“I don’t know if you guys will get this song or not, being that you’re from California…” part of Margo Timmins’ introduction to the last song of the night, “Fuck, I Hate The Cold”, at Yoshi’s San Francisco last night. If music is the soundtrack to our lives, songs by the Cowboy Junkies must be intended for those more soul-searching and contemplative, raw moments. They slow things down a bit and make you feel more thoughtful and introspective. The band – a real family affair, together and producing new music and touring for more than 30 years – last year completed Volume 4 of the Nomad series… an ambitious four albums added to their catalog over a scant 18 months. The concluding work in that series, Wilderness, explored themes that included “fragility, emptiness, loneliness, beauty, chance, loss, desperation“; though timeless areas of focus, it all seems especially fitting for these times, with much of their music being a bit of post-modern Blues.
After a string of health-related challenges over the past 30 days, Morrissey appears to be back in the swing of things with a bit of ethics-related controversy with a Jimmy Kimmel Live! booking this week and since having played a successful show last night with an excellent set list in San Diego… with two more shows in Los Angeles in coming days, and then up to Northern California for a Mondavi Center show in Davis (rescheduled from last year), which I’ll be attending and reviewing. Additionally, tomorrow a number of new dates will go on sale, and some missed dates have been rescheduled, so this will serve as somewhat of a housekeeping announcement. [Read more…]
Going to a Marilyn Manson concert is quite an experience, and probably not understood except by those who have done the same. To draw a comparison with the art world, it is akin to going to art museums in London and stopping in at the Tate. Except not to confuse matters… not in the past two weeks during Kraftwerk’s residency. That’s something else entirely. In any event, he puts on quite the impressive show, and is maybe the modern day rock concert equivalent of circus freak sideshows, only with Manson, though his band is supporting, it is decidedly a one man attraction. Most striking is how interactive it is – not just the literal interactions with the audience (and there are many), but his ability to lock onto members of the audience with his eyes, in a kind of staring match version of “chicken”, to see if he can make it striking enough to have you look away first (benefits of being right up close). He’s a natural performer, though interestingly comes across quite different off stage (more on that later). Really an exhilarating evening and hosted courtesy of Marilyn Manson’s unique and stylish version of reality.
One of my favorite albums of the 80s was Vivid from the genre defiant rock band, Living Colour. The band will be playing the classic work in its entirety as part of a 25th anniversary celebration, with a handful of special shows throughout Europe and the United States. The European leg all kicks off in Glasgow at the beginning of March, and then the U.S. in San Francisco at the end of the month. [Read more…]
Morrissey will be completing his tour of the United States, which was postponed late last year after his mother became ill. The concerts picked back up in New York last night, following his appearance on this week on the Late Show with David Letterman. Moz will have a very busy schedule over the next three months, covering much of the U.S., and one final date in Mexico. [Read more…]
Marilyn Manson will be touring the United States and Canada over the next two months, starting at the Eagles Ballroom in Wilwaukee. The Grammy-nominated artist has a reputation for putting on exciting live performances, so they should be great concerts. [Read more…]
Cowboy Junkies begin their “Nomad Tour 2013” in Glasgow, Scotland on January 23rd, play a few dates in the UK for the balance of the month, and then head out to North America, where they will play a number of dates throughout the United States and Canada through May. [Read more…]