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Old 06-01-2015, 04:16 PM   #21
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The only ones we'll be going to are the free ones downtown in the square, if it's not too hot. The city and some sponsors put on a series of concerts with local bands. It's a pretty laid-back atmosphere and the music is usually good.

The photo is from one last year.
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I gave up on concerts in my 40's - too many rude people, people end up standing even in reserved seating venues so everyone ends up standing.


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Oh - and get off my lawn, too!
I was feeling the same way - but found my way to some great concerts by accident.... Was downtown and saw the Balboa Theater (the one at Horton Plaza) had Elvis Costello on the marquee... turned out tickets were going for sale the next day - and it wasn't being widely advertised. Small venue. Solo show. Most of the crowd was late 40's to early 60's... and clearly used to be hip... but that ship had sailed. A year or so later, I saw in a Mission Bay Aquatic Center email that they were sponsoring Los Lobos... Did some digging because this show was SOOOO not easy to find. It was a benefit for the La Jolla Arts Festival - it was at the Illumina amplitheater (the one you can see from 805, just north of Nobel Dr.) I don't think it was advertised at all - I had to email a bunch of people to find out how to get tickets... the venue was only half full. But it was a great show.

In that same time frame X played at the Belly Up - again, small venue... Great show.

I refuse to go to arena type shows. I can't take the crowds... but for the right band/artist... I'll definitely have fun at a small venue.
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As someone who loves music, I must admit that I rarely go to concerts anymore. I'm in a few bands and get most of my musical enjoyment rehearsing and gigging with them, but the only concert I've been to in the last decade was Rush a couple years ago.
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I was feeling the same way - but found my way to some great concerts by accident.... Was downtown and saw the Balboa Theater (the one at Horton Plaza) had Elvis Costello on the marquee... turned out tickets were going for sale the next day - and it wasn't being widely advertised. Small venue. Solo show. Most of the crowd was late 40's to early 60's... and clearly used to be hip... but that ship had sailed. A year or so later, I saw in a Mission Bay Aquatic Center email that they were sponsoring Los Lobos... Did some digging because this show was SOOOO not easy to find. It was a benefit for the La Jolla Arts Festival - it was at the Illumina amplitheater (the one you can see from 805, just north of Nobel Dr.) I don't think it was advertised at all - I had to email a bunch of people to find out how to get tickets... the venue was only half full. But it was a great show.

In that same time frame X played at the Belly Up - again, small venue... Great show.

I refuse to go to arena type shows. I can't take the crowds... but for the right band/artist... I'll definitely have fun at a small venue.
EC and Los Lobos were hip in their time but I doubt they have the same drive -- artistic, anger, political -- that they used to have.

I remember the old movies from the '50s where rock music pit generations against each other.

It's the music of youth and rebellion.

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I highly recommend Fleetwood Mac if you have the chance. DW and I are not huge fans, but we do like their music. But wow we had a blast at their concert, and was way above our expectations. They just banged out one hit song after another.
If you're like us and just like them, you'll really enjoy it. If you love their music, I guess it'll be that much better!
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I saw the Eagles, Sanatana, Lady Gaga and Katie Perry in the last year and 1/2 or so. Couple of them in Vegas. You can almost always find a fun musical event in Vegas.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:13 PM   #27
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Tops on the list of ER activities my DW identified prior to pulling the plug was 'travel based on going to concerts and festivals'.

I think we've hit our groove with this summers tours.. so far have seen or have tickets to go to:

Doobie Brothers, Don Felder (Felder kicked ass)
Jimmy Buffett
Rolling Stones
Steely Dan
Alabama Shakes

anyone else touring that you'd recommend?
The Grateful Dead - June 27-28 in San Jose & Chicago July 4th;
Jackson Browne - playing many venues;
DW and I saw the Rolling Stones in San Diego last weekend. We had good seats but the sound echoing from behind home plate was terrible.
We saw Steely Dan, Eagles and Fleetwood Mac last year. All were great shows.
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For the Canadians - we saw Jesse Cook last year. He plays "New Flamenco" - all night l;ong DW leaned over and shispered "I can't believe a tall skinny white guy can play Flamenco like that". He's touring Canada (his homeland). He'll also be back in Chicago late fall.
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I was sorely disappointed to miss Beck when he came to Charleston, but friends said it was an amazing show.

My parents got tickets for the Rolling Stones Orlando show. Mom is a huge fan and they are (ok, she is) very excited about it. She's seen them twice, once just a few weeks after her kidney transplant!
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I gave up on concerts in my 40's - too many rude people, people end up standing even in reserved seating venues so everyone ends up standing.


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Oh - and get off my lawn, too!

Well BBQ, I can clearly see why you have a problem with concerts. You should have waited until 50 and start going and then watch the "aging baby boomer" performers. I went an seen John Cougar last week on the 8th row and didn't stand that often. Everybody is too damn old to stand the entire concert.
I read in an online newspaper concert review last week Robert Plant chastised his crowd for not getting up and yelling. Sorry Bob, but we are all old also and spend good money to sit comfortably and watch YOU entertain us.


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Have a friend who just saw the Stones in San Diego and swears it was worth every penny.
It was. Mick is 20 years older than me, and there is no way I could have kept up with him dancing all over that huge stage.

We got the Amex preferred seating in the 2nd pricing tier, so we were in regular baseball seats at about $200 per ticket, but had a very good view of the stage. Not something we would do every week, but it's the only time we'll see them and it was worth it.

Other bands a family member is seeing for her "summer of concerts" this year are AC/DC, Rush, the Dead.
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DW and I saw the Rolling Stones in San Diego last weekend. We had good seats but the sound echoing from behind home plate was terrible.
I really noticed the echoes during the warm-up act, but couldn't hear them during the Stones set at all. I'm sorry the problem persisted into the main show for you.
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We're going to a jazz concert at a winery, featuring Chris Botti, earl Klugh, Bob James and his son, Morgan. I'm not that big on concerts because physical issues make it difficult to sit for long periods of time. Couldn't pass up the venue, though. Haven't been to this winery, but they are usually beautiful places. Plus wine!
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Just booked Van Halen on a whim. 20K capacity venue. I probably have as much fun going to see a local band at a dive bar, but it's who we're going with, you know, that makes the difference.
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Stevie Wonder was my most recent big venue concert. Great show. He played the entire Songs in the Key of Life double album, with just few extras and old favorites at the end. An amazing band and back-up singers. And I was blown away by how little his voice has changed at age 70+.

Minus one on the skeptical Los Lobos comment. I've seen them 4 or 5 times over thirty years. Their best show was the last one I saw.
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EC and Los Lobos were hip in their time but I doubt they have the same drive -- artistic, anger, political -- that they used to have.

I remember the old movies from the '50s where rock music pit generations against each other.

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They may not have had the anger/drive... but they put on great shows... and could still sing well. Like wine, they've aged well. And I also don't have the anger/drive I did back in the day.
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Last concert was right after I retired 2 years ago. Styx, REO Speedway, and Ted Nugent. Very nice show in a small outdoor theater. This month we go see the Stones. I always wanted to see them, now I can. Yes, the AMEX deal worked well for that concert.

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I'm not really a classical guy, but my nephew plays with the LSO, so when they played here in SF a couple of months ago, I couldn't pass up the chance to see them. What fun seeing him on stage playing with the orchestra. It was all I could do to stop myself from standing up in the middle of the concert and yelling his name!
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The last concert we saw was Muse in a big auditorium. Almost all the concert goers, well at least everyone in front of us, stood the entire time so we had to stand too to see anything.

We're seeing a play in an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by Redwoods this week and I'm going to enjoy sitting and drinking. Beer and Shakespeare - what is not to like? (Actually I'm not sure my husband likes the Shakespeare part, but he goes anyway for me.)
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I'm in for the Stones, also Neko Case at the end of this month and My Morning Jacket at the end of July.

Robert Plant is touring with the Pixies, which is an interesting combo on paper, at least.
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