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IdRatherBeSkiing

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  • Duran Duran / with Chic [09/19 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON]

This concert was tonight. Had a 3rd band as opener "Bastille". This turns out to be the main reason my son got me the tickets for Fathers Day as he wanted to see them do one of his favourite songs "Pompeii". I will cover each band separately. But first:

STONER ANNOYANCE FACTOR (0-10): 1.

There were some 45-50 year old women ahead of me which were generally annoying. Doing the standing and dancing and acting like 20somethings all the time mainly. Not that big a deal as the stadium had stadium seating.

Bastille
I was not familiar with any of his/their music. But he was funny in a self-depricating way and I liked all of his music. So I had a good time. No song I liked enough to add to my library.

Playlist
1. Good Grief
2. What You Gonna Do???
3. Million Pieces
4. survivin'
5. Happier (Marshmello & Bastille cover)
6. Of the Night
7. Shut Off the Lights
8. Pompeii


Chic
I should have said "Nile Rogers & Chic" as that is how it was billed. There was little doubt about who's ego was being stroked with this one. The ego stroking was generally annoying starting with the taped intro and going on throughout the show. On a personal level, I dislike him because of that. However, he certainly did some good songs and their performance was generally flawless. I knew the Chic songs but I did not know he did the big Sister Sledge songs, the big Diana Ross songs in the early 80s, some big Bowie 80s songs and some big Madonna songs and others. He did those also tonight. Generally good renditions although they butchered "We Are Family" something horrible. Occasional caterwauling from one of the singers who sang in an irritating high voice should have been avoided. And it would have been cool if they could have incorporated "Another One Bites The Dust" in "Good Times" like they did with "Rappers Delight" as both those songs derive from "Good Times" but they did not. But an enjoyable show despite comments above.

Playlist
1. Le Freak
2. Everybody Dance
3. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)
4. I Want Your Love
5. I'm Coming Out / Upside Down (Diana Ross cover)
6. He's the Greatest Dancer / We Are Family (Sister Sledge cover)
7. Like a Virgin / Material Girl (Madonna cover)
8. Modern Love (David Bowie cover)
9. Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)
10. Let's Dance (David Bowie cover)
11. Good Times / Rapper's Delight

Duran Duran
This show started with a big strike. The warmup tape contained the stupid nameless horse song. For shame.

But I enjoyed their 80s stuff that I recognized. Their other stuff was ok. The unfamiliar seemed to be grouped together which caused me to sort of disconnect from the flow a bit. Their new song ("Danse Macabre"), which is dropping in November, is ok.

They did make excellent use of the video boards behind the stage (all 3 bands did). It would have been nice if they showed the "Rio" video and some of their cool videos with the songs but they did not. It also did have a plus of no guitar or drum solos. Generally a good show. And a nice dinner at The Spagetti Factory before as well.

Playlist
(tape) Velvet Newton
1. Night Boat
2. The Wild Boys
3. Hungry Like the Wolf
(tape) The James Bond Theme (John Barry song)
4. A View to a Kill
5. Notorious
6. Lonely in Your Nightmare / Super Freak
7. Is There Something I Should Know?
8. Anniversary
9. Friends of Mine
10. Careless Memories
11. Ordinary World (Dedicated to the people of Ukraine)
12. Come Undone (with Kiesza)
13. Danse Macabre
14. Planet Earth (With Band Intros)
15. White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) (Grandmaster Melle Mel cover)
16. The Reflex
17. Girls on Film / Acceptable in the 80's
Encore:
18 .Save a Prayer
19. Rio


Upcoming Shows:

2023:
  • Drew Lynch (comedian) [09/22 Elgin & Wintergarden Theatre, Toronto, ON]
2024:
  • Trooper & Streetheart [01/20 Casino Rama, Orillia, ON]
 

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There were some 45-50 year old women ahead of me which were generally annoying.
Cougars travel in packs.
Just added them to the two-hit wonder thread
Like a Virgin / Material Girl (Madonna cover)
Dear lord no. I mighta left.
The warmup tape contained the stupid nameless horse song.
Why? I mean, even for people who like the song, why this one? Makes no sense to me. Might as well play "Drop Kick Me Jesus" or "Alley-oop". Seems very random.
 

scotchandcigar

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Bastille is big on the Adult Contemp. stations. And yes, Nile Rogers is a big deal. He is (as you know) the man behind a lot of bands. He also plays with a lot of the big name groups.
 

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This concert was tonight. Had a 3rd band as opener "Bastille". This turns out to be the main reason my son got me the tickets for Fathers Day as he wanted to see them do one of his favourite songs "Pompeii". I will cover each band separately. But first:

STONER ANNOYANCE FACTOR (0-10): 1.

There were some 45-50 year old women ahead of me which were generally annoying. Doing the standing and dancing and acting like 20somethings all the time mainly. Not that big a deal as the stadium had stadium seating.
I'd assume those were Duranies reliving their youth.
Playlist
(tape) Velvet Newton
1. Night Boat
2. The Wild Boys
3. Hungry Like the Wolf
(tape) The James Bond Theme (John Barry song)
4. A View to a Kill
5. Notorious
6. Lonely in Your Nightmare / Super Freak
7. Is There Something I Should Know?
8. Anniversary
9. Friends of Mine
10. Careless Memories
11. Ordinary World (Dedicated to the people of Ukraine)
12. Come Undone (with Kiesza)
13. Danse Macabre
14. Planet Earth (With Band Intros)
15. White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) (Grandmaster Melle Mel cover)
16. The Reflex
17. Girls on Film / Acceptable in the 80's
Encore:
18 .Save a Prayer
19. Rio
That's a really solid setlist. I hope I get to scratch 'em off my "never saw them live" list while there's still a chance. I've been going thru a bit of a DD rediscovery because I've been reading Andy Taylor's autobiography.
 
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IdRatherBeSkiing

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I am not saying he is not deserving but when he is giving the accolades to himself, it is a bit nauseating. It does not affect him as a musician or my appreciation of his work or talent just my personal opinion of him as a person -- big ego. I may feel differently if I met him in private -- maybe I am being rubbed the wrong way by his stage persona.
 

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At the same time, I didn't get to experience the overly enthusiastic introduction and excessive praise, so I may have found it annoying too.
 

Aaron

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When I think of Chic I think of those crazy good bass lines. Did they have a bass player at the concert that did them justice?
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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  • Drew Lynch (comedian) [09/22 Elgin & Wintergarden Theatre, Toronto, ON]
This show was last week, I forgot to write it up. It was a good show. Was the first time I have been to a "general admission" event with no assigned seating in a long time. But we had good seats and the crowd was polite. It was not a sellout.

STONER ANNOYANCE FACTOR (0-10): 0.

Drew had an opener for him. He was moderately funny. He seemed to try too hard at times. Drew was hilarious. And I was impressed that it looked like he built his whole routine based upon his experiences within the last 24-48 hours. He described the state of Toronto construction accurately as well as an in depth accounting of Canadian customs. If you believe his routine, he forgot his passport in a Detroit hotel room the night before. If it was made up, it was exceedingly accurate which made it extremely funny. Show total was just over 90 minutes but he packed a whole bunch of laughs in.


Upcoming Shows:

2024:
  • Trooper & Streetheart [01/20 Casino Rama, Orillia, ON]
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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HecticArt

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For me, the loudest that comes to mins was David Lee Roth with Cinderella, and I think Tesla in 1986.
my ears literally rang for a week.
 

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When I was a teenager, a group of us saw the Doobie Brothers at an outdoor venue on the grounds of the Belmont Racetrack. We spent the whole day there, first watching a couple of horse races, and then we got to the general admission concert area really early. So we sat near the front row of seats, probably 50 feet from the stage. In front of us, they had those giant speaker towers, made to carry the sound over the big lawn area. We were all in the direct blast zone of the towers. I remember standing on my chair (because everyone was), and losing my balance because of the sound pressure pounding my ears. Everything sounded quiet for several days afterwards.
 

HecticArt

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Fortunately, speakers have gotten a lot better, they don't need the "wall of sound" any more, and they can get better sound quality with less decibels.
 

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The Depeche Mode concert was on Saturday. The opening act was a band called DIIV. Wasn’t familiar with them, but they had a good sound.

Depeche Mode was great live, both main guys can really sing, and Gahan really controls the stage. They played quite a few unfamiliar songs, but they sounded great also. Closed up with the hits. Very enjoyable concert.