Concert Review: U2 Gets Personal in Vancouver, BC

Updated: Night 2 details below U2 never seems to do anything small, whether it’s the stadium size 360 tour the last go-around or the implant of their latest album in the iTunes account of everyone in the world that has one. Though they’ve scaled down the size of venue for their current tour in support of their 13th album Songs of Innocence it’s still everything as big as you’d come to expect from the band. U2 opened their Innocence+Experience tour on Thursday in Vancouver, BC to a sold-out Rogers Arena, the first of two dates that kicks off a year-long … Continue reading Concert Review: U2 Gets Personal in Vancouver, BC

Concert Review: Rush Rolls Back Time in Tulsa

You’d think a band celebrating 40 years of touring and making music might sound a bit like a band that’s been touring and making music for 40 years. Not so with the seemingly ageless Rush who is arguably more relevant now than at any time of their career. The power trio hailing from Toronto, Canada that may or may not be calling it quits at the end of their current R40 tour got off to a stellar start on Friday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK in front of a mostly sold-out crowd that watched them stroll back through … Continue reading Concert Review: Rush Rolls Back Time in Tulsa

Is R40 a Farewell Tour for Rush?

Updated: Read the R40 Tulsa Review Rush fans everywhere began mapping out dates and clearing calendars after the announcement today of the R40 tour starting in May. However, in all the excitement, many who jumped to the dates and places may have overlooked a notable sentence in the press release: Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. It’s certainly not definitive, leaves a window open for future plans, but the comment is telling and quite … Continue reading Is R40 a Farewell Tour for Rush?

Concert Review: Gin Blossoms at Snoqualmie Casino

NOTE: For a review of the 25 Miserable Years Tour click here. A rather lazy crowd greeted the Gin Blossoms first show of 2015 on Friday at the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA where the band played a 16-song, 90 minute set in front of about 600 people. A large portion of those in attendance remained seated for much of the concert including folks in the front rows which even singer Robin Wilson tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to get to their feet throughout the course of the show. Granted Gin Blossoms’ music isn’t hard-charging rock but, hey, it’s still the Gin … Continue reading Concert Review: Gin Blossoms at Snoqualmie Casino

Concert Review: Weezer Gets Weird in Portland

What an interesting concept it would be if a band released an album and then on the supporting tour of said album played all the songs. It makes sense. Why wouldn’t they? The band puts in the hard work, records the songs, so if they’re proud of their accomplishment and the tunes placed on the album then why not play all the songs live on the tour? Oh wait a second, that’s exactly what Weezer is doing. Save for some of the classic rockers playing iconic albums in their entirety in recent years bands typically don’t play all or even … Continue reading Concert Review: Weezer Gets Weird in Portland

Concert Review: Bastille Gives Lots of Bad Blood to Portland

English synthers Bastille played a 19-song set on Thursday in Portland bringing a heavy dose of the 1980s to an overjoyed crowd full of young teens along with a parent or two, older teens and a smattering of Reagan-era veterans. With echoes of Depeche Mode, Bastille used heavy synthesizers, little guitar and lots of bass squeezing every drop out of their hit album Bad Blood. Released last year, the multiplatinum record is the band’s only full length release which the band has toured since it dropped. The last time Bastille played in Portland? The couple-hundred people sized Doug Fir Lounge. … Continue reading Concert Review: Bastille Gives Lots of Bad Blood to Portland

Concert Review: The Black Keys Give Portland a Big Treat on Halloween

The likelihood of two teenagers on opposite ends of the high school social spectrum collaborating and creating a successful band is about as probable as the Black Keys gaining mainstream status. But indeed both happened. The Akron, Ohio based duo consisting of vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, along with two touring musicians helping out on bass and keyboards and an occasional second guitarist, played to a decent crowd at the Moda Center in Portland for their Turn Blue tour on Friday with many fans dressed in Halloween garb for the occasion. It wasn’t a sold out … Continue reading Concert Review: The Black Keys Give Portland a Big Treat on Halloween