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
A little tardy on the latest update, but all is well. I survived a four hour therapy appointment and apparently did well enough that my speech therapist thinks I don’t need to continue with that track any longer. I had my long-awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist and received a pair of “magic glasses” that have greatly reduced the need for future eye patch use. They have optical film from 3M (see above) that utilizes prism technology to correct my double vision. My left eye is slightly crossed, but this stuff really helps correct that (and it’s so nice to have both eyes open all the time). The extra good news is that there is nothing wrong with either eye – the double vision is caused by the nerves that control the muscles that direct each eye and the doctor is optimistic that this will eventually correct itself. I will also be starting therapy next week to work specifically on eye exercises to help this process along.
In other HCMC appointment news, I met with an awesome neurologist who showed me the “before” and “after” CT scans of my brain from the day of the incident and from when they discharged me from the ICU. It was really cool technology and the way she explained it made it crystal clear how serious the situation was on October 8th (and how much improvement there was after three weeks). Have I mentioned how big a fan I am of the staff at HCMC? I’ll return there again on Friday for another CT scan that will hopefully continue the trend. That will also be Colleen’s last full day with me, as she returns to work on Monday. After that, my next big appointment will be on December 4th, when I meet with the lead neurosurgeon to discuss continued recovery plans and possibly a return to work date.
We saw both Charlie Parr and Hippo Campus at the Palace Theater with no issues from the lights or sound levels (the infamous Palace talkers are another story). On the advice of my friend TG, I picked up a pair of Vibes earplugs, which seemed to work well at the Hippo Campus show (and dampened the discussions of the people sitting near me). Saw one Wild win (Ottawa) and one Wild loss (Arizona) at the X with my uncle, also with no sensory overload issues. Stopped by the stadium for the start of the very loud Packers game, but found it totally manageable. Left that game before halftime to beat the train rush, but had a great time seeing people and delivering thank you cards.
With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was a busy week for seeing family and friends. Had lunch one day with a friend at Dark Horse and went over to the Inver Grove Heights AMC to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (which we both liked). We took my mother-in-law out on Thanksgiving Day for lunch at the original Buca di Beppo in St. Paul, then had a more traditional dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in the Mac-Groveland area.
This will be my last “weekly update.” Truly thankful for you all – thanks for reading!
Another excellent show at his largest venue yetOriginally published by DK on November 18, 2018 at 12:28 am
Palace GA is the worstOriginally published by DK on September 20, 2018 at 9:47 pm
You’re lucky to even know me, you’re lucky to be alive. You’re lucky to be drinking here for free, ’cause I’m a sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes…Originally published by DK on September 16, 2018 at 12:18 am
But I know the neighborhood, and talk is cheap when the story is good. And the tales grow taller on down the line…Originally published by DK on September 14, 2018 at 10:53 am
https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2018/07/16/jason-isbell-and-the-400-unit-perform-in-the-forum-at-mpr/Originally published by DK on September 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Hello new football season ?Originally published by DK on September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm
I love the fair so muchOriginally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm
You just can’t go wrong with giant snakesOriginally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Hey, Minneapolis, MAKE SOME NOISEOriginally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 7:09 pm
TayTay @ my officeOriginally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 2:18 am
Tired and crumpled upOriginally published by DK on August 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Music in Mears – best booking of the year?Originally published by DK on August 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm
I wish I was the souvenir you kept your house key on…Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm
Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formationOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2018 at 12:52 am
FuckeryOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2018 at 12:37 am
I’ve been lucky to witness a number of amazing guitarists perform live over the years: Prince, Richard Thompson, Mike Campbell, Slash, The Edge, Kirk Hammett, Mike McCready, Nels Cline and Neil Young to name a few. On Monday night, I finally saw my biggest remaining bucket list guitarist, Jack White, at the Minneapolis Armory.
A relative rarity in Minnesota, the show sold out instantly and the hype was thick. The White Stripes. The Raconteurs. The Dead Weather. Third Man Records. It Might Get Loud. Portlandia. The Muppets. Hell, he even played Elvis in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Everybody wants to see Jack.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first (I’m trying to live online by the “Thumper Rule,” but these things nearly sunk the whole night for me). The venue sent out an email the week before describing the no cell phone thing with Yondr:
No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. This includes smart phones, flip phones, rotary phones, smart watches, tablets, smart glasses, VR goggles, action cameras, selfie sticks, pen-top spy cameras, baby monitoring devices, walkie talkies, laptops, desktop computers, or any other technological device that may distract you or others from this experience.
We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.
Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby.
It’s fine to believe you can’t live “in the moment” with your devices, but restricting people’s freedom to make decisions on their own doesn’t seem to be the answer to me. Sure some people are jerks at concerts with phones, but if the goal is to “experience music and our shared love of it,” then let’s get rid of the loud, pushy drunks, the people who can’t stop talking during the show and the super tall people that jam their way in front of the shorter guests. That last part was especially bad at the Armory, which doesn’t have a sloped floor (or a particularly high stage).
Locking phones in a pouch has several other problems – even with providing an “unlock zone” in the lobby. My daughter was sick and did not attend, so I couldn’t get text updates on her health without losing my spot on the very crowded GA floor. I also couldn’t text my friends to find them in the large space or see if the venue manager I knew might be working. If there is a safety event with security, police or drunks, no one can record the incident. I couldn’t record any song snippets to show my sick daughter later. I couldn’t check set times or weather forecasts during the wait between sets. Or use Apple Pay to buy drinks. Or pull up mobile tickets.
But hey, we were all “in the moment.” ?
I do give props to the photo sharing policy:
For those looking to do some social media postings, let us help you with that. The official tour photographer will be posting photos and videos after the show at jackwhiteiii.com and the new Jack White Live Instagram account @officialjackwhitelive. Repost our photos & videos as much as you want…
The tour photographer is David James Swanson, who has been with Jack for a while and did a great job in Minneapolis with this show. I was initially disappointed on the train ride home, as I couldn’t find any of the photos online. This morning I found size-optimized versions and eventually found links to the full-size originals (which are in the gallery below). I hope Mr. Swanson is getting fairly compensated from the tour for the multiple people and publications I’ve seen use his photos today (with and without attribution).
On to the main event…
Country singer Tyler Childers was already on stage by the time we made it through the general admission line that stretched down the block (likely lengthened by the extra Yondr and ticket resolution steps added to ingress). His band played until about 8:45 to an audience that was clearly more focused on talking and drinking (even though Childers was quite good).
During the intermission, a graphic was displayed on the video screens behind the stage depicting a recording studio with a prominent digital clock sitting on the console. Like recent Lady Gaga and Def Leppard concerts, a countdown timer started at ten minutes, only to be interrupted by a mischievous Jack White who would bump the remaining time up and down. After about two to three minutes of additional “stoppage” time, the main act was on stage.
Since I hadn’t read about other tour stops, I didn’t know who he would be playing with or what the mix of songs would be (other than my assumption of a lot of songs from the new album). With six White Stripes albums, three solo and the handful of side project albums, there is a lot of material to choose from. Minneapolis ended up with 21 total songs (sixteen song main set, five song encore), which had a really nice distribution:
- Boarding House Reach – 7
- Blunderbuss – 3
- The White Stripes – 1
- De Stijl – 1
- White Blood Cells – 2
- Elephant – 3
- Get Behind Me Satan – 1
- Icky Thump – 1
- The Dead Weather – 1
- The Raconteurs – 1
Not sure why 2014’s Lazaretto was skipped, as there are several kick ass songs on that album – High Ball Stepper, That Black Bat Licorice and Three Women are all personal favorites. The four musicians playing with Jack were tight all night: drummer Carla Azar, bass player Dominic Davis and the two keyboardists Neal Evans and Quincy McCrary.
I loved the Beck cover mashup and My Doorbell had the dual surprises of Jack playing drums and the birthday song with his kids on stage. I was happy with how strong and familiar many of the new songs came across, even though some dumbasses around me complained about “the new shit” and proceeded to talk/shout during them. It was also funny that Jack said he wrote Hotel Yorba yesterday and people around me were like, wow, he wrote this yesterday!
The two reviews I read, Jon Bream at the Star Tribune and Erik Thompson at City Pages, were both favorable and most people I know who went had a good time. I don’t agree with the City Pages comments on the cell phone policy, but if that floats your boat, go you…
- Over and Over and Over
- Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
- Freedom at 21
- Devil’s Haircut/Cannon
- Why Walk a Dog?
- The Hardest Button to Button
- Hotel Yorba
- Little Bird
- My Doorbell
- Hypocritical Kiss
- Respect Commander
- I Cut Like a Buffalo
- Ball and Biscuit
- Icky Thump
- Steady, As She Goes
- Ice Station Zebra
- Connected By Love
- Seven Nation Army
(images by David James Swanson)
Brother Ali @ Hazelfest 2018Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 9:47 pm
I started rhyming just to be somebody. To make Ice Cube notice me at the party…Originally published by DK on July 22, 2018 at 1:16 am
Enough with the live in the moment crap, thoughOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2018 at 10:54 pm
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/live-review-beyonce-jay-zs-on-the-run-ii-tour-kickoff-w521177Originally published by DK on June 7, 2018 at 11:00 am
Now that we’ve lost Prince, Bowie and Petty, David Byrne is one of the last living links to my favorite music growing up. Never got to see Talking Heads perform together, but I’ve seen Tom Tom Club once and Byrne solo a few times (does Jerry only produce now?). Looking back in the archive, I saw him at the State doing Brian Eno songs and at the Fitzgerald, along with the talk he gave at the History Theater when How Music Works came out. Last Friday I added another show at the Orpheum, where he did two nights with his new critically acclaimed production (see Bream, Current and City Pages reviews).
Must admit I had a few strikes against this show before it began. First, I had already seen most of it during the Cochella live feeds last month. Second, I had read a review somewhere (that I can’t find now) that said this production blew away Stop Making Sense. Those are fighting words to me – Demme and Bernie Worrell (RIP), Chris, Tina and Jerry, the big suit – nothing will ever top that in my mind. Lastly, I walked in to the theater early and an usher directed me to the wrong section. Instead of a great center seat in row seven, I was in the farthest seat over to the side and couldn’t see all of the stage. On top of all that, my co-worker had seen the Thursday show and said the opening act was the worst thing he’d ever seen. With all that in mind, let’s get this show started, shall we?
My friend DGS told me the opener was Benjamin Clementine and that his daughter was excited to see him because he was featured on the Gorillaz song Hallelujah Money from their last album. He also said it was “an odd set.” I did a little research and saw that the New York Times named him one of 2016’s 28 creative geniuses and that he won the 2015 Mercury Prize, which is given out for best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Most importantly, David Byrne himself wrote a story for the New York Times about him in 2016 that you can read here. Yes, parts of his set were odd. His piano playing and voice, though, were pretty damn cool. And anyone who tells rube hecklers to fuck off is A-OK in my book.
It seems like this tour doesn’t change much up from show to show, so the setlist that the Current posted from the Thursday show (edited below) seemed almost exactly the same as what we got on Friday (and very similar to Coachella). It was heavy on the American Utopia content and traditional Talking Heads songs, but very little old solo stuff (just like the other shows I’ve seen). I was really happy to hear The Great Curve and Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), neither of which I think I’ve heard live. The new songs are growing on me, but each one caused everyone to sit back down again (which I guess is the norm for everyone).
A few other notes: dancer/singer Chris Giarmo kinda freaked me out when I first saw him on the Coachella feed, but I thought he was great in person. The choreography in general was amazing – so many people going in so many directions, yet no one crashed (that I saw). The lighting and chain backdrop was cool (but still no Stop Making Sense in my mind). Liked the support of HeadCount and the addition of the (Janelle Monae approved) Philando Castile line to Hell You Talmbout to close out the show.
Here’s to hoping we get at least one more Twin Cities show down the road…
- I Zimbra
- Slippery People
- I Should Watch TV
- Dog’s Mind
- Everybody’s Coming to My House
- This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
- Once in a Lifetime
- Doing the Right Thing
- Toe Jam
- Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
- I Dance Like This
- Every Day is a Miracle
- Like Humans Do
- Burning Down the House
- Encore 1
- Dancing Together
- The Great Curve
- Encore 2
- Hell You Talmbout
Sam and Steve @ Palace Theater, Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on May 16, 2018 at 11:02 pm
The Bill Murray was right up my alleyOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm
Cloud Cult with the Minnesota OrchestraOriginally published by DK on April 7, 2018 at 7:43 pm
It’s still standing…Originally published by DK on February 11, 2018 at 7:58 pm
JT, you forgot your signOriginally published by DK on February 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm
I don’t know, I thought the halftime show was pretty goodOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:54 am
Another excellent concert Via ChicagoOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2017 at 12:27 am
Originally published by DK on November 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm
Good food and good musicOriginally published by DK on November 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm
MK and EW @ Macklemore, PalaceOriginally published by DK on November 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm
Anxious to see if the new place lives up to the hype (plus the Pixies)Originally published by DK on October 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm
http://davidbyrne.com/journal/the-secret-place-where-music-shows-get-madeOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm
Petty and Nicks @ Hyde ParkOriginally published by DK on October 5, 2017 at 10:41 pm
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7686186/tom-petty-heartbreakers-all-star-tribute-musicares-grammy-awards-recording-academyOriginally published by DK on October 3, 2017 at 10:30 am
Cold (but nice) new off-season event at the fairgroundsOriginally published by DK on September 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm
Sitting on the Klas bench at the State Fair Rummage eventOriginally published by DK on September 30, 2017 at 8:06 pm
AwesomeOriginally published by DK on September 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm
So much powerOriginally published by DK on September 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm
This totally made my dayOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm
Hazelfest 2017Originally published by DK on August 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Lightning is rightOriginally published by DK on July 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm
When am I gonna take control, get a hold of my emotions? Why does it only seem to hit me in the middle of the night?Originally published by DK on July 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm
Dilly Bars, FTW @ Billy JoelOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2017 at 8:12 pm
Here’s one from back in March (the 25th, to be exact), when we headed over to the Cedar Cultural Center to see The Twilight Hours. We’ve been big fans of Matt Wilson and John Munson in all of their various projects and try to catch them when we can. They will be playing down the block at Music in Mears this Thursday, which reminded me I never posted pictures from the Cedar show (pics after the jump).
The Counterfactuals and Fathom Lane opened the show, but we were really there to hear songs off The Twilight Hours new album, Black Beauty. I think they played all but two of the new songs, which was nice to experience for the first time. Not much else to say, other than to highly recommend you make your way down to Mears Park this week for a free sample of this great band.
Big River Pizza is cool (#2)Originally published by DK on July 24, 2017 at 10:36 pm
It seems like forever ago already, but one of the highlights of our Vegas trip last month was a private concert by Bruno Mars at the new T-Mobile Arena that the Golden Knights will call home. The Cisco Live! conference had around 28,000 attendees and most of them tried to squeeze into the arena for the roughly 80 minute set (with no opener and no encore).
We had passes to get in early and were herded to the upper level concourse for free food and drinks. Before the full doors opened, we worked our way down to the arena floor and I got a spot on the end of the front barrier. Bruno and his crew spent more time in the middle of the stage, but it was still a great spot to watch them up close. Conference organizers handed out free hats with flashing lights, so the place was really more electric than it would normally be with a bunch of nerds.
Kid two was more than a little salty that 1) I got to see him first and 2) that I was that close (when Bruno came to my side of the stage, he was literally about four feet away). Ended up taking way more video than usual, just so she could experience it too. No merch for sale and I didn’t get a set list, but it was pretty much what you’d expect. My favorites were the big hits: That’s What I Like, 24K Magic, Just the Way You Are and (of course) Uptown Funk.
Amazing performer, great show (more pics after the jump).
The side of the stage had perksOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2017 at 11:03 pm
Closed it out rightOriginally published by DK on July 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm
Some areas were really nice, but navigation was a bit troublesomeOriginally published by DK on June 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm