Posts Tagged ‘Concerts’
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
I got my tickets for the Dispatch show this week.
I know what you’re thinking, didn’t those guys break up years ago? Yes, yes they did, but lucky for anyone who likes good music they have decided to do a reunion tour this year that includes three dates at Red Rocks.
Fort those of you not familiar with Dispatch, which is majority of the world, they are pretty much the best band to ever (partially) come out of Colorado.
Their underground following is only eclipsed by the fond memories that accompany these tunes. Check out this interview the Post published this week. And make sure to get to what is going to be one of the best shows of the year.
Sometimes there is a concert, no- a spectacle, which is so good it is just head and shoulders above anything else out there.
That show belonged to the Gorillaz on Sunday, as the collaborative hyper dub hip-hop group took center stage at Denver’s Wells Fargo Theatre as part of their new world tour.
This is the Gorillaz first proper tour where they have shelved the animated band – Murdoc, 2D, Noodles and Russel – in turn placing frontman Damon Albarn, of Blur, and his army of musicians up front and displaying Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett’s, creator of Tank Girl, animation on big screens above the stage.
The evening began promptly with N.E.R.D taking the stage to warm up the crowd.
Pharrell and company did a standout job of getting the crowd on their feet with a mix of the group’s dance-friendly beats.
The highlight of the set would have to be when they dove into some of the new material off their “Nothing” album that came out this week.
Hypnotize U, their latest single produced by Daft Punk was spectacular live, and the inspiring God Bless Us All, was a mellow interlude to some of their classics that really got the crowd jumping.
The stalwart Rock Star-Poser provided the group a little room to improvise and a scalding bass solo. The two drummers also played off each other well to create a cacophony of beats. In all, most nights N.E.R.D. would be a suitable main course, but this was not most nights.
By the time the lights dropped and the screens lit up revealing a HD animated Murdoc the anticipation was palpable.
Following the skit with Murdoc cursing 2D and his banjo and the “warm-up band” about to take the stage, which were in fact Albarn and company.
From the moment Albarn hit the stage to the backdrop of a giant neon Gorillaz sign, the crowd lost it.
An orchestra outfitted in sailor suits to coincide with the band’s recent release “Plastic Beach” gave way to Snoop Dogg’s video on the big screen for Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach.
Albarn immediately jumped onstage front and center as Snoop Dogg faded and dove into the “Demon Days” Last living Souls with video of zombies wandering the desert on the screens.
Not having his animated persona between him and the audience was no hindrance for Albarn who can play the part of a rock star to a T. From start to finish, in a red and black striped shirt, leather jacket and jeans, he bounced around the stage playing a variety of instruments and singing.
After a nice rendition of the classic 19-2000 with Rosie Wilson, Bobby Womack made his first appearance on their new single Stylo. With the song’s video featuring Bruce Willis as an assassin hunting down Murdoc with a giant six-shooter playing, Womack’s airy voice was spot on. Albarn stepped in with a distorted mic to fill in the bridge. It was amazing to see the song come together live.
Following a beautiful version of Rhinestone Eyes, it was De La Soul’s turn to get down with the funky Superfast Jellyfish. Hewlett’s animation flashed across the screens overloading the senses making it hard to watch the performance and art.
De La’s intensity on the quirky disjointed song was not to be outmatched. The group stuck to the new material with Empire Ants featuring Yukimi Nagano, a soulful song that led to the introduction of Bootie Brown on Dirty Harry.
Brown, sporting a blue wind breaker suit, brought fresh intensity to the stage unleashing his signature rhythm while Albarn bounced around the stage with him.
Bashy and Kano made their first appearance on White Flag following an extensive intro by the National Orchestra for Arabic Music that is touring with the group.
Two British rappers sounding off against and Arabic orchestra may appear odd, and it is, but the Gorillaz make it work. Albarn waved a giant white flag on stage before handing it off to an audience member who ran around the theatre with it.
For the mega-hit Dare Rosie Wilson came out, and the theater exploded with bass. Glitter Freeze brought the intensity to another level with the pulsating beat that increases and is only punctuated by the “glitter freeze” chorus. Albarn threw in the raucous Punk from their debut album, which was a nice treat.
Then, because the Gorillaz must just have their own jet to transport their traveling troupe, the Clash’s Mick Jones came out for Plastic Beach. The funky electro track saw Albarn jumping up on the speakers reaching out to the crowd, while Jones sat back and strummed away.
The evening wrapped up in grand fashion; with a one-two punch with the smash hits Feel Good Inc. featuring De La Soul followed by Clint Eastwood featuring Bashy and Kano.
Feel Good devolved into a frenetic mix of raps bouncing of each other and Maseo’s crazy signature laugh that required his entire body to unleash over and over.
On Clint Eastwood Bashy and Kano ran out into the crowd. In the third row, we found ourselves in the middle of the show. As the duo bounced the beat back and forth to Albarn on stage, a random guy in an orange pimp suit climbed on Kano, who appeared more than a bit concerned.
The two were good sports through snapping photos with fans as they spit out the lyrics to what is most likely the band’s most popular song.
The night came to a close with Womack signing Don’t get lost in heaven as Albarn played the piano.
I had held off on seeing the Gorillaz until I could actually see the band members, rather than animation, and it was well worth it. Albarn and his crew of talented musicians are creating some of the most progressive music out there.
Notable tracks I would have liked to have heard include the new single Doncamatic, Bill Murray, Kids with Guns and White Light.
The animation and films on the screen was compelling, and abundant. Hewlett created enough original art to fill the entire two plus hour show.
Hands down it was the best show of the year.
1. Welcome to the world of the plastic beach
2 Last living souls
3 19-2000 (with Rosie Wilson)
4 Stylo (with Bobby Womack)
5 On melancholy hill
6 Rhinestone eyes
7 Superfast jellyfish (with de la soul)
8 Tomorrow comes today
9 Empire ants (with Yukimi Nagano)
11 Dirty harry (with Bootie Brown)
12 el manana
13 White flag (with Bashy and Kano)
14 To binge (with yukimi nagano)
15 Dare (with Rosie Wilson)
16 Glitter freeze
18 Plastic beach
19 Cloud of unknowing (with Womack)
20 Feel good inc ( with de la soul)
21 Clint Eastwood (remix with bashy and kano)
22 Don’t get lost in heaven (with Womack)
*Playlist courtesy of Eric Young
Weezer is getting nostalgic all of a sudden.
The group is hitting the road for its fall Memories Tour where they will perform the Blue Album and Pinkerton in their entirety. A surprising turn for frontman Rivers Cuomo who is notorious for loathing the Pinkerton Album, which he referred to as hideous and a huge mistake in 2001.
Nonetheless, Cuomo, now 40-years-old, has had a change of heart and Weezer has announced the first two stops for the tour: Los Angeles on Nov. 26 and 27 and San Francisco Nov. 29 and 30.
Each city will get two dates, according to Weezer’s website one Blue Album set plus greatest hits and a Pinkerton setlist with greatest hits. Thus to hear both albums performed live in their entirety you will need to buy two tickets to each show. Having seen Weezer live four times, I strongly recommend attending both shows if they add your city.
The tour comes on the release of Weezer’s 8th album “Hurley” and the group’s third release in three years. Most notable is the band’s departure from major label Geffen, DGC/Interscope for the first time. Turning to Epitaph for the release, there really is no radical change for the band.
“Hurley” named after the clothing company, not Jorge Garcia’s character on Lost who is featured on the album cover.
If anything Weezer shies away from the pop/hip-hop direction it took on “Raditude” and reverts back to its rock roots. “Hurley” has more parallels with the “Blue Album” than it does with the band’s latest efforts.
Notable tracks include: Memories, Trainwrecks, Unspoken and Brave New World.
Perhaps more impressive than the new album is the fact that Cuomo has already finished recording the band’s ninth album titled “Death to False Metal” and are currently in the process of recording their 10th album.
In a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, Cuomo said he is working two albums ahead and that “Death to False Metal” is a collection of material that was too “either too poppy, too heavy-metal or to weird” to make it on any of the group’s seven Geffen records.
For their new music video for Memories Weezer teams up with MTV’s Jackass Crew. Jackass releases its new 3D movie on Oct. 15.
First and foremost my utmost apologies for the lag in posts over the last couple months. It has been an eventful summer. Thanks to all the readers who wrote in urging me to carry on. Rather than rehash each show I have been to this summer I figured I would just post the highlights. There were tons of good shows and festivals this season. Lots of good gigs I wanted to get to and was either unable to due to time or money. However, when it was all said and done I saw some banger shows. Here’s the highlights:
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
I’ve seen Tom Petty before, but he is one artist who I am willing to continue paying big bucks to see. Plus this show was at Red Rocks, which is amazing in and of itself. Petty played all the status quo hits here, but the real treat was the new material off of his Mojo album that came out weeks before this show, which was the opening night for the tour. Coming off his reunion with his original band Mudcrutch, which is a fabulous album too, he took the Heartbreakers into the studio and recorded one of their rawest albums to date. The tone reverts much more to blues and classic rock than the pop. Petty has conquered it all – from record executives to stalkers burning down his home – and he is at a point in his career where he can just play music from the gut. That came through in the show. The guys were just having fun, playing songs that are older than I am – “breakdown” – to banging out new material like “Jefferson Jericho Blues.” Head and shoulders above the rest this was the No. 1 show this summer.
Them Crooked Vultures
A close second to Petty was this Supergroup. Typically I am not a fan of these power bands that collaborate big name stars, but Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Probot) Josh Homme (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) are heavyweights in the world of rock and roll. I had previously seen Grohl with the Foo Fighters and Homme with the Eagles of Death Metal so Jones was on my hit list to see live. These guys go hard every song. While the Vultures material sounds like QOTSA to me, most likely because Homme takes the role of vocals, just seeing Jones on the bass and Grohl wail on the drums was surreal. The three really play off each other well and put on a heck of a show. “New Fang” was the high point for me, but “Mind Eraser no Chaser” was also a stellar song. Grohl took some breathtaking solos on the drum. Bair-back with sweat flying from his mass of black hair, Grohl would attack the kit in a massive assault reminiscent of his days in Nirvana and Scream. However, Jones flawless and seemingly effortless drive on the bass was worth the price of admission alone. Homme held down his staple role on guitar and vocals swinging vodka straight from the bottle with a drive that most musicians would kill for. Definitely a show for the ages.
Murder By Death
I have been a diehard Murder By Death fan since their 2003 “Who Will Survive, and what will be left of them?” album. Since then lead vocalist Adam Turla has vastly improved his voice, which in my opinion has hurt the music. Their recording efforts have stepped up in terms of quality as well. This show was to kick off their new album, just about to be released at the time, “Good Morning, Magpie.” The effort was great, and the band is truly talented. Cellist Sarah Balliet alone brings a diverse mix to the music that most alt-country groups can’t pull off. The show revolved around primarily new material, with some older hits thrown in. As much as I love MBD, the live show didn’t hit me as much as I hoped it would. Not to take anything away from the band, it was a quality show that included great sons such as “Devil in Mexico,” “Master in Reverse Psychology” and “Coming Home.” It just didn’t jump off the stage any different than the record player. As a side note, if you have not seen the film this band is named after go watch it now, it is hilarious.
This show was a pleasant surprise. I had been enjoying Blitzen Trapper’s new album “Destroyer of the Void” when a buddy from work told me he had a couple tickets and asked if I wanted to go to the show. With “Furr” being one of my favorite albums of recent years I jumped at the opportunity to see these guys live. The first thing that struck me about the show was how much was going on at once. They are a sextet and each guy plays multiple instruments and they all harmonize together. While they played a few older songs, much of the show focused on new material that I wasn’t as familiar with. For a folk rock band they managed a fine balance of slower paced songs with upbeat quicker tempo tunes. The highlight for me had to be “Black River Killer,” perhaps one of my favorite songs of the decade. Other great songs were “Below the Hurricane,” “Destroyer of the Void” and an acapella folk tune by drummer Brian Adrian Koch. This was an awesome unexpected show.
What better way to end the summer than with a bang, and Jucifer can bang. The husband wife duo out of Athens, Georgia can produce some noise. The group is best known for its wall of speakers that it assembles at each show. I counted more than 60 speakers in the amp setup that literally ran from the floor to ceiling. I rarely wear earplugs at shows, but I brought some heavy-duty Hearos for this one. Good thing because the sound produced by guitarist Amber Valentine was so loud it vibrated my bones. People were literally stepping back. My brother’s review of the show: “It was so loud it shook my insides, I thought I was going to throw up.” Aside from being the loudest show I had ever been to, Jucifer is really entertaining to watch. Valentine, rocking a Flying V guitar and a sort of Pocahontas outfit complete with moccasins and a feather in the hair, not only plucked out heavy metal riffs on the guitar, screeched on the mic, but changed all the lighting on stage with foot pedals. Ed Livengood was just as entertaining on the drums, which he beat on standing more than he did flopped back in an old ducked-tapped chair, not a drum seat, a standard chair. Livengood started the show beating on the kit with about five sticks in each hand and progressed to slamming his snare while dampening it with his foot at the same time. He also pulled double duty wailing out some vocals. The duo didn’t seem to care much to stick to their recorded material so much as jam for 12 minutes at a time, which was pretty awesome to watch. Bottom line these guys are loud, talented, but really really loud.
There are concerts, and then there are shows that leave the audience gasping for breath and wondering what just happened.
These Arms Are Snakes fall into the latter category.
The Seattle post-hardcore group left it all on stage, including plenty of bodily fluids, Sunday night at the Marquis Theatre in Denver.
Touring on their recent album Tail Swallower and Dove, the group brought a whirlwind of rage and fury to the stage from the word go. Lead singer Steve Snere, formerly of Kill Sadie, proceeded to thrash about the stage, climbing amplifiers and swinging from stage lights as he sporadically shed clothing.
On their second song of the set Snere was roving through the audience on an audience member’s shoulders screeching like a banshee.
The frenetic pace of the show, which sent the crowd into a violent mosh pit, matches the new albums pace, which is much faster and harder than TAAS former material.
Highlights of the short set included the band’s new single “Red Light Season,” and the classic “Angela’s Secret” 2004’s Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home.
The crescendo of the night came when Snere plunged headfirst into the crowd smashing a glass beer bottle with his bare hands that drew blood. With a confused dazed look on his face Snere smeared the blood all over his chest.
By the end of the night Snere looked like he had been through a violent street fight, which is a pretty good description of what it feels like to watch a TAAS show.
Git Some, All The Saints and Darker My Love opened for TAAS and could have cut all their sets short to give TAAS more stage time.
With no encore, the only drawback to the show was that there wasn’t more of it.
Watching Innerpartysystem live is a multifaceted experience.
Part rock show, part techno rave and part dance party, Innerpartysystem, named after the ruling party in George Orwell ‘s novel 1984, stage presence is huge.
The Marquis is an intimate venue, and lead singer Patrick Nissley and guitarist Kris Barman made the most of it. Bouncing around the stage from keyboards to synthesizers, the manic group was often drowned out by the spiraling noise and frantic flashing lights.
Jared Piccone kept time on the drums, while Jesse Cronan set the upbeat tempo on his synthesizer. The capacity crowd of all ages flooded the floor literally made the floorboards flex up and down as it jumped in rhythm to the electronic music.
Innerpartysystem’s sound is unique in that it seamlessly manages to mesh industrial rock with electro to create an infused sound unto itself.
The show spanned the Pennsylvania quartet’s self-titled album with such songs as “Die Tonight Live Forever,” “Heart of Fire,” “Don’t Stop” and “Last Night in Brooklyn.”
However, the boys saved their hit single, “Don’t Stop,” for the big finale. With inflections ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Daft Punk, the show was a massive assault of sight and sound that left fans bobbing their heads as they departed into the cold night.
Denver bands The Pirate Signal and The Epilogues opened the show. While both got the crowd moving, The Epilogues are one of the three finalist bands for 93.3’s Hometown for the Holiday’s which The Fray and Flobots made their bones on in past years.
I was able to chat with lead singer and guitarist Chris Heckman following his whirlwind set, and he seems like a pretty chill guy who likes to rock the Kayne West look with the huge neck scarf.