Trans Siberian Orchestra – Seattle : November 25 2017

Exceptional night last night at the Key Arena in Seattle with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. This was the 5th year in a row of this being a holiday family event for us and this year we decided to go all out and enjoy the show with the whole family including Toni’s and my side..14 of us in all. We had an awesome suite and had it catered so we could all gather, visit and enjoy the show together. This is the way to attend a show for sure…not up close to the stage, but definitely a great view, comfortable seats, lots of food, drinks and your private bathroom.

The show was as good as always with the band putting on an absolutely stunning show of music lights and pyrotechnics to the similar holiday theme. This year was the same show as last year which I think is better than the previous show they had been putting on for a number of years…hopefully they will keep this show for another couple years at least.

We attended the early (3:30pm) show as we typically do. We like to come into the city and get a hotel for the night, take the monorail from Westlake Center to the Seattle Center, enjoy the show and then come back to the hotel for some evening festivities with family and friends. Besides me in the midst of a very nasty cold, we had a good, albeit an early ending post show party.

A Video of their “Nutcracker Suite


Steve Winwood – Woodinville WA : September 8th 2017

Another wonderful show at the winery. Tonight it was Steve Winwood. I have always enjoyed his jazz, blues, pop rock music style and I saw him open for Tom Petty a few years ago for the first time. I remember that first time seeing him and remember being completely blown away by his mesmerizing vocals and entrancing instrumental jams especially on the Hammond B3 organ…I just can never get enough of that.

Tonight was no different…he retains every bit of unique vocal style and range and had a great set of musicians backing him up. It was a treat to see his daughter Lilly Winwood open up for him tonight…she came out and did a few very nice acoustic folk songs and sounded great.

I have always admired him for the fact that he was such a great musician early on in his life joining the Spencer Davis Group at the very early age of 14. He’s played in other great bands such as Blind Faith and Traffic and then started a very successful solo career in his late twenties… another musician who has been around putting out and performing great music for 50+ years.

What a great show!

Rest In Peace Chris Cornell May 17 2017

One last picture to post of Chris Cornell.. This was from the last time I saw him back in 2014.

Eric Burdon & The Animals – Tacoma Wa : February 18th 2017


Eric Burdon and The Animals at the Beautiful and historic Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma Washington.

What a great show tonight. It seemed short, but he packed a ton of great hippie folk, blues funk into the hour and a half they were on stage. They came on just after 7:30pm and left a little after 9:00pm. Eric Burdon still has one hell of a voice and can sing as good as he did back in the mid sixties in my opinion. He still has the very distinctive, raspy blues tone voice that really came through tonight as he played homage to his all time blues heroes Lead Belly and Bo Diddley. And when you are Eric Burdon, you can come out on stage in your old, loose fitting black sweat pants, untucked shirt and sneakers and radiate an attitude of…what the fuck! I’m 76 years old and still the coolest cat singing today.

Some of my favorites of the night were Spill the Wine, Don’t Bring Me Down, When I Was Young, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and of course House of the Rising Sun. He also performed the Buffalo Springfield Protest song, For What It’s Worth. Surprising enough, they had three encore songs including We Gotta Get Out of This PlaceIt’s My Life and Get Ready (Temptations).

Great night of great music.. They just make them like this anymore.

John Cleese & Eric Idol – Seattle WA : October 27 2016


What a treat to see these two comedic icons. Unfortunately there was a no-photo request made prior to show so the above shot of the stage was all I could get.

The show was arranged in a chronological walk through the history of the guys from their early college days, through their first meeting up with the Monty Python group through the early BBC days and into the movies and to the current days. They told a ton of fun stories and shared many happy memories for themselves and the audience who had grown to love them throughout the years.

My favorite part of the show were the songs…Eric Idol just has an incredible way with putting lyrics together  in such a way that no matter what the song is about, you just have to bust a gut laughing. Not sure if was just because of the hour and a half of other hysterically funny material, but when they performed a song called F**K Christmas I just busted a gut laughing.. I mean, a couple of 73/77 year old men on stage singing these lyrics was just hilariously funny. They also didn’t disappoint me and played what I was really hoping they would and that was the song  Always Look on the Bright-side of Life from my favorite film of theirs Life of Brian.

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