow Washington which is about 80 miles north of Seattle where I worked so I knew I would have quite a drive through some of the worst traffic the area has…not unexpectedly, it took almost two and a half hours to get to the Skagit Casino. I gave myself plenty of time and got there in time to eat dinner at their restaurant called Encore. It was actually quite good. The filet mignon was an incredible piece of beef and was prepared perfectly.

The show started a little after 8:00pm. The band seemed to be short on energy, but the music was awesome and I loved to see and hear all the songs that I have loved to listen to on various media throughout the years live. I particularly loved seeing and hearing the perform Damned If I Do, Don’t Answer Me, Time, Breakdown / The Raven, I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You, Prime Time and my favorite of the night, Eye in the Sky.

Definitely a show that I was glad to be able to see.

REO Speed Wagon – Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma WA : January 18th 2019

First show at the Casino in a while…seemed like they stopped having classic rock shows for a time as I used to see a lot of shows here was over a year ago.

REO Speed Wagon never fails to put on a great show. They sound as good as they did back in the day and have enough energy to keep the crowd going throughout the entire show.

Their catalog of hits is of course amazing and spans 45+ years going back all the way to the very early seventies. I loved hearing all the songs from their early eighties smash album Hi Infidelity but my favorites were the classic older tunes such as Time for me to Fly, Roll with the Changes, Back on the Road Again, Music Man, Keep Pushin’, and of course Ridin’ the Storm Out.

As long as these guys keep touring, I will continue to go see them live… absolutely great live band.

Phil Collins – MGM Grand – Las Vegas NV : October 27th 2018

Definitely worth the wait to see Phil Collins. I have loved his work since the early days of Genesis and have wanted to see him in concert for a long time. Tonights show at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was absolutely awesome. Phil Collins’ voice was incredible and he sounded exactly like I remember form all those albums.

He play a great set of songs ranging from of course his Genesis material like Throwing It All Away and Follow You Follow Me. He opened with an interesting choice, that I didn’t think was that popular however it was one of my favorite songs when it came out…Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now), then went in to some great solo music Another Day in Paradise and I Missed Again. Of course one of the crowd favorites was In the Air Tonight which was very powerful with his very talented 17 year old son Nic slamming it on the drums. My favorite song of the night was one in which Nic played piano and Phil sang You Know What I Mean…very nice, mellow song for father and son to perform together.

It was a quick trip down to Vegas for the day, but very much worth it, and another great artist that I was finally able to see live in concert.

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