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  • Star Spangled Spectacular

    18. Sep. 2014, 17:00

    Sat 13 Sep – Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem When I first bought tickets to this event, it was to do something to celebrate the bicentennial of the penning of what was to become the U.S. national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. At the time, John Lithgow was hosting and Kristin Chenowith was singing. Then they started adding all these people and it became a PBS televised Great Performance special they showed live! While there, I recorded it from home, and we wound up in it, my husband more so, because Patrick Monahan from Train came down our aisle to join Melissa Etheridge on stage during "This Land is Your Land." Guess that's what they mean by Great Performances, lol.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEuWeYdc1S4
  • Grand Funk Railroad w/Johnny Chill

    31. Aug. 2014, 4:05

    Thu 28 Aug – Grand Funk Railroad w/Johnny Chill
    The concert was a temporary stage in the infield of the horse racing track at the Maryland State Fair. Having said that, you brought your own chairs or blanket or you stood. The weather was hot during the day but as soon as the sun went down, it got chilly fast. 25 bucks got you in, which is the cheapest show I've been to in a long time.

    Promptly at 7:00 p.m.,
    Johnny Chill began his set. There was a slight delay for a power failure a few songs in, but was rectified in a few minutes. He said he was going to do Crack the Sky songs with a twist. At 7:45 p.m. he said he was out of time and good night.

    We sat and sat and sat for 50 minutes waiting for Grand Funk Railroad to start. They began at 8:35 p.m., and the whole thing was supposed to be over by 9 but went to 10. It seemed unreasonable to keep us waiting that long. Two originals were there, Mel Schacher and Don Brewer. Apparently they are mad at Mark Farner and won't let him play with them. This is the guy who wrote all the songs, too. Some guy named Max is trying to be Mark. This article explains everything.
    http://www.vintagerock.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44:mark-farner&catid=3:interviews&Itemid=4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoQavcB_x68

    Lots of good songs included

    Footstompin' Music and Loco Motion and finishing with I'm Your Captain and ended with We're An American Band
  • Santana and Rod Stewart

    22. Aug. 2014, 22:04

    Tue 19 Aug – Rod Stewart and Santana

    Before the show started I decided to go get a t-shirt and asked the guy if there was just one t-shirt I could by with both of them on it and the tour dates. The answer was "No" but not just because they wanted me to buy two t-shirts! The t-shirt seller said originally Steve Winwood was supposed to open for Rod Stewart. Interesting tidbit.......

    Santana began promptly at 7:30 p.m.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=517Ss_CyGiQ

    Oye Como Va was among the first few songs. They did a cute rendition of Tequila along with Jingo and Everybody's Everything from Santana III and they also performed the big Rob Thomas hit, Smooth and a bunch of others I'm sure I'm forgetting. It was a great set, and they were over about 9:00 p.m. Rod Stewart started around 9:30 p.m. I had to hustle to get through the line at the ladies' room and get a beer, lol, and heard it start while I was still in line.

    Rod did all the songs you wanted him to. What I liked about his presentation was a stark stage with all the right people, and everybody dressed up. Rod changed outfits about four times. I kept watching him walk off during the show--I had a good vantage point for that and assumed it was a costume change, which it was.

    He also performed a artist]Faces song, Stay With Me

    He called Carlos Santana back to the stage and they did a song together.

    In the middle of the show, Rod performed some ballads. Somebody screamed at him and Rod said "Shut the F*** up, I'm talking!"

    He kicked personally autographed soccer balls into the audience during Hot Legs but he couldn't quite get it up to the nosebleed seats!

    Another gimmick was releasing balloons from the ceiling at the end--if you watch my video, you will see balloons all over the place at the end. I saw a lady on the DC Metro going back home with a couple balloons and that was about 11 p.m., so it was a good, long show. The sound was good. That song at the end with the balloons was Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  • America and Three Dog Night

    18. Sep. 2013, 15:50

    They headlined this year's Ocean City, MD weekend party, Sat 14 Sep – Ocean City Bike Fest. Both groups did just about everything you would want to hear. We started to notice with America that the instruments were drowning out the voices. It got worse as America got deeper into the concert. America even bragged about how long the sound guy was with them. I believe the mix of microphones to instruments was not well balanced at all and the voices sounded somewhat distorated at times. You guys be the judge. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNdV6lWnHAs&feature=share&list=UUXbmUk2MldZeoWe7NMy3AWQ[/youtube]
    Three Dog Night did everything I wanted to hear. The only thing they didn't do was Easy To Be Hard. The sound was never adjusted to what it should have been, hopefully not on purpose. I don't blame the venue. It was a nice party atmosphere and you could have had better sound in there.
  • REO and Styx

    24. Aug. 2013, 18:32

    Fri 23 Aug – Styx and REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon started promptly at 7:30 p.m. with Don't Let Him Go. They performed everything you would want to hear, such as Can't Fight This Feeling Golden Country Roll with the Changes and one of my personal favs, Ridin' The Storm Out
    They did 1 1/2 hours and there was a half hour intermission. Then Styx came right out and performed Blue Collar Man first thing.
    They did a couple tracks from Grand Illusion and all their classic songs. The very last encore was Renegade

    [youtube]http://youtu.be/vIGVoWg7nbU[/youtube]
  • Manilow on Broadway

    22. Apr. 2013, 3:05

    Sat 20 Apr – Manilow on Broadway began w

    It's A Miracle and Could It Be Magic. It was mostly a greatest hits night. He sang something new, something borrowed (a Frankie Valli song and something blue Can't Smile Without You which the audience sang to him, lol! He performed everything I wanted to hear, and more.


    [youtube]http://youtu.be/ImFBedCNbBI[/youtube]
  • The Who: Quadrophenia and More

    14. Nov. 2012, 19:21

    Tue 13 Nov – The Who: Quadrophenia and More

    First up promptly at 7:30 was Vintage Trouble



    They played a short set, maybe til 8 or so. Then, of course, the break for the set-up...again....lol

    So it started with the first track of I Am the Sea from the [album]Quadrophenia album.

    Visual graphics/video was really good--the background moved to appear as if the band was--that was neat.

    Also, for Bellboy they integrated video of Keith Moon singing Bellboy with live back-up vocals. That was a nice tribute.

    After all of that, they still had time for some classics we could rock to such as Behind Blue Eyes Pinball Wizard and more--here's a link to the video to see a little of the show

    The Who Quadrophenia and More
  • Journey

    15. Okt. 2012, 16:00

    Sun 14 Oct – Journey did a very nice thing in their grueling tour and traveled all night to come play for an intimate crowd to raise money for charity. It was an exciting night for fans as they started right in with track Any Way You Want It[/track]

    Neal Schon proposed to Michaele Salahi onstage during the show. [img=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8332/8089916830_b637c4a4f3_m.jpg][/img]
    [img=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8464/8089914593_73f5daac22_m.jpg][/img]

    (Images are on concert page and on my Flickr page--now nothing is working--sheesh)

    That led into Faithfully

    Before the show and the whole point of the evening was to raise money for cancer patients and familiies at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center[/url].

    Onstage before Journey performed, PRS Guitars to everybody in the crew and band. That's in the video below as well as a snippet of the concert.

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_B43ca1b4&list=UUXbmUk2MldZeoWe7NMy3AWQ&feature=player_detailpage nofollow=yes]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_B43ca1b4&list=UUXbmUk2MldZeoWe7NMy3AWQ&feature=player_detailpage[/url]

    The youtube link doesn't seem to work anymore and neither does a simple url link so you'll have to cut and paste the link. Thanks.
  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

    16. Dez. 2011, 4:01

    Fri 25 Nov – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band was the Friday night after Thanksgiving. Maybe I was feeling sluggish, but it was an effort to go and I hoped it would be worth it.

    Once at the arena, we were greeted with "Absolutely No Cameras" and searched. I kept my Flip hidden the whole evening which probably put me in a bad mood. I did manage a few pics but was careful, as Security was confronting those they spotted. And, I was just not interested in the hassle.

    I was excited about having 2nd row, and soon learned that wasn't even fun. They made the first three rows all the way across and charged big bucks to sit there. No aisles, no way out--I never got the chance to go buy merchandise. I didn't drink beer because the climb out was past too many legs--I was Stuck In The Middle

    There was a first act although none was advertised. They were entertaining and covered Pink Houses.

    It was nice to see Bob Seger perform Old Time Rock & Roll early in the show. It got everybody dancing and set the mood for the rest of the show. He also sang us our first Christmas carol of the season, Little Drummer Boy. He did a nice rendition of Turn the Page on the piano. He sang a lot of great songs--the vocals were too low though and even in Row 2 it was difficult to hear him clearly.

    I'm still glad I went--I do love the songs.

    [youtube]http://youtu.be/vpM1zUczy5w[/youtube]
  • Chicago

    20. Aug. 2011, 19:34

    Sun 14 Aug – Chicago
    Picture young, big, burly security guards lined up all around the stage, making sure the 50 and 60-somethings don't mob the stage when Chicago comes out to perform. It was definitely overkill and a little ridiculous on the part of the venue. So, Chicago comes out, everybody gets on their feet to the first tune of The Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon. I get so excited I whip out my Flip to get a little. All of a sudden one of the big, burly guards gets in my face and says "That's not allowed." So now I'm screwed, because the dufus is watching me and I have to be good. So, I clap and sing along to the next few songs, Make Me Smile and Colour My World, which is my all-time fav. It was a really big song when I was in high school. It got played by every band at the time. After that they play Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is and about five more songs after that. During this time, there are people trying to go to the stage and sing and dance, and guess who starts chasing them away?! Yup, the hurly-burly ridiculously nasty guards. Then, a miracle.

    Robert Lamm, Founding Member, starts shooing the security away so people can enjoy themselves. He also announces to the crowd that Chicago encourages both picture taking and recording. Yay!

    Now I'm back in business, plus I get to go up to the stage and take some pics and get some video, which is below. So, I got some of the rest of the show for you below. One funny thing was that the band is raising money for breast cancer and had a link on their site where you could bid for a chance for two front row tickets and get on stage to sing the lead on If You Leave Me Now. Plus, the entire audience helped him sing it. It would have been nice to hear Chicago sing it, but was fun anyway.