Concert Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing Live in Portland

Well, that was different. If you’re going to write and record a concept album you might as well play the whole thing, front to back and center the accompanying tour around it. That’s exactly what Dream Theater did with their latest release The Astonishing and they brought it live to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR on Tuesday to the faithful. The casual fan, the mildly interested fan, even the old school fan still cranking out Images and Words and Awake on their way to work might have come away a bit less than inspired but the true … Continue reading Concert Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing Live in Portland

Concert Review: Muse Brings Drones to Portland

English rockers Muse brought lights, a diverse setlist and even a bunch of high flying drones to Portland on Sunday night at the Moda Center as part of the band’s world tour in support of the trio’s seventh studio album Drones. Muse rocked out 19* songs during an hour and 45 minute set that included everything the band is known for in their live performances – a dominate stage show featuring a whole lot of lights, video display and of course some stellar playing. Muse Concert Review A dozen or so guards, who looked like the distant cousins of Star … Continue reading Concert Review: Muse Brings Drones to Portland

Concert Review: Muse Brings Organized Chaos to Portland

Nailing down exactly what genre of music can describe Muse is not an easy task. There’s some pop in there, certainly what’s defined as alternative, they also sometimes sound like a synth band and if you’ve ever seen them live metal comes to mind. Regardless, the band brought all of that and more on Thursday to the Rose Garden in Portland during the North American leg of their 2nd Law tour and showed why their popularity is squared around the stage show. An extensive laser and light showed ruled the evening perfectly choreographed along with Matthew Bellamy’s soaring vocals and driving … Continue reading Concert Review: Muse Brings Organized Chaos to Portland