Category Archives: Concert Reviews

Jason Falkner

August 25, 2010 at Spaceland in Los Angeles

I’ve never heard about Jason Falkner up until my friend Scott mentioned to me in late April of 2010. Since, I love Pop music, Scott told me to give a listen to Jason Falkner and Jellyfish. He considers Jellyfish to be the most underrated band in the history of music. While doing research about them, Jellyfish came out in early 90s and hardly got a radio play. 90s were the scene of Grunge and Alternative Rock.

Jason Falkner left Jellyfish because his songs were not considered for album by band members. I actually prefer his solo work over Jellyfish. Jellyfish sounds like Power Pop, along the lines of The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

Anyway, I mentioned to Scott about Jason Falkner gig in Los Angeles in late August. I could see his face lit up like thousand bolts at once. When I got back from Lollapalooza, I gave him the green light for California trip…and we were on!

The gig was at a Spaceland in L.A.  I actually saw Jason taking out amplifiers from his van. I told Scott…’Hey look..he looks like Jason Falkner’ – I had trouble recognizing him since he grew his hair. Much to my surprise, he responded with wave, and it was really Jason Falkner!! As usual, I made sure to get a spot up front. And this time I was up at the microphone grill. Did fist bump with Jason Falkner before the start of the show. And the show was on…

Setlist

I wished he play ‘Lost Myself’ song – that was only my favorite song he didn’t do. Otherwise, the gig was kick ass. The crowd was diverse, but there were a lot of people in their 40s. I was standing next to two middle-aged ladies who flew from Atlanta to see him. Well, if that doesn’t called being a true fan then I don’t know what will.

Jason Falkner

After the gig, Scott wanted to split. Jason had gone backstage and we couldn’t find him right away to talk to him. But I made him stay for a little bit. It was funny by the time we were leaving, we saw Jason talking to the same ladies I was standing next to during the show. Ha!

Me with Jason Falkner and my buddy, Scott

We finally got to talk to him. Interesting enough..I was keeping an eye on a young hottie girl, not knowing she was the girlfriend of Jason.  WHOOPS!! But hey can’t blame a guy for checking out a hot brunette. 😉

with Jason Falkner - He's the MAN!!

Overall, a great experience. I know he does gigs mostly on West Coast. If things go according to the plan, I will be at his next gig in L.A. for sure.

Check out few of Jason Falkner’s video.

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Muse

March 12th, 2010 at United Center in Chicago, IL

April 9th, 2010 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ

The lights go down, 20,000 emo-lite teens scream. On the stage there are 3 skyscrapers. In unison, lights start flickering. As each skyscraper window is brightly lit, the lights turn into carbon copies of men walking up stairs to the top of the buildings. These men reach the top as one by one they slowly fall to their end and knock the others down like dominoes. As this happens the walls of the skyscrapers rise, showing the band as the prog-rock demigods they are.

Muse is nothing if not indulgent. And that’s not a bad thing.

Matt and Dominic

It’s fair Muse didn’t get chart recognition until ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ which ismy  second fav. song by them after ‘Plug In Baby’. However, among teens in the U.S. they became well know because of Twilight soundtrack. It’s nothing wrong for me. I appreciate when a good music as Muse get recognized. I don’t think they’re a rip-off of Radiohead or/and Queen. I appreciate they’ve done some records to honor those bands. And of course, they kick ass live and are definitely one of the best live bands today. I was so impressed that few weeks later I ended up seeing them again in Phoenix.

Chris and Dominic jamming together

Back to Muse. As expected, they played nearly half of their latest album. I was pleased to hear United States of Eurasia (1984 reference) while video of oppressive and corrupt governments were displayed(i.e. Hitler, the U.N., and even Obama). The show, much like the resistance album, had a huge 1984 feel to it. Cameras and eyes were prominently shown on the screens. Even the giant balloons filled with confetti were giant eyeballs. For anyone who has not read George Orwell’s classic book, I highly recommend you do it now.

Of course they played the fan favorites: Starlight, Time is Running Out, Knights of Cydonia, and Supermassive Black Hole. I felt the highlights of the concert were their rendition of Feeling Good, New Born, and Unnatural Selection. Though they did transition the songs with heavy riffs, even playing some Hendrix, Nirvana and the Star Spangled Banner.

If I have any gripes with the show it’s that they didn’t play any songs from their first cd, nor did they play a personal favorites of mine “Take A Bow” and “Butterflies and Hurricanes.” But they did manage to pack a lot of rockin’ into this show, but when a concert is over at 10ish, I am left wanting a little more. They hardly spoke to the audience, but I am all right with that, it was no talk, just rock.

All gripes aside, it really was an experience. One of the greatest concerts I’ve seen! Well..two for me since I couldn’t resist 😀 I really feel that even people who don’t know Muse well would even enjoy the whole event.

Here are few videos I took.


Jane’s Addiction

Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro

August 9th, 2009 – Lollapalooza at Chicago, IL

Artists who gave rock an “Alternative” name, Jane’s Addiction is one of the most underrated bands. This was my first time seeing them, and they sure put on a great show. Unforgettable experience and Perry still rocks being 50 and all. Dave Navarro is as talented as ever.  My regret was no songs were played from “Strays” album but the return of Eric Avery was welcome. I can only hope JA doesn’t go through another break up since Avery isn’t with the band anymore. Or at least go out on top with another album release. 🙂

The intro with helicopter for Up The Beach / Mountain Song set the climate for an awesome live show gig.

Joe Perry from AeroSmith made an special guest apperance for 'Jane Says' song


Soundgarden

August 8th, 2010 – Lollapalooza at Chicago, IL

Rumors of the demise on Chris’ vocals were greatly exaggerated. Chris does sound different. His voice when singing came across a little more horse and raspy. He can not hit all the high notes and hold them as long. But he still sounds good. And the band sounded great. Hard to believe this was only their third show this year. ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ is my favorite Soundgarden song so glad that was in the setlist. One thing I like to see is a band that can “finish with a bang.” Slaves & Bulldozers was one the best single song live performances I have ever seen. Went on for about 10 minutes. At the end, Cornell and Shepard were waving their guitar in front of and across the amplifiers much like Nirvana and Sonic Youth would do. At the same time, Kim was briefly playing his guitar with his tongue! Mind blowing.


During Outshined, Chris Cornell got off the stage and ran towards the crowd. Only after running down the fenced off area toward the soundbooth and lighting, Chris went out in to the crowd and kept singing. He came within 10 yards of me but I did not get close enough to him. 😦


The opener for the Thursday show (Aug 5th, 2010) in Chicago was Minus the Bear. Old school Seattle and new school Seattle. How cool is that? Best show of the year 2010 for me, without a shadow of the doubt.

Setlist:

Searching with my Good Eye closed
Spoonman
Gun
Rusty Cage
Blow up the Outside World
Let Me Drown
Flower
Outshined
Jesus Christ Pose
Fell on Black Days
Ugly Truth
Get on the Snake
Burden in my Hand
Superunknown
Black Hole Sun
Mailman
4th of July
Face Pollution
Like Suicide
Slaves & Bulldozers


Bat for Lashes

August 9th, 2009 – Lollapalooza at Chicago, IL

Natasha Khan aka Bat for Lashes

I never knew about Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan until I saw her at Lollapalooza. To my surprise, she already had made a TV debut on late night show two months ago, and was on tour to promote her second album “Two Suns” – She’s got Pakistani ethic background, which was another surprise to learn that she is actually a niece of one my childhood idols Jahangir Khan, a living squash or racketball legend – Gotta love an artist who has incredible vocals and good lookin’ – My new celebrity crush fo’ sure. 🙂


Them Crooked Vultures

Oct 8th, 2009 at Filmore  in Detroit, MI

Them Crooked Vultures at Filmore Detriot

After missing the chance of seeing TCV debut performance at Metro Chicago, few tour dates in the U.S were released. I jumped the gun with my two music junkie pals Scott and Arvin. We left from Milwaukee around noon and were in Detriot around 7 PM . T 8-hour drive didn’t matter. Drenched in sweat and getting beat up in the mosh-pit didn’t matter. Actually, I kind of enjoyed it.

TCV headlines Filmore Detroit

Staying two feet off of Mr. John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin made my night, with Dave Grohl smashing drums and Josh Homme being a dirty whore as a lead vocal. This was my first time seeing all three of them live, therefore, it was really sweet. This was by far the best concert of life yet. I don’t think any other concert would close to that.  I had time of my life

My Ticket


Weezer

Raditude Tour

Dec 4th, 2009 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI

When I think of Weezer, I think of high school nerdy guys who never got appreciated and made fun of. And to let their feelings be heard and known, they made a garage band. If someone who never heard of Weezer before, this would perfectly describes them.

Rivers as Lady Gaga - this was the highlight of the night. Nice Poke!

The luck was on my side on this night of live music. Unfortunately, not so much for Rivers Cuomo, lead vacal – In Albany, NY, Weezer’s tour bus went to ditch, and Rivers had three broken ribs. Rest of the December concerts were canceled. Weezer started touring again in Summer of 2010.