Saturday, July 19, 2014

King Buzzo @ Visulite

It's as good as a Melvin's show, so I'll take King Buzzo on his solo acoustic tour coming to Charlotte.

Who knew what to expect here?  The Melvins have such a unique sound that I wonder if he is going to try and replicate it, or show us something completely new.  Turns out - a bit of both.  Buzzo has a solo record which he plays mostly off, but throws in some Melvins as well.  Lizzy was the favorite of the night (from Houdini).  Overall a captivating show without knowing many songs.  The normally quiet Osbourne was very chatty with this intimate crowd.  Told some great road stories about being with the Melvins, how different towns react, meeting and working with Mike Patton and generally some one on one with this small crowd.

My love of the uniqueness of the Melvins is well known.  This show just gives another aspect of their lead singer.  A musician, artist and, now, storyteller.  I'm glad I decided to go to this at the last minute.  I know a majority of music fans were at the PNC Pavillion tonight seeing Kiss, but I saw as good as (if not better) show here at the Visulite.

The Crap Facts:
This is my 378th concert.
This is my 4th concert at Visulite.
This is my 27th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 29th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 185th concert in the USA.
King Buzzo is the 440th band I've seen.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Beck & Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger @ Uptown Amphitheater

At the last minute Mike and I bought a ticket to this show and somehow it ended being in the 3rd row on the isle.  Awesome!

Didn't know, until we were in the venue that Ghost of A  Sabre Tooth Tiger is Sean Lennon's band.  I thought their 30 minute set was pretty good, but you gotta wonder how tough it is to be in a band when your dad was in the Beatles.  As good as he is, he must be sick of the questions about John, and the opportunity to just be himself.

Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger Setlist
Too Deep / Xanadu / Animals / Midnight Sun / Poor Paul Getty / Golden Earrings / Devil You Know / Long Gone

Having seen Beck at the Pearl in Vegas a couple of years ago, this show was a no brainer.  And as with last time, Beck and his band put in a great performance.  Devil's Haircut is a perfect opener - everyone knows it and the crowd react accordingly.  Was great being part of the overwhelmingly loud crowd sing-a-long to the chorus of Loser.  After which a lot of the set was unfamiliar to me, but still entertaining.  Shout out goes to the Billie Jean snippet in the middle of Sissyneck.  By the time Beck finished his 2 hour show with Where It's At as the last of a 3 song encore, we left knowing we'd seen yet another great show, and in a perfect venue for him.  This warm evening, outside, with the Charlotte skyline in the background seemed like the perfect setting for this night.

Beck Setlist
Devil's Haircut / Black Tambourine / Loser / One Foot In The Grave / The New Pollution / Soul Of A Man / I Think I'm In Love / I Feel Love / The Golden Age / Lost Cause / Blue Moon / Modern Guilt / Sissyneck / Qué Onda Güero / Hotwax / Paper Tiger / Heart Is A Drum / Say Goodbye / Waking Light / E-Pro
Encore: Hell Yes / Debra / Where It's At

The Crap Facts:
This is my 377th concert.
This is my 2nd concert at Uptown Amphitheater.
This is my 26th concert in Charlotte.
This is my 28th concert in North Carolina.
This is my 184th concert in the USA.
Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger are the 439th band I've seen.
This is my 2nd Beck concert.