Here’s the sequel to my blog on Summer Concerts. Here are 10 favorites from past winters (December to February) in no particular order. Believe me, it was hard narrowing it down!
Michael Jackson, January 1989, LA Sport Arena
This was my 3rd time seeing Michael, but the first without his brothers. This was one of the hottest shows I have ever seen in my life. Michael was on FIRE. The concert itself was delayed for a few months because he was sick. It was so worth the wait! A high-energy, hit filled extravaganza. “Man in the Mirror” live was awesome! He would never tour the US again. So I was very lucky to see him in his prime.
Spice Girls, December 2007, Staples Center
Reunited and it feels so good. All 5 girls were back for the reunion tour (dare we say Farewell Tour?). The US never got all five women in concert before, Ginger Spice had quit before their first US tour. They put an excellent show, dancing and singing their hearts out in a high-energy show. Girl power was alive and well!
Justin Timberlake, January 2007, Staples Center
After this show, it was apparent that Justin wasn’t ever going back to NSync. He danced, he sang, he played multiple instruments. He showed what a great entertainer and performer he had become. With Pink as the opening act, and support from Timbaland during the show, Justin became a superstar with this show. The show was in the round and had great staging and choreography.
The Colors of Christmas, December 2003, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
I have seen this seasonal show 12 times. Every year features 4 different performers. This year’s edition featured Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, and Natalie Cole. They sing their own hits, plus Christmas songs too in solos, duos and groups. It is always cool to see who they match up with whom. Natalie was a last minute replacement for Irene Cara. They have back-up from a small orchestra with band, as well as a local gospel choir. One of the best shows around for the money.
Keith Urban, December 2005, Gibson Amphitheatre
First time for Keith for me. I heard him described as country for those that don’t like county music. I knew he was on to bigger and better things after this show. And sure enough he has not played a show in anything smaller than an arena in L.A. after this. He is a excellent guitar player and puts all his heart and soul into his performance.
Duran Duran, February 2005, Staples Center
Back to the Fab Five, after a long, long time, Simon, Nick, John, Andy and Roger were touring behind their reunion album “Astronaut.” Years of touring had made them better musicians and performers than when they toured behind “Seven and the Ragged Tiger.” Plus they have the great song catalog that comes from 25 years in the music business.
Shania Twain, December 2003, Arrowhead Pond
Shania took us “Up!” and beyond on this tour. Securing her superstar status in this high-energy, rockin’ show, she showed us that country shows could be just as kick-ass as any rock and roll show. With an excellent backup band, she was very gracious to her fans, and gave them her all.
Bryan Adams, January 2002, Universal Amphitheatre
Bryan and his 2 band mates put on a straight forward rock concert, that was long on hits, and licks. He showed his knack for writing beautiful ballads during the unplugged segment as well as rocked the upper seats too.
Culture Club, January 1999, Universal Amphitheatre
A flash back concert for sure, the bill also featured Berlin as the opening act. Boy George was in fine form that night, they gave us all the hits and album tracks the fans wanted to hear. Probably their last time touring the US as the group.
Paula Abdul, December 1991, Great Western Forum
Long before “American Idol” or “The X Factor,” Paula was a very popular dance-pop artist. Her first 2 albums had an incredible run of singles and great videos. This was a homecoming concert for her as this is where she was a Laker Girl at. Color Me Badd was also on the bill, and they were good too.
Pat Benatar, February 1986, The Forum
Touring behind her seventh album “Seven the Hard Way,” Pat had been off the tour circuit for a few years to start a family. She showed that the time away didn’t slow her down. She put on another fantastic show.
Would love to hear from others what their favorites have been through the years.
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