CONCERT UPDATE   FOO FIGHTERS with THE STRUTS

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Yes, I was in Calgary with my dad to see Foo Fighters with The Struts opening for them.  This was my 5th time seeing Foo Fighters live.  2000, 2003, 2011, 2015, & now 2018.  I had just got “The Colour & the Shape” in 1998 or late 1997, so I didn’t go to Edgefest 1998.  Edgefest was a one day long touring festival of rock bands that went across Canada.  I went to the last touring Edgefest in 1999.  Saw Foo Fighters in 2000 at a similar festival organized by Our Lady Peace called “Summersault”.  This concert in 2018 was how I found out about ‘The Struts’.  I heard they were opening for Foo Fighters on this tour.  The Struts 2nd album will be available on iTunes & elsewhere on Friday, October 26th.  They remind me of Queen without the operatic parts.

We drove to Calgary on Monday, had Western Pizza for supper that evening, concert was Tuesday night.  We drove home Wednesday, mom wasn’t feeling very good, I took her ticket to see comedian Craig Ferguson at the Casino.  We basically stopped at my parents’ place place for a washroom break & left for the Casino.

Since the concert was postponed, ‘The Struts’ didn’t open & weren’t even there.  I was really looking forward to seeing them.  Well at least I got to see “Foo Fighters” for the 5th time in my life!  2000, 2003, 2011, 2015, & now 2018.  Kim & I had tickets to see them in 2008 in Saskatoon, but somebody got brain cancer & couldn’t go to the show.  My parents went to that show instead.

Dad’s ticket was his Christmas present for 2017.  We were in line for the doors to open at 6:00 pm.  Went in got our T-Shirts, some soft ice cream, & found our seats.  Exact same seats we had earlier this year for “Queens of the Stone Age”.  This was the last show of the tour, you could tell they were tired & rightfully so.  They played for 2 hours & 50 minutes roughly, they do that every show.  They played a minimum of at least one song from their 9 studio albums, a ‘Queen’ cover, ‘The Ramones’, Alice Cooper’, ‘Tom Petty’, & a mashup of the piano part of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ with the vocals of ‘Van Halen’s’ ‘Jump’.  It fits really well actually.  So 4 songs ASAP from the new album, and one song each from the previous 4 albums, 2 from “One by One”, 2 from “There is Nothing Left to Lose”, 3 from “The Colour & The Shape”, & one from their debut album.

The sound was poor at best.  Everything was too loud & the vocals were buried in the mix.  Everything was loud & distorted.  The opening band was a 3 piece band from the U.K. called ‘The Joy Formidable’, big letdown for me since I was really excited to see “The Struts”.  I guess I saved $30 since there were no ‘Struts’ T-Shirts.  Here’s a sample of what we heard from “Foo Fighters”……

LANGUAGE IN 2 OF THESE LINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This is with the singer of “The Struts”, in Calgary Dave Grohl played drums & sang while Taylor Hawkins went out front to sing his part.

Of course the show ended with “Everlong” as usual

 

Here’s a few songs by “The Struts”.  They remind me of “Queen” without the operatic parts….

 

From the new album out tomorrow.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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CONCERT UPDATE QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE WITH OPENERS ROYAL BLOOD

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Quiet Mother’s Day.  Over to my parents’ house for BBQ chicken & ribs, avocado salad & potato salad.  Followed by 2 tasty cakes.  Yes, I tried both cakes to make sure they were up to standard for everyone else……You’re welcome, I aim to please!

Lots of people there for supper.  Mom, dad, Kent, Leanne, my cousins Megan Gagnon, Danielle Gagnon, Grandma, Grandpa, aunt Leanne’s parents, Clint & Dorothy White, Mitch, Rachel was at a wedding shower, Kim & I.  I feel as though I’m missing someone?  Sorry, lots of people & 2 dogs, Mac & Goose, Brewster stayed with Sherry & James.

Yes, I have converted my dad into a “Big Wreck”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Royal Blood” fan & now a “Queens of the Stone Age” fan.  I saw “Royal Blood” open for “Foo Fighters” with my father in 2015.  I’ve never seen “Queens of the Stone Age” before this though.  A very quick trip to Calgary to see the show.  Drive on Wednesday, get there in time for supper.  Concert was on Thursday night.  Drove back to Regina on Friday & got here at about 6:00 pm.  A big thank you to my Aunt & Uncle Kent & Leanne Fraser for letting dad & I stay at their house!  Kent is my dad’s younger brother

When we saw Foo Fighters in 2015 my uncle said to me, “So you’ll only come to Calgary if Foo Fighters are in town?”  I should have said this time “Nope, we’ll come for Queens of the Stone Age too!”  In actuality Kim & I might go there for a bit of vacation time during the summer in the next few years.

This is just to show that a guy in a wheelchair can get out & still live a relatively ‘normal’ life with the help of family & friends!  My legs work a bit, so I’ll need help if I’m somewhere new.  By the 2nd day I figured out how to stand at the washroom counter on the main floor & the second floor to brush my teeth & wash my face.  Dad had to help me get to the toilet, not really a big deal?

The concert was FANTASTIC!  Royal Blood now has 2 ten song albums out & Queens of the Stone Age have 7 albums out.  The most recent album was produced by Mark Ronson who released 1 album with guest vocalist including “Uptown Funk” with “Bruno Mars”, I was curious at first just to hear what would come out of the 2 working together and the album was really good, live was even better.  Royal Blood opened…

Queens of the Stone Age were the headliner.  I’m not sure how long Royal Blood played for but they started right at 8:00 pm, which was nice, & Queens of the Stone Age finished right at 11:00 pm.  Short show, but well worth the trip….

I remember more songs they played but that’s quite a few already!  Nice needed break!

 

Yes, I consider myself a Metallica fan now, a friend of mine is a HUGE fan & lent me the CDs.  I have the studio albums & the live album with the symphony.  I had a few on CD as well.  I totally agree with the musicians having a strong dislike for Napster & now all of these streaming sites.  I personally hate them.  I use iTunes, if I had the physical space I’d start a vinyl collection!  Unless you’re buying a TON of merchandise, alcohol, clothing, or a fragrance released by your favourite artists, that’s the only way they’re able to continue doing what they’re do!  They’re not making money from album sales anymore!  Swedish metal groups Opeth & In Flames have their own brand of beer from Opeth & Gin from In Flames.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/metallicas-kirk-hammett-were-still-right-about-suing-napster-w520290

I used Napster, I downloaded Torrent files for free also.  While I was sick, we’d go to a music store & I’d pick out CDs, 2 a month when I was able to go home for a few hours at night.  I’d ask Kim to purchase the 2 CDs.  “Do you have this already?” she’d ask.  I usually said “Yes, the Torrent file”.  I carried on this way until CDs dropped in price.  Then I started to use iTunes.  I figured, “I was working for a paycheck, why not musicians?”  You’re entitled to get your music however you like.  Maybe it’s different than what I choose to do?  That’s fine with me, I use iTunes & Kim uses Apple Music.  Whatever floats your boat, I use Apple Music to preview an album before I buy it on iTunes.

 

“Trivium” needs to come back to Saskatoon, as well as “In Flames”.  Not only to play a show there but my “Trivium” & “In Flames” shirts both have a hole in the right armpit.  Now designated as exercise shirts.

 

Trailer for the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!  I heard it was in the works & that Sacha Baron Cohen “Borat” was fired when they got into the production, finally it’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/first-bohemian-rhapsody-trailer-released/

 

Mark Tremonti likes “The Cars”?  AWESOME!

I agree.  The Blue Jays are paying $20,000,000 a year for injured short stop, Troy Tulowitzki.  He was good for 2.5 months at the end of 2015 and currently hasn’t played since July of 2017.  His fielding is great, his hitting is more than questionable.  At least it’s not my money!  There’s about 6 rookie short stops waiting in the minor leagues, Tulowitzki has created a road block for.  The Blue Jays got him in the last week of July 2015.  He was good right up to mid-October, & hasn’t been the same since.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#! $ %^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

ROYAL BLOOD, FOO FIGHTERS & CALGARY

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Now my dad has seen Foo Fighters 3 times since 2008, & I’ve seen them 4 times since 2000. 2000 in Saskatoon at a 1 day outdoor festival, 2003 at a hall in Edmonton, 2011 & 2015 in Calgary. I’ll just say the concert was AWESOME! Royal Blood opened, played from 7-8, played a bit of a riff from Black Sabbath & most of their album. Foo Fighters played from 8:30-11:00, with no encore, a Rolling Stones song & “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie, both covers were pretty much spot on. They also played an album track that a casual fan might not have recognized? Also 3 songs from the new album “Sonic Highways”

I can’t remember the Black Sabbath riff Royal Blood played?

Royal Blood was really good too though! Bass player/singer & a drummer! REALLY GOOD!

The 4 of us, Mom, Dad, Kim & I stayed with my aunt & uncle, Kent & Leanne. We also visited my aunt & uncle in Aidrie, Joan & Terrance with my cousins Ryan & Kyla. Quick trip, drove all day Wednesday & Sunday, concert was Thursday evening. I think I gained 20lbs with visiting 2 brewerys, eating bread, cheese & scones, along with my aunt Joan’s perogys. We did sneak in a visit with Rydell & Candice which was really good. Candice is pregnant & was due on the 11th. She’s still pregnant though, waiting anxiously to get that baby out. She is & always has been PHAT! No “F” though, I can’t say DOPE since she has never smoked marijuana.

Good but fast trip to Calgary! Big thanks to Kent & Leanne for letting us stay with them & keeping us well fed & drunk………………..uh………………….hydrated?

Fun trip, only problem was Kim & I would wake up & pretty much not see each other until supper time. She would go out with my aunt & mother, while I went out with my uncle & father. My dad is the oldest of 3 children, Uncle Kent is the middle child & my Aunt Joan in Airdrie is the youngest of 3.

I listened to my iPod all the way to Calgary & back. Kim wanted to listen to an audiobook, I would’ve fallen asleep likely.

John Oliver’s take on televangelists. Who doesn’t want a $65 million jet? Just don’t ask for the money from the followers. SOME LANGUAGE! MOSTLY CENSORED!!!!

Fall Out Boy play “Uma Thurman” acoustic

Soundgarden was on the cover of Spin magazine 5 years ago today!

I’ve heard the name “The Dead Weather”, I’ve never heard their music until now

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/08/the-dead-weather-i-feel-love-every-million-miles/

I’m REALLY enjoying the new Finger Eleven album! It exceeded my expectations!

As well as the new Lamb of God album

I hate pre 1985 Rush, but this is pretty cool. An audience member sings “Tom Sawyer” on stage with Foo Fighters.

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/08/fan-fronts-foo-fighters-for-cover-of-rushs-tom-sawyer-watch/

Floating turntable?

http://consequenceofsound.net/video/the-floating-turntable-spin-your-records-vertically/

Good find Justin Bender!

Songs I like, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”

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“I feel good about the good things and bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

Bye,

Chris