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London — Football, Carnival and Muse

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I was in London for a couple of weeks in August/September and in-between work commitments, meetings, and various outings with friends, I had time to take in quite a few events of interest. Among them were the Chelsea matches at home against Stoke City and away against West Ham. Both matches were victories, I am glad to say.

Notting Hill Carnival
I arrived in town on England's traditional end-of-August bank holiday weekend when there are parties and festivals galore. One of them is the Notting Hill Carnival, when that whole section of the city is blocked off from traffic and thousands and thousands (if not millions!) of people take to the streets to enjoy food, music, dancing and revelry.

Any British readers will know what I'm talking about, but for me this was my first experience with this event and I loved it. There's a large Caribbean influence in Notting Hill and that is reflected in the carnival where you can have some jerk chicken, rice & beans or a roti as you grab a beer from the local off-license store and dance to some reggae at one of the many stages where DJs had set up their soundsystems. There is a parade down one of the main thoroughfares with floats and dancers following along.

I spent much of my time in the northern part of the borough where the Good Times and Sancho Panza stands were. The DJs at both of these zones played mainly house music, with Norman Jay's Good Times stand adding in some disco and funk to the mix.

I enjoyed it so much on the first day, Sunday, that I returned on Monday for another run. Fortunately, I had some friends around on both days so thanks to them for keeping my company. I'm already thinking about scheduling a trip for next year! I’ll post some photos soon.

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Muse Concert at Wembley
I have been to Wembley Stadium for football matches and even for a couple of American football games but hadn't yet taken in a concert at the venue. When I heard that Muse was playing, with Lily Allen opening, I jumped at the chance to see them.

Sadly, my friends and I arrived halfway through Lily Allen's set and I'm not sure her sound is quite stadium-friendly, but I enjoyed hearing it nonetheless. I had already seen her full show at the Exit Festival last year. Allen is a guilty pleasure of mine. No reason why I should like her brand of pop but I enjoy her witty, very-English lyrics and (probably fake) singing accent. I know…

Muse came on after and did very well. I had never realized what a stadium rock band they are, but the fact that they'd filled Wembley and the serious attention paid to lights, visuals and performance tricks (eg. the suit with the lights, the rising mid-crowd platform, the member of the band floating up into the air for one song, etc.) showed me they really wanted to put on a show and put a lot of effort into it. Apparently they do this once a year or so, or so I heard.

Turns out I know a lot more Muse songs than I thought and it was good to see them live. Couldn't really find fault with their performance.

Summer Concert Wrap-Up

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Another busy season of concerts this summer and despite a bit of travel and the massive heatwave I managed to make it to a few shows.

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Seal
Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel made an appearance at the B1 Maximum nightclub in July. One of the best male voices in popular music, he nevertheless hasn't put out any music of note in quite a while. Luckily, Seal has had enough singles over the years to fill a show with greatest hits and please his adoring public, accompanied by a very capable band, as you'd expect from a rumored diva such as he.

Seal started more than an hour after doors opened and apologized to all in attendance, explaining that he was told by the promoters he didn't need to be on stage for another hour. Kudos to him for taking the stage quickly once the crowd started chanting for the show to start.

Last time I saw Seal play was in Boston more than a decade and a half ago, so it was a pleasure to catch up with him again.
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Gogol Bordello
This was my fourth time seeing the kings of “gypsy punk”and, just like the first time, this show was outdoors as the group graced the stage at the Green Theater in Gorky Park in late July. By now their shtick is familiar — a rabblerousing show with lots of movement, stage presence and solid musicianship.

There appeared to have been a couple of changes in this very international group of performers, adding a couple of new dimensions to the show (I'm thinking specifically of the small Latino guy who would come forward and do vocals on occasion). As always, a good time had by all.

Iggy Pop
Iggy & the Stooges are now almost regular visitors to Moscow, with this appearance making it three concerts over the past five years or so. I went to the first but missed the second so I made a point of getting over to Milk nightclub in early August to catch their performance. Unfortunately, the air conditioning system in Milk was not powerful enough to handle the massive heatwave Moscow was experiencing and the concert hall must have been near the 40 C mark inside. In short, it was a bit of torture to get through the show. Iggy was Iggy — bouncing, twisting and turning around on stage. Overall, it was OK, just tough to get through.

U2's 360 stage with opening act Snow Patrol

U2's 360 stage with opening act Snow Patrol

U2
Moscow’s biggest concert event of the year was U2 on August 25. My friends and I bought tickets back in December, fearing this first ever appearance by the group might sell out. It didn't but came relatively close in a stadium that holds 80000+ people.

Bono & Co. arrived in Moscow a few days earlier and took in the sights. Among the known stops on their itinerary were museums, a visit with President Medvedev, and an evening at a local karaoke bar. I heard Bono sang something by the Beatles.

The concert itself was top notch. The band ripped through all its hits and played for at least two hours if not closer to two and a half or more. Songs were, as you'd expect from these guys, interspersed with political messages on various issues. Aside from the music, the stage, lights, and visuals were on another level from most shows you'll see. The “360”stage was amazing, although it would have been cooler in the middle of the stadium, as it was envisioned, instead of closer to one end (the end furthest from my seat!).

It's still hard to top Billy Idol's show earlier in the summer but this one is my runner-up for Moscow concert of the year at the moment.

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Spring Concerts

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

The Moscow concert scene picked up in spring, as it often does in recent years, and a load of good shows have been coming through town… especially if you like hard rock! Metallica, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Queensryche, Megadeth, Slash and various aging metal acts have been or are coming this spring and summer. Not really my cup of tea, although there has been plenty to keep me busy as the weather gets warm.

Cranberries
I saw Delores O’Riordan in a solo concert a couple of years ago and was disappointed, not so much because of her performance but because the sound at B1 Maximum was horrible that night. Delores returned to Moscow in May with her reunited band, the Cranberries, this time trading the big club venue for the Luzhniki indoor arena. Unfortunately, the sound wasn’t much better and the concert only slightly better than that. Sure, they played almost all of their good tunes, but the show never quite caught on fire. Solid, enjoyable, but not spectacular.

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Chris Isaak
By comparison, this concert the following week knocked it out of the park. Isaak and his band looked like there were really enjoying themselves and the sound at B1 Maximum was on the better end of its wildly variable scale. Chris & co. went through all of his hits, some new tunes, and even an Elvis song, with the only glaring omission from my point of view being my old fave “Can’t Do a Thing (To Stop Me)”. Isaak’s voice (and hair) haven’t lost anything despite his advancing age. Really a fun show.

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Fun Lovin’ Criminals
I’ve seen Huey & co. several times now so there are no surprises in a FLC concert, but they’ve got some good new songs out and those, together with the oldies, made for an enjoyable concert. This one in early June was held at the Green Theater just outside Gorky Park and the outdoor amphitheater setting left me with mixed emotions – it’s a great place to see a show, but I think FLC are better suited to a dimly-lit club. Still, a solid performance and a nice evening (thanks, in part, to our crashing my friend Ariel’s nearby office party and getting a few drinks prior to the concert!)

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Billy Idol
Many of my concert experiences have proven that, if you live long enough, the bands and performers that you never got around to seeing live in your youth eventually come around on a comeback tour. Thank goodness for that, or else I wouldn’t have had a chance to see this old high school favorite in what was one of Moscow’s concerts of the year. This show went on for hours, with every single tune you wanted to hear (nothing left out) and even some older stuff from Billy’s Gen X days. Most importantly, longtime collaborator Steve Stevens was on hand to lead the band and show of his virtuoso guitar playing. My friends and I had “fan zone” tickets for this must-see event, on the dancefloor of the Luzhniki arena up near the stage. It was the perfect place to dance around to old favorites and witness an example of what rock concerts are supposed to be. Top notch stuff from Idol & co.

Winter Concerts

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I only made it to two concerts over the post-holidays winter period. I'd planned to go see Ian Brown's show but wasn't feeling well that day and ended up missing it. I did go to see the Crystal Method but it turned out that their show was more of a DJ set than a concert. Disappointing. I left early. The shows I did go to, however, were quite good.

Peter, Bjorn & John

Most people I know probably couldn't recall the name of this indy rock band, but they had big hit back in 2006 with the immensely catchy tune “Young Folks”and its whistled refrain. The show was at B2 which is a stone's throw from my apartment so I decided to pop over and check them out. These guys have a very melodic sound which is something I like, and the small venue size was perfect for them to interact with the crowd. They took a chance (much like Natalie last December) and played the big hit in the middle of the show. The effect was perfect — it livened up the crowd and made the remainder of the show more interesting. I'd see them again if they come to town. Still need to listen to their albums though.

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Depeche Mode

Well, what does one say? Probably my favorite music act of all time and I still never tire of seeing them live (this was my 6th time, not including seeing David Gahan solo). This year's tour focused more on their later albums with not too much nostalgia although they did surprise with some tunes from Black Celebration and a couple of other choice oldies. David Gahan's voice still booms, as does Martin Gore's. Martin strummed his guitar, Andy pretended to be playing something, and the backup band supplemented that which was sequenced. It all sounded great.

If I were to complain about anything it would be the enlarged general admission (dancefloor) area in Olimpiisky as that meant not everyone on the floor could actually see the stage (I strained to catch glimpses of the band). Also, the system for getting bracelets for admission to that area of the arena — in a tent outside the venue after standing in line in the cold — was probably the dumbest thing I've seen. Oh, and the overflowing cloakrooms were a mess. In fact, one of the worst organized shows I've seen.

But, in the final analysis, it’s not such a big deal? I saw Depeche Mode. Rock on.

One footnote: Nitzer Ebb was DM’s opening act. I’ve loved these guys’ music since school, and I danced like a fool when they closed with “I Will Give to You”, but I thought they just sounded poor in an arena setting. I’ve seen them twice in club settings and that’s a much better venue for their style. In Olimpiisky, their sound just didn’t fill the space.

Autumn Concert Marathon

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Lots of good and varied musicians made their way through Moscow this autumn and I took advantage of the opportunity. Here's a quick rundown of the highlights:

October

Red Wire Black Wire — My talented guitar-wielding friend Greg repatriated from Moscow back to the US at the beginning of 2009 to try his hand at the music business, settling in NYC and joining his brother's band, Red Wire Black Wire. Following a US tour in support of their first album, Greg made his triumphant return to Moscow with the band for a two-night stand at local live music bar Crisis Genre. If you're in New York, catch these guys live because they've got a surprisingly good stage show for a band with a largely electronic sound.

Massive Attack — These moody purveyors of ‘minimalist' (ex.-trip hop) music are not the most exciting performers on Earth. Last time I saw them, I made the mistake of getting dancefloor tickets and my legs nearly fell asleep from standing through the show. This time I knew better so I got some rather good seats and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The band's live act is all about visuals and there were plenty of thought-provoking statistics, videos and graphics flashed upon the stage's screens. The music is solid in presentation, mostly performed live (my pre-requisite for a good electronic act live show), and moving in its moodiness.

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November

Beyonce — Ya, I know. Don't ask. Not my style at all but some friends had an extra ticket. I will give her credit for an elaborate stage show and very strong voice. The sound in the Olimpiisky arena was quite poor though.

Marilyn Manson — My second time seeing the master of macabre at Moscow club B1 Maximum and it was basically the same show as the first. The highlight is, of course, his strutting around stage like the menace he thinks he is. Solid backing band and most of the hits played so few complaints.

Underworld — The venue for this was an out-of-the-way event hall usually used for corporate parties and dinners. It didn't really fit the occasion at all. However, this UK electronic dance act are always fun despite minimal instrumentation (basically a DJ and a instrumentalist/singer) if only because their songs are just that good.

A-ha — Norway's best-known export were on what they said would be their last world tour. A lot of people don't know that they continue to put out good pop-rock music (see their recent effort Foot of the Mountain) but they decided to call it a day and this tour was a greatest hits package to say thanks to all their fans. The skipped my favorite song (I've Been Losing You, from their 2nd album) but otherwise rant through this hits and some album favorites from the early days as well as the singles off of their last few discs. Morten's voice was in good form and the band, although relying slightly more on sequenced backing tracks than their last couple of tours, still sounded great despite the poor sound in the Olimpiisky arena. My 4th time seeing A-ha and, apparently, my last, but very glad I went.

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December

Gogol Bordello — What can I say? The on-stage madness and mayhem of this ‘gypsy punk' band continues unabated. The venue this time around was the club Milk, which while generally a better venue than their last visit at Tuning Hall, was somehow less conducive to enjoying the show. Part of the problem might be that they sold a lot of tickets this time — the place was packed. I think the wonder of seeing these guys has warn off on the 3rd go-around, as we know what to expect, but wouldn't pass up the chance to see them again.

Natalie Imbruglia — The pixie from Australia is best known for her uber-hit “Torn”, and rightly so as it's a terminally catchy tune, but she's actually got a lot more interesting music out there. She's also quite the live performer. I was surprised and impressed, especially given that I'd expected her voice to be a lot weaker. Even more impressive was the risk she took by playing Torn halfway through the concert instead of holding it for the end. Unfortunately, I was only able to listen to the latter parts of the show, not view them, as a friend of mine took a tumble down some stairs and we sat with him waiting for the ambulance.

Summer Concerts

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

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An interesting an eclectic selection of concerts graced the stages of Moscow in the latter weeks of summer, and I was fortunate enough to attend three of these events.

First up was an old favorite: Suzanne Vega. I had been a fan of Ms Vega since back in high school but never had an opportunity to enjoy her live show. She arrived in town on July 31 for a show at B1 Maximum with a stripped-down band – just herself, a guitarist, and bassist. Their set was heavy on all her old favorites and I was thrilled to hear songs like Left of Center, Marlena on the Wall, Caramel, Calypso, Small Blue Thing, etc. And, of course, her mega-hits Luka and Tom’s Diner. The only disappointment was the omission of Solitude Standing, one of my favorites. I thought Suzanne’s voice sounds better now than it did in her youth – a little bit stronger and fuller. The 2- and 3-part arrangements worked, even without percussion. A very enjoyable show.

Next up was the Nu-Note LoungeFest which was a 3-weekend, outdoor affair taking place in the lovely Hermitage Garden park. Week 2 on August 15 featured Skye Edwards, former lead singer for the band Morcheeba. In fact, I hadn’t realized until reading up on her before the show that she’d left Morcheeba. However, I am glad she did because she’s a singer with a fabulous voice and her solo album and this tour give her a chance to spread her wings. Of course, she sang some old Morcheeba favorites like Parts of the Process, Otherwise, etc., as well as her solo material. She’s an adorable stage presence as well, and her jazzy voice loses nothing live.

I went back to Hermitage Garden the following week and bought a ticket to enter before noticing that it was a different jazz festival that week! It was a nice evening anyway, but the following week Nu-Note was back with its final edition on August 29, and the headlining act was Nouvelle Vague. This is the French band that does cover versions of alternative rock songs I love from the 1980s, formerly in Bossa Nova style but more recently in a Bluegrass-tinged style. I saw them in the concert hall B1 Maximum a year or two before, and I have to say I enjoyed that show more. I’m not sure if it was that there was just more atmosphere or it was a better performance. In any case, this time around it was a nice evening but not quite what I’d expected.

EXIT Festival 2009

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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As with last year, this month’s trip to Montenegro was combined with a visit to the quaint little city of Novi Sad, Serbia for the massive annual 4-day event that is the EXIT Festival. This year was the 10th anniversary of the music festival, initially organized by local students as a protest against the repressive government of Slobodan Milosevic. As per tradition, the event was held in the giant Petrovaradin fortress, which lies across the bridge from the city on the shore of the Danube River.

Petrovaradin is the 2nd largest structure of its kind still standing in Europe. According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, there has been continuous settlement at Petrovaradin since 15000 B.C. There was already a fortress at the site in 3000 B.C. Construction on the current structure began in 1692, about five years after the Austrians had recaptured the territory from the Turks.

EXIT, voted the best music festival in Europe in 2007, brings together about 20,000 music lovers to see literally hundreds of performers on 20 stages. The crowd at this year's event seemed a lot more Serbian to me than last year, probably a result of the recession as fewer people traveled from the UK and elsewhere in Europe. However, the Brit contingent was still rather large.

Highlights of Day 1 (Thursday, July 9) included main stage performances by British chanteuse Lily Allen, with whom I was very impressed, and indie rockers the Arctic Monkeys, whom I found somewhat disappointing. After that, it was down to the dance arena for Steve Lawler vs Lee Burridge and Sasha v John Digweed. In honor of the 10th anniversary, they booked pairs of DJs and had them play back-to-back. It was a great idea and worked out well as both sets were great. Unfortunately, I got really cold in just my t-shirt by early morning so I had to leave just as James Zabiela and Nic Fanciulli came on.

Day 2 featured main stage performances by Manic Street Preachers and Korn, both of whom I found to be much better than I expected and rather enjoyable. I took a break up at the Reggae stage in between the two sets and nearly got trampled in a stampede to get into one of the fortress's tunnels when the rains began. Heidi vs Justin Martin were in the dance arena later and were decent, but the highlight of the evening was Ritchie Hawtin vs Dubfire - all the techno drumbeats you can muster, as you'd expect from them. But then the rains began again, so I gave up and went back to the hotel.

On Day 3, I met up with a couple of friends and arrived just in time to see the last few songs of punk legend Patti Smith's set. A bit disappointed that I missed part of her show as she’s still got voice and energy to spare, but I was subsequently comforted by an absolutely amazing show by electronic music legends Kraftwerk. Wow. And then Moby came on and absolutely rocked the place. It was a great night of live music, followed by my longest stay in the dance arena — basically until closing time at 8am. Etienne de Crecy did his “live”music-and-lights show, which I'd seen in Moscow a couple of weeks earlier and which I totally enjoyed. Sebastian Ingrosso v Steve Angello and Eric Prydz v Adam Beyer ably provided the soundtrack for the rest of the night, although Angello still needs to learn to never touch a microphone (why MC your own DJ set!?).

Sunday, Day 4, began with a visit to a small stage at the highest point in the fortress, where a friend had won himself a turn on the DJ decks by sending in a mix to the organizers. He did great, especially since he was given horribly faulty equipment to work with, although the location meant there were only a handful of people around to hear it. Afterward, we raced down to the main stage to catch a song or two at the end of Madness's set. Prodigy was on next but, as I've seen them live a couple of times, I went back uphill to the Fusion stage for the legendary punk band, the Buzzcocks. Then it was down to the dance arena for top Serbian DJ Marco Nastic (along with Valentino Kazyani), who usually closes out the festival but not this year. I suffered through Japanese Popstars (or maybe wandered off for a bit… can't quite remember) and then caught the beginning of Sander Kleinenberg v Darren Emerson, and at that point realized that my tired old legs couldn't take any more.

All around the festival, the people of Novi Sad exhibit the wonders of capitalism, whether it be renting out their own apartments, increasing hotel rates, or selling everything from cans of beer to corn on the cob along the streets and sidewalks approaching the fortress. This is their annual cash cow, and I don’t begrudge them that (it’s still a very inexpensive city). The best piece of marketing I saw was the Serbian co-owner of a Chinese restaurant, who parked his car, full of thermal containers of stir-fries and rice, under a big homemade sign that said “F**king Good Chinese Food”. He got my attention… I bought food from him twice.

In closing, I'll just say that EXIT is as mad and fun an event as you'll find anywhere, especially if you love all kinds of popular music. I really hope to be back next year.

One Week, Three Concerts

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Quite a few good concerts on tap in Moscow this summer and I partook of 3 great shows over a week’s time.

First up was Manu Chao. The Spanish-French-Columbian-WhereverHe’sFrom singer brought his multi-lingual, latin-infused laid-back sound to the Green Theater in Gorky Park. I was told that this outdoor venue was once a mecca for young people to see live rock concerts in the Soviet era, so it would seem the venue fit perfectly with Manu Chao’s subversive nature. The artist brought along the group Fun-Da-Mental with him as his back-up band.

I saw Manu Chao play last year at the Exit Festival in Serbia so I knew what to expect. He takes his relatively mellow tunes and then halfway through cranks them up into rousing gypsy punk songs. His has amazing energy and really gets the crowd into it, even for someone like me with minimal knowledge of his repertoire.

Next in line was Faith No More. The band, probably best known for their epic song and video Epic, recently reunited and went on tour with enigmatic vocalist Mike Patton and the rest of the crew. The guys are no strangers to Moscow, apparently having visited here several times back before they split up (and before I moved here).

Performing at B1 Maximum, they went through a set of their greatest hits but unfortunately left off my favorite song – A Small Victory, from the Angel Dust album. That was a little disappointing, but thanks to a twist of fate, I got to meet the bassist Billy Gould after the show and have a good chat, so that almost made up for it. A solid performance all around, especially hits like Epic and Easy, and Patton still has energy to burn.

And then, there was Morrissey!!!moz

I grew up listening to and adoring the Smiths but the dream of ever seeing them live died when they split up just around the time I went to university. The Queen Is Dead is one of my favorite albums of all time. I liked Morrissey’s early solo albums as well, although I lost touch for a few years before recently rediscovering his later albums.

Seeing Morrissey in Moscow was a dream come true. He obliged all us Smiths fans with several old favorites – How Soon Is Now, This Charming Man, Girlfriend in a Coma, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others and Ask. He also went through many of the songs off his latest album and a couple of tunes from his albums earlier this decade.

If I had a complaint, it would be that he skipped over his early 1990s solo period entirely. However, it must be said that his voice was absolutely perfect and his band as professional as you’d expect for the rumored perfectionist. True to image, he made all kinds of sarcastic but humorous quips all night long. The concert was the perfect ending to a musical week and (I hope I’m not being dramatic in saying so) a dream come true.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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Woke up in the middle of the night last night and hopped on the Internet for a few minutes, only to learn that the erstwhile King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had sadly passed away just a couple of hours earlier.

Jackson was one of those people who elicited a variety of reactions from people. A music and music video pioneer to some, a tragic caricature of a man to others. One of the best selling artists of all time, but seemingly always on the edge of bankruptcy. His refusal to grow old was endearing, but his constant plastic surgery and ambiguous relationship with children were distressing.

Nevertheless, no matter what you think of him, you have to admit his unrivaled importance in the history of popular music. That goes double for people who came of age in the 1980s.

It didn’t matter if later in your youth you went on to become a teeny bopper, punk, prep, metalhead or hip-hopper, EVERYONE had Thriller (it even had Eddie Van Halen on guitar!)  If memory serves, it was the second album I ever bought. I think Off the Wall was purchased not long after. People emulated his clothes, his hair… I even wore a single glittery glove to a school dance once. I will never forget the sight of my schoolmate Mindy Jeter – unusually tall for junior high school, she did one of the best MJ impersonations I’ve seen.

Along with Madonna, Prince and Bruce Springsteen, Jackson created the soundtrack for the early 1980s. My musical tastes went in a different direction as I got older, but while I didn’t buy albums like Bad and Dangerous, there are songs from those albums that you couldn’t help but notice as their catchy melodies graced the sales charts and music television.

And then, there was the dancing. Few men have created a dance move of such cultural importance as the Moonwalk. He was one of the best pop music stage performers in history.

So, goodbye Michael. Here’s hoping you’ve found the peace that seemed to elude you in this lifetime.

Pet Shop Boys

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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I’ve been a fan of the Pet Shop Boys since way back in school, although I was probably more fond of their early work than anything they’ve turned out recently. I saw them live for the first time at Live 8, the multi-city, multi-act, save-the-planet extravaganza about 4 years ago.  The Moscow leg of that worldwide event was hastily arranged, but they managed to get the Pet Shop Boys on board, together with some local artists, to pull the show off on the space between Red Square and the Moscow River.

The Boys were amazing. They hadn’t rehearsed an especially long set, so when the crowd wouldn’t let them off the stage, they actually repeated a couple of songs!

Fast-forward to the Luzhniki arena this week. PSB were back with a full-scale live show complete with dancers, set changes, costumes, videos, etc. But you know what? I liked the other time better. I’m not saying it was a bad show. It wasn’t. I enjoyed it. I just felt it lacked the energy of the Live 8 appearance.

Of course, there were great production values on display here. But I thought the sound quality was poor (sometimes you couldn’t hear the singing) and it the atmosphere in the arena didn’t pick up until way into the show. As you’d expect, they played all the hits and some tunes from their new album, although their biggest hit Opportunity was strangely missing from the mix.

Up next, I’ve got Morrissey and Faith No More concerts later this month. I’m still trying to decide if I want to see Manu Chao next week.



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