Aerosmith – Park Theater – Las Vegas NV : June 24th 2019

 

Aerosmith is probably one of the best live rockin’ bands in the world. They have been going at it for nearly 50 years and the guys are getting up there in age, but they completely brought the house down tonight at the Park Theater in Las Vegas.

The show started with about a 30 minute video of the beginnings of the band and how they all met and how everything came together…kind of fate and like it was meant that these guys got together just to make the best damn music of their generation and for generations to come. They came on around 8:30 or so and opened with Train Kept a-Rollin’ followed by Draw the Line and Rag Doll. The setlist was full of massive hits, but of course with a library as extensive as theirs, there is no way they could play them all. My Favorites of the night were Toys in the Attic, where all the giant inflatable, scary toys came down from the ceiling above the crowd…very cool. And then all three of their encore songs were my very favorite with Dream On, Chip Away at the Stone and Walk this way, where a huge walkway came down from the rafters which allowed Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to walk all the way to the second level of the theater and perform the song. During the end of show they released a ton of huge balloons, and a ton of confetti…it was spectacular. There were even two points in the show where (at different times) Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton both walked out into the crowd and sang and played right in front of me…how cool is that!

An absolutely incredible show at an amazing venue with awesome sound. So very glad we made the trip down to see them at this residency.

The Cult – The Moore Theatre – Seattle Wa : June 10th 2019

An incredible evening last Monday night with Toni for dinner and the show. We got downtown a little early to make sure we could find good parking and decided to have dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby the theater. The Assaggio Ristorante was simply amazing. We have eaten there before and they are always good, but the food this time seemed exceptionally fantastic and the service was of equal quality. Definitely a must for anyone prior to a show at the Moore with only a block or so walk to the theater.

The Cult was awesome performing their 1989 album Sonic Temple in its entirety…what an incredible album it is with all ten songs being number one’s in my mind. With the first two songs being Sun King and Fire Woman, I mean what an amazing start to a night full of powerful, late 80’s hard rock music. Both Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy put on a great show and both exuded that vintage vibe that personifies that era which spawned the sound of the grung scene to come.

A show not soon forgotten.

 

Little Feat – The Saban – Beverly Hills Ca : May 25 2019

Pretty good show last night at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The venue was a beautiful restored, Art Deco style with very ornate furnishings and decor inside. The seating was very well laid out to optimize the offset of seats to minimize blocked views from the person in front of you and they were very comfortable. Definitely an impressive first time visit and I would come back for another show.

I decided to come down to L.A. to see Little Feat as this was their 50th anniversary tour and I try to see any band I can when they have achieved this milestone. I have to be honest that I am not much of a Little Feat fan and could only remember three to four of their songs, but they played and sounded very good. They did a very interesting version of Willin’ which to me was almost unrecognizable. They played in a very slowed down tempo, which for this song was real slow. Everyone else seemed to know it right away and sang along, so it was clear that I was a minority in the crowd. During their performance of Dixie Chicken they brought out legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. He actually came out and played 2 songs earlier as well for the song A Apolitical Blues which was a great jam of him, Paul Barrere and Fred Tacket all playing their own powerful blues guitar styles…definitely a treat to see the great Robby Krieger play.

I am glad that I was able to see these guys and the fact that it was their 50th anniversary tour and they had Robby Krieger jamming with them made it a pretty memorable show.

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!

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