07/08/2017 Fuel, Unwill (Rochester, NY @ The German House)

By Eric | July 9, 2017 10:29 am

[American Acid was first band on, didn’t see them.]

Untitled
Jesus or a Gun
Empty Spaces
Mary Pretends
Bad Day
Sunburn
Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller Band cover)
Shimmer
Bittersweet
Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty cover)
Puppet Strings
Hemmorhage
[Innocent was on the setlist but didn’t get played]

2017-07-08 Fuel @ German House

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06/29/2017 Our Lady Peace, Collective Soul, Tonic (Buffalo, NY @ Albright Knox Art Gallery)

By Eric | June 30, 2017 10:33 am

Tonic
—–
Open Up Your Eyes
Liar
Top Falls Down
You Wanted More
Sugar
Mountain
If You Could Only See

You Wanted More

Collective Soul
—————
Simple
Heavy
Better Now
Shine
December
The World I Know
Contagious
Right as Rain
Where the River Flows
Run

Our Lady Peace
————–
Innocent
Is Anybody Home?
Superman’s Dead
One Man Army
Paper Moon / Life
Somewhere Out There
Drop Me In The Water
Not Enough
In Repair
Clumsy
Heavyweight
4am
Starseed

2017-06-29 Our Lady Peace @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Starseed

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Papa Roach – 2017 – Crooked Teeth (Deluxe)

By Eric | June 12, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Papa Roach
Title: Crooked Teeth
Label: Eleven Seven
Released: May 19, 2017
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Deluxe Edition
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Break The Fall
#Crooked Teeth
#My Medication
#Born For Greatness
#American Dreams
#Periscope (featuring Skylar Grey)
#Help
#Sunrise Trailer Park (featuring MGK)
#Traumatic
#None Of The Above
#Ricochet
#Nothing
#Bleeding Through

#Intro (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Face Everything And Rise (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Getting Away With Murder (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Between Angels and Insects (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Where Did The Angels Go? (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Broken Home (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Burn (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Forever (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Scars (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Lifeline (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Infest (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Kick in the Teeth (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Broken As Me (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Still Swingin (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#To Be Loved (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)
#Last Resort (Live at Fillmore, Detroit)

Review:


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Chris Cornell – 2011 – Songbook

By Eric | June 12, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Chris Cornell
Title: Songbook
Label: Universal
Released: Nov 21, 2011
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#As Hope and Promise Fade
#Scar On The Sky
#Call Me A Dog
#Ground Zero
#Can’t Change Me
#I Am The Highway
#Thank You
#Cleaning My Gun
#Wide Awake
#Fell On Black Days
#All Night Thing
#Doesn’t Remind Me
#Like A Stone
#Black Hole Sun
#Imagine
#The Keeper

Review:


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20 Years Of Concerts

By Eric | June 11, 2017 8:00 am

June 11th, 2017 – 20 years since my first concert. Where does the time go? It was only yesterday that… No. No it wasn’t. It was 20 years go. You’re old, Eric. Get over it.

Anyway, since I’m a dork I thought it would be fun to run the numbers on the Concert Chronology and look at some basic stats:

* 355 shows over 20 years. It works out to an average of 17.75 shows a year, or a shade under one and a half per month. This doesn’t include the countless local bands / bar bands either, just the major stuff. I’m not even hazarding a guess as to dollars spent. I don’t wanna know,

* 2001 was the banner year – 37 shows, and 2009 was right behind that at 33. 1997 only had 4 (I was just starting!) and 2006 had a lowly 3, all in March (Thanks to the year of weddings and bachelor parties. Literally, they all happened that year.)

* 587 different artists at 101 different venues, in only 3 different states/provinces (PA got a handful). I even accounted for name changes! (Same building = same venue. Looking at you Marine Midland / HSBC / First Niagara, and also Milestones / High Fidelity / Flour City.)

* Bands most often seen: The Tea Party and Sevendust are tied for first at 17 shows apiece, Our Lady Peace is right behind at 16, Staind at 12, Theory of a Deadman and Cold at 11 each, and Econoline Crush and The Tragically Hip are at 10 each. Inexplicably, I’ve suffered through Velour (even when they tried to disguise themselves as the Turnstones) 10 times as well.

* “Weirdest” artists seen would probably have to be Wang Chung and/or Vanilla Ice (during his nu-metal phase). Can’t think of any others that are that LOL-worthy.

* Venues most visited: Water Street Music Hall (RIP) runs away with this one – 48 shows, with another 6 on the club side. Montage is next at 21, Darien Lake had 20, Town Ballroom had 19, Showplace Theater had 18.

* Rochester beat Buffalo 141 to 109. Darien was a distant third with 20.

* There’s no way in hell I could do any kind of ranking, not even of just “memorable” shows. There’s simply too many.

I wrote a little piece for 10 years worth of shows, and while most of those sentiments still hold true, however, with age supposedly comes a little bit of wisdom. I no longer wait in lines if I can help it. I now will gladly pay for a VIP meet and greet instead of waiting outside for hours by the bus, mainly because my time is more valuable, but also because that money goes directly to the artist that I’m there supporting in the first place. I’m forced to be a bit more judicious in which shows to go to, so I try to wring a bit more experience out of each one.

Finally, I hope I’m still doing this for another 20 years, hopefully with the boys! Nothing like being the old guy in the back complaining about the “kids these days” and how much better these shows used to be!

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05/30/2017 Tool, Once And Future Band (Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena)

By Eric | May 31, 2017 10:39 am

Imagine everyone’s surprise when Tool announced a short tour in the Spring of 2017, and Rochester got a date! Naturally I jumped on a ticket to this show as soon as it was announced, and so did everyone else – it allegedly sold out in something like 20 minutes. It had only been 15 years since I’d last seen them (August 2002 in Hamilton), and with only one album released in that timeframe, I hadn’t missed all that much! Regardless, I made sure to get a lower bowl seat rather than a floor seat, so as to be able to see all the visuals without craning my neck. There was seats on the floor as well, but my view from the left side of the stage was pretty good (it better have been for a $100 ticket!). I got in just as Once and Future Band was finishing up, and from what little I saw, I didn’t miss much. They were trying to recreate the 70’s prog-rock vibe – not my cup of tea.

Tool *is* my cup of tea though, and when they kicked it off with The Grudge, the entire place predictably went nuts. The band sounded fantastic, the visuals were stunning, and the setlist was interesting. Two songs off Opiate, five from AEnima, four from Lateralus, two from 10,000 days, a new/old song (Descending), but curiously nothing from Undertow whatsoever. Didn’t matter much to me, as what they did play was great. Well worth the ticket price and the wait. I stuck around in the seats for a little bit to let the crowd clear out, and snagged a bootleg tour shirt that someone had left behind!

2017-05-30 21.04.47 TOOL

Set 1:
The Grudge
Parabol
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
├ćnema
Descending
Jambi
Third Eye
Forty-Six & 2

Set 2:
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Sweat
(-) Ions
Stinkfist

The Grudge

Schism

Parabola

Opiate

AEnema

Descending / Jambi

Third Eye

46 & 2

Vicarious

Stinkfist

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All That Remains – 2017 – Madness

By Eric | May 21, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: All That Remains
Title: Madness
Label: Razor & Tie
Released: Apr 28, 2017
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Safe House
#Madness
#Nothing I Can Do
#If I’m Honest
#Halo
#Louder
#Rivercity
#Open Grave
#Far From Home
#Trust And Believe
#Back To You
#Never Sorry
#The Thunder Rolls

Review:


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Soul Coughing – 1997 – Made Especially For You By Soul Coughing

By Eric | May 10, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Soul Coughing
Title: Made Especially For You By Soul Coughing
Label: Slash
Released: Jan 1, 1997
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Suzy Snowflake
#Super Bon Bon (Live)
#Screenwriter’s Blues (Live)
#Collapse (Live)
#Janine (Live)

Review:

Track 2 recorded live on the Howard Stern Show at WXRK.

Track 3 recorded live on Kevin and Bean at KROQ.

Track 4 recorded live at Sonic Studios for Y100 Sonic Session.

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The Dirty Pennies – 2017 – Kick Out the Rocks

By Eric | March 31, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: The Dirty Pennies
Title: Kick Out the Rocks
Label: Self Released
Released: Mar 24, 2017
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Blood of Me
#Explosions
#Water So Cold
#Sweet Talkin’
#Kick Out the Rocks
#Steve’s Song
#Woman of Mine
#Blue Hospital
#Devil Springs
#The Drinking Song [Explicit]
#When I Hit the Road
#Man on a Wire
#Track 13

Review:


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Jasta – 2017 – The Lost Chapters

By Eric | March 31, 2017 6:00 pm

Artist: Jasta
Title: The Lost Chapters
Label: Stillborn
Released: Mar 31, 2017
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed

Tracklist:

#This Is Your Life
#Parasitic
#The Same Flame
#Back to What Matters
#Until We Bleed Again
#Chasing Demons
#The Immortal
#Deadly Business
#Buried Alive

Review:


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