Concert Review: Duran Duran Shows They’re Still the Wild Boys

It might be 30 years later but the girls, make that women, still have their first love. The 80s heartthrobs gave the Pacific Northwest just one stop on their current tour in support of the new album Paper Gods (released Sept. 11) making it at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup on Wednesday tearing through a solid 19-song set full of their most popular hits and a good sampling of the latest release. The one-time screaming teenagers have grown up and so have Duran Duran but time has yet to catch up with the artist one time known as the … Continue reading Concert Review: Duran Duran Shows They’re Still the Wild Boys

Concert Review: Def Leppard Gets Loud Just Outside Portland

Def Leppard is not burning out or fading away anytime soon. The British rockers cranked up the volume to a massive crowd on Thursday just up the road from Portland, OR at the Amphitheater Northwest in Ridgefield, WA playing a mostly-hits setlist for 90 minutes leaving little doubt these guys were ready to rock. With the sometimes face tingling vibration emitting from the speakers, the audience often matched the intensity of Def Leppard’s performance with their own singing back in unison to the chorus on most of the songs that demanded it. Letting up only handful of times, even when … Continue reading Concert Review: Def Leppard Gets Loud Just Outside Portland

Concert Review: Foo Fighters a Scream in Portland

Note: For a review of the 2018 Concrete and Gold Tour in Portland click here. The next Foo Fighters album should be named Scream. It would be fitting considering Dave Grohl, the founder, guitarist, lead singer and apparently all around good guy really likes to scream. Which he did on Monday in near glorious fashion to an adoring sold-out crowd at the Moda Center in Portland, OR. In what’s billed as a 20th Anniversary Tour, Foo Fighters played 23 songs for nearly 2 hours and 45 minutes helmed by a tireless Grohl situated atop a specially designed throne, complete with … Continue reading Concert Review: Foo Fighters a Scream in Portland

Album Review: Duran Duran – Paper Gods

Sooner or later it seems everyone comes to grips with their mortality and what lies beyond. It makes for good discussions among friends and when musicians enter that phase of life it tends to come out in their music. Such appears to be the case with Duran Duran and their new album Paper Gods, out September 11. The 12-song record is the band’s 14th and fourth since the 80s heartthrobs reunited in 2004 with the great Astronaut. Though guitarist Andy Taylor left the band, again, shortly after, the core of the group Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, John Taylor and … Continue reading Album Review: Duran Duran – Paper Gods

Concert Review: Social Distortion Brings 1990 into the Present at the Roseland Theater

Social Distortion brought a full keg of piss and vinegar to their sold out performance on Saturday night at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR as part of the band’s tour commemorating 25 years of their self-titled album. Fronted by everyone’s favorite punk rocker Mike Ness, Social Distortion rocked for nearly two hours playing 18 songs including the entirety of the album that brought main stream success in 1990. They wasted little time in delivering the goods opening the show with the first song off the album “So Far Away” and followed the tract list sequentially skipping only “Ring of … Continue reading Concert Review: Social Distortion Brings 1990 into the Present at the Roseland Theater

Concert Review: Psychedelic Furs and The Church Reignite Themselves and the 80s at the Crystal Ballroom

It took 30 years but Psychedelic Furs and the Church are finally touring together. Sure it was a much smaller venue than what the two 1980s stalwarts would likely have co-headlined back in 1985 had the plans then not fallen through but they didn’t sound any worse for the wear, in fact, sounded practically flawless and really not dated at all. Despite tickets remaining available the day of the show on Wednesday at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR and what initially appeared to be a somewhat embarrassing low turnout, indeed the crowd filled out much of the Crystal’s famous … Continue reading Concert Review: Psychedelic Furs and The Church Reignite Themselves and the 80s at the Crystal Ballroom