Foghat at The Rose Pasadena

Foghat
Date: May 25, 2017
Location:
 The Rose, Pasadena

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A few hours before doors opened the decision became clear that I would attend this concert. Goldstar had a fantastic deal that I ultimately could not turn down. I arrived during the last minutes of the first opening bands performance which based on the crowds reaction did a great job. As I surveyed the venue I noticed the layout had changed; the row of chairs on the left were  replaced by tables while the back middle section become the standing section. This worked perfectly as I obtained one of the best spots in the venue. The second band took the stage who put on a great show. Unfortunately I did not take down the names of the two opening bands, if anyone knows please let me know. This particular band had been around for a long time, that’s what I gathered from the lead singer. Unusual for a setlist, the band played their old songs first as they transitioned to the newest songs last. The memorable moment occurred with the drummer as they played the second song. He bang the drum cymbal too hard causing it to fall down over the platform. Everybody in the band had tremendous amount of energy, which I particularly enjoyed grooving into. The best song of theirs from that night had to be their performance of 100 Years, their catchiest song. The lead singer lived an interesting life as he would spout trivial tidbits about what he had to overcome. I genuine would love to listen to his life story as he seemed to have gone through a lot.

As time flew by people started crowding around the area. As luck would have it, the most annoying guy I have ever encountered at a concert stood next to me. He came alone to the show just like myself, however he would talk to himself throughout the night. He would say “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful” at least five times per every song. If not that, he would say “Oh come on now. That is great.” Normally I am not bothered by people speaking at shows, however with this guy’s shouting I could barely hear the lead singer singing. I mean dude, who are you talking to? I understand that everyone has their own way of enjoying concerts, but this guy got on my nerves. I would have moved if not for the fact that I had the best spot in the venue. Hoping to never encounter this guy again at the venue in the future. I’m done venting about that, usually try not to talk about the audience at the shows but this guy just irked me enough that I had to vent my frustration.

Foghat started off their setlist with a bang. I became mesmerized by lead singer Charlie Huhn’s hair instantly. The air conditioning hit his hair in a manner that created a flowing effect. I had not been amazed by someone’s hair as when I saw Steel Panthers the year prior. For those unaware, Huhn replaced original Foghat singer Dave Peverett when he died of cancer 17 years prior. Since becoming a part of Foghat, Huhn has recorded 2 studio and one live album with the band. Road Fever kicked off their setlist followed by an energetic performance of Under The Influence. Playing their requests to Chuck Berry, they covered his classic Maybellene. That would not be the only song they covered as My Babe by The Righteous Brothers made an appearance that night. After performing Wild Child, Huhn announced they would be playing the whole “Foghat Live” album to the amusement of the crowd. This year marks the album’s 40th anniversary, has it really been that long? The band blew the roof of the venue as they donned the task of playing all their classic songs. Home In My Hand became the first hit the band tackled which ranked as one of the memorable numbers of the night. The performance remains in my eyes as the most tranquilizing in which I swayed to notes letting my problems disappear from my mind. The next couple of songs energized the room as people sang and danced to the infectious music. Honey Rush, I Just Want To Make Love To YouAll Night Long, and Sweet Home Chicago all kept up the momentum of the band’s high energy with the next performance turning out better than the last. The best had been saved for last as the intro to Slow Ride filled the room. All I could think about during this last song were the final moments of the movie Dazed and Confused. Since high school I’ve been wanting to have a sort of Dazed moment which finally happened that night. I could not have been happier having the opportunity to listen to this classic performed live. In fact, the whole reason why I attended this concert had to do with hearing this song. It would have been amazing to hear Peverett’s version, but Huhn’s version turned out to be quite phenomenal. You better believe I sang at the top of my lungs during every “Slow Ride, Take It Easy.” This thunderous experience sadly had to come to an end, but what an explosive performance to end the night. I am glad that I can cross this band off my bucket list because I had an amazing time and would see this band again if given the opportunity. For those that still have not seen this terrific band I would recommend seeing them if you want a fun time.

Foghat Setlist
1. Road Fever
2. Under The Influence
3. Maybellene (Chuck Berry Cover)
4. What A Shame
5. Easy Money
6. My Babe (The Righteous Brothers)
7. Wild Cherry
8. Home In My Hand
9. Honey Hush
10. I Just Want To Make Love To You
11. All Night Long
12. Sweet Home Alabama
13. Sweet Home Chicago
14. Slow Ride

Trivial Notes

  • 7th concert at The Rose.
  • 1st time seeing Foghat.
  • 6th time getting tickets through Goldstar.
  • “Foghat Live” performed in full to celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary.
  • For a brief time on May 31, 2017 Foghat’s official Facebook page shared this review on their page. As of this writing it has been taken down.

New Found Glory and Slick Shoes at The Observatory

New Found Glory
Slick Shoes
Date: April 22, 2017
Location:
 The Observatory, Santa Ana

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Won free tickets through an Instagram contest. Picking up a friend of mine, we were off to the sold out show. To be honest, I never heard of NFG’s music, only familiar with their name. My friend’s knowledge of the band turned out to be limited as mine, but that did not deter us from going on this adventure. My friend’s low expectations of a large turnout were debunked once he viewed the massive crowd.

An hour passed before Slick Shoes roared through the stage. 13 months prior I had the pleasure of seeing Slick Shoes open up for another pop punk band; Zebrahead. Their performance that night left me with a great first impression, and tonight I became reminded as to why I enjoyed this band. Singer Ryan Kepke’s fireball passion erupted through the venue as his energetic performance captivated the audience. The other members of the band did a fantastic job keeping up with his energy; not an easy feat. Behind the band hung their banner with their logo prominently featured. Since 1996 the band has been rocking out together, it seemed fitting that they were there assisting New Found Glory in celebrating their 20th anniversary. Small trivial fact; NFG singer Jordan Pundik mentioned that Slick Shoes were one of their favorite bands when they were first getting established. I loved how relaxed the members appeared on stage as they got the audience warmed up. They all possessed strong stamina yet seemed calm at the same time…not sure how to describe it in writing. Stand out performance of Slick Shoes that night had to be Joe’s Sick.

New Found Glory appeared on stage to the screaming excitement of the crowd. From beginning to end the band provided the audience a raucous, entertaining night of memorable performances. The previous night the band performed all the songs off their “Sticks and Stones” along with their “Catalyst” album. For the night me and my friend attended the band played songs off the “Not Without A Fight” and the band’s Self-Titled album. Tonight proved to be special in the that the band played Party On Apocalypse in its live debut. The song is from their recently released album “Makes Me Sick”; released on April 28, 2017. I ended up enjoying the bands pop punk songs, part of me wishes I had heard them back in high school back when I listened to this type of music. A sweet moment occurred during the show when Pundik noticed a little girl in the crowd who held up a sign that read “MY FIRST CONCERT.” He had to bring her on stage, I mean why wouldn’t he? The crowd gave her a roaring loud scream of approval as she smiled with glee. Pundik turned out to be a fun performer filled with a boisterous spirit to boast. My friend and I ended up leaving a few minutes before the concert ended. I instantly regretted that once I found out that with the last note a blast of confetti filled the room! That would have been amazing to watch but next time I’ll stick around for the finale. Hopefully it won’t be another 20 years before I witness this band again. Congrats on making it for your 20th anniversary New Found Glory! Here’s to another 20 years to the band.

New Found Glory Setlist
1. Better Off Dead
2. Truck Stop Blues
3. All About Her
4. Tangled Up
5. Black & Blue
6. Second To Last
7. Right Where We Left Off
8. Sucker
9. Vegas
10. This Isn’t You
11. Boy Crazy
12. Don’t Let Her Pull You Down
13. Sincerely Me
14. 47
15. Reasons
16. Such A Mess
17. I’ll Never Love Again
18. Dressed To Kill
19. Party On Apocalypse
20. Eyesore
21. Heartless At Best
22. Listen To Your Friends

Encore
23. Ballad For The Lost Romantics
24. Don’t Let This Be The End
25. Hit Or Miss

Slick Shoes Glory Setlist
1. Intro
2. Responsible
3. East On Tracks
4. The Last Round
5. Angel
6. Joe’s Sick
7. New Song 08
8. For Better, For Worse
9. Parting Ways
10. Last
11. New New Song

Trivial Notes

  • 14th concert at The Observatory.
  • 1st time seeing New Found Glory, 2nd time seeing Slick Shoes.
  • Sold out concert!

RIP Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell Press Image 3 - Credit Jeff Lipsky
Chris Cornell Press Image 3 – Credit Jeff Lipsky

Woke up to the shocking news this morning that Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell passed away. News is still breaking in as to the cause of death, but many outlets are reporting that it might have been a possible suicide. Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery stated that the death came “sudden and unexpected.” Cornell was the lead singer for the bands Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, and Audioslave as well as released a few solo albums.  The 52 year old singer leaves behind his wife and three children, my biggest sympathy to them during this time.

The first time I heard a Chris Cornell song took place back in 2006 when Audioslave released  Doesn’t Remind Me. Back when VH1 actually showed music videos, I remember this music video getting lots of airtime on their Top 20 Countdown. I became captivated with the song, I had never listened to such a unique yet captivating vocals like his before. Looking back, I loved the grungy sound his vocals possessed; it would a few months before I went through my obligated grunge phase in high school. Around this time I started becoming exposed to rock music with Audioslave becoming one of the first modern rock bands I would become a fan of. This band produced one of my favorite rock songs of all times, Like A Stone. This is one of those rare songs that I can listen to hours and never get tired of hearing it. In my opinion it’s one of those perfect rock songs with no flaws that is instantly relatable. One of my biggest regrets is not being able to see him live in concert. I missed my opportunity but at least I’ll always have his music.

Rest in piece Chris Cornell. You will be missed you but never forgotten.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that cause of death was due to suicide.

Goodbye Glendale’s Complex

Earlier today fans of the concert venue Complex received sadden news that the location had closed for good. The venue launched back in 2012 in the city of Glendale off the corner of Colorado and Everett St. The small bar and venue, 200 capacity, effective immediately closed without warning to the surprise of many. At this time there is no explanation as to the reason as to why it closed. On 10:08am on May 15 the venues Facebook page posted the following message:

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Complex in Glendale is now closed. This venue was the fulfillment of our lifelong dream to create a space that gave alternative artists a friendly and accommodating space to present their art, and we will miss all of you so much. A majority of our booked shows will be moving to other venues, and all presale tickets will be valid and honored at the new locations. Please follow and subscribe to our longtime partners Church of the 8th Day, Das Bunker, The Elegy Ensemble, and Floorplan Productions for all of their future endeavors. It has truly been a pleasure to serve you, and we hope to see everyone soon when we manifest into our future form.”

I never had the pleasure of attending any shows at this venue. For those who have, what are some fond memories you had here? Feel free to comment below.

This will be updated as more news comes up.

Links

LA Weekly. May 15, 2017. “Glendale Alternative Music Venue Complex Has Closed” by Andy Hermann.

http://www.laweekly.com/music/complex-in-glendale-is-closing-8232339