23 July 2016, Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA
It’s actually hard to write about this concert in my usual reportage style. This was very emotional for me, seeing Don in person for the first time since Glenn died. At times I felt overwhelmed. Of course the performance was stunning; Don is rarely anything less.
16 July 2016, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Two words: Rock God. Another word: Wow.
Having only previously seen him live doing a few songs at the Countdown Spectacular 2 extravaganza in Sydney in 2007, and then having had two failed attempts at seeing him headline a full concert (I had a ticket to see him in London three years ago but I was too sick to go; I had a ticket to see him in Sydney two years ago but he cancelled the tour in favour of making a movie with Meryl Streep… as you do), finally I was in an audience surrounded by Rick’s famous Super Fans to see him in full flight and wow. Just wow.
3 July 2016, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
Another year, another Chicago concert. Except this one was different. Reinvigorated and bolstered by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three months ago, Chicago sold out three nights at the Hollywood Bowl over the July 4 weekend. Along with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and its jovial conductor Thomas Wilkins, and the US Air Force Band of the Golden West, no less, plus fireworks, there was plenty of colour and ceremony and spectacle to go with those classic Chicago songs I’ve heard and seen them play each year for a while now.
8 April 2016, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Finally the greatest ever rock band with horns has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After many years of following and befriending and interviewing and adoring this band, I had to be in the room to witness the event, especially with their co-founder and original drummer Danny Seraphine reuniting with his former bandmates.
8 April 2016, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was a lot of fun, even if I am not a big fan of the other artists inducted for 2016. The show was fast-paced and had a few surprises, many tender moments, many laughs, and more.
19 September 2015, Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage, CA
Another chance to see Ann and Nancy Wilson, nice and close. A different set than what they played at the Hollywood Bowl, and a much different audience, but still such a delight. I’m crazy on them as always, and more photos to show for it.
21 August 2015, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
With nothing much left to prove or achieve in their careers, Ann and Nancy Wilson stepped onto the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for the first time ever with their current version of Heart and with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra behind them, broke into their deeply soulful rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and it all built from there.