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.

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.

Green Day – Las Vegas NV : April 7th 2017

It’s been since the American Idiot tour back in 2005 that I have seen Green Day live. Came close a few time between then and now, but something always happened. This time was a bit of a issue as well as Toni and I didn’t synch too well on weekends when I bought the tickets months ago and we had already purchased tickets for the Super Natural Convention in Seattle, but I couldn’t miss them again and I had bought VIP tickets…so I came down to Vegas to see Green Day and Toni stayed up in Seattle to see the convention. I think all in all things worked out well. I will meet up with her tomorrow and be at the convention the rest of the weekend.

This was an absolutely incredible show! The guys were definitely on top of their game tonight with tons of energy, spot on vocals by Billie Joe and tons of personality from Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. They came on a little before 9:00pm and played until 11:30 hitting nearly all their hits from throughout their nearly 25 years of an incredible music library. Some of my favorites of the night were, Know Your Enemy, Longview, Basket Case and Minority. They even went way back to 1992 and the Kerplunk album and played 2000 Light Years Away…that took me back. I think all up, they played 27 songs including a funky compilation of Shout (The Isley Brothers), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python – Life of Brian), Satisfaction (by the Rolling Stones) and Hey Jude, most of which they played while laying on the floor…very strange.

They closed the show out with a great set of encore songs including American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia and Billie Joe did an incredible acoustic solo finale of Ordinary World and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). 

Experience Hendrix Tour – Seattle Wa : February 19th 2017

I don’t really know where to start with what to say about the Experience Hendrix show last night at the Paramount in Seattle.

The show started pretty close to the scheduled 7:00pm posted time and went past 10:00pm. About three hour of outstanding music.

Billy Cox opened things up with Freedom and Stone Free with Dweezil Zappa on guitar, Chris Layton on drums (from Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble). Henri Brown came out and sang the next few songs…Henri is actually the first cousin of Jimi Hendrix and a pretty accomplished performer and did an excellent job bringing a ton of energy to the crowd. Throughout the show, the backdrop was an amazing continual visual of psychedelic imaging and classic photos of Jimi’s life and performances….very captivating and mesmerizing.

The show was an absolutely incredible tribute to the sounds and sights of the unbelievable art of Jimi Hendrix. The mastery of his guitar work was creatively displayed by so many artists last night from Zakk Wylde, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,  Keb’ Mo’ and Buddy Guy. The two artists who most impressed and awed me were Mato Nanji and The Slide Brothers….what the Slide Brothers could do on their slide guitars was nothing short of amazing and Mato seemed to channel the spirt of Jimi himself as he mastered through many of the classics.

One of the most memorable moments for me last night was when Zakk Wylde walked in front of me while jamming to Purple Haze…He toured the crowd twice last night playing extended solos of Purple haze and Little Wing (scroll down and click the link below to see a little bit of Little Wing).

This is a must see show for anyone who loves great guitar work and especially for the Jimi Hendrix fan. I chalk this up as one of the best shows I have seen.

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