As of now, going to the MMRBQ (a huge concert put on by the local rock station in Philly) next Saturday. Went last year with Bush headlining and had Gavin Rossdale come out to the lawn area and literally ran across my blanket. This year’s lineup:
Alice In Chains
Stone Temple Pilots
The Record Company
In The Presence of Wolves (Philly based band)
Not bad for $20 lawn seats. For a quieter throwback I’m going to REO Speedwagon/Chicago later in the summer.
Have teenage daughters, so take them to see shows not always on my list. Saw P!nk in March (really good!), will see Charlie Puth twice in August, have G-Eazy tickets for August (hoping to make my oldest take his sisters), and Taylor Swift in September. If up to me, we’d do Jimmy Buffett in May and BNL in June.
@shahnm We saw Blackberry Smoke as part of our season pass last year. I hope they come back. We looked at Styx and REO Speedwagon during National Concert Week but picked up Foreigner tickets instead. My teen wasn’t familiar with any of them. I’m a terrible mother. (I said how about Ozzie Osborne as a joke and she said sure, so that’s on our list too. Fortunately she turned down Marilyn Manson.)
@moonhat We went to see Christopher Titus way back. I just looked up our standup place and he’s here in July. Maybe we should go again. I remember he was funny and an anti-vaxxer which was weird. (I have never heard of the rest of the people coming.)
I’m going to see Billy Joel for his 100th concert at MSG in July. I’ve been wanting to see him play for so long and finally bought tickets.
I remember when the ‘expensive’ seats were $25. Can’t even drive into the parking lot for less than $20 now.
@looseneck@sammydog01 His concerts are a lot of fun. Because he hasn’t really put out any new music in decades, it’s always a greatest hits type of show. And though he throws in some fun musical surprises, he mostly plays his material straight - just the way he would have in the 70s and 80s. He knows his audience…
@looseneck@sammydog01 I saw that show in the early 90s, in the nosebleed section of the Phillies’ baseball stadium. So far away from the stage, in fact, that I’m only taking their word for it that the people on the stage were Billy Joel and Elton John…
Half the Monkees (Nesmith & Dolenz) at the Beacon end of June starts the summer concert series for me. Almost chose the Count Basie venue a couple of days later because Steve Van Zandt is hosting. Not sure what that means but the blend of two of my favorite pop subgenres seemed interesting. Sadly, schedules did not allow. And I need to see Nesmith in person before he (or I) leaves the building permanently.
@Frcal@sammydog01 At work yesterday the radio played “More Than This,” and my 23-year-old coworker said, “I just now learned that Norah Jones did not write this song.” And I was like ROXY MUSIC BLASPHEMY. I then tried to make her feel better (although she didn’t feel particularly bad) by telling her that I didn’t know who did the song until AFTER I started listening in the '90’s to Roxy Music (the glam stuff) and had a sudden realization on an escalator in Crate & Barrel that Bryan Ferry was singing. On the other hand, she still preferred the Norah Jones cover and I was like YOU ARE OBJECTIVELY WRONG, BUT I RESPECT YOUR OPINIONS.
@sammydog01 She’s a sweet girl and means no harm. She just didn’t know any better. You know, I never saw the video before; the many ridiculous close-ups didn’t bother me as much as the relaxed-fit bomber jacket/bow tie combo. I mean, yes, we all age out of the Space Gigolo demographic eventually, and sometimes the way forward is unclear, but still… that voice mostly makes up for it.
@sammydog01 I have seen various Monkees iterations over the years but never Nesmith. Still I’ve never been disappointed. Would have been nice if Tork had agreed to do this tour so I could see 3/4 of the original group at the same time. I missed the Jones memorial tour.
I’m hoping to go see ZZ Top (and John Fogerty) at Mohegan Sun casino in CT at the end of this month, but I haven’t bothered to buy a ticket yet. (I’m a chronic procrastinator.)
I’ve been a fan for decades and never seen them and these days, every time they come around I worry it could be their last.
Aside from that, the only other show on my radar is this one in August:
It’s at an outdoor pavilion on Boston harbor that, when the weather is right, is a really nice place to enjoy a summer evening of live music.
@sammydog01@shahnm I should’ve bought tickets to the Mohegan Sun show when they were $20 but, like I said, I’m a procrastinator.
I went and checked what tickets are available now and it’s either shitty seats for $70 or decent to amazing seats for >$200.
Found out there’s a show at a pavilion in NH in June that’s only a slightly longer drive than to the CT show (no casino to enjoy, though).
Since there’s GA lawn seats, I should be able to procrastinate to my heart’s content and still get in, should I decide to go.
I’m not that old, but I remember when tickets doubled in price from one year to the next - we had been paying $18 for top-name acts, then the following year suddenly they were $36 (this was late '80s) and they’ve been rising steeply ever since.
I fucking hate the concert ticket industry and the legalized scalping that now goes hand in hand with it. /rant
@DennisG2014 Yep, me too. It’s the fees that get me. I missed out on the $20 all in tickets for a concert and put 2 $25 tickets in my cart- total was $95. WTF?
That said, season passes to our concerts, about 5 miles from my house at a venue that holds 6000, were $200 plus $30 in fees for the lawn (chairs allowed for most acts). That includes free parking and at least 21 shows including gems like ZZ Top. Plus we get to see some random stuff I would never have paid for.
@rockme513 We went to Lynyrd Skynyrd last year. They were loud. Like sick to your stomach ear plugs don’t help loud. I have been to a lot of concerts and haven’t ever heard one as loud. We left early, walked 15 minutes to our car, and heard Give Me 3 Steps perfectly clearly that far away. We should have just set up chairs in the parking lot. I think it was a school night so we had to leave anyway. But the first few songs were fun- the warm up band too.
@rockme513@sammydog01 I don’t know why they do that. I went to a Skynyrd concert that later became a DVD/Blu-ray (you can actually catch a glimpse of me in the audience during a couple of pan shots). It was too damn loud to hear anything at the actual venue, but the sound on the Blu-ray is well mixed and absolutely pristine.
Annoying as hell when great bands crank everything to the point that the amps clip and the speakers distort, and there is nothing more than a wall of impenetrable noise where their amazing music should be…