Concert Review: Coldplay Performs Their Best Show Ever

On an emotionally charged Monday the day after a mass shooting in Las Vegas at an outdoor country music concert, and on a day America lost a music legend, Coldplay offered a respite from the world to some 20,000 fans who forgot about life for a while. It was a side trip of sorts for the band’s A Head Full of Dreams tour leaving the large confines of 60,000 seat stadiums for the more intimate and welcoming arena venue in Portland, OR at the Moda Center. Boy did it pay off. Coldplay Concert Review The massively popular foursome rock act … Continue reading Concert Review: Coldplay Performs Their Best Show Ever

Concert Review: Vince Neil Brings His Crue to Oregon State Fair

What better way to make up for not seeing Guns N’ Roses at The Gorge than Vince Neil at the Oregon State Fair. Right? Indeed, the original plan for the weekend was to make the trek to The Gorge (about five hours) in Eastern Washington to see GnR but then my plans got upended when The Mrs. decided she wanted her parents in for the long weekend. And adding insult to injury, TicketMaster reduced the price of tickets for the show (I’ve never heard such a thing) making it a bit hard to recover the full money spent.  I did … Continue reading Concert Review: Vince Neil Brings His Crue to Oregon State Fair

Concert Review: Metallica Rules The World

Metallica played a monstrous 18 song two-hour, 15 minute set featuring plenty of classics and five from their well-received Hardwired…To Self-Destruct in front of an impressive 50,000-plus raucous fans on Wednesday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA in support of their WorldWired Tour 2017. The godfathers of astute heavy metal wasted little time celebrating their latest release (out Nov. 2016) starting out the gate with the fast-paced “Hardwired” and right into the awesome “Atlas, Rise!” which simply kicked in spite of some early issues. The two felt more like soundcheck guinea pigs – a bit muddy – since the band … Continue reading Concert Review: Metallica Rules The World

Concert Review: Green Day Adds Sparks to a Hot Portland Night

Portland hardly needed the soaring 100 degree temperatures on Wednesday as Green Day brought enough flames and intensity to the Moda Center to fire up a mostly sold-out and rather excitable crowd. It was a blistering performance highlighted by raucous guitars, slamming drums and contagious energy. Don’t let their seemingly immoderate angst and wannabe Sex Pistols persona fool you, Green Day plays rather exceptional, enjoys performing and singer Billie Joe Armstrong, especially, smiles quite a bit. The rambunctious, sometimes bombastically asinine, 26-song set covered the core tracks off Dookie, a nice helping from American Idiot and of course a bunch … Continue reading Concert Review: Green Day Adds Sparks to a Hot Portland Night

Concert Review: Neil Diamond Proves Age Is Just A Number

Neil Diamond brought some brotherly love to his traveling music show to Portland on Friday at the Moda Center and celebrated six decades of music while defying Father Time and hardly saying farewell, so long or goodbye. A mostly over-50 crowd packed the house as Diamond enthralled digging way deep in his catalog of songs which stretch back to the 1960s, before man even stepped on the moon. The show opened with still photos and videos rotating across a diamond shaped projector screen before the real Diamond took the stage in front of his 12 member band. Mr. Diamond is … Continue reading Concert Review: Neil Diamond Proves Age Is Just A Number

Concert Review: Cowboy Junkies Ride Through Portland

Cowboy Junkies brought their quaaludic sound to Portland on Wednesday at Revolution Hall playing a 22 song set to a very gracious, sold out crowd. It was a bit melancholic, yet totally relaxing, part coffee house entertainment with a splash of local bar band favorite flavor while maintaining an atmosphere of polished excellence. In full disclosure, I’d heard of Cowboy Junkies but did not know their music so when searching for their popular songs of course “Sweet Jane” pops up. Oh, that’s Cowboy Junkies. Wait, that’s Cowboy Junkies? So now you know what happens when a friend offers you a … Continue reading Concert Review: Cowboy Junkies Ride Through Portland

Concert Review: Def Leppard and Poison Have A Good Time in Portland

Bono take note: This is how you entertain and put on a rock concert. Def Leppard played to a jam packed, sold out crowd at the Moda Center on Saturday in Portland, OR along with a strong supporting act by fellow 1980s stalwarts Poison and thoroughly showed why 40 years later people still flock to these arena rock anthems played flawlessly by guys in their 50s. Let’s go a different route on the review as I usually write these with my “reporter’s hat” on, meaning if it’s good for this blog it’s good for a newspaper (that’s my personal expectation … Continue reading Concert Review: Def Leppard and Poison Have A Good Time in Portland

Concert Review: Midnight Oil Burns Bright in Portland

Finally. The Oils are back. One band you thought lost in the annals of 1980s rock history, Australian rockers Midnight Oil made a triumphant return to Portland on Monday playing a blistering two-hour set to an ecstatic sold-out Memorial Day crowd at Revolution Hall. It’s been a while since these guys performed on stage. Well, at least, before the current Great Circle 2017 World Tour which started in April. Lead singer Peter Garrett took some time off to put his money where his mouth is so-to-speak getting elected to the Australian House of Representatives so the band went on hiatus. … Continue reading Concert Review: Midnight Oil Burns Bright in Portland

Concert Review: U2 Plays and Peddles to 55,000 in Seattle at First US Date for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

It could have been so much more. But U2 went big, got a bit distracted yet ultimately pulled off a solid show in front of 55,000 on Sunday for the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. U2 put the usual boisterous theatrics on hold this time instead opting for a large, rather striking background screen concaved in the middle that offered the accompanying visuals and video for the setlist. No tornado of lights engulfing the band like on the 360 tour or the gigantic screen allowing singer Bono to walk down memory lane as he did last … Continue reading Concert Review: U2 Plays and Peddles to 55,000 in Seattle at First US Date for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Concert Review: Not a Wonderful Opening Night for Everclear as So Much for the Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour Starts in Portland

Ever clear? More like mostly muddy. Everclear (the band) started off their So Much for the Afterglow: 20th Anniversary Tour celebrating their multi-platinum record from 1997 at the Crystal Ballroom on Thursday in Portland and, um, so much for that. You know that sound of a raging party when you’re in a nearby adjacent room? The booming bass, an occasional melody filters through, the vocals barely discernible but a boisterous crowd living it up. That was the entire evening! Unfortunately that’s also what it sounded like inside the raging party. No doubt the fans were ready to party like it … Continue reading Concert Review: Not a Wonderful Opening Night for Everclear as So Much for the Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour Starts in Portland