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Link: Jayhawks Father Christmas πŸŽ₯

Linked November 28, 2023

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Pearl Jam @ Xcel September 2023

Posted November 25, 2023

After writing my Eagles post, I realized I started a draft for the Pearl Jam show back in September, but never finished it off. Colleen has been in the Ten Club for a very long time and Setlist says we’ve seen them ten times now, tied for the most of any artist. Every time they go on tour, fan club members are offered the opportunity to buy tickets and we would’ve gone to both Saint Paul nights if it hadn’t been for our conflict with Duran Duran at the state fair grandstand.

On this tour, Pearl Jam was doing two shows in each city, with a night off in between. Since we couldn’t do the first night, we ordered two tickets to the Saturday show (reviewed by Jon Bream of the Star Tribune). Tickets are supposed to be assigned via seniority in the club, but we’ve never received great spots in the past. This year was not a great experience – they moved us *three* times before telling us that was our actual spot (each time we got farther and farther from the stage, unfortunately).

After reading Ron Hubbard’s review of the Thursday show, I had some serious FOMO that I missed this:

The volume and adrenaline gradually rose with each song before lead guitarist Mike McCready kicked his folding wooden chair aside during the fifth number and rose to launch into a soaring guitar solo on β€œBlack” from the band’s 1991 debut album. Soon Vedder was up, then guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament, and the rocking had clearly begun.

Black is my favorite PJ song and of course they didn’t play it again on Saturday. Our show overall turned out to be just fine (as they always are) – just different (setlist and pics after the jump). I’m sure there are lots of Saturday fans that were happy we got Jeremy, Better Man and I Am Mine that the Thursday crowd did not. Wasn’t crazy about the Purple Rain cover, but a lot of people liked that we got that one (I believe for the first time in Minnesota). My highlight was definitely McCready playing the solo in Alive behind his head. I guess the lesson is to just go to both shows in the future – competing shows be damned.

The other lesson is to buy your merch ahead of time (even outside before the shows, as was offered for this tour). We got there when doors opened, skipped the outside trailer and got right in line. They had date-specific shirts, posters and stickers for each night and our shirt was already gone by the time we got to the front of the line (I did get the sticker, pictured above). It was sad to see them listed on eBay after we got to our seats (and not available for purchase on the PJ website like other bands do). The Saint Paul hockey jerseys looked cool, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger at that price. Props to the band for selling “authorized bootlegs” of every show, though – just downloaded that tonight…

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Eagles @ Xcel βœ…

Posted November 20, 2023

My mom was a big Hotel California-era Eagles person, so naturally one of my first vinyl albums was Eagles Live (which, damn, was released…November 7, 1980). Pretty sure I also had 1979’s The Long Run as well. Side two of that one had some really amazing songs, but I always thought “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks” was one of the funniest songs I had ever heard in my ten years on Earth.

Fast forward to the super-expensive Hell Freezes Over Tour of 1994, which I skipped because, well, money. Don Henley had the original quote, but just saw this Glenn Frey gem: “I just rule out the possibility of putting the Eagles back together for a Lost Youth and Greed tour.” We unfortunately lost Glenn in 2016, so I never got to see the “real” Eagles perform live.

When the current edition of the band announced The Long Goodbye Final Tour, I looked at the prices and thought I’d probably skip it again. But when I found a solo ticket at the lowest price point in the front row of the upper section at Xcel, I decided it was time to go. The closest I had come before was Joe Walsh opening for Tom Petty in the same venue on June 3, 2017 (four months before he passed).

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Michael McDonald (finally) βœ…

Pic posted November 19, 2023

After he got last minute covid before the state fair show, it was nice to see him as part of the backup plan for Steely Dan dropping out of the Eagles Xcel shows

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Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets @ Turf Club βœ…

Pic posted November 19, 2023

Keeping Saint Paul boring, one show at a time

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The Sandman Cometh to Minny

Pic posted November 13, 2023

Small McDonald’s French Fries Yummy πŸ’«

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I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller. I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her…

— Skee-Lo @ Target Center

Quote posted November 8, 2023

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Link: Nile Rodgers Tiny Desk Concert

Linked October 30, 2023

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Loved the house, The 1975

Pic posted October 27, 2023

It will always amaze me they set this up and break it down the same day – impressive ops work

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Nicely done, Levy, nicely done

Pic posted October 26, 2023

When We Are Together, The 1975 @ Target Center

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Charlie Parr @ The White Squirrel

Pic posted October 23, 2023

I freakin’ ❀️ Saint Paul

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Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour βœ…

Pic posted October 14, 2023

No Rich Wang cameo?

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Prince & The New Power Generation Live at Glam Slam 1992

Pic posted October 13, 2023

Oh for a time machine – the new office is so close too. Wish I could find the ticket stub with the exact date of the show I saw…

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Link: Robert Cray Guitar World interview

Linked October 13, 2023

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Five Years of Bonus Time

Posted October 8, 2023

Hurray! Today marks bonus birthday number FIVE after the big brain experience on the U.S. Bank Stadium train platform in 2018 (here are links to the previous bonus time posts: year one, year two, year three and year four). The whole episode now seems so distant – very happy to have this history here (and still so, so thankful to everyone involved).

Everything health-wise continues to be good – don’t need to go back for any follow-up for another two years and my eyesight has evolved to the point where I can even play golf again without glasses. I do still tend to wear them while driving at night, but that’s about it. My old TBI eye specialist has moved on, so I started seeing the regular family eye doctor this year. He said my prescription has changed slightly, but gave me the option to hold off on a new order.

Feeling more fit since I started a real training plan for the recently cancelled TC 10 Mile and the activity logs for the past year have all been active. Didn’t bike as much this year, but played more golf and logged more real running miles. Bought some actual hiking shoes this year and spent a lot of time at nearby Afton State Park (and almost signed up for the Afton 25K – hope to do that next year, along with Get in Gear and the Milk Run). Still throw my name in the annual London Marathon drawing, but have never been picked. Disney 2025?

Speaking of Florida, we attended our first ever spring training games in Fort Myers this year and had a great time. My brother and his wife drove over from Orlando for some of the games, which was wonderful. Not a lot of other travel this year, but we continued to cross new restaurants off the list, went to a lot of Twins and Saints games and had a good year of concerts (Smashing Pumpkins, Jerry Harrison, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Duran Duran, Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel, among others).

And speaking of concerts, I’ve recently returned to the sports and entertainment world in a newly created technology role at Target Center. I’m excited to learn a new league and learn how arenas operate compared to stadiums. While there are a lot more events, the technology infrastructure is smaller and it will be a fun challenge to optimize the operation. Also excited about the Life Time Fitness facilities in the basement of the building – what a great thing to have for Minnesota winter workouts.

Go Wolves! πŸ€

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Wu-Tang Ain’t Nuthing’ Ta F’ Wit

Pic posted October 7, 2023

I think I have a contact high from watching this show

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Food trucks, pickleball and the Wu-Tang

Pic posted October 7, 2023

My work days are certainly very interesting these days – Flo’s Food Truck with the hot honey wings

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Robert Cray Band @ Pantages

Pic posted October 7, 2023

Another great show – everyone was really smooth πŸ’―

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Kind of a big deal

Pic posted October 4, 2023

Peter Gabriel performing Big Time @ Xcel Energy Center

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Stop Making Sense 2023 Edition βœ…

Pic posted October 1, 2023

I’ve probably watched this at least a dozen times (and listened to the album hundreds of times), but still very fun to see the 40th anniversary restored version tonight at Alamo. RIP Jonathan Demme, Bernie Worrell and the β€œreal” Uptown Theater πŸ’œ

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Office Vibes πŸ”₯

Pic posted September 28, 2023

Makes me smile every time I walk down that hallway

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I need a cigarette. Those fuckers talked over my whole set. But I don’t have any time to reflect, I gotta sell some shirts to try and make the rent…

— used 2 be a romantic

Quote posted September 24, 2023

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Field Medic @ Amsterdam

Pic posted September 23, 2023

Last minute fill-in for SK with MK in Saint Paul

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song βœ…

Pic posted September 10, 2023

Another good music documentary (streaming on Netflix)

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Pearl Jam is an American treasure, and we must protect them with our lives. Cobain, Weiland, Cornell, Hoon, Staley, all gone. Never again will there be a show from Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Blind Melon or Alice in Chains. Therefore, every chance we get to see Pearl Jam we have to take it…

— Tom Lord, Pulltab Sports

Quote posted September 8, 2023

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