Deep Purple/ Judas Priest – Sacramento CA : September 30th 2018

Another heavy metal icon band that I hadn’t seen before. Deep Purple put on a great show although the crowd had significantly decreased in size after Judas Priest left the stage. I am not sure why people decided to leave before the headline band came on, but I suppose most of them must have been Judas Priest fans…although to be a Judas Priest fan and not appreciate the music and 50 year history of Deep Purple is beyond me, but it did leave a lot of elbow room with empty seats around me.

I did the meet and greet with Deep Purple and I have to say that this was one of the most disorganized VIP experiences I have ever done. All I got was an email saying pick-up the tickets and more information at the ticket counter when I arrive. When I went to ticket counter, they had no idea about any VIP experience so I decided to do what I usually do when I can’t get good instructions, I waited to see what other folks did. Unfortunately this VIP group was very small and I wasn’t able to observe any further direction. After waiting for about an hour and asking a number of different venue staff, I was told to go inside and meet the VIP host, which of course was nowhere to be found… I was able to find other VIP guests and collectively we found out where and when to meet. Once we got organized, it was very nice meeting the members of Deep Purple, having them talk with us, sign our badges and take photos with us.

Judas Priest came on around 8:30pm I think and played for about an hour to an hour and a half. They played a lot of music off of their newest album and then saved all of their classics to a massive set at the end of their show. Rob Halford still sings and screams as he used to and the band (minus K.K. Downing and Guess Tipton) rocked as usual. Every time I have seen these guys, I am always blown away by their power and performance, last night was no exception. I enjoyed the classics like Living After Midnight, Hell Bent for Leather, You Got Another Think Comin’ and Breaking the Law, but it seemed the crowd favorite was PainKiller.

Deep Purple didn’t come on until around 9:30, but also put on a great show. This was the first time I had seen them and it started off great with them opening with my favorite sang, Highway Star. I really enjoyed the keyboard solo by Don Airey…such an amazing sound. I think one of my favorite songs of the night Lazy and Space Trucking’ although Knocking at Your Backdoor and Perfect Strangers were also awesome and then of course their all time classic Smoke on The Water was pretty incredible.

All in all, a good show…not great, but worth the trip down from Seattle.

Black Veil Brides – Showbox – Seattle : February 24th 2018

Great night last night at the Showbox SODO in Seattle for an incredible show with Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides.

Toni and I tried a new tactic for getting good seats and opted for VIP, reserved seating at the venue. We arrived early and got into the bar for an early dinner of greasy (but tasty) bar food. This was the first time we actually were able to get in early as it was just Toni and I and not the kids, so standing outside for a couple hours in the cold and rain was not happening. The VIP table was awesome…we were able to go down to the table when the doors opened and got seated at our private table with a great, raised view of the stage. This is the way to go when coming to this venue for sure, and the cost was very reasonable.

Crown the Empire opened up for the night and did a great job of getting the crowd geared up and ready for the main events. Asking Alexandria played a great set with 13 songs in the regular set and then 2 encore songs… not too often do bands other than the main headliner play encores, so it was great to have them come back on and play. Black veil Brides put on a fabulous set with 11 songs in their regular set and 3 encore wrapping up with of course In The End. I was able to get Wretched and Devine recorded and uploaded to YouTube with a link below.

Overall, this was a great show and the first time Toni and I have seen them without the kids which was kind of a bummer that they weren’t;t there, but also allowed us to avoid lines and crowds by sitting in the bar prior to the show.

Papa Roach – Fillmore – Denver : December 9 2017

Tonight was a great show at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. This was the first time that Toni and I had been to this venue and we were both pretty impressed with it’s size, sound and layout. We had the VIP meet and greet with Papa Roach prior to the show which allowed us to get in early and find one of the best seats in the house…just off of stage right, set above the main floor and two nice comfortable chairs along a railing facing the stage…it was great because the area directly on the other side of the railing was a designated walkway and security would;t allow anyone to stand there, so all night we had an unobstructed view.

The meet and greet was pretty cool…as I mentioned we were able to get into the venue a couple hours before the general public and we were shown a pretty cool short film about the making of the later album “Crooked Teeth”. There were about 30 of us in the M&G and when the video was over, the band came out and sat down with us for about a 20 minute Q&A session…of course Toni and I didn;t have any specific questions to ask, but a lot of folks did and the band was very engaged and shared some really fun and personal stories. Following the Q&A, there was a photo session with the band (which Toni and I did not opt for). This is when we got a couple drinks and scored our choice seat.

Before Papa Roach came on, Falling in Reverse put on a great show, although Ronnie Radke was sick so they could only play about a half dozen songs, which was too bad as we really like them, but we have seen them a bunch of times, so it wasn’t too devastating. A lot of folks came just to see them so it must have been a real bummer to not get a full set. Papa Roach more than made up for it though. This was the first time I had seen them, but Toni had seen them a year or so ago when they opened for Five Finger Death Punch. She always talked about how good they were and that they stole the show and she was right. Tonight they were the headlines and filled the bill quite well. They played like hell and put all of their energy into their performance. Their lead singer Jacoby Shaddix was phenomenal. I didn’t know a lot of their songs, but Toni knew all bu 1 she said. I recognized the songs Scars, Getting Away with Murder, Forever and of course Last Resort. They also did a great tribute to Chester Bennington by playing a rendition of In The End by Linkin Park…very nice.

Great day trip to Denver with my honey and great show at the Fillmore. We will definitely come back for the next awesome show.

Here is a video of Falling in Reverse performing Vampire…sorry the audio quality isn’t the best, but this was on LOUD show. It does show Ronnie doing what Ronnie does best though πŸ™‚

In This Moment – The Moore – Seattle : October 31st 2017

Cool Halloween for us this year. We went to see some of Nicki’s favorites at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. It was cool to see a ton of people dressed up in their favorite costumes Β at the show, including some of the band members.

In This Moment was headlining the Half God, Half Devil tour with Of Mice & Men and Avatar. We have see In This Moment and Of Mice & Men a few times, but never Avatar. They are one of Nicki’s favorite bands, so she was of course very excited to see them live in concert. When listening to their recorded music, I really didn’t care too much for them, but they sounded incredible and put on an absolutely great show. They are a heavy metal shock rock band from Sweden (actually classified as melodic death metal) and have sort of circus type persona. They have a very polished live sound and are very entertaining. Of Mice & Men sounded as good as ever and Maria Brink of In This Moment put on an awesome show as always.

We had a great time and I especially liked glancing over at Nicki watching her singing, smiling and having a great time…that was the best part of the night.

Metallica – Seattle WA : August 9th 2017

What an awesome show last night at Century Link Field in Seattle. Metallica put on an absolutely incredible show…huge stage, tons of pyrotechnics, lasers, lights and even two big inflatables 60 feet above either side of the stage. Such a difference between their show I saw in Hong Kong earlier this year. That was a much smaller venue and stage, probably about a quarter the size, so clearly they let out all the stops at Century Link.

Toni and I arrived around 4:00pm to check in to the Whiplash (VIP) experience being held in the WaMu theater area right next door to the stadium. This was probably one of the best VIP experiences we have ever been to. There were a ton of people, but they had more than enough (quality and variety) of food and tables and really the only waiting was at the merch line (maybe a little wait at the drink area, but not bad).

We made it to our seats just a little after 6:00 and the opening band Gojira, a metal band from France who were actually quite good. After them, Avenged Sevenfold hit the stage around 7:00 and played till just about 8:00 and put on a great show. I have never seen them before and it was good to finally see them live in concert, although I think it would have been better to see them on a smaller stage. It was hard to see them on that huge stage, although they clearly loved it running from side to side and front to back covering every inch of the stage..they really did put on a great show.

Metallica came on around 8:30 or so and opened up with the typical song Ecstasy of GoldΒ from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and then leading into the powerful title song from their new album Hardwired. Some of my favorites from the night were For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Memory Remains, The Unforgiven, Fade to Black, Sad but True and One. I think my favorite was Seek and Destroy. During this song they all came out to the end of the center protruding stage, Lars’ drum set rose up from underneath and they all four played in this very small stage. Even though we loved the huge stage and show, it was great to see them all play so close on the little end stage.

One of the years best shows for sure.

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