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.
@sammydog01@shahnm Forgot to update this…
I went by myself to Mohegan Sun (CT casino) with no ticket, figuring if I didn’t get into the show, I’d just play some blackjack.
I went to the box office and asked what was the best single ticket they had and she showed me a seat dead center in the center floor section.
Without even asking the price, because I assumed it would be high, I asked what was available in the next price tier and she showed me something way in the back.
I pointed to the lowest section in the stands and asked about that and she told me that they were the same price as the floor seats…
“How much is that?”
“For that center floor seat?”
“Oh, hell yes, I’ll take that.”
It was about 15 rows back from the stage, dead center - best seat I’ve ever had.
I was tempted to ask the people on either side of me what they paid for their seats, but I’m sure they paid at least double what I did (because that’s how they were listed on Ticketmatster), so I left it.
The show was fun - John Fogerty opened and he was really good.
ZZ Top, well, Billy Gibbons mentioned that they had been doing this for 50 years, and it showed.
They kinda phoned it in, everything was a bit down tempo - in short, it was a bit meh.
But, I had fun, glad I finally saw them - just wish I had done it 20 years sooner.
U2 is playing there tomorrow (it’s a 10k seat arena!) - not really a fan, but the prospect of showing up and getting a center floor seat for $74 has me tempted.
I went to a concert at Abilene High School in the early 70’s and one of the bands playing was one I had never heard of, said to be from the Houston area, called ZZ Top. They got famous soon enough later that I was able to etch this in my memory. The drummer was smoking a cigarette while he played. (Smoke looked a little grayish.) Don’t remember much of the details other than that (songs, other bands, …) I often wonder if I had kept a flyer from the concert, and where it would be now. (I don’t often throw things away.)
@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…
Friday we’re going to see Fitz and the Tantrums and X-Ambassadors with special guest Mikki Ekko. I looked up Mikki Ekko- he does this video called Smile. It sounds happy, right? WTF? It’s OK in the end but did that thing they did in The Neverending Story. Screw you Mikki Ekko.
Saturday is Hank Williams Jr with special guest Josh Phillips. Josh Phillips’ first song on the internet is about a truck that totally doesn’t kill his girfriend. Good for you Josh Phillips.
@tinamarie1974 Enjoy the show. She’s really personable. Cool story time: Many years ago my gf was waiting tables at a Mexican restaurant on the edge of Philly (where we live). A table gets seated and lo and behold, it’s Cyndi along with the guys from The Hooters. There was that phase where she was working with them when they were really big. Being a Philly band they were in the area. Cyndi was doodling on the back of the placemat. My gf, being a huge fan asked her for an autograph. She signed that placemat to/for her. It’s still somewhere in this house. She said she was actually a little shy, trying to not draw attention to herself but she was super nice.
Just happened to win tickets today (15th caller to a radio station!) to see Counting Crows and Live.
A friend who works for another radio station is hooking me up with tickets for Barenaked Ladies/Better Than Ezra/KT Tunstall. I’ve wanted to see BNL for a long time so I’m really looking forward to this one.
Going to the Rock Allegiance Festival. This should be most interesting. Any day of music that includes Insane Clown Posse AND Gwar is going to get weird. I couldn’t pass it up for a $25 ticket.
Bullet for My Valentine
Of Mice & Men
Insane Clown Posse
From Ashes to New
Devour the Day
The Fever 333
Still going to Chicago/REO Speedwagon.
Not a concert but I have Cirque du Soleil Volta tix coming up. Yay!
Travis Tritt was last Saturday. The concert was in an area that had been hit the day before with flooding. Lots of mud. But I managed to get my minivan out of the creek I drove through. Great concert! Lots of people escorted out by the police.
Thursday is Rascal Flatts. Not my idea. I have tickets for Foreigner and Whitesnake on Friday but realized I’m too old to do this shit two nights in a row. I’m trying to give them away.
@sammydog01 A friend of mine just saw Foreigner and Whitesnake at the Jones Beach Theater and said they were amazing. The video she shared was great. For a bunch of old guys they sure had a lot of engery . You should go. Skip Rascal Flatts.
@speediedelivery Concert report- it took 3-1/2 hours to get to the venue. We got our seats just as the first act finished. Then Dan and Shay came out. I like those guys. During the intermission we waded through the crowd and waited 15 minutes in line for the bathroom. After we got back the guy three seats down who was so drunk he could hardly walk puked all over the concrete. It was a lovely mix with the hot, humid, stifling air. Dude, if you want to get totally shitfaced stay home with a case of Bud light- don’t go to a concert where you have to pay fourteen bucks for a can of beer.
Then Rascal Flatts came out. I don’t like their music.
On the plus side, I got a really nice water bottle koozie, we were on the road a half hour after they stopped singing, and my daughter had a really nice time. She even thanked me for taking her. That made it worth it.
No Foreigner for me tonight. Oh well. Ludacris is Saturday- skipping that too. Next weekend is Countryfest at the local place that holds 5000 instead of 20,000. That will be better.
They opened the gates up again and Lee Brice was amazing! We were dancing in the pouring rain, he got completely drenched, and everyone that stayed had a blast. Then more lightning came through and they cut him off early. A lightning warning popped up on my phone 0.1 miles away.
Today is day 2 of Countryfest but the headliner got laryngitis. Oh well.
BTW I saw KT once before in a tiny venue, pretty much front and center. She was the headline act. She’s truly an amazing musician and performer when she has time to open up and get beyond her mainstream hits. If you ever have the chance, she’s definitely worth seeing.
I went to see Luke Combs and Jason Aldean last night. Yeah, I know you all hate country concerts. Don’t care. It was a nice night and the music was really amazing. We took food and had a picnic. The crowd was mostly twently something fake cowboys acting like assholes. Get off my lawn dudes. OK it technically was someone else’s lawn but same concept.
We went to 97.1 The Eagle’s BFD back in May with STP, Theory of a Deadman, and A Perfect Circle (plus a few others). We had lawn seats but I finally remembered to rent lawn chairs so it actually turned out to be nice even though it was pretty hot that day (though nothing like the current temps).
I completely forgot that I had bought tickets for Styx and Joan Jett on Groupon so we missed the show I’ve wanted to see Styx for YEARS.
We are hoping to see Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson next month but it’s an outdoor venue in Dallas in August and I think I might die lol
Also, not really a summer concert but The Decemberists will be here the day after my birthday in September so I’m hoping we can make that as well.
There are also a few local shows I’m hoping to be able to make - Toadies at the grand opening of Texas Live, JIBE, SouthFM
i have vouchers for a free pair of tickets from livenation. after using 3 last year, i still have 9 left. i just got the email yesterday of what shows i can use them for. so far i have:
7/20: lady antebellum & darius rucker
7/21: bush, the cult, and stone temple pilots
8/6: avenged sevenfold & prophets of rage
8/17: rascal flatts
and i might be taking my granddaughter to see pentatonix on 9/1
We went to see Chris Young on Friday. The weather was perfect and it was a great show. This week is The Temptations and Four Tops on Wednesday, Dispatch on Thursday, and Nelly on Saturday. I’m loooking forward to Wednesday the most (except for the thunderstorms).
Wednesday night we went to see The 4 Tops and The Temptations. Those old guys can sure move. Except for the one with the bad hip. I recommend if anyone has the opportunity to see them go if only for their outfits. Amazing concert.
Last night was Dispatch and Nehko Medicine for the People. Not exactly my type of music. Lots of tie dye and pot smoke. It was fun nevertheless and the light show was the best.
@msklzannie Bummed I missed this when you posted it. We were in Indy the day after DCI finals and got to watch all the kids reuniting with their families. It was pretty crazy and emotional. I just rewatched all the top 12 shows this week. SCV was amazing.
Anyone see Alabama recently? I saw them many years ago and am thinking about tickets for this year’s tour. I got stuck working out of town the week they will be close. Now I would be driving a couple extra hours and have to work early the next morning. So should I keep my good memories and play my mountain music or push myself to go?
Jimmy Buffett was awesome! The crowds were awesome! Except for those two bitches who came in after he started singing and slid into my kid’s spot when she went to the bathroom. But mostly people were really nice and sober and knew how to stand in line. And the music was great! I might go back next year.
@sammydog01 it was excellent. So wonderful. I loved everything except the wait to get out of the parking lot and the 66 construction . Played all my favorites, loves the jib and mainsails on the stage.
We went to see Kane Brown last night. He’s a mediocre country singer with maybe two songs that make it to the radio. And yet it sold out two months ago. Travis Tritt, Chris Young, Lee Brice, and ZZ Top didn’t sell out. I don’t get it. Wikipedia says it has something to do with social media. Whatever. We left early. Has anyone heard of him?
@LemonTheCat Definitely earplugs. Test them out before you go. And keep repeating “I’m a good mom”. I bought a pair of third row tickets to Portugal The Man for my kid’s birthday. I’m really hoping he finds a friend to go so I can sit in my car.
Picked up The Struts tickets yesterday. Playing an old school small venue (The TLA) in Philly in November. I can’t wait. I saw them last year and they’re awesome live so a small venue should really make it fun.
I went to see ZZ Top last night. They played for less than an hour and sounded like shit. But it was really fun.
I don’t feel like they phoned it in- it looked like they were having fun and the lead singer chatted with us some (they are regulars at our venue). They’re just past their prime musically. They also sounded better as the night wore on, and no, I wasn’t drinking. I would totally go again.
@cinoclav Ozzy doesn’t sing on key anymore but it was fun nevertheless. There were flashy lights and creepy videos and the guitarist is crazy and does a perfect Cousin Itt impersonation. Glad I remembered earplugs. And my new favorite word is motherfucker.
Already starting on next year’s concerts. Figured I’d surprise the gf and bought tix yesterday to see Cher in April. Saw her a few years ago (when she once again said she was done touring) and she was truly incredible. Apparently she’s doing a bit of a tribute to ABBA this time around which gave me more incentive.
Last weekend, my wife and I went to Vegas to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We saw Queen with Adam Lambert and Journey/Def Leppard.
Both shows were great, but the Queen show… O.M.G.
I have been to a million concerts, at lots of different venues. the Queen show was hands down the best concert I have ever been to. It’s amazing how many people were saying that as we filed out of the venue after the show. The music and sound quality, lighting, and of course the band - perfect. Brian May and Roger Taylor are icons, and Adam Lambert is absolutely worthy of taking on Freddy’s tunes. Magical experience.
@shahnm I saw Queen w/ Adam last year. He was a huge reason I wanted to see them, knowing how damn good Adam is. He may be the only one around to pull off the flair and vocals of Freddy. I walked out saying all the same things about how incredible it was. I assume the stage setup is the same with the guitar neck extending out. I somehow lucked out, weeks after they went on sale I randomly checked and landed tix in the second row at the top of the guitar neck. They were normally VIP priced seats but I got them at regular floor price. (Here, have a few phone rotated pics. They look fine if you open them in a new window…)
@cinoclav@shahnm Try editing and saving the picture before uploading. If I do a minor crop it seems to fix the rotation thing. Somewhere there is a nice technical explanation in one of the threads but I am to lazy to find it and credit the mehmber.
One of my favorites shows in the 80s was seeing America and Three Dog Night at a little outdoor theater not far from home. For a couple of bands whose glory days were behind them, they put on a surprisingly energetic show. And here I was 30 years later seeing Ringo Starr — the eldest Beatle, he’s 78 for Christ’s sake — at the same place. But the little outdoor theater is now the lobby and they have air conditioning, thank God. And comfortable seats.
I saw an early incarnation of the All Starr Band there in the dinky little outdoor theater. The idea is still brilliant.