Creed & Staind Hit

October 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Concert, Rock, Tickets, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m all for “rock with a positive message” as long as it’s done by a band like Creed, rather than say Stryper. Not that I have anything against 80’s hair bands in bumblebee spandex outfits…wait…I do if they are Stryper. Just saying. But I digress…

Lo-Pro opened the show, and apparently played a 19 minute set. We walked in as they were playing their last notes…so can’t really comment on those guys. I can comment on the fact that draft beers were $10.25. That is just ridiculous.

Aaron Lewis and Johnny April - Staind

Aaron Lewis and Johnny April - Staind

It wasn’t long before Staind took the stage and rocked the house. The lighting designer and soundguy were spot on! Great show both audibly and visibly. Rather than a giant video screen they opted for a seven panel display from pixled from what I gather around the net. Technically and artistically the band was definitely at the top of their game. Of course, they played all of their hits including the ones I didn’t even realize were theirs!

Scott Stapp & Mark Tremonti

Scott Stapp & Mark Tremonti

Creed put on a rock show. Yes. With fire and pyro and sound system turned up to a hair past 11. I know it was a hair past because there were some moments during the loudest passages that took the system just past its limit and you could tell. Everyone knows you never go past 11. Those moments were few, and for the most part the show was great. You gotta love a tour that includes excellent video screen with awesome imagery, Varilites on suspended elevators and explosives. You just can’t go wrong with explosives and fire.

Did I mention they had fire that we could feel from the back of the arena? Well they did. Brings a whole new dimension to entertainment. In fact some movies have tried to pull off this “4th Dimension” experience with puffs of cold air or rumbling seats. They failed. Why? Because they didn’t use fire! Apparently flames are the key to bringing some of that onstage energy into the crowd. Who knew?

The drawback to random, giant bursts of flame is that they are random and therefore, hard to capture adequately with a still camera. Varilites, giant video screens and elevators aren’t. Check the concert photos page for some of the shots I managed to grab.

Oh! a shout out to @Stang5_0 who asked me to go because he had some tickets from @JobingArenaGirl. Thanks so much!

Queensrÿche Rocks Flagstaff

June 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Concert, Metal, Rock | Leave a comment
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Queensrÿche stopped by the Pine Mountain Ampitheater in Flagstaff on Sunday May 31st in support of their American Soldier tour.

As usual, the band sounded as good live as they do on the albums and their dynamic stage presence makes it even more enjoyable than cranking it up on your home hi-fi. This tour there are two new players in the game Parker Lundgren on guitar, and Jason Ames is taking over the keyboards. Both seem to have fit right in, and have mastered that particular “Queensrÿche sound” that the loyal fans are adamant that the band adheres to, or rips them apart on a number of fan communities.

Also joining the tour this time around is Geoff Tate’s daughter, Emily. She actually does a duet with Geoff about midway through the show, and the crowd loved it. Unfortunately, due to the mood of the song the lighting is very very low and none of the pictures I took of the duo turned out publish-worthy.

The band treated us to 3 suites of songs from Rage for Order, American Soldier and Empire. Crowd participation was just like every Ryche show…everyone sings every word to every song. You gotta love a band with a loyal fan base that will show up and sing along no matter what the weather or locale.

Check your local listings – if they haven’t made it to your town yet, perhaps they are on their way. Don’t miss this one!

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