Evanescence / Lindsey Stirling – Auburn WA : September 7th 2018

What an incredible show last night at the White River Amphitheater. We started out with early entry to the venue and a very cool Evanescence sound check where we heard her and the band/ orchestra rehearse four full songs including a real beautiful version of Across the Universe by the Beatles and a awesome rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears. I had a pre-show, champagne toast and photo op. with Amy Lee and the band prior to the show which was also super cool.

The show itself was one of the most spectacular set of performances that I have ever seen. I hadn’t heard of Lindsey Stirling prior to the show (although Toni knew her music). All I have to say about Lindsey’s show is WOW! She was an amazing performer with so much energy…it was hard to get a good picture of her as she was all over the stage like a crazy person. Her dancing equaled her violin quality in stunning artistry. I couldn’t have been more blown away.

Amy Lee and Evanescence came on around 9:30 or so with a full orchestra backing up the band. I am so amazed by her sound and vocal style. She is just an absolutely amazing singer and with a full orchestra backing her, it was one of the most powerful shows I have ever seen. She had a great setlist, but the only song that they didn’t perform which I would have really liked to see was Call Me When You’re Sober…that is probably my favorite Evanescence song.

Jimmy Buffett – Key Arena – Seattle : June 23rd 2018

Absolutely awesome night of party music last night at Key Arena with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band! What a great collection of music he has. It has been a while since I have really listened to Jimmy Buffett and with every song he played came a ton of memories of tropical backyard beach parties and barbeques with good friends over the years.

Toni and my favorite songs of the night were, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Volcano, Son of a Son of a Sailor, Pencil Thin Mustache, Fins and of course Margaritaville. He even did a tribute to the late Eagles front man Glenn Fry with Take it Easy.

I have been waiting a ton of years to see Jimmy Buffett and my wait was well worth it. Just a great show with a ton of energy, fun and memories.

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.

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