Tuesday, November 19, 2013

John Mellencamp, Great Western Forum, Los Angeles 2/20/1992

I'm not sure what I originally had against John Mellencamp?  Maybe it was his original stage name...John Cougar?  Maybe it was the song Jack & Diane?  Whatever it was, it was a narrow minded stance that started to change when I started hearing songs from his Scarecrow album.

Actually I'm sure it was the fact that I was hearing politically charged songs from him and realized that he had more to offer than Jack and Diane.  Rain On The Scarecrow was probably the song that changed my mind, and even though Pink Houses was "popular" which in my mind back in the day meant it was "too commercial",  I liked it.  And when John Mellencamp: Lonesome Jubilee came out I really loved the song Paper and Fire.  I didn't buy any of his music yet, but I had respect for his music.

Well that's a long explanation to set up this concert I went to back in 1992.  Once again I was fortunate enough to work at a place where I was offered free tickets to shows and I was glad that I had the opportunity to check out John Mellencamp.  This was the second of 2 nights at the Forum and he put on a great show and his band was tight.  I couldn't find a setlist but a few nights before in Sacramento it showed that he didn't play Jack and Diane.  ; )

A great use of $5 if you don't have this yet!  Offer ends 11/30

Saturday, November 24, 2012

U2 Los Angeles Sports Arena 4/13/1992

U2 Setlist Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1992, Zoo TV Tour

Well after going to several free shows courtesy of my employer at the time I finally get to write about a show that I bought tickets to.  I scanned some of my ticket stubs this morning and noticed that 3 of my next several posts will be about U2 on the Zoo TV tour.  These shows definitely rank among my all-time favorites.

U2's Achtung Baby also happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums.  I remember when I first heard it, Zoo Station was the opening track and it was a huge shift in the musical direction of the band. I listened to that track over and over because I couldn't get over how radical the change in their sound seemed at the time.  That shift translated to their live shows which became a visual spectacle, actually a visual overload that was really ahead of its time.   Zoo Station was appropriately the opening song for the show...amazing!

It was pretty impressive for a band to start off the concert playing nothing but music from their latest album.  As you can see by the setlist the first 8 songs were from Achtung Baby.  After the first 8 they strode out into the middle of the arena and played a few songs on a secondary stage.  I think it was just Bono and The Edge.  I loved their cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" and the way they created a duet with Reed appearing on video.

This was the only show I saw at the Sports Arena, it seemed slightly more intimate that The Forum.  I think The Pixies were the opening act but we were too late to catch them.   I remember hearing them as I was in the lobby buying a t-shirt, which has held up remarkably well over the years.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rush, Great Western Forum, Los Angeles 1/22/92

This was my first Rush concert.  Actually when I lived in the Toronto area back in the late 70's I did get a glimpse of a Rush concert through a hole in a fence at CNE Stadium, it was interrupted by a police officer on the other side of the peep hole.  

I was a big Rush fan back in the day.  Hanging out with my friends and air drumming to Neil Peart's drum solo during Working Man...those were The Wonder Years!  From Farewell To Kings to Moving Pictures was when I listened to them the most...after that it was pretty sporadic.  Anyway I received free tickets to this show through work and went there with my brother.  It was a bass player's nirvana that night with Primus on the bill as the opening act.  I'm surprised that an earthquake with the epicenter in Inglewood area didn't take place with Les Claypool and Geddy Lee in the same building.  It was a great show, I was familiar with about 75% of the setlist.

Rush Setlist Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA 1992, Roll The Bones Tour
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I found this video from the tour, I had forgot about the rapping skeleton during Roll The Bones. 

The Cult, Great Western Forum, Los Angeles 1/18/92

The Cult Setlist Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA 1992

I don't remember much about this show.  Neither my wife or I remembered that Lenny Kravitz was the opening act, maybe we were late?  I do remember that somehow I received 2 Cult albums and 2 tickets to this show for free.  I did like the band, loved Wildflower!  My wife remembers that the show was loud, unfortunately I don't have much to add to that.

We do remember Ian Astbury...great voice!  He also had long hair and some American Indian gear going on.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles 11/17/91

I love drums!  My Dad played a little bit and we had a 3 piece drum set in the house for years.  I played in the house, would jam with my brother who plays sax, but I never played in a band.  Well I take that back, I played bass drum in the high school marching band for 2 years, not really the coolest gig in the world.  One of my friends and fellow percussionist in the band and I used to talk about forming a two piece group of nothing but percussion instruments...we were going to call ourselves DUO.  That daydream never was fulfilled but seeing Mickey Hart on his Planet Drum tour was the closest I would come to seeing it happen.

I remember the first time I saw the Grateful Dead and marveled at the drum solo performed by Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.   They were surrounded by all kinds of drums, would play some of them with mallets that looked like big hammers.  The sounds when they hit them would just rumble through the room...awesome!  So when I had the chance to see Mickey Hart play with amazing percussionists from around the globe, I jumped at the chance.

The first song they played that night was the first track from the Planet Drum album, it was called Udu Chant.  The song features an instrument called a Hoop Drum which was made somewhere in the Arctic.  It has this incredible deep sound when it's hit and it looked like nothing I had ever seen before.  Almost like a trampoline laying on its side.  It was just the beginning of a fantastic show.  At one point there was a guest appearance by Tibetan Monks to which my friend sitting next to me screamed, "Oh my god it's the Monks"!

The clip below gives you an idea of what it was like.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mash-Up Time

Just happened across this cool mash-up featuring Led Zeppelin and The Doors.  Reminds me of Beatles, Zeppelin, Stones, Who Day on WNEW-FM back in the day.  Well not really, but it's a cool classic rock mash.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

I just saw this video this morning and had to share it.  Tom Jones and CSNY performing Long Time Gone together on some German TV show back in 1969.  I think the first 45" I had when I was a kid was Tom Jones singing "She's A Lady".  I need to ask my parents how that happened...did I ask them to buy it for me?  Whatever the case I loved that record and was devastated when my baby brother accidentally broke it.

This performance is brilliant!  I've never heard Stills sing that high before.  A good start to hopefully a Groovy Tuesday for everyone....enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Great Western Forum, Los Angeles 11/11/91

This is one of several shows where I took advantage of free tickets from work...it was a great perk.
I liked Petty's music and I may have owned one of his albums at this point, but I wouldn't have been looking to buy tickets to one of his shows.  Fortunately I took advantage of the freebies.

The show was sort of a revelation.  What I never really grasped before was what a great band these guys were...extremely tight!  And it also struck me that they had so many great songs.  It was like I had taken advantage of Tom Petty, I had let him entertain me for years and I never gave him anything in return...sort of like the relationship I have with my local NPR station.  (I used to subscribe)

 I can't find a setlist from the show but I found some clips from the tour.  The band recorded a concert video during the same month that I saw them called Take The Highway and you can find the entire video on You Tube.  Here are a few from the show that really remember being outstanding.