One of the new bright spots in rock music is on tour and when they came through Charlotte, I thought I needed to check them out. So, we bought tickets for the whole family as my kids enjoy them too. Now it is unusual that we all like the same band which made a perfect time for all of us to go see a show together.
That band is Greta Van Fleet. Yes, they catch a lot of heat for sounding so much like a former band that the press on that is old and we need to move on. I have their E.P.s and their lone album on vinyl and I dig everything they do. The question left for me…Can this band pull it off LIVE!!!??? If they can, they are real, legit and people should stop giving them a hard time. These guys are new in the industry and only in their early 20’s so this was a big question mark for me.
Before the show, I cheated and checked out the set list from some previous shows and I was very disappointed. They were only playing 10 shows!! They are the headliners…how can they only have 10 songs? I told my daughter the only way the can turn it in to a full show is that they are going to have to stretch these songs out way longer than they were done on the records.
Before we talk about how they did, let’s see the setlist…
- The Cold Wind
- Highway Tune
- Black Smoke Rising
- Edge of Darkness
- Flower Power
- You’re The One
- Age of Man
- Black Flag Exposition
- Watching Over
- When the Curtain Falls
- Safari Song (Encore & Drum Solo)
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I don’t get to enough Live shows each year. I wish I could get to more, but when I do get to attend it is always worth the time and money. Seeing your favorite band is always the best thing ever. There is nothing like hearing your favorite songs live as they are always a little different than the studio album and a good band can make them even better. Thankfully Needtobreathe is a good band…hell…they are a great band.
If you follow my site, you know Def Leppard and Kiss are two of my favorites. Needtobreathe is right up there with them for me. I have every album on vinyl and I have now seen them live 3 times (which isn’t a lot, but I don’t usually see too many bands more than once).
Let’s get to the adventure of the show. My wife decided she would attend the show with me this time as my daughter doesn’t really know the band and she had no interest. My wife knows they are one of my favorite bands so she thought it would be a fun night and a good chance for us to have a date night…no kids!!! She even made a playlist on her phone so she could familiarize herself with the band.
I get home from work that night and I can see something is off with my wife when I get home. I asked her if she was okay and she lied and told me she was fine, but I knew something was off. I gave her the opportunity to back out and that I would either go alone or drag my oldest daughter. My wife toughed it out and went as she didn’t want to disappoint me. It turns out she felt she was getting a kidney stone and if you have had one you know how painful that is. I will let you know by the end of the night she was feeling fine and even started enjoying herself.
Continue reading “Needtobreathe – Concert Review – (August 21st, 2018 Charlotte, NC)”
Def Leppard is back on tour and this time they are out with Journey on a co-headlining trek around North America. The last time the two bands toured together was 12 years ago and I missed that tour (I am sure it had to do with having an almost 3 year old and maybe another on the way). Whatever the reason, I missed it and I wasn’t going to do that again.
When tickets went on sale, I joined the Def Leppard Rock Brigade so I could get early access to tickets. And damn, tickets were expensive. This show wasn’t going to be just 2 tickets, I had to buy 3 this time as my wife and my oldest daughter (the one that was almost 3 is now almost 15 – my 11 year old opted out), were joining me on this one. My wife was going for Journey, but my daughter was going for Leppard (and now has the shirt to prove it). Me…I was actually going for both. I have seen Leppard numerous times, but I have never seen Journey…crazy, I know. Here is what you get for joining the Rock Brigade…a T-shirt & a Pin…
Back to tickets, Lower Level seat were kinda ridiculous. They were at least $150 or so a piece and then even higher the closer to the stage. I settled for 3 Front Row Tickets!! That is right 3 Front Row Tickets!!! Of course, front row in section 226 on the upper deck because I do have to eat and these were only $99 a piece (only…like $99 is cheap). Hey, I had an unobstructed view of the show and I could sit if I wanted and not miss a thing. No real complaints (except I will pay more next time…and there will be a next time).
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I don’t get to attend many concerts each year and when I do it is usually me taking my daughter to a show. This case was no different with the exception that I am fan of the band as well. The band is Thirdstory who are out of New York City and featuring Elliott Skinner, Ben Lusher and Richard Saunders. Their music is a mixture of Pop and R&B with some unbelievable harmonizing. That is definitely the highlight of the band.
The night started out early as the show didn’t start until 8pm, but we had to arrive at 5:30pm. Why? Well, I am trying to win a Father of the Year award and I surprised my daughter with Meet & Greet passes for the show. She had been hinting all along how cheap it was and I didn’t even have to get a pass since she was underage. I could be her chaperone. Little did she know how convincing of an argument she made.
We got there a little early and she ended up being 2nd in line to meet the band. She was so nervous and it all started it out well enough. She walked up all smiles and started talking, saying hello to the band and then suddenly she got a little quiet. So, in good old dad fashion, I jumped right in to keep the conversation going. I mentioned she saw the band once before when they opened for Tori Kelly almost two years to the day at the Fillmore in Charlotte.
The band has a song “G Train” (which I will talk about later), but I brought up the fact we were in New York a couple weeks earlier. I told them we were unable to catch the G Train while we were there. Funny enough, they laughed and said they would be worried if we did as it isn’t the safest train in New York. Now, I am glad we didn’t catch it.
Continue reading “Thirdstory – Concert Review (Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, April 18, 2018)”
James Bay was in Charlotte Sunday night, September 25th, 2016. Of course, my daughter and I had to go when we heard the concert announcement back in April. When tickets went on sale, I got busy at work and completely forgot to go online and buy them. When I went on that night at home, it was SOLD OUT!!! Needless to say, my daughter was not very happy with me on that day.
I went back on to the ticket site and signed up for a text notification if any tickets become available. May comes and goes with no luck. June, pretty much the same thing until around the end of the month on June 29th. We were on vacation in Myrtle Beach and sitting in a restaurant, so I can get some seafood, when a text message pops up on my phone. I told my daughter that when we got back to the condo, we would order the tickets. Nope!! Wasn’t good enough. She was not having that. I had to go on my phone right then and there, in the restaurant, and buy the tickets. Which I did! We now had 2 tickets to the show.
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On Thursday, April 21st, I took my daughter to see her favorite singer, Tori Kelly. I wasn’t real excited about going as I didn’t know much about her. I have heard some songs on the radio but that was about it.
However, I love my daughter and want her to experience music the way I have all my life. So being the great father I am (cough, cough), I sucked it up and went. The thing I was dreading the most was the 5 hours of standing. Why standing?? Tori Kelly performed at the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC.
The Fillmore is a standing room only facility and first come first serve on where you can stand. The concert started at 8pm and the doors opened at 7pm. This means you have to get there early to get in line for when the doors open at 7pm.
We actually didn’t arrive until about 6:15-6:20 and there were already 2 very long lines. One line was longer than the other, so we chose the shortest line, naturally. As we were standing in the shorter line, some nice, very loud, lady screams that the line we are in is for Fast Pass and VIP’s only. Well, we were neither of those.
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