Black Sabbath—the world's best heavy metal band. Every band has its "peak," but it is clear from Sabbath's final show that the near 50-year-old Birmingham boys still have metal deep in their roots.
Back on the 12th of June, Harry Styles came to Nashville, Tennessee to perform live at Bridgestone Arena. Was I excited? Yes. Was I anxious? OH YEAH! See I have panic disorder along with other mental health disorders. But my anxiety is what gets the best of me.
I recently attended Harry Styles' concert at Madison Square Garden. To most people when you hear Harry Styles, you think of an ex boy band member that all teenage girls obsess over. While that is not wrong, he is so much more then that. Harry Styles is an idol to me and many others. He uses his platform for great things, and has changed so much of the way I think and hear music. I was never a big fan of One Direction, I liked some of their music but never went to their concerts or anything. I do regret that now. Harry is different to me. I don't see him as a boy band member, I see him as a loving person who wants to impact the world and I applaud him for that. When Harry's album dropped last year, I could not get tickets to his sold out Radio City show but was lucky enough to get two tickets to his second sold out night at Madison Square Garden. I scored them both for $150 right next to b stage. I personally was so happy I was able to get tickets and waited so long for the concert but it was all worth the wait. When Harry released his first solo single "Sign Of The Times," I immediately fell in love with everything about it. It was so much of what I craved in this pop filled music industry and the lyrics meant so much to me. When Harry released his album that I anticipated so much it was so much of what I wanted and more. From then on, I was a full time Harry Styles fan.
Let me lay it all out there for you. I've been to a bunch of concerts. This is a long list of 24 concerts (one for every year I've been alive) I can remember attending from the time I was 12 up until now. Judge away.
As the sun began to set on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York at the St Joseph Health Amphitheater, Imagine Dragons lit up the stage. The four-man band from Las Vegas, Nevada definitely know how to engage with their audience and put on one hell of a show. The band has been a powerhouse of mainstream hits since 2012 with their first successful single, “It’s Time” off of their Night Vision album. However, it was the song “Radioactive” from this same album that solidified them as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. They opened the show with “Radioactive”, the song which, incidentally, holds the record for spending the longest time on the Billboards Top 100, 87 weeks.
Vegas needs music like music needs Vegas. The two are inextricably linked. Vegas has hosted some of the greatest shows of all time, including record-breakingly long runs that have defied the odds. Elvis, for example, performed for an incredible run in Vegas between 1969-76 that included 837 consecutive sell-outs. Vegas always does things big – like finding the biggest stars and paying them big money to perform at big venues. Just look at Celine Dion, who earns approximately $500,000 per performance for a 70 nights-a-year contract. But how did Vegas become such a magnet for stars and audiences, and how has it managed to evolve alongside changing trends in music and culture?
This article is in response to a friend's Facebook Post, which asked anyone to comment with a list of their five favorite concerts (I listed seven because I couldn't help myself). While forming my response, an avalanche of memories came over me, each show being so tightly connected to a certain "era" of my life.
On March 30, the Danforth Music Hall was blessed with a night of transcendent musical energy. Upon entering the floor, about 20 minutes before the opening act, the crowd was small and dispersed and chatting amongst themselves.
Weird Al Yankovic has been one of the most successful musicians in the humor genre to date. His parodies are international successes and his clever renditions have given him much deserved musical recognition. What is interesting about Weird Al, is that while you’re laughing at the lyrics, you come to realize that the music is actually quite good. No matter what song he is doing the supporting music is solid. Sometimes Weird Al used session musicians to the extent of Ray Manzarek of The Doors doing keys and helping him on the stylistic parody, "Craigslist," whose release was just after the case closing of the “Craigslist Killer.”
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, my life split into two parts: Before I saw Portugal. The Man, and after.
What was the longest concert that you have ever been to, live?