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  #2377095 17-Dec-2019 15:13
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trig42:

 

Could have also done with seeing the actual band on those massive screens a bit more.

 

 

Surely giant face-pics of Jacinda and Helen were just as fulfilling ... shudder





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  #2377235 17-Dec-2019 18:20
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I've been to quite a few concerts over the years - often lucky enough to get promo tickets. My first concert was Fleetwood Mac @ Western Springs, $9.95 entry & Stevie Nicks could barely stand up - hopeless. Tom Petty's Damn The Torpedoes tour was next - destined to become one of the greatest American musicians ever - then U2 at the Logan Campbell Centre when they were just a year or so out of school, I Will Follow and Gloria were radio power plays.

 

The single best concert was the one-hit wonder acid-jazz band Saint Germain at Bruce Mason theatre in Takapuna. This was the very first time they'd ever filled a venue anywhere, & they really went to town for the audience. An amazing night of, IIRC, 8 musicians blitzing it with an energetic free-form jazz that took off in all directions, all held together by Mr Saint Germain, who sat some 5 meters above the band in the dark, capturing their sounds on the fly & feeding it back immediately (so a flute solo became a 2-flute battle with the second flute invisible) or throwing a few pre-recorded loops in where required (that "I want you to get together" line was originally recorded at the Montreux Jazz festival in the 1960's). His skill at letting the band go wherever they felt like then reeling them back in with his signature bass line was stunning. Entertainment at it's very best, the audience ranged widely in age but no-one remained seated, you just couldn't stay down. A measure of the impact this show had - you know how everyone is GTFO as soon as any show is over? A full hour later there was still an informal knot of respected industry professionals including Peter Urlich & Kevin Black reliving the show outside the front door.

 

Outdoor belongs to 28 January 1995 - Western Springs in summer - Crowded House supporting REM. Grant Lee Buffalo kicked off, then Crowded House, pretty much at their peak popularity, simply hung the moon. Hometown heroes, they could easily have filled the Springs by themselves & played as though they were the main attraction. I've never seen a support act guitarist crowd-surfing before or since. Their show was easily worth the full ticket price. Then came one of the biggest bands in the world - REM, the grandfathers of grunge, who just blew the venue to bits, defining their music at massive volume. Opening with Orange Crush, a huge, mofo of a rock song that explained just why REM were so big. As the cacophony of sound faded, Michael Stipe laconically introduced himself with "Uhmm, that was a song & here's another one" into The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight - OMG, uniquely powerful rock songs performed with honesty & enthusiasm. There isn't a band like REM any more, music has changed. That night was a combination performance of two massive bands that complimented each other's style, performing in front of some 70,000 adoring fans who were lucky enough to attend one of the greatest Western Springs concerts ever.





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  #2377270 17-Dec-2019 20:16
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Outdoor belongs to 28 January 1995 - Western Springs in summer - Crowded House supporting REM. Grant Lee Buffalo kicked off, then Crowded House, pretty much at their peak popularity, simply hung the moon. Hometown heroes, they could easily have filled the Springs by themselves & played as though they were the main attraction. I've never seen a support act guitarist crowd-surfing before or since. Their show was easily worth the full ticket price. Then came one of the biggest bands in the world - REM, the grandfathers of grunge, who just blew the venue to bits, defining their music at massive volume. Opening with Orange Crush, a huge, mofo of a rock song that explained just why REM were so big. As the cacophony of sound faded, Michael Stipe laconically introduced himself with "Uhmm, that was a song & here's another one" into The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight - OMG, uniquely powerful rock songs performed with honesty & enthusiasm. There isn't a band like REM any more, music has changed. That night was a combination performance of two massive bands that complimented each other's style, performing in front of some 70,000 adoring fans who were lucky enough to attend one of the greatest Western Springs concerts ever.


I was one of the 70,000 with you at this concert.
Totally agree with everything you said, it was an epically good experience.

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  #2413679 6-Feb-2020 14:14
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Queen and Adam Lambert at Sky Stadium in Wellington last night.

 

Loved it. Great stage show, lighting etc. Adam Lambert was brilliant can sing and he’s a flamboyant showman, yet he’s humble enough to know he’ll never be Freddie.

 

Not quite as good as that April night at Mt. Smart back in 85 though.





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  #2415270 9-Feb-2020 18:11
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Queen and Adam Lambert at Sky Stadium in Wellington last night.

 

Loved it. Great stage show, lighting etc. Adam Lambert was brilliant can sing and he’s a flamboyant showman, yet he’s humble enough to know he’ll never be Freddie.

 

Not quite as good as that April night at Mt. Smart back in 85 though.

 

 

Agreed.  It was an awesome concert.  Looking forward to Melbourne in a week and a half also.





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  #2415282 9-Feb-2020 19:33
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I saw the muttonbirds on thursday night. Im glad I got to finally see this long lived, famous (stop me before the word iconic comes out)  band.

 

They were tight and sounded pretty good - finally a soundman who is not as deaf as a post, well done that man. They played the famous songs and yay, that was all great.

 

 

 

The thing missing though, I realised later, was that edgy, dangerous element you get from a real rock band. For me there was a feeling of pleasure, joy (DM was charming) and so on, but the missing element was excitement. You know, that feeling when you see a band and you think FAARRRRK! this is great ! 


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I am bit late posting this but I only just saw the thread and it did say "what concert did you attend and how was it"

 

For me it was Yuja Wang (concert pianist) with Myung-Whun Chung and the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Royal Albert Hall in London in September last year.

 

The main piece was Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto which is a favourite of mine.

 

I saw the notice for the concert in March 2019 and made a mental note to buy two tickets when they were available (July 2019). The initial plan was for my daughter and I to attend the concenrt (she would be flying in from SF) but then my wife wanted to go also (not to the concert, but to London). So we made it a mini vacation with London, Paris, Avignon, Bordeaux and Berlin.

 

Though I lived in London for two years I had never been to the Royal Albert Hall. The concert was fabulous, the playing full of virtuosity and passion and the venue amazing. Worth the trip.





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  #2421527 15-Feb-2020 20:50
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Mi Se x and The Strangers in Wellington.

I’d never heard of the first band and didn’t feel I’d missed much because of that fact.

The Stranglers were excellent. Amazing to hear Golden Brown live when I can recall seeing it on Top Of The Pops in 1982.





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  #2430381 2-Mar-2020 20:04
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Tool, Spark Arena, Feb 29.  

 

Just no words.  


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  #2430431 2-Mar-2020 20:14
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Breaking Beats Warehouse Rave 2.0.

 

What I saw was great, but I went home very early because I was crook as a dog, which blows because I'd been looking forward it to it for months lol.





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  #2431463 2-Mar-2020 22:00
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Tool 28/2/20.

 

4th time I've seen them, Fear Inoculum is far better live than I would have thought.


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  #2431514 2-Mar-2020 22:48
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5th time for me. Totally agree, also it was the best show I've seen them perform. Highly polished, they're at the top of their game.

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  #2431524 3-Mar-2020 03:10
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I don't even remember when i was last time at concert. hmm... o yes it was before few years i was on some folk concert with my wife and her parents... so you can imagine how that was.....


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  #2431535 3-Mar-2020 06:46
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Dunnersfella:

Tool 28/2/20.


4th time I've seen them, Fear Inoculum is far better live than I would have thought.



First time I'd seen them. To be honest I was annoyed at the set list. I knew the new album would get heavy play. But would've preferred more older tracks.
Don't get me wrong, it sounded amazing and I was impressed how much they could play as a four piece, and I thought the lack of visuals of the band did well to hide the fact they must all be in their fifties by now.
I really ought to have gone when they were here last when they hadn't released any new material in awhile.

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  #2431600 3-Mar-2020 10:04
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7empest was worth the price of admission.


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