Posts Tagged ‘concert’
Sorry for the hiatus. I have been busy seeing some really good music this year.
The more bands I see live the less I want to see live.
When I was in high school I would shell out money for virtually any band, regardless of if I had heard of them or not.
Some shows were good, most were not. Regardless, as I have aged my appetite for live music has narrowed.
Today the number of band’s I am willing to pay top billing for I can count on one hand. They are Beck and Radiohead.
For my birthday my wife managed to score two floor tickets to Radiohead’s Broomfield date at the First Bank Center. Needless to say I was thrilled.
We showed up for the show about an hour in advance in hopes of getting a good spot on the floor. It was clear I was not alone. The line was already wrapping around the building.
We hopped in line and enjoyed the sunny evening. By the time the doors opened an hour later the line have tripled in size looping around the facility and stretching back towards the parking lot.
As soon as we got in I booked it towards the floor and secured a spot about 20 feet back from the stage on right side of the auditorium. The First Bank Center is a smaller facility as it is and tickets for the event had sold out in minutes.
Other Lives opened and were really good. I had not heard of them before the show, but am a fan now. They are out of Oklahoma and are on par with Radiohead’s laid back melodic style of music.
Then came the main event.
Radiohead took what turned out to be a highly elaborate stage complete with rotating giant video monitors that hovered above our heads. I was actually too close to fully appreciate the stage presentation because some of the projectors were above or even slightly behind us.
Thom Yorke took center stage belting out a varied mix of hits. They started off with “Bloom” and “Little By Little” off of King of Limbs before getting into a rendition of “The National Anthem.”
The show was heavy on the new material between King of Limbs and In Rainbows. While to be expected they mixed in some classics such as “Karma Police,” “True Love Waits,” and “Everything in it’s Right Place.”
I was disappointed they didn’t play “Videotape,” but an encore that included a fantastic version of “True Love Waits/Everything In It’s Right Place” was great.
The truth is you can’t really be picky with Radiohead because every song is a hit and delivered with meticulous precision. You could see the effort the group put into the 23-song set that included two encores. All while making it look truly effortless.
Even while watching it, I knew it was one of my top five shows of all time.
Radiohead’s Broomfield’s setlist for March 13, 2012
The show started at 11:01pm EST.
- Little by Little
- The National Anthem
- The Gloaming
- Morning Mr. Magpie
- Karma Police
- The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
- Lotus Flower
- Street Spirit (Fade Out)
- Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (Encore #1)
- There There
- True Love Waits/Everything In It’s Right Place
- Give Up The Ghost (Encore #2)
The show ended around 1:00am EST
Straight out of the 90’s, I will always have a soft spot for all three of these bands, but Bush especially.
It was 17 years ago when I went first saw Bush in Denver at Fiddler’s Green as part of their “Sixteen Stone” tour.
It was my first concert, and when we showed up to buy tickets the day of they were sold out. However as we were standing at the ticket window they opened up five more rows of seats that just happened to be in the front. I got first row tickets and experienced the show of a lifetime.
A lot of time and shows have passed since then. To give you some perspective Veruca Salt opened for them. So when I scored some free tickets to this show I thought it would be fun to come full circle and see Bush again.
The show was in Broomfield at the First Bank Center. Filter, the only one of these three bands I had not seen before, and they were one of the most enthusiastic opening opening bands I have seen. They played all their hits such as “Take a Picture.”
Gavin Rossdale has improved his stage presence and his voice is still as powerful as ever. They opened with the new song “Mirror of signs” before jumping straight into the classic “Little Things.”
While the new material is good, the older hits were still the crowd favorites. Highlights included “Everything Zen,” “The Chemicals between us,” “Machinehead,” and “The Afterlife” where Rossdale ran around the entire stadium though the crowd.
Nearly three hours long, the highlight of the show was a three-song encore that included a cover of “Come Together” by the Beatles and “Glycerine”
A lot has changed since Bush first burst onto the scene. When I first saw them there weren’t iPhones everywhere recording the show from hundreds of angles. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the fantastic force that Bush brings to the stage with each song.
1) Mirror of Signs
2) Little Things
3) I Believe in You
4) Greedy Fly
5) Everything Zen
6) The Chemicals between us
7) Sound of winter
8 ) Speed kills
9) The heart of the matter
10) All night doctors
14) Come together (Beatles cover)
*Setlist courtesy of Eric Young
When Dispatch announced they would be playing their first show together in nine years at Red Rocks it didn’t take too long for tickets to sell out.
The band, which has a tremendous underground following, sold-out two shows and had to add a third date at the legendary amphitheatre in Morrison.
Thanks to a membership to a Dispatch fan club, we got first crack at the tickets and picked up five for the Friday night show. I missed the Saturday night show, but was able to go again Sunday when one of my buddies had an extra ticket.
Both shows were spectacular and having not played together since their 2002 breakup, they sounded great.
Both nights the Flobots from Denver opened, and both nights I missed them because we were in the parking lot enjoying some tailgate action. I’ve seen the Flobots before and wasn’t all that impressed so missing them was no big loss.
Both nights, Dispatch came on around 8 p.m. while it was still light. Sunday they had some sound and equipment problems and had to take a few entrances to get things going. But once they did it was a nonstop three hour barrage of hits.
Both Friday and Saturday they played pretty much the same songs, but mixed up the order a little bit and threw in some different guests and dancers.
Highlights from both nights included: The General, Steeples, Two Coins, Bats in the Belfry, Bang Bang, Time Served, Bullet Holes, Prince of Spades, Broken American and Beto.
In all, Friday they played for about three hours with and encore and Sunday a little less. Each night following the intermission, the trio would venture into the middle of the audience and Braddigan and Chad freestyled on “Cut it Ya Match it” while Pete played the guitar. Each night they threw in a little cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mr. Robinson” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth.”
One highlight from Sunday was a nice acoustic set of “Carry You” that was absent Friday.
They also played some of their new songs off the Dispatch EP recently released. Songs like Valentine and Broken American were a welcome change and featured a banjo jam session.
A testament to the band’s popularity, Friday a group from Brazil made the trip just to see their first show in nearly a decade.
The trio seemed to really enjoy themselves and be back together playing. Multiple times they commented how amazing it was to be playing Red Rocks, and it was a homecoming of sorts for Braddigan who is from Denver. It was an awesome sight to see Red Rocks sold out filled to the brim with a sea of bobbing heads.
The tour is promoting education and teachers and the group is encouraging fans to bring books to shows to donate.
While both shows were great, I would have to say Friday’s was better. There were fewer technical issues, better playlist and they played longer and more intensely.
That being said, if you are fortunate enough to be on the list of cities they are hitting for this limited tour – go. It may be the last time to see Dispatch for another decade.
DISPATCH @ RED ROCKS, MORRISON, CO – JUNE 3, 2011
Here We Go
Past The Falls
Turn This Ship Around
Cut It Ya Match It
DISPATCH @ RED ROCKS, MORRISON, CO – JUNE 5, 2011
Past The Falls
Turn This Ship Around
Cut It Ya Match It
Last week my brother called and said he had won two tickets to the Arctic Monkeys show Monday at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
He won the tickets by calling in and naming the frontman for the group – Alex Turner. He asked if I wanted to go and having been anticipating their new album coming out Tuesday called “Suck it and See,” I was stoked.
I’ve been a fan of the Arctic Monkeys since the release of their 2006 debut “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What ‘m Not.” With recent releases and the influence of Josh Homme of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures producing and even playing on their new release, the group has received a lot of criticism, but I have really enjoyed their new darker direction.
The Vaccines, which released their debut album “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?” today, opened. The band out of London has made a splash in England.
They sound like a mix of The Clash and Morrissey with a little Kings of Leon mixed in. They were a little stiff regarding their stage presence, but were pretty good.
For a new band they have a lot of potential. Their single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” and “If You Wanna” were the highlights.
After about a 45 minute set it was time for the main event.
After a pretty quick intermission, The Arctic Monkeys took the stage ironically enough to “American Woman” playing on the sound system, before jumping right into a ridiculously loud set.
From the first powerchord, Turner unleashed a blistering set that included such highlights as “I bet you look good on the Dance Floor,” “Teddy Picker,” “When the Sun Goes Down” and new songs such as “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.”
The show was airtight with a natural flow mixing older classics and new songs. There was one encore and perhaps the only flaw is the fact that the group has their routine down almost too well. Bassist Nick O’Malley appeared to just be going through the motions.
All in all though, the Arctic Monkeys put on a solid show. It was well worth the money.
Phish will return to Denver this fall to play three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The official announcement was made this morning on 97.3 FM KBCO by the “Sage.” The famous jam band will perform Sept. 2, 3 and 4th at the stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
Tickets go on sale Saturday June 4th at 10 a.m. and run $60 for general admission or $47.50 for general admission stands. There will be camping available for $70 on the grounds, which covers three days and parking.
For more information visit: http://www.kbco.com or http://phish.com/#/tours/dates/sun-2011-09-04-dicks-sporting-goods-park