Monday, July 17, 2017

Primus & Clutch @ CMCU Amphitheater



Clutch Setlist Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC, USA 2017, Psychic Warfare


Primus Setlist Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC, USA 2017, 2017 Summer U.S. Tour

The Crap Facts:
This is my 429th concert.
This is my 8th concert at CMCU Amphitheater.
This is my 63rd concert in Charlotte.
This is my 71st concert in North Carolina.
This is my 234th concert in the USA.
Clutch is the 495th band I've seen.
This is my 9th Primus concert.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Deftones & Rise Against @ CMCU Amphitheater


Ahhh! Rain and the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater go hand in hand more often than not.  This is the 3rd time I've stood in the rain for a show here (Violent Femmes/Barenaked Ladies & Weezer), and 2 other times we didn't even bother to turn up (Counting Crows & Ray LaMontaigne).

As per usual I see Rise Against because of a good line up.  However, they are growing on me.  Some great energy tonight and a lot of humble appreciation being thrown to the crowd for coming out in such horrible conditions.  I actually sat in my car for 15 minutes deciding whether I'd go in or not.  Definitely glad I did.  Ready To Fall kicked off the frenzy of Rise Against fans (these are some loyal people - the girl I was next to was talking about this being her 12th show - she happened to be in Charlotte for work and is going again next Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida).  A few other songs I was familiar with like Savior, Re-Education and Prayer For The Refugee littered the 50 minute set.  A couple of new ones thrown in as well fit in quiet nicely to Rise Against sound.

Like a lot of the older people in the crowd, I waited in the rain for the Deftones - some of the Rise Against kids left early (not knowing the greatness that came before their time).  From the get go the Deftones brutal sound had the crowd amped.  My Own Summer (my favorite song of theirs) was the 2nd song played and it sounded great.  Chino was on fine form, letting everyone know it was his birthday.  He played the crowd well, getting off the stage a few times to the delight of all nearby.  Rosemary was awesome, as was Knife Prty and Change.  I love Deftones use of the quite/loud dynamic, mixed in with slower and faster beats.  And Chino is a great frontman - better when he's not playing the guitar.  Age has not wearied the Deftones.  This show was as intense as any of the other 4 I've seen dating back to the Australian version of The Warped Tour in 1999.  With that in mind, I can't wait til they come back through Charlotte.

Deftones Setlist
Headup / My Own Summer (Shove It) / Swerve City / Digital Bath / Elite / Rosemary / Be Quiet & Drive (Far Away) / Phantom Bride / Knife Prty / Back To School (Mini Maggit) / Rivière (First verse only) / Change (In The House Of Flies) / Diamond Eyes / Rocket Skates
Encore: Root

The Crap Facts:
This is my 428th concert.
This is my 7th concert at CMCU Amphitheater.
This is my 62nd concert in Charlotte.
This is my 70th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 233rd concert in the USA.
This is my 5th Rise Against concert.
This is my 5th Deftones concert.
Deftones are the 50th band I've seen at least 5 times.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tegan & Sara @ Fillmore


Setlist
Back In Your Head / How Come You Don't Want Me / I Couldn't Be Your Friend / Goodbye, Goodbye / Drove Me Wild / I Was A Fool / Shock To Your System / Alligator / Northshore / Living Room / The Con / Call It Off / Nineteen / Hang On To The Night / BWU / U-Turn / Boyfriend / Closer
Encore: 100x / Walking With A Ghost / Stop Desire

The Crap Facts:
This is my 427th concert.
This is my 20th concert at The Fillmore.
This is my 61st concert in Charlotte.
This is my 69th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 232nd concert in the USA.
This is my 2nd Tegan & Sara concert.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC


Setlist
Anthrocene / Jesus Alone / Magneto / Higgs Boson Blues / From Her To Eternity / Tupelo / Jubilee Street / The Ship Song / Into My Arms / Girl In Amber / I Need You / Red Right Hand / The Mercy Seat / Distant Sky / Skeleton Tree
Encore: The Weeping Song / Jack The Ripper / Stagger Lee / Push The Sky Away

The Crap Facts:
This is my 426th concert.
This is my 2nd concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
This is my 5th concert in Asheville.
This is my 68th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 231st concert in the USA.
This is my 3rd Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Paul Simon @ CMCU Amphitheater


Setlist
The Boy In The Bubble / 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover / Dazzling Blue / That Was Your Mother
Rewrite / America / Mother & Child Reunion / Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard / Spirit Voices / The Obvious Child / Stranger To Stranger / Homeward Bound / Duncan / Hearts & Bones / The Cool, Cool River / Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes / You Can Call Me Al
Encore: Wristband / Graceland / Still Crazy After All These Years
Encore 2: Questions For The Angels / The Boxer / One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor / Late In The Evening / The Sound Of Silence

The Crap Facts:
This is my 425th concert.
This is my 6th concert at CMCU Amphitheater.
This is my 60th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 67th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 230th concert in the USA.
Paul Simon is the 494th band I've seen.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Franz Ferdinand @ The Underground


Setlist
The Dark Of The Matinée / No You Girls / Paper Cages / Do You Want To / Love Illumination / The Fallen / Walk Away / Huck & Jim / Michael / Darts Of Pleasure / Outsiders / Lazy Boy / Take Me Out / Ulysses
Encore: Goodbye Lovers & Friends / Jacqueline / This Fire

The Crap Facts:
This is my 424th concert.
The Underground is the 120th venue I've seen a concert.
This is my 59th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 66th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 229th concert in the USA.
This is my 2nd Franz Ferdinand concert.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Sonics & Dex Romweber Duo @ Neighborhood Theater


I was as excited for this concert as I have been forever.  Ever since seeing Jack White talk about Flat Duo Jets on the It May Get Loud movie I have wanted to see a version of this band.  And now Dex Romweber is opening for The Sonics.  The Sonics!  The original garage / punk band!  For Christmas I got a record player and a $50 gift voucher from Lunchbox Records.  Amongst other things I bought Here Are The Sonics, and rarely has another album got a spin.

Was surprised to see a small stage set up next to the bar, and the big room curtained off.  I got there right on 8pm as Romweber was due to take the stage and there was only a small crowd.  (Charlotte wouldn't know great rock if it blasted them in the face.)  He and his drummer then proceeded to school everyone in high speed 12 bar blues, surf rock, rockabilly.  And then every other song was an Elvis-esque slower number.  What a performance!

You know if Dex Romweber is your opener then you need to put on an awesome show to even come close to satisfying your fans.  And that is exactly what The Sonics did....

Sonics saxophonist Rob Lynd was interviewed for Creative Loafing this week and seemed excited to play for a now-home crowd in the story.  That was nothing.  His beaming smile lit up the room as he walked out on stage and never left over the next 90 minutes.  From the get go the crowd was having a blast.  (At one point I looked around and every single person in the small venue was dancing.)  Have Love, Will Travel is one of my favorite songs, so to hear it live was amazing.  A sped up Keep A Knockin', Louie Louie and the Kinks' Hard Way were 3 great songs in a row.  Boss Hoss and Money blew everyone away and to finish the night, Psycho, where everyone went...well...psycho.  After a quick break The Sonics were back on stage to tear through a 3 song encore, finishing the night with a wildly fun version of The Witch.

Overall only The Cure at PNC Pavilion last year can rate as good a show as I've seen in Charlotte.  Last night was amazing!  Dex Romweber and The Sonics are the perfect combination for a valued rock and roll show.  Anytime they come back to town or nearby, I'll be there.

(PS. Neighborhood Theater can you please do something about your air-conditioning.  I sweated buckets again last night before the bands even started.)

Sonics Setlist
Cinderella / Shot Down / C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran cover) / Sugaree / Have Love, Will Travel (Richard Berry cover) / Be A Woman (Persian Rugs cover) / Back In The Car / You've Got Your Head On Backwards / Bad Betty / Keep a Knockin' (Little Richard cover) / Louie Louie (Richard Berry cover)  / The Hard Way (Kinks cover) / Boss Hoss / Money / Look At Little Sister (Hank Ballard cover) / He's Waitin' / Psycho
Encore: I Don't Need No Doctor (Ray Charles cover) / Strychnine / The Witch


The Crap Facts:
This is my 423rd concert.
This is my 2nd concert at Neighborhood Theater.
This is my 58th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 65th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 228th concert in the USA.
Dex Romweber Duo are the 492nd band I've seen.
The Sonics are the 493rd band I've seen.