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Concerts from the Past I Wish I Could Have Attended

 

As a huge live music fan, this is a fun topic for me to talk about. All the performances mentioned happened in my lifetime. I am sure it would have been great to see Elvis or the Beatles during their heydays too, but I am not so familiar with their tours or performances. So that is why they are not included here. So in no particular order, here are performances I wish I had seen in person:

Blondie’s “The Hunter” tour
One of my all-time favorite groups, this was the last tour before they broke up in the 80’s… I think they even broke up during this tour. They were coming off a string of commercially successful albums (Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, AutoAmerican, “Call Me”); and this was the most successful version of the band as far as the lineup of the members. This tour played the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Bee Gee’s “Spirits Having Flown” tour
They had just come off the successful “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, and this was their first album since that breakthrough. This album had hits too: Tragedy, Love You Inside Out and Too Much Heaven. This tour stopped at Dodger Stadium.

Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” tour
Donna was also celebrating back to back hit albums at this point. She had shown the world how great a live performer she was on the “Live and More” album. The tour for this fantastic double album I am sure was amazing. This tour stopped at the Hollywood Bowl.

Madonna’s “The Virgin Tour”
The first tour from the material girl. Tickets sold out so fast… I wasn’t able to get any. These would be the smallest venues she would ever play on a regular tour. And she has been at it for over 30 years now. It was just her, 2 backup dancers and the band, but you could tell from her performance this was someone to be taken seriously… with how she commanded the stage. This tour stopped at the Universal Amphitheatre and the Pacific Amphitheatre too.

Madonna’s “The Girlie Show”
Madonna was on the outs in the US during this tour. There had been a backlash after the Sex book and the “Erotica” album. There were a couple of US dates on this tour, but most of it was outside of the US. It would have been excellent to be there. No Los Angeles area performances.

Live Aid
The bi-coastal concerts to benefit hunger relief in Africa. Simultaneous concerts in both Philadelphia and London, this was the TV event of 1985. Anyone who is anyone was on this show: Queen, Madonna, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and so much more. It would have been great to say you saw part of it in person.

Luther Vandross
One of the greatest soul singers of the last century — he was one of those people who could sing practically anything. I never followed his career that closely… so I can’t single out a single tour from him. But when he died, I regretted never having the chance to see him perform live. Performed Hollywood Bowl, Universal and more in Los Angeles area.

Diana Ross “Concert in Central Park”
I remember seeing this performance on TV… the day with the rain and the makeup show too. Diana was a true trouper and definitely made sure the show went on. I have seen Diana a few times at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, but that show would have been fun to be at.

So that’s my list. What performers and tours did you miss? I would love to hear from you.

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Barry Gibb: Keeping the Music Alive

Barry Gibb in Concert
Wednesday, June 4
Hollywood Bowl

Special Guest: Jared & the Mill

Mythology Tour 2014

Songs performed: Jive Talkin’, You Should Be Dancing, Lonely Days, Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away), To Love Somebody, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love, On Time, I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You, Morning of My Life, New York Mining Disaster 1941, Run to Me, I’m on Fire, Spirits (Having Flown), You Win Again, With the Sun in My Eyes, I Started a Joke, Spicks & Specks, One, Islands in the Stream, Guilty, Woman in Love, Nights on Broadway, Night Fever, More Than a Woman, Grease, Immortality, Words, Tragedy, Massachusetts (video outro)barrygibb

Comments: Barry Gibb, the eldest of the Brothers Gibb, known to the world as the Bee Gees made a triumphant return to the concert scene at the Hollywood Bowl. The Mythology Tour 2014 celebrated the musical legacy of the Bee Gees, and served as a bit of a public memorial to his brother’s lives and music. The tour is named after the Mythology album, a greatest hits anthology that spotlighted each of the brothers: Barry, Robin, Maurice and Andy (who was never in the group). Barry is the only living member of the Bee Gees left (Andy died in 1988, Maurice died in 2003 and Robin died in 2012).

The brothers are one of the most successful pop groups of all time. Their music covered everything from folk, rock, pop, funk and disco. They had already had hits, but “Saturday Night Fever” took them into the stratosphere. And when the disco backlash came, they took their songs to other artists who were happy to work with them (Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton and others). In my opinion, the brothers are some of the best pop songwriters in history.

Barry is now 67, but he was definitely energized by being back on stage. He played guitar on and off during the evening. He was backed by a full band, including a rhythm section and 3 back-up singers. His oldest son, Stephen played guitar and sang also, plus his niece, Sammy (Maurice’s daughter) sang on a couple of songs too. So he is definitely keeping it in the family!

His son, Stephen, has a very rock-oriented voice and a bunch of tattoos. He sang lead on a song that Maurice wrote called “On Time.” Plus he took over for Robin’s vocals on another song. His niece, Sammy, has a very sweet pop voice, reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John. She performed “You Win Again” by herself and helped out on other songs too.

It was great to see Barry back on stage after all these years… first time in 15 years from what I heard. There were only 6 dates on this tour. So it wasn’t like it was a big tour for him. He joked about being back home with his remote and his sake.

The songs themselves still sounded great. From the tender “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart” and ‘To Love Somebody” to the funk-disco favorites “Stayin’ Alive” and “You Should Be Dancing.” Plus add in all the great songs that the Bee Gees wrote for other artists too… like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” and Franke Valli’s “Grease” too. And the songs he made famous with Barbra Streisand too, which were sung by Beth — one of his back-up singers.

The middle part of the show was the more acoustic part of the show. And yes, there were a few numbers that I didn’t know (Morning of My Life, On Time, and With the Sun in My Eyes). I guess I will have to get the Mythology collection after all. He also paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen, one of his favorite artists, with a cover of his song “I’m on Fire.” He mentioned that Bruce had covered “Stayin’ Alive” when he was in Australia recently.

The stage had one big video screen on the back of stage plus the smaller ones on the sides. A video tribute started the show, showing funny clips, and old photos of the brothers. He took time to talk about his brothers throughout the show. He mentioned how he was close to Andy and they used to play tennis together. And then he sang Andy’s hit “Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away).” He made a point of saying he loved and missed each of his brothers by name. For “I Started a Joke”, Barry and Sammy started the song, only to have Robin’s vocals and video play over the rest of the song. It definitely was an emotional night for Barry and for the fans. I remember seeing the brothers 25 years ago at the Universal Amphitheatre. I didn’t know then that would be the last time I would see them as a group.

I also wanted to mention how those disco era songs still sounded great… especially when you consider the retro-revival that has gone on the past few years with “Get Lucky,” Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. They definitely created some timeless hits… that still get people moving at parties and events.

He dedicated “Spirits (Having Flown)” to the Miami ladies, who follow him around to all his shows (that is where the family home is). He also dedicated the song “Words” to his wife of 44 years, Linda. And he mentioned that his Mom is still alive too. ‘Tragedy” brought the evening to a close, while a video of the brothers singing “Massachusetts” was shown as people were leaving the theatre. There was 29 songs in the 2.5 hour concert — it was definitely a great career retrospective.

The Bowl itself was only about 70% capacity this night… which is too bad. I was wondering how he would fill the theatre back when the tickets first went on sale. I bought a ticket for Section P, but was able to move to Section F because of the empty seats in the arena. He would have been more suited to play the Greek or the Nokia Theatre at this point in his career. Barry mentioned he may be becoming back soon and playing some more dates this summer. I hope he keeps his promise.

Special guest, Jared and the Mill, from Arizona, had a decent opening set. They are a folk-rock group similar to Mumford and Sons. Some OK songs but how do they differentiate themselves from the pack?

Thanks to Barry and the band for an excellent, awesome, fantastic, and fun evening. I was so happy to be there… I was standing, clapping along and dancing for most the night. Long live the music of the Bee Gees!

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Terrific Trios Part 1

What’s better than a duo, why a trio of course! Here are some of the best trios that have dominated the music scene.

 

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The Brothers Gibb (Robin, Maurice and Barry) had incredible success during the 70’s and 80’s with hits like “Staying Alive,” “To Love Somebody” and “How Deep is Your Love.” Sadly, Barry is the only one left, but their music will live on. Let’s hope they get the Mamma Mia treatment and have a musical made from their songs.

 

The Supremes
Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard (and later Cindy Birdsong) were the jewel of the Motown label during their heyday. Stylish, sophisticated and classy, these ladies sang some of the most memorable songs of the 60’s and 70’s. “Love Child,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” were some of their biggest hits.

 

Dixie Chicks
Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison only recorded 4 albums during their career together. They have won 13 Grammy Awards and have been on an extended hiatus since 2008. Let’s hope they get together to record some new music soon. I listened to their debut album again recently, and I really miss their vocal blend. “Goodbye Earl,” “Sin Wagon” and “Ready to Run” are all great songs.

 

Exposé
Fans of 80–90’s dance music remember this trio from Miami. The brainchild of producer Lewis Martineé, they recorded only 3 albums, before being let go from their label and breaking up. Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado and Gioia Bruno were the ladies who sang such favorites as “Point of No Return,” “What You Don’t Know,” and “Seasons Change.” They are now back together and performing occasionally.

 

Rascal Flatts
Country pop trio Rascal Flatts (Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney) have been one of the most successful country bands of the last decade on stage and the radio. Their hits include “Bless the Broken Road,” “Prayin’ for Daylight” and “What Hurts the Most.”

 

Lady Antebellum
Another country pop trio, but with a guy and girl trading leads. Hilary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have come up with a winning combination. This has brought them legions of fans and few Grammys along the way. They have a new album coming out in 2013. “Love’s Looking Good on You,” “Need You Now” and “We Own the Night” are just a few of their hits.

 

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Lisa Velez, Alex “Spanador” Mosely and Mike Hughes formed this trio. Created and produced by Full Force, they were responsible for such club and dance hits as “I Wonder If I Take You Home,” “Head to Toe” and “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em.”

 

The Human League
The ground-breaking group from Sheffield, England wasn’t always a trio, but since 1987, they pretty much have been. Phil Oakey, Joanne Catherall, and Susan Ann Sulley are the group these days. I have seen them a couple of times in concert in recent years and they still put on a great live show.

 

Pointer Sisters
This real-life sister act (Ruth, June and Anita) conquered the world with their strong vocals and fun dance-pop songs. Sadly, June died of cancer in 2004. But songs like “I’m So Excited,” “Slow Hand” and “Neutron Dance” still sound great today.

 

More trios to come in Part 2 of this posting coming soon.

 

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