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Old 06-02-2015, 07:54 AM   #41
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DH and I are going into our small city convention center today to check out best available tickets for an upcoming James Taylor concert. The thing I notice about our current event attending preferences is "we like good seats" close to the front so that we can see and hear without too much effort. We missed the boat on early ticket sales and unless we want to pay $450/ticket we may be relegated to the nosebleed section. I expect that the event will be attended mostly by boomers all singing along happily. We saw Judy Collins a few weeks ago at our local symphony hall so that was a smaller venue. And we saw Tom Rush at an even smaller venue. All were great experiences.
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DW and I will being "digging" the Stones and Aerosmith this summer.
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Saw Joe Bonamassa about a month ago, 2nd time in the last year. He puts on an excellent show, one of the best guitar players I've ever seen/heard. He's usually all electric in concert but if you get a chance watch his concert video "An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House", and see what he can do with an acoustic guitar.
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There aren't many "classic rock" bands that I haven't already seen, sometimes multiples, and even fewer that I'd pay hundreds of dollars to see...

The past few years/concerts have been in smaller venues. Recent shows include Junior Brown, Mike Stern/Eric Johnson, Trampled by Turtles, The Wallflowers, Steely Dan, Zappa Plays Zappa, Jeff Beck, and two rounds of Return to Forever.

If it lasts longer than a couple of hours, and doesn't involve a Lazy Boy section, I'd rather watch it on youtube.
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There aren't many "classic rock" bands that I haven't already seen, sometimes multiples, and even fewer that I'd pay hundreds of dollars to see...

The past few years/concerts have been in smaller venues. Recent shows include Junior Brown, Mike Stern/Eric Johnson, Trampled by Turtles, The Wallflowers, Steely Dan, Zappa Plays Zappa, Jeff Beck, and two rounds of Return to Forever.

If it lasts longer than a couple of hours, and doesn't involve a Lazy Boy section, I'd rather watch it on youtube.
DH's band (Points North) opened up for Johnson/Stern in January near San Diego. He loved Stern and Johnson's set. Johnson is a huuuuuuge influence on PN's guitar player, who also happens to be named "Eric"
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:51 PM   #46
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Saw Joe Bonamassa about a month ago, 2nd time in the last year. He puts on an excellent show, one of the best guitar players I've ever seen/heard. He's usually all electric in concert but if you get a chance watch his concert video "An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House", and see what he can do with an acoustic guitar.
DH went to see him and said it was awesome. Kind of sorry I didn't go now, but it was "man date" night and I didn't want to be the third wheel (plus I was trying to save money) Next time I'm going!
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Concerts would be great if not for all the people and the noise.

Now where is my cormudgeon card?
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Only Rush this year so far and that's probably going to be it (for this year and possibly for Rush as well )

I love going to concerts but DW doesn't like to so it's harder especially for those concerts in mid week since my concert going friends still work :P
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DH's band (Points North) opened up for Johnson/Stern in January near San Diego. He loved Stern and Johnson's set. Johnson is a huuuuuuge influence on PN's guitar player, who also happens to be named "Eric"
That's some pretty hefty company he's keeping!

Have been an EJ fan for years, but I felt he was out of his element playing jazz. Maybe with more practice. Stern, on the other hand, looked totally relaxed, and his playing was stellar.
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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.

You really need to be in the right state of mind when going to a large concert. Yes, people will stand, shout and wave their arms/cell phones. It annoyed us at first - then we wisely decided to go with the flow. A young couple tapped me on the shoulder at the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Hollywood Bowl while DW and I were up dancing at our seats - he said that he and his girlfriend wanted to be just us someday. It pissed me off at the time b/c I thought this youngster was an interloper at a Boomer concert, but now I think it was funny.

Recently a scowling guy who was seating behind us yelled at me for blocking his view. I turned, smiled and told him "not to act his age". Hey, grab a drink, take a puff or do whatever it takes to re-live the days when these groups had top hits. After all, isn't that why we go to these concerts anyway? It certainly isn't because they still have great voices!
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I went to a Jimmy Buffet concert 2 years ago-- it was on my sister's bucket list. I knew just a few songs. Did the tailgate thing--brought a small pitcher of frozen Margarita's in a cooler on a 4 hour drive. Endured downpours under a pop-up cover and in line to get in to the amphitheater on a hot day, and watched many people get drunk and sick...no thanks. I ended that day feeling pretty gross.

In the 70s I saw Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Chicago. I was 15-30 years old. No alcohol and minimal illicit substances observed and participated in mind of that. Many jazz concerts--Louis Belson, Buddy Rich, Don Ellis, and others.

In recent years I saw Trans Siberian Orchestra and Blue Man Group, which is not just one group but a corporate thing. OK I guess.

I'll stick to theater and small venue singer-songwriter performances from now on. We have made donations to our local theater companies and are season ticket holders. We have seen a couple of shows on Broadway. That beats the overly loud concerts every day, in my book.


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We saw Tommy Emmanuel earlier this year and just saw Bette Midler last night---both good shows and both very different. On the way home we were talking about seeing when Train, Bruno Mars, Hugo, Hozier or Ed Sheeran might be playing Seattle as we like those musicians. We like the older bands but there are also of plenty of younger musicians we like too. Locally we are good friends with several musicians who are in blues and rock tribute bands but play in fun small venues and we enjoy listening to them too. Music is music and if you enjoy it you can find something out there that fits your life.
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.... On the way home we were talking about seeing when Train, Bruno Mars, Hugo, Hozier or Ed Sheeran might be playing Seattle as we like those musicians. ...
Hozier was a different live experience. He was on our "must see" list at JazzFest this year. DW and I very much enjoyed the show, but had no idea that he is "Heart-throb level 11" to many gals in their late teens and early 20s. After the initial shock, it was fun to see and hear their reactions--and at least no panties were thrown!
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Hozier was a different live experience. He was on our "must see" list at JazzFest this year. DW and I very much enjoyed the show, but had no idea that he is "Heart-throb level 11" to many gals in their late teens and early 20s. After the initial shock, it was fun to see and hear their reactions--and at least no panties were thrown!

One Zappa tour, probably 1977 or so with the band from "Sheik Your Booty" line-up, featured a clothesline, whereupon all unmentionables thrown onto the stage were displayed.
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Hard to fathom a rock concert in the 70s that didn't include alcohol and drugs. I certainly never attended one! :-P
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I hate crowds, but I love music. For some reason I don't mind going to concerts and fighting the traffic/crowds. I saw Eric Church, Maroon5, U2 and Toby Keith so far this year. I am going to about 10 more concerts throughout the summer/early fall. Mostly country, but also Dave Matthews, O.A.R. and Taylor Swift (with the kids). My wife and I use them as our date nights.
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One of my DW's friends & our neighbor can occasionally get freebee box seats at a nearby amphitheater. Last month we all went to see Jeff Beck and ZZ Top. It was AWESOME!! FREE incl VIP parking!

My DW's BFF already has the same box for us again for an up-coming Tedeschi-Trucks show! Alabama Shakes is coming later this summer & I've asked her to keep an eye open if that show is also available for her to scoop up.

There is a nearby town that has Friday Nite Food Truck nites with live local bands /free concerts on the green type thing all summer & through the fall.

I've been previewing a few of those bands we have already picked a few to try and see.

Life is Good! (and for us !!FREE!! Live Music wise right now)! I'm so frigging lucky!
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ha! I've never seen that movie, but I gotta, gotta rent it....
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ha! I've never seen that movie, but I gotta, gotta rent it....
It is a very enjoyable movie. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julian Moore and Phillip Seymour Hoffman are awesome in this movie.

Not something you would watch with your bible study group tho.

It was on Netflix recently and still may be. If your local library has hoopla service it is a downloadable movie on it. With hoopla I've only been able to see movies on my laptop and have not figured out how to get them on my TV yet.
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