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  posted on 8/8/2018 at 04:37 PM
I have no problem with the contact of anyones music; its the 20 minute tirades re: politics between the songs.
 

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  posted on 8/8/2018 at 06:00 PM
Have to agree with Buzzy on the Van Halen Music Midtown show in Atlanta on their last tour. Roth can't sing much any more and he refuses to go with the melody. That's an ok approach some of the time, but not every.single.song.

And the music was muddy with tons of kick drum. Every song sounded like the drums from Hot for Teacher.

What made it worse is that I took my 13 year old boy and it was his first rock concert.

PS....(Maybe) I"m amazed anyone would say McCartney was the most disappointing show they saw. Mac & his killer band (together now for 17 years) have been tremendous to the two times I saw them (2009, 2017)

 

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  posted on 8/8/2018 at 07:49 PM
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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


This is a great thread, because our musical heros can't always live up to our expectations. Having said that, when you go to a show, there is a resonable expectation that you are going to hear something that you are familiar with. Having said that, I apparently picked the wrong time for me to see Neil Young, he played whatever he wanted and couldn't care less about playing songs anyone knew. I get it that he's entitled to play what he wants and that he doesn't have to cater to the masses, however, when you go hoping to see a few songs that you might be familiar with, then you could possibly be dissapointed.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2018 at 06:08 AM
Easily The Sex Pistols, reunion tour. They played for about 45 minutes. Looked and acted like they wanted to be somewhere else. Sound was just white noise.

Dropkick Murphys opened. At the time I hadn't heard of them. They played a killer close to 2 hour set. Had to extend because the Reverand Horton Heat didn't show up.


Can't really go by me I was at the Brother's show that was released as "Live at Great Woods." I had a miserable time at that show. Not related to the music, just could not get into it, too many distractions.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2018 at 09:14 PM
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I have no problem with the contact of anyones music; its the 20 minute tirades re: politics between the songs.


BINGO

Agree 100% but my limit is about 10 seconds. If I didn't hate politicians so much I might have more tolerance. They're a bunch of pimps in suits & ties.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2018 at 10:17 PM
I saw Pat Benatar/Cheap Trick a few years ago just to celebrate a friend's 50th. Pat nailed it. She still has her pipes and her band was tight. Cheap Trick stunk. We left sometime in the middle.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 06:12 AM
Sheryl Crow-just awful,amateurish show-she’s good for a 3 minute pop song on tv but live...ugh.Her guitar player was terrible too.
Greendale-a waste of an evening-I love Neil but this was a mistake on my part...I shoulda guessed.
Matisyahu-also a big mistake.
Allmans-in 80 I think...so loud and so bad-I recall synthesizer music? Walked out...last time
I listened to them till 89-I’d just had enough but 79-80 was awful. when Dreams came out in 89 I reconnected.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 06:46 AM
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I would include the following under disappointing; due to high expectations.

Neil Young's Greendale tour was a love it or hate it phenomenon for most. Later for me. About 10K people at Jones Beach were waiting for the classics; mouths agape like when they sing "Springtime for Hitler" in the Producers. The 4 or 5 songs from the old stuff played for an encore couldn't revive a very catatonic audience.


(btw Neil was also responsible for two of my top ten memorable concerts)


I caught his Greendale tour at Radio City and was on the "loved it" side of the fence. But it didn't take long to realize there were many who didn't. Neil even told someone he was free to leave if he didn't like it. At least the "haters" got a 3+ hour show where the entire second set and encore Neil & Crazy Horse torched the place with many classics.


This is a great thread, because our musical heros can't always live up to our expectations. Having said that, when you go to a show, there is a resonable expectation that you are going to hear something that you are familiar with. Having said that, I apparently picked the wrong time for me to see Neil Young, he played whatever he wanted and couldn't care less about playing songs anyone knew. I get it that he's entitled to play what he wants and that he doesn't have to cater to the masses, however, when you go hoping to see a few songs that you might be familiar with, then you could possibly be dissapointed.



Yeah, Neil marches to the beat of his own drum. That's for sure. As I have opined, I like it. Greendale was weird but I had a good time seeing it for instance.

Here's a thought; some of these artists are huge and probably don't really have to appeal to the masses. Can do whatever they want. I think it would suck to have to do the same song every night for 30 or 40 years.

But I get that if you only see the performer every few years (if ever), you want to hear what you know. For instance, I saw Steve Miller and Peter Frampton two months ago. Frampton did two Humble Pie songs. Other than those, I knew every song the whole night. Even Miller's cheesy Abracadabarra thing.

Years ago I saw Miller and he didn't have an opener. Played two sets for 2.5 hours or so and he had to dig deep. People were pissed. I loved. Played stuff from before I was even born.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 08:37 AM
I've seen Steve Miller 3 times I think. One of those was that 25th anniversary tour in 1994 with no opener where he did the 2.5 hour show and played a number of songs from from pre-1974 including some blues stuff. I don't recall a negative crowd reaction as he also played the mid 70s hits to satisfy the masses. It was indeed a great show.

Ga Tech basketball coliseum used to host concerts and the sound was always bad. One of my 10 Cheap Trick shows was there and the sound system was indeed terrible. I was a student so we still had a blast partying it up.

Another where I was very disappointed was the first time I saw Ryan Adams. He's known to be loud. The Tabernacle in Atlanta had just changed sound systems around 2006. His sound was loud and the mix was really bad. He did a 2+ hour show with a great setlist heavy on his first two albums plus Cold Roses and had a strong band in the Cardinals. I brought a friend who hasn't given Ryan Adams a chance since then. The next 2 times I saw him he was 15-20% too loud but it still sounded good. The last time was at a Festival where it was a perfect 60 minute set with superb sound. Still wish I could get that first one back as it was the ideal tour.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 10:14 AM
Just this past weekend my girlfriend and I drove out to San Diego to see Hall & Oates (Train opened) and at a different venue "Toto"...The Hall and Oates performance was very disappointing for a couple of reasons, first, I have never been a big fan ( aside from a couple of songs here and there) and secondly they were literally run over by a "Train". Where do I start?.. Train opened and to my surprise, these guys were pretty entertaining, covering a nice version of Zep's "Black Dog". being interactive with the crowd and putting on a show that featured a nice mix of the familiar with a touch of Vegas showmanship thrown in. The sound was bright and clear and overall quite fun. Hall and Oates followed and the mix was awful, so much bass that almost every other instrument was almost drowned out. Vocals were difficult to hear (and we had good+ seats) and whenever Daryl Hall addressed the crowd it was to sell his TV show. Mr Oates is almost invisible during the performance not only because of his meager contributions vocally and instrumentally, but dude is incredibly small as well. Slow ballads had long drawn out, aggressive guitar solos and the crowd was siting on their hands until the singer from Train was brought out to sing a "duet" with Hall that made the audience scream, not because of the tune, but solely because someone with a pulse had re-emerged, When Pat left the stage, the band kicked into "Rich Girl" which was amongst many songs that just well, showed their age. The band walked off and returned for a nice rendition of "You make my dreams come true" and mercifully, it was over.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 10:27 AM
Well maybe not exactly the worst but………..
Recently caught the LSD tour with Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam at Bethel Woods
Now the first time I saw Lucinda was at the Ottawa Blues fest many years ago like 15 or more. Did not really know much about her, but that night she absolutely nailed it and I was a fan (still am) Seen her again about 5-6years after that and it was ok. I mean it was an afternoon set, she only had maybe an hour, did a great version of its along way to the Top if you’re gonna Rock & Roll (ACDC) but other then that meh……
This time she was the second to play after Steve opened the show with a very good sound, great band, some new tunes as well as a few old favorites.
Lucinda came out with a fantastic band, her guitarist is damn good, but she was flat. I mean very uninspired flat out blowing it. Her band truly carried her set and somewhat salvaged it. She either is soaked in the sauce or just doesn’t give a hoot. What a let down in what should have been a very memorable night. Steve and Dwight delivered. I would kick her off the tour, but who would be the “L”

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 10:39 AM
79- 80 for The Brother's worked for me . 81 was a different story . Without Jaimoe in the band, the connection I felt for the band was not the same in 81 . It didn't stop me from going to shows though . I was working as a waiter in hotel in Glen Wild , NY the summer of 81 and low and behold The Brothers were playing at a place called Magic Mountain less than a mile from the hotel on a Saturday night . Great summer weather and The Brother's always worked for me no matter what they were playing or who was in the band.
 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 11:00 AM
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Well maybe not exactly the worst but………..
Recently caught the LSD tour with Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam at Bethel Woods
Now the first time I saw Lucinda was at the Ottawa Blues fest many years ago like 15 or more. Did not really know much about her, but that night she absolutely nailed it and I was a fan (still am) Seen her again about 5-6years after that and it was ok. I mean it was an afternoon set, she only had maybe an hour, did a great version of its along way to the Top if you’re gonna Rock & Roll (ACDC) but other then that meh……
This time she was the second to play after Steve opened the show with a very good sound, great band, some new tunes as well as a few old favorites.
Lucinda came out with a fantastic band, her guitarist is damn good, but she was flat. I mean very uninspired flat out blowing it. Her band truly carried her set and somewhat salvaged it. She either is soaked in the sauce or just doesn’t give a hoot. What a let down in what should have been a very memorable night. Steve and Dwight delivered. I would kick her off the tour, but who would be the “L”




Thanks for the review. Seeing this in less than a week in Chicago. Clever concept. LSD. Hah Hah. Only time I saw lucinda was when she opened for The ABB years ago. Wouldn't say she was horrible but I'm not sure I'd pay to see her.

I just want to see Stave Earle. Seen him a million times. And Dwight Youakm. Never seen him.

Did they all play together?

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 11:11 AM
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Literally?! Hope they get well!

I'm not a big fan of Train's music, but Pat killed it at the Gregg tribute.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 12:24 PM
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Well maybe not exactly the worst but………..
Recently caught the LSD tour with Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam at Bethel Woods
Now the first time I saw Lucinda was at the Ottawa Blues fest many years ago like 15 or more. Did not really know much about her, but that night she absolutely nailed it and I was a fan (still am) Seen her again about 5-6years after that and it was ok. I mean it was an afternoon set, she only had maybe an hour, did a great version of its along way to the Top if you’re gonna Rock & Roll (ACDC) but other then that meh……
This time she was the second to play after Steve opened the show with a very good sound, great band, some new tunes as well as a few old favorites.
Lucinda came out with a fantastic band, her guitarist is damn good, but she was flat. I mean very uninspired flat out blowing it. Her band truly carried her set and somewhat salvaged it. She either is soaked in the sauce or just doesn’t give a hoot. What a let down in what should have been a very memorable night. Steve and Dwight delivered. I would kick her off the tour, but who would be the “L”




Thanks for the review. Seeing this in less than a week in Chicago. Clever concept. LSD. Hah Hah. Only time I saw lucinda was when she opened for The ABB years ago. Wouldn't say she was horrible but I'm not sure I'd pay to see her.

I just want to see Stave Earle. Seen him a million times. And Dwight Youakm. Never seen him.

Did they all play together?

They all did one song for an encore, Lucinda and Steve did one in Steve's set. Other then my rant about Lucinda it is a good show and yes the LSD tour indeed great name. It was my first time seeing Dwight, very very good tight band. The first two or three songs were overly loud, but that was just a sound board issue after that it settled into a good rockn' set. I'm sure you will enjoy, who knows Lu might bring her A game this time

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 03:32 PM
Thanks for the update. I'll post next week after the show! Looking forward to Dwight. Never seen him. Seems like an odd guy Should be fun.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 05:27 PM
We saw Lucinda with Buick 6 either 2016 or 17 and she was great.

First saw her open for the ABB, first Allman show for two of my kids.

Been a fan ever since.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2018 at 08:10 PM
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Literally?! Hope they get well!

I'm not a big fan of Train's music, but Pat killed it at the Gregg tribute.


My son is a big Train guy. We saw them for my friend's 50th and they Rocked it. If Strat Jr. wants to go see them play, we'll go. Other than that, I'll live.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2018 at 12:14 AM
I love Lucinda's albums. Most are incredible. Never seen her live but friends say she can be awful, uninterested and arrogant.
 

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  posted on 8/11/2018 at 10:14 PM
It might have been the tour before the one you mention, but worst show ever for me was Steve Miller at the Orpheum in Boston 93 or 94. He played 3 great solo blues tunes to start then brought out Ben Sidran and band and played Vegas Lounge Lizard junk for awhile and then when near my breaking point it turned into a sing along with the crowd on hits like Abracadabra and that’s when it was all I can stands and I can’t stands no more and we left.

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  posted on 8/12/2018 at 06:47 AM
I'd say Steve Miller is sort of like Neil Young in the sense that he kind of plays whatever the hell he wants. Steve Earle actually yelled at me once and said just that when I was just asking for a particular song. That was kind of funny.

I've seen Steve Miller do that old blues thing and the crowd thought it sucked. I liked it cuz I had his old albums and appreciated it.

Wouldn't have walked out cuz of Abracadraba. Excuse to hit the bathroom.

When I saw him last month that was the only song I didn't like. Crowd loved it.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2018 at 07:38 AM
I saw Sang once. Not much of a show

 

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  posted on 8/13/2018 at 02:43 PM
Loved the debut album by Boston.Couldn't wait to see them as the headliner at Giants Stadium.Todd Rundgren was good.Poco was very good.The Outlaws played a great set.Close to a 100 degree day.They open with Hurry Sundown and the skies opened up.Great set in pouring rain.Soon as they started encoring with Green Grass and High Tides,the rain stopped and the sun came out.Weird.

Back on topic,Boston was so dissapointing we only stayed for half their set.We had gone in two groups(seatwise) but one car.The only reason we lasted as long as we did was that the driver was in the other group.When we went to wait at the car,they were already there wanting to know what took us so long.

Five or six months later they were at MSG.Figured I'd give them another shot,maybe they had had a bad day last time.Nope same result,walked out again.

Too bad,I thought they were really good in the studio,but they just didn't do it for me live.

And then there was the Kinks at Roseland.I've seen a lot of good/great Kinks shows,but on this night they played two songs,the brothers got in a big fight onstage and they walked off.

 

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