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.

Elton John – Washington D.C. : September 22nd 2018

By far one of the best shows I have ever seen. I had probably the best seat in the house…third row with no seat between me and the stage, and right in front of Sir Elton John himself – Magnificent! I think I even lucked out because he and his piano were supposed to automatically move from one side of the stage to the other, but something must have gone wrong as no longer than he got over to the other side of the stage, that he came back and was right in front of me again.

The evening started with a VIP experience with horse devours, drinks and a lot of back stage discussion about the production of the show. Elton’s Piano tech spent some time talking about how the tour is managed between all of the worldwide locations, the detail of all of Elton’s pianos that he tours with…he names them all, and tonight he was playing “Nina” named after singer/ songwriter Nina Simone. We also took a good tour of the stage where the audio engineer took us around backstage, discussing alot of technical info on sound, lighting production and the instruments…we even got to have our pictures taken with Elton’s piano.

The show started promptly at 8:00pm and went for nearly three hours with only a short costume change about halfway through. He played a lot of great music, 24 total including 2 encore. I think my favorites of the night were Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Funeral For a Friend, Crocodile Rock and of course Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

I had the opportunity to take a few videos and have posted to YouTube…

Daniel

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Rod Stewart/ Cyndi Lauper – Auburn WA : September 1st 2018

Real good show last night at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn Washington.

We have seen Rod Stewart a couple times over the last few years but this was our first time seeing Cyndi Lauper. Rod Stewart always puts on a great show with an incredible band and stage show. Cyndi Lauper’s show was simple but in my opinion, was the highlight of the night. She played all her 80’s hits including, She Bop, All Through the Night, Time After Time, True Colors and of course Girls Just Want to Have Fun. She sounded great, engaged the audience with some interesting stories and even came out into the crowd during some of her songs…she even came into the first level which required her to climb over a fairly significant railing…amazing energy and excitement.

Rod Stewart came on about 8:45 and had a very nice stage arrangement with his band dressed in matching 50’s style outfits. The show was very similar to the other shows we have seen from him, but it works well and I guess there’s no point of changing a good thing. His set-list was also very good with songs spanning his many years of solo hits as well as when he was with Faces and Jeff Beck Group. It was a relatively short set with only 19 songs, although he did play all my favorites such as Some Guys Have all the Luck, You Wear it Well, Tonight’s the Night, Maggie May and You’re in my Heart. The only song that he didn’t play that I wanted to hear was Hot Legs, but I guess he can’t play everything. It was real cool when Cyndi Lauper came out and they did a duo of the old Marvin Gaye song, It Takes Two.

Great show and would go see Cyndi Lauper again any time…she really put on a incredible show and sounded great.

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.

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