Steve Miller/ Peter Frampton – Seattle : August 5 2017

Great show last night at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn. It was a warm night and fortunately had cooled off of the 95 degree days we were having earlier in the week which made it very nice for an outside show.

I have seen both Peter Frampton and the Steve Miller Band before, but tonight I was able to get a meet and greet with Peter Frampton which made this special. I have always enjoyed his music, but was a little apprehensive in meeting him as I have had a bit of a negative opinion of him following the last time I saw him and he was real abrasive to the crowd about taking pictures and then after the issue with him walking off stage a couple weeks ago, I was concerned he would be stand-offish and not very friendly. I was pleasantly surprised that he was actually quite nice, humble and very friendly, asking my name, where I was from and thanking me very sincerely for coming to the show.

Both of these guys put on great shows and sounded great. You just can’t get enough of Peter Frampton’s “talk box” and Steve Miller’s absolutely incredible blues infused guitar. The highlights of the show for me was Peter Frampton’s tribute to Chris Cornell with Black Hole Sun…absolutely amazing guitar work and very tastefully done. Probably my favorite  part of the Steve Miller set was when he and Peter Frampton jammed out some very classic blues tunes by legends such as Otis Rush, Muddy Waters and Elmore James and then of course Mercury Blues a K.C. Douglas cover…absolutely stunning. Of course he played his classic hits such as Swing Town, Space Cowboy, Fly Like an dEagle and Jet Airliner.

Awesome show and great to see these guys together on tour.

Queen + Adam Lambert – Seattle WA : July 1 2017

Last night’s show at Key Arena in Seattle was incredible. I was a little apprehensive with Adam Lambert as front man for Queen as I did go on line and watch a few of the current live performance videos and to me Adam Lambert sounded stale and didn’t seem to have “life” to his vocals, sounding much as he did during his time on American Idol. How different things were live! He sounded great with an incredible range and exuding a enormous amount of personality and energy. We were very impressed with him as lead vocalist to one of Rock and Rolls most iconic, unique and all time great bands.

We arrived at the show around 5:00pm in time to check in for the early entry VIP lounge enjoyed a few drinks and a great variety of light snacks.

The show started just after 8:00pm with the band opening appropriately enough with a short version of We Will Rock You. Their setlist was a very good mix of their big hits and some of the more obscure songs not heard since their release. Some of our favorites were Fat Bottomed Girls, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Adam Lambert sang one of his originals called Two Fux which was a song about being yourself and not really caring much about what other people think. I think my two favorite songs of the night were Who Wants to Live Forever and Somebody to Love (video link below).

Great show and definitely a must see.

Brian Wilson – Santa Barbara CA : May 28th 2017

Finally getting around to posting about the Brian Wilson show I went dow to Santa Barbara to see. Funny thing…I decided to go to this particular show as when it was being advertised, it was being advertised as the last of the Pet Sound shows, so I thought how cool it would be to go and see this iconic artist perform what many believe is one of the top albums of all time in souther California where it all started. Cool huh? Well, turns out that not only was this NOT the last show it was’t even the last show in the US as they added a later date in Hawaii and then planned a whole european tour…fished in again!

Well, didn’t take me long to get over that as soon as the first notes of the sound check started. This was by far one of the best sound checks I have ever seen as I really wasn’t expecting to see Brain Wilson, but not only did he host the entire set, but they must have played for a half an hour. What a treat to see them play for such a small group and in such a informal setting.

The main show was absolutely fabulous. I know beach boys songs are all relatively short, but he and the band played for what was around two an a half hours which turned out to be a total of 38 songs, with the entire Pet Sounds album sandwiched in between a ton of Beach Boys hits. A few of my favorites of the night were Shut Down, Little Deuce Coup, Don’t Worry Baby, Surfer Girl, Wouldn’t it be Nice, Sloop John B, and Sail on Sailor (sung by Blondie Chaplin – Who was a Beach Boy back in the 70’s).

One of the highlights of the day was getting to have a pre-show meet and greet where I was able to meet and have my photo taken Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Blondie Chapin. Oh and I had a perfect view of him in his big huge leather easy chair off slightly behind the stage and I bought him looking at his watch probably wondering the same thing I was…”when’s the show supposed to start anyway?”

A very memorable trip and show and I hope Brian can continue to perform for years to come.

Surfer Girl shot at the sound check

Arlo Guthrie – Tacoma WA : April 23rd 2017

Another great performance by one of the 60’s iconic folk legends, Arlo Guthrie. Tonight, at the beautiful and historic Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma was his concert entitled Running Down the Road.

Great set with some of the standard classics including Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) by Woody Guthrie, Running Down the Road and my all time favorite Coming Into Los Angeles.

Loved seeing Arlo Guthrie perform. He has a fabulous voice, great folk guitar sound and tells some awesome stories from his childhood and times in the sixties. A true legend!

 

The Zombies – Seattle WA : April 22nd 2017

What an amazing show at the Showbox in Seattle last night with The Zombies performing their entire album Odyssey & Oracle in celebration of it’s 50th anniversary.

The show was split into two sets, the first being a good solid set of their classic hits as well some of their more recent music from their album Still Got That Hunger from 2015. The first set had the current members of the band performing, and the second set reunited all of the surviving members of the band (Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Chris White, and Hugh Grundy) to perform Odyssey & Oracle.

This was a wonderful trip through the sixties from the early years with the enchanting melodies  of She’s Not There, Tell Her No and I Want You Back Again, down the hippie, love, flower tripping later years with A Rose For Emily, Beechwood Park and Time of the Season. They even played one of my favorite tunes from Argent called Hold Your Head Up which jammed out to a total of 12 minutes and 22 seconds!

These guys sounded as good as they day they started with Colin Blunstone being able to hit all of the notes spot on and Rod Argent absolutely killing it on the keyboards. It’s great to see a band who has been around for so long who can still perform as they did 50 years ago. Definitely a memorable show.

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