Shows I Have Seen

Three years ago, my brother and I got into seeing shows…and we haven’t looked back since.
  • Vikki Carr, January 1999.  I was in her backing orchestra! I played viola.
  • Everclear, November 2002.  I wasn’t familiar with their music before the concert, but they were good and put on an energetic show.
  • Sheryl Crow, April 2007.  Played a couple of songs as part of her global warming tour. Surprisingly very good.
  • ACL 2008: Bellevue Outfit, Flyleaf, Silversun Pickups, Gnarls Barkley, FOO FIGHTERS.  Bellevue Outfit and Flyleaf were good.  Silversun Pickups sucked.  Gnarls Barkley were awesome, and Cee-Lo mooned the crowd at the end.  The Foo Fighters show changed my life.
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, March 2009.  NOT IMPRESSED.
  • The Offspring (openers: Alkaline Trio), Shit is Fucked Tour, May 2009.  I was pretty bored during Alkaline Trio, but The Offspring put on a really good show.  We were in the front and got pushed around a bit.
  • Green Day (openers: Franz Ferdinand), 21st Century Breakdown, August 2009.  Franz Ferdinand was pretty good, but a little forgettable.  Green Day had incredible energy, lots of audience participation. They played ALL their hits for 2.5 hours.
  • Metallica (openers: Gojira, Lamb of God), Death Magnetic, September 2009.  Gojira was good if you like death metal bands (which I do not).  I remember the drummer was hot. I was distracted by the attention whoring skank sitting in front of me during Lamb of God.  Metallica played a really great show.  Really great show. Was a casual fan before but this show made me more of one. Played a good number of their hits (especially from The Black Album) and some of their earlier songs for the big fans. Really incredible laser show. Played 2 hours.
  • Them Crooked Vultures, October 2009.  They played 1.25 hours, all from the new album.  Played good set, 1.25 hours.  Dave Grohl was absolutely INSANE on the drums – seeing him drum was worth price of admission alone. Seeing a former Led Zeppelin member (John Paul Jones) was a treat as well. Josh Homme was a good frontman as well (surprisingly). Didn’t play an encore, which was disappointing.  I became a drummer because of this show.
  • Gogol Bordello, November 2009.  “Gypsy punk,” crazy but interesting music. Very energetic. Played 2 encores.
  • AC/DC (opener: The Answer), Black Ice Tour, November 2009.  The Answer was not a bad band at all. Maybe tried ripping off AC/DC a little but had a couple of songs I liked.   OMG AC/DC WAS AWESOME. One of my favorites by far. Played pretty much all their hits (Back In Black, Hells Bells, Shoot to Thrill, Highway to Hell, Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap), etc. Angus Young did a striptease and a guitar solo. Great energy.
  • Cheap Trick, SXSW, March 2010.  Pretty energetic show, the band members “still got it.” Lead singer can’t hit the high high notes but otherwise still has a strong voice. Different drummer but he was good. Played “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “The Flame.” Also played a bunch of others I didn’t recognize. Played something like “Do You Want to Go to Heaven” in memory of Alex Chilton.
  • She & Him, SXSW, March 2010.  Caught a little bit of their set. Zooey has a strong voice. Got too cold to stick around.
  • Elton John, April 2010.  Great show! Played just about all his hits. My favorite parts were when he sang just by himself by the piano, because sometimes the band played too loudly and I couldn’t hear him. He played “Circle of Life” at the end, which was awesome.
  • Camera Obscura, April 2010.  Actually a better show than I was anticipating. Really enjoyed it.
  • Adler’s Appetite, June 2010.  BADASS SHOW. Was 2nd row and got to hear the band play most of Appetite for Destruction. Was able to shake Steven Adler’s hand at the end of the show.
  • Lady Gaga (opener: Semi Precious Weapons), Monster Ball Tour, July 2010. Probably one of the most entertaining opening bands that I have seen. Liked their music.  Lady Gaga put on a really great show. I liked her concept of the “Monster Ball.” Favorite part was when she sang at the piano. Played all her hits and played obscure stuff like “Vanity.”
  • Robert Plant and His Band of Joy (opener: Bettye LaVette), July 2010.  Bettye LaVette was great. This was one of my top favorite shows ever. Incredible show, really close and had a great view. He played “Misty Mountain Hop,” “Tangerine,” “In My Time of Dying,” “Gallows Pole,” “Thank You,” “Over the Hills and Far Away,” and fucking “ROCK AND ROLL.” I never thought I’d ever be able to hear motherfucking Robert Plant sing Led Zeppelin songs live.  What a treat.
  • Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, September 2010. This show was so intense. This was mainly for my brother.  I liked Anthrax but was kind of dead by Slayer.
  • ACL 2010: Midlake, Cage the Elephant, The Eagles.  We caught a couple of other bands but they sucked so much – generic indie shit.  I saw some of the Flaming Lips, but I was too sober for that show.  Midlake played interesting music.  Cage the Elephant was freaking AWESOME.  The Eagles were amazing.
  • Stone Temple Pilots, October 2010.  Thhhhhhh.  What a disappointment.  Scott Weiland fell off the bottle and only addressed the audience for a weird rant.  The band was technically good but no one played with passion.
  • Marcia Ball, December 2010.  She was so good. What an awesome show.
  • The Strokes, SXSW, March 2011.  This was an outdoor show, which I caught from outside the fence (security wasn’t letting anyone else in, since it was packed). From what I could hear, it was a good show.
  • …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead, SXSW, March 2011.  Really good band.  The guitarist and drummer switched places and each were adept at the instruments. Met one of them after the show.
  • Weezer, May 2011.  Rivers Cuomo is such a great frontman.  The band put on a really energetic show, including a legit cover of “Paranoid Android.”
  • ACL 2011: Brandi Carlisle, Ray LaMontagne, Kanye West.  I spent most of this ACL chatting with my best friend, but we caught some good shows. Ray LaMontagne is divine.  Kanye was surprisingly enjoyable.
  • Weird Al Yankovic, September 2011.  What a great show!  He is incredibly, ridiculously talented.  He and his band blew through an fun set.
  • Foo Fighters, November 2011.  If you have read my blog at all, you probably can tell that I’m a huge Dave Grohl fan. What a fantastic show.  They played for nearly three hours, and I was in general admission.  My only quibble is I want more deeper cuts (because I’m one of those annoyingly hardcore fans), but I can’t complain about seeing such an amazing band.  Bob Mould showed up to perform “Dear Rosemary” and “Breakdown,” which was ridiculously awesome.
  • Huey Lewis and the News, December 2011.  This show was decent in the sense that you could take your 80-year-old grandmother too it and she would have a lot of energy afterwards to go line dancing or something. We enjoyed ourselves and the guys still sounded really good, especially harmonizing.  We tried moshing but some people weren’t liking it.
  • Umphrey’s McGee, April 2012.  I had never listened to this band before the show, but it was entertaining.  We went on 4/20, so you can imagine what most of the crowd was up to.
  • Mastodon and Opeth, April 2012.  These were great shows! The lead singer of Opeth is awesome and HILARIOUS.
  • Feist, April 2012.  I bought a ticket to see my brother flip out (she’s one of his favorite artists). She put on a pretty rocking show. I officially have a girl crush.
  • Roger Waters, May 2012.  Oh my God, one of the best shows I have ever seen.  Hearing “The Wall” album live, set to incisive and thought-provoking visuals, was incredible.  I got teary during “Comfortably Numb.”

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