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July
27th

More details, scenes from Nine Inch Nails U.S. tour launch


You can count on Nine Inch Nails to do at least two things in concert – to rock intensely and to dazzle with lots of unconventional special effects. And Nails did not disappoint on either front Saturday night during the U.S. tour launch at Seattle’s KeyArena. Trent Reznor’s outfit served up two hours of powerful cyber-rock, enhanced by some of the slickest and most innovative L.E.D. effects I’ve ever seen in concert.


The daring set list (photo here) will have fans talking, too, though some will surely grumble that

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March
30th

Guest reviewer Soren Andersen digs Saturday night Springsteen set

I was anxious to check out Ministry and Meshuggah last night. (More on that in my next post.) So we sent film critic Soren Andersen to check out last night’s biggest ticket, Bruce Springsteen, last night at KeyArena. And apparently he liked what he saw and heard. Here is part of his take:


No opening act. No introduction. No nonsense.


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band got right down to business after a late start Saturday night at Seattle’s KeyArena. Taking the stage at 8:35, an hour later than the concert’s scheduled start time, they tore

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Dec.
4th

Van Halen review

For the record, I’m not nearly as nostalgic about pre-Sammy Hagar Van Halen as most of the screaming, fist pumping fans that filled KeyArena Monday night. (Or for Van Hagar, for that matter.)


Typical fan filing into the show: Whoooooooooooo!!! Eddie! Eddie!


Me: Eh, I kinda liked "Panama" back in the day. It won’t be too annoying.


But between Eddie Van Halen’s jaw-dropping guitar heroics and singer David Lee Roth’s easy charm, I got swept up in Halenmania last night. The sorta reunited original lineup (also drummer Alex Van Halen and Eddie’s kid, Wolfgang, replacing Michael

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Sep.
9th

One, you cut a hole in the box … (A Justin Timberlake review)

Yes, Justin Timberlake played the song from "Saturday Night Live" during an amazing set Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome.


You know the one. It’s about – um – putting something in a box. It’s the subject of the most infamous "SNL" skit since Christopher Walken demanded more cow bell. And it’s one of the most popular clips in the history of YouTube.com, having spawned a gang of parodies.


And it was also the cherry on top of a performance that had already been packed with too many crowd pleasing moments to count. Granted, JT was a bit

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July
28th

Toby Keith review

A while back Toby Keith was pegged, quite unfairly, as some kind of extreme right-wing jingo. And there he was on the White River Amphitheatre stage singing "Love Me If You Can," a tender ballad about how misunderstood and hurt he’d been in the wake of the "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" controversy.


"I’m a man of my convictions," he sang. "Call me wrong, call me right/ But I bring my better angels to every fight."


Hey, who knew Mr. Boot in Your A– had such a vulnerable, sensitive side?


"We’ve

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July
8th

Report from Kenny Chesney’s Summer Flip Flop show

Well, Kenny Chesney did it again. He drew an estimated 43,000 to 45,000 to Qwest Field Saturday, the year after he drew similar numbers to the Seattle venue. And this time he doesn’t have to worry about those pesky Rolling Stones stealing his thunder with their own stadium tour.


Ol’ Kenny has dubbed summer’s biggest country package tour – which included opening sets by Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Sara Evans and Pat Green – the Flip Flop Summer Tour. (And I ain’t bitter about him ignoring perfectly good advice from my review last year,

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June
28th

Is the Fall Out Boy phenomenon waning?

Soon, they may have to change their name to Burn Out Boy.


For now they’re called Fall Out Boy. And the chart-topping Chicago quartet headlined the Tacoma Dome yet again Wednesday night, just six months after an appearance there with Kiss-FM’s Jingle Bell Bash, and a year and change after another headlining gig.


All that touring has got to take a toll, on both the band and fan willingness to keep buying tickets. So fan burnout seemed as likely an explanation as any for why only about 7,000 watched the undisputed kings of emo-pop headline

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June
15th

McGraw and Hill deliver smash hits and killer covers

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill could have easily rested on their laurels after headlining the highest grossing tour in country music history last year. Their Soul2Soul trek raked in $88.8 million in 55 cities, including a hit-filled two-night stand in Seattle, more than enough cash to warrant a very long vacation.


But nope, that wasn’t the agenda of country’s reigning power couple. Instead they got that cash cow back on the road and swung back through Puget Sound again Thursday night, drawing another estimated 14,000 to 15,000 elated fans to the Tacoma Dome.


And

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May
28th

Sasquatch top five

Just got back from the Gorge a little while ago. And after I hit the showers to scrub off a few layers of grime and sunblock, I’ll be able to sort throught my photos from last night’s Beastie Boys and Interpol sets. Check back later.


Meanwhile, here’s my top five favorite acts from this year’s festival. If you went hit me up with your own favorite moments:



Sasquatch 2007 top five performances:


1. Beastie Boys: What can I say? They’re the Rolling Stones of rap, and they’ve still got it. Loved the suits and

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May
27th

Arcade Fire and Bjork at Sasquatch

A few notes on Sasquatch so far:


Having only seen the Arcade Fire once – at Sasquatch a couple of years ago – I still had the band filed under "pretty good but slightly pretentious and overrated." Yeah, I’ve got a file for that. But last night’s set made me a believer. Such a passionate delivery; and the day’s most moving and invigorating moments was when thousands of fans wailed along to the refrain from "Wake Up." Powerful stuff.


And in keeping with the themes on this year’s "Neon Bible" album, front man Win Butler dedicated

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