Thursday, September 8, 2022 @ Xcel Energy Center, Section C07, row 1, seats 9 & 10Originally published by DK on September 9, 2022 at 12:22 am
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, Saturday, September 3, 2022 – Section G, row 12, seats 8 & 9Originally published by DK on September 3, 2022 at 9:18 pm
A little bit more me…Originally published by DK on September 3, 2022 at 9:07 pm
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Rainout and future rescheduleOriginally published by DK on August 19, 2022 at 10:37 pm
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Matt Wilson and His Orchestra @ Mears ParkOriginally published by DK on June 16, 2022 at 8:17 pm
Now, don’t you call me key lime. You are the apple of my eye. Don’t you know I’ll be fine, whenever you’re by my side…Originally published by DK on April 3, 2022 at 12:30 am
The New Standards @ Dakota (now with Jazz Flute!)Originally published by DK on March 19, 2022 at 12:32 am
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2022/mar/14/msg-spheres-vast-digital-displays-taking-shape-jus/Originally published by DK on March 17, 2022 at 12:35 pm
Mo Kenney was a nice opener last nightOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2022 at 12:51 pm
Thanks for the tickets, JF!Originally published by DK on February 26, 2022 at 11:45 pm
Only $1000 for the signed guitar!Originally published by DK on November 13, 2021 at 6:04 pm
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/richard-thompson/2021/fitzgerald-theater-st-paul-mn-338ac4e5.htmlOriginally published by DK on November 11, 2021 at 10:18 pm
You can be a gambler, who never drew a hand. You can be a sailor, who never left dry land…Originally published by DK on November 10, 2021 at 11:50 pm
Life’s a game we’re meant to lose, but stick by me and I will stick by you…Originally published by DK on October 31, 2021 at 10:40 am
As I get ready to go back into concert mode tonight for the Rollings Stones, I realized I never posted my pictures from the Morrissey show last month at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This was a last minute impulse trip (booked the Wednesday before) and we were really glad we did it. This short five night residency had been postponed during the pandemic and we caught the last show of the rescheduled run.
First time for both of us in the venue built for Céline and we were very impressed – great sight lines and amazing acoustics. We were about 15 rows back on the main floor and loved the production. Second time seeing him live (and we will never forget the run-in at the Las Vegas airport Cinnabon after his House of Blues show too).
Not sure if I wrote much about the rest of the trip, but for posterity sake, we stayed at the Mirage, I golfed with Herm on the Paiute Sun Mountain course, Colleen saw RuPaul’s Drag Race LIVE! at the Flamingo Hilton and we had a lovely dinner at Chef Keller’s Bouchon in the Venetian. Setlist and photos can be found after the jump.
Viva Moz Vegas!
Setlist – Sunday, September 5, 2021
- How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)
- Alma Matters
- First of the Gang to Die
- Everyday Is Like Sunday
- Shoplifters of the World Unite (The Smiths song)
- I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
- Knockabout World
- Morning Starship (Jobriath cover)
- Ouija Board, Ouija Board
- Seasick, Yet Still Docked
- Never Had No One Ever (The Smiths song)
- Half a Person (The Smiths song)
- Love Is on Its Way Out
- Satan Rejected My Soul
- The Lazy Sunbathers
- I’ve Changed My Plea to Guilty
- Lady Willpower (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap cover)
- Back on the Chain Gang (Pretenders cover)
- Irish Blood, English Heart
- Jack the Ripper
The engines have stopped now. We all know we are going down. Last call for alcohol. Sure wish I could have another round…Originally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm
Drive-By Truckers @ Palace Theater, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 12:17 am
The Slider @ King’s Place, MiesvilleOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm
Before I forget all the details, here is a short post about the Doobie Brothers show at the Minnesota State Fair. Our original tickets were for the 2020 version of the fair that never happened, so we just held on to them. This is the second time I’ve been suckered into buying seats on the “floor” that are really much worse than being farther back in the actual grandstand structure (the other was Stevie Nicks). Fool me once…won’t get fooled again.
Of course everyone was excited to have Michael McDonald rejoin the band after a 26 year absence, so it was heartbreaking to get the notice a few hours before the show that he would not be performing. When they said openers Dirty Dozen Brass Band were also scratched, I figured it had to be a serious health issue and hoped everyone was OK. Ross Raihala at the Pioneer Press and I exchanged some private messages and he initially thought it was 50/50 health and 50/50 band fight (spoiler: it was COVID).
The show started promptly at 7:30pm and overall we were entertained. You can find the Ross review here, while the Star Tribune sent Jon Bream. Colleen and I loved that Bream caught both the Prince tribute by saxophonist Marc Russo and the ZZ Top moment by Johnston, Simmons and McFee. Reported attendance was 11,461 and here is the setlist from setlist.fm (which is also after the jump, along with a handful of very bad photos).
Doobie Brothers at the Grandstand, Tuesday, August 31, 2021
- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
- Here to Love You
- South City Midnight Lady
- Clear as the Driven Snow
- Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
- Better Days
- Takin’ It to the Streets
- Wheels of Fortune
- World Gone Crazy
- Don’t Ya Mess With Me
- Eyes of Silver
- Neal’s Fandango
- Without You
- Sweet Maxine
- Jesus is Just Alright
- Rockin’ Down the Highway
- Long Train Runnin’
- China Grove
- Black Water
- Listen to the Music
Concert post coming soonOriginally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 1:52 am
I’ve been dreaming of a time when the English are sick to death of Labour and Tories…Originally published by DK on September 6, 2021 at 1:50 am
As good as ever 🌽Originally published by DK on August 31, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Live at the 2021 Minnesota State FairOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 11:03 am
I asked you to go to the Green Day concert. You said you never heard of them. How cool is that?Originally published by DK on August 24, 2021 at 10:27 am
And both at Target Field, no lessOriginally published by DK on August 24, 2021 at 9:29 am
10% capacity at Papa Charlie’s, high ceilings, masksOriginally published by DK on March 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm
I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately. The pandemic, political and economic turmoil, return to work plans – all of these have safety components that give me anxiety and make 2020 feel like even more of a challenge. What exactly is the condition of being safe? I like these definitions: freedom from danger, risk, injury or loss; unhurt, harmless, cautious. Of course, safe can also mean unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction – also sometimes useful, but not what I’m writing about today.
The spread of COVID and the tools and policies available to manage the threat have become overtly political, which is unfortunate. I’m lucky that I really don’t have to fight any physical battles with people who won’t wear masks or follow guidelines and have the economic stability to isolate at home as much as I can during the pandemic. I’ve already decided I don’t *need* to visit casinos, go to movie theaters or drink in bars right now and I tend to favor take-out over eating inside at restaurants that are offering that option (and winter is coming, patio people). Correctly wearing a face mask to Target or the grocery store is literally the easiest thing you can do to keep the economy running, limit the spread of the virus and help keep people safe.
Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, which has resulted in a surge of bike sales and golf rounds. These are both things I love to do in a “regular” year, so this has been a great way to pass the time (and keep my move streak alive). It’s funny that some of the outdoor things I like to do aren’t always considered safe: danger is part of the appeal with downhill skiing and single-track mountain biking, for example. But even with those activities, I’m more cautious the older I get. Running has always been important to me, but I’ve even turned that down a notch, preferring strenuous hill walks to full out running for speed (at least for now).
I’m very fortunate that sports, concerts, travel and food have played significant roles in my life. Venue safety is part of my career, so I pay close attention to what others are doing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great experience with the Saints returning to live baseball in our neighborhood, so we only bought tickets to two games. Why? We didn’t feel safe: no security at the gates, seat maps that placed people at the drink rail immediately behind us, other fans not following the guidelines and limited staff to enforce the rules. I get the economics, but what is the long-term damage to your brand if people don’t feel safe? We did have a good experience at the Minnesota Zoo a few weeks back and expect to have a good experience at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade next week, but it seems critical to me that you get safety figured out.
I miss live music, but I don’t see that industry coming back for a while. The next ticket I have is for a November 27th show at the Fitzgerald, a theater I love. Even with masks and a limited audience (which isn’t possible, since tickets are already sold), I can’t imagine any scenario that would make me feel safe enough to go on that date (and near-zero chance it doesn’t get rescheduled again like every other show I still have tickets for from 2020). I’ve also been reading a lot about Disney, and while thoughts of an uncrowded Disney World are tempting, my internal safety meter says tell Mickey we will see him again later.
The activities I’ve talked about so far mostly involve things that a majority of people would consider first-world privilege. I’m still employed, we’re not facing eviction and we have food on the table. Everyone in the family is still healthy. We have a bit of an economic safety net thanks to inheritance. We have access to reliable transportation. Middle class white males don’t have to face the same issues that women and people of color do as part of their daily existence (I’m working on a draft “On Race” post that I hope to publish soon). So what other safety issue is front and center for me? Crime rates.
When we moved from the suburbs to Lowertown, my mom was very concerned about our safety (even though she also lived in Saint Paul). The area has had ups and downs from a crime standpoint, but I’d never felt threatened here (even at night). The pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd have changed the look and atmosphere of downtown Saint Paul. According to the Pioneer Press, there have been more than forty recent arrests in the area around Mears Park and Union Depot for fighting, drug dealing and other criminal activity (including a shooting). Homelessness has also been on the rise and a small tent city can now be seen outside our windows near I-94. There are people needing obvious mental health assistance. I wish I knew the answers to these problems – what we are doing now isn’t working and something needs to change…Originally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm
Support your local venuesOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm
I’d like to take you to my house. It’s a purple house. Would you like to go?Originally published by DK on May 14, 2020 at 11:38 pm
http://first-avenue.com/buy/catalog/product/first-avenue-calendar-puzzleOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm
No hockey, no fancy French food, no live musicOriginally published by DK on April 6, 2020 at 7:29 pm
Venmo @LUCK-REUNIONOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2020 at 11:23 pm
Man, I hope the Stones still get to playOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm
First Avenue 50th scratcherOriginally published by DK on March 5, 2020 at 8:44 am
Hope you find it in everything, everything that you see…Originally published by DK on March 4, 2020 at 11:30 pm
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https://deadspin.com/lets-watch-princes-super-bowl-halftime-show-the-best-w-1772302774Originally published by DK on February 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm
Ich liebe dichOriginally published by DK on January 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm
https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8546537/brooklyn-bowl-nashville-venue-expansionOriginally published by DK on December 17, 2019 at 10:27 am
http://m.startribune.com/who-s-running-the-show-women-promoters-dominate-twin-cities-concert-scene/565605112/Originally published by DK on November 30, 2019 at 3:43 pm
Glad I didn’t pass that one upOriginally published by DK on November 22, 2019 at 11:53 pm
Still pretty fun, thoughOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 2:31 am
If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror…Originally published by DK on October 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm
Väsen @ Cedar Cultural CenterOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm
Cheap Cheap opening for ZZ Top @ Grandstand, 2019Originally published by DK on September 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm
She’ll only come out at night, the lean and hungry type. Nothing is new, I’ve seen her here before…Originally published by DK on August 29, 2019 at 1:01 pm
As I pulled out my red concert shirt today, I realized I better post my pictures and grab the setlist from the fun Tenacious D show I saw with Mike and Jake at the Palace last month before I forget all the details. This really was about as perfect as a concert gets for me these days: early access pre-sale seats in the first row of the loge (three seats all by themselves, even), pre-show dinner at a nice restaurant (finally crossed Pazzaluna off the list), our own little bar with no line right behind our section, two great friends I don’t see nearly often enough and a band that changed people’s lives that night.
This was my second time seeing the D. The other time was, believe it or not, a get out the vote concert with the Beastie Boys and Ben Harper at Roy Wilkins. The first half of the show was the new Post Apocalypto album in its entirety, followed by a greatest hits set and a one song encore (set list and pics after the jump). Other than missing out on Wonder Boy, I was very happy with the song selection. JB and KG definitely gave it their all, with a talented group of musicians backing them up.
Softly. Gently. Sweetly. Discreetly.
Set List (July 30, 2019 – First Night of Two):
- Making Love
- Take Us Into Space
- Fuck Yo-Yo Ma
- Daddy Ding Dong
- JB Jr Rap
- Woman Time
- Save The World
- Post-Apocalypto Theme (Reprise)
- Rize of the Fenix
- Low Hangin’ Fruit
- Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
- The Metal
- Dude (I Totally Miss You)
- Double Team
- Fuck Her Gently
Solo Foo Fighter – left before any Grohl sightingsOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 11:25 pm
Tenancious D @ Palace with Mikey & JakeOriginally published by DK on July 30, 2019 at 11:14 pm
Been stuck in airports, terrorized. Sent to meetings, hypnotized. Overexposed, commercialized…Originally published by DK on July 26, 2019 at 12:12 am
The 2019 edition with Commodores coversOriginally published by DK on July 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm
Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath. Keep me in your heart for awhile…Originally published by DK on July 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm
The American Integrity hauling ore past the Bayfront Park stageOriginally published by DK on July 6, 2019 at 5:55 pm
It’s been a while since I’ve written a full concert post here, but the Lonely Island show at the Armory last night definitely merits a longer report. We really didn’t know what to expect, as many of the original SNL video shorts that made their songs famous have big name guest stars and elaborate staging. When opener Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle’s Show) did a straight stand-up routine on basically an empty stage, we were even more confused as to what the rest of the night would hold in store. After a short wait between sets, surprise guest number one, Seth Meyers, introduced the main act and off we went…
Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone tore through all of their hits, singing in front of a giant video screen that was brilliantly programmed all evening. The night included many costume changes, but only one other major surprise guest star – the real Jose Canseco during Jose and Mark (from the 2019 Netflix special The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience). We were taking side bets on who else might show up: Justin Timberlake has family ties to Minnesota, while Maya Rudolph clearly loves Prince and Minneapolis. No go on anybody else – JT was portrayed as a marionette, while they just played the whole IHOP parking lot video on the big screen. I didn’t want any spoilers by looking up reviews of previous stops on this tour (Minneapolis was the last stop), but apparently T-Pain showed up at Summerfest in Milwaukee for I’m On A Boat and Chris Parnell performed Lazy Sunday at two of the New York shows.
Groups like Lonely Island and Tenacious D are tickets that I’m surprised are so popular, as I’d hazard that 75% of the general population has no idea who they are. Not sure that the Armory show was officially sold out, but the place was packed and we had a long line for the GA floor when we arrived half an hour before doors opened. The four of us ended up with a decent spot far stage left and (most) people were well behaved all night. I personally didn’t get to look at the merch table all that much, but I heard they had a wide variety of creative, fairly priced items for purchase. Setlist and a few pics after the jump.
- We’re on Stage
- Ground Rules
- Jizz In My Pants
- Diaper Money
- The Creep
- FREE T SHIRTS
- Ras Trent
- Like a Boss
- Threw It on the Ground
- We Like Sportz
- Shy Ronnie
- I’m So Humble
- Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)
- Jorma’s Diary
- Jose and Mark (with Jose Canseco)
- Uniform On
- Joe Montana Rap
- IHOP Parking Lot
- Lazy Sunday
- Laser Cats Through Cinema History
- Dick in a Box / Motherlover / 3-Way (The Golden Rule)
- We Fell Off a Horse
- I Just Had Sex
- Incredible Thoughts
- Donkey Roll
- Jack Sparrow
- I’m on a Boat
…but not workingOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2019 at 7:36 pm
People were really into this oneOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 11:11 pm
Ready to get our hee-haw onOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm
I never realized that Snoop Dogg should be on my artist bucket list, but I was really, really wrong. Friday night’s show at Treasure Island Resort & Casino (of all places) was quite the experience. Calvin Broadus Jr. has had an amazing 47 years of life. Seriously, go read his Wikipedia page right now. Even if you aren’t a fan of rap music, Snoop’s influence on pop culture is undisputed.
It shouldn’t be a complete surprise that the show started late, with a DJ set that seemed to be stalling for time until opener Warren G finally did a short 25-minute set that concluded with Regulate. After a much shorter wait, Snoop took the stage for an entertaining hour-long set that included tributes to Nipsey Hussle, Biggie and Tupac. He covered all the big crowd-pleasers:
- Murder Was The Case
- The Next Episode
- Gin & Juice
- Drop It Like It’s Hot
- Who Am I (What’s My Name)?
The supporting cast for Snoop’s part of the evening included Tha Dogg Pound, six pole dancers (with only four poles), a “Nasty Dogg” mascot in full costume and several very burly security guards (that were definitely not a part of the seriously conflicted house security). The crowd (and artist) must’ve been extra challenging for the house managers, as there was ample gin and juice being consumed and Snoop kept encouraging people to light up all night.
Sounds like “DJ Snoopadelic” showed up for an after show DJ set at Muse Event Center in Minneapolis at some point after midnight (with a $100 cover). Still have to wonder, though, how Treasure Island got the full concert booking. Snoop-A-Loop, indeed!
The “new guy” joined the band in 1973…Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:08 pm
Don’t wanna be buried in debt or in sin, so we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto…Originally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 11:06 pm
But the years went by and the rock just died. Suzie went and left us for some foreign guy. Long nights crying by the record machine, dreaming of my Chevy and my old blue jeans…Originally published by DK on February 22, 2019 at 1:01 am
…and Sir EltonOriginally published by DK on February 21, 2019 at 6:52 pm
Snoop Dogg playing the casino circuitOriginally published by DK on February 7, 2019 at 10:11 am
Pretty little city built on a hillside. Music in the bars and fire in the sky. We went to the beach and it was covered in ice. And I used to call it home…Originally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm
https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/touring/8488873/the-year-in-touring-charts-ed-sheeran-claims-2018s-top-tour-taylorOriginally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm