2017 Autumnal Concert Chronicles

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  1. alantig

    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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    Decided to start a new thread since we're really stretching the meaning of summer at this point, and also a slight title change to reflect that we've been reflecting in the thread as well.

    Last night was Jared James Nichols, Saxon and UFO. I don't believe I'd seen Saxon before. They were pretty good, but I was only vaguely familiar w/a couple of their songs. Add in that it was nearly impossible to see the band from where we were, and it meant much less impact.

    We moved downstairs for UFO - much better vantage point. I'd only seen them once, opening for Cheap Trick in 1981 (maybe 1980), and even then, only saw two or three songs because my friend insisted he knew how to get from the bus stop to the arena - and he was wrong. After traipsing through town for half an hour, I finally got us there, past the heroin dealer and in for the final couple songs. Not last night - saw the whole thing, and I have to say, I thought they were much better than Saxon. Seemed to have more engagement and connection with the crowd. I'd never seen Vinnie Moore before, but he was fun to watch - clearly having a blast. Funniest moment to me was when Phil Moog said before the fourth or fifth song, "This is the title track from the Lights Out album." My immediate response (which I fortunately didn't blurt out) was, "That's not right - that would be 'Lights Out', and they're not going to play that this early." And I was wrong.

    Jared James Nichols was the opener - if you like your music loud and guitar-heavy, this is a guy to keep your eyes on, kids. Only did about five songs, including a ballsy cover of "Stranglehold", but he was great. Made me want to come home and plug in, but that's not a popular idea at 1 AM (or wise when you have to get up for work the next day). My buddy bought me his CD and got it signed after his set, and I got a chance to chat w/him a little after it was all over. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for him.

    Also found out last night that Rik Emmett is coming to a very small venue near me in November. Just waiting to hear if my buddy will be in town for that, although I might just buy two tix anyway. Will make a busy November even busier - looking at potentially seven shows in 20 days. Fortunately only one road trip.
     
  2. garrett

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    John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring on the day before Thanksgiving in Atlanta! Haven't looked for/don't care about anything else since I'm mentally a crotchety old man about concerts now.
     
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    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Welcome to the club!
     
  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I saw this tour back in March. For me, Saxon stole the show. More energy, better mix. I love UFO, but the vocals weren't loud enough so you had to struggle to hear. While I like Vinnie, a lot, he could have dialed it down a notch. His playing was a little over the top at times. I may hold Schenker in too high regard and may be uber-critical due to that. At any rate, it was a great show that I would gladly see again.

    You're right on the money about Jared James Nichols. He, and his band, were hot! I picked up the CD on the way out as well. I hope he has a bright future.

    Last Saturday was Morris Day and The Time with Sergio and his girl, and a friend of theirs. Great show. Not really my cup of tea, but I had fun. Helps that the band was tight as all get out. He's a great showman. Nu Blu Band opened for them. Buddy Guy's daughter is the singer. She's got a good set of pipes. Band was good. I'd see them again.

    The only thing I've got on the agenda for the fall is Dream Theater November 3rd. Since I'm going solo I popped for a meet and greet ticket. Should be a great show since they are doing Images & Words and Change Of Seasons in their entirety.
     
  5. Berten

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    i saw Avatarium a couple of weeks ago. Great show, but not a lot of people were in the club. (made it more easy for me to grab a guitar pick and the set list after the show)
    a week later i saw Evergrey in a sweaty club. pretty cool, but for a band that's been busy for all of those years i expected that little bit more

    and i went to Alter Bridge last week for the 5th time in a year. as Always, it was a great show and besides the awesome guitar playing, i was again drooling all over the guitars.

    next up is:
    - Metallica with Kvelertak
    - Mastodon with Red Fang
    - StoneSour with the Pretty Reckless
    - HIM - farewell show
     
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  6. alantig

    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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    Alter Bridge is still on my list for someday...if they ever play close enough. Five times? I thought I was doing good with a chance to complete the Davy Knowles hat trick next month!

    We got tix for Rik Emmett next month, so if Davy Knowles happens, it'll five shows in ten days.

    And I just got tix for another round of Robin Trower in the spring. Weird Al tix go on sale Thursday, also for the spring - this is the first time he'll tour focusing on his original music. And Emo Phillips is the opener. I saw Emo in the late 80s/early 90s at a comedy club, and I saw Weird Al in 1984/85 with Dr. Demento opening. That's right, I got to meet the Dr.!
     

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