Performance

Bob at the Knob: Seger’s Final Tour

June 19, 2019 by

I was conflicted about attending one of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s farewell tour shows in Detroit. I pretty much wrote Bob off around the time of Against the Wind (to which we always added the prefix “Don’t Pee”). I didn’t care for his hard turn into Kenny Rogers’s territory after he achieved […]

Mott the Hoople Live at Fillmore Detroit

April 28, 2019 by

Mott the Hoople The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan 5 April 2019 I recently took my dinosaurs of rock experience to a new level. Mott the Hoople made Detroit one of the eight US dates on their “Mott the Hoople ’74” tour. When a friend called with tickets to see 79-year old Ian Hunter and his old […]

Echo & the Bunnymen Mix Up the Medicine

December 8, 2018 by

Echo & the Bunnymen Fillmore Detroit 23 November 2018 I’ve been a big fan of Echo & the Bunnymen since my good buddy Stonehenge (no one knows who he is or what he’s doing) turned me on to them around the time of their release of Ocean Rain in 1984. Surprisingly, I’ve never seen them […]

Brian Setzer Orchestra — Still Rockin’ Around the Xmas Tree

November 24, 2018 by

Brian Setzer Orchestra Fox Theater Detroit, Michigan 18 November 2018 Brian Setzer, the high priest of rockabilly, is once again out there with his Orchestra getting fans rocked up for the holiday season. This is his 15th annual Christmas tour, and at 59 he doesn’t show any signs of taking his foot off the gas […]

David Byrne: American Utopia Tour — Oakland, CA

October 4, 2018 by

David Byrne: American Utopia The Fox Oakland 16 August 2018 Oakland, California Music always surrounded me in my home. Growing up in Detroit in the 70s and 80s, I was lucky enough to have parents (especially my Dad) that made an abundance of music part of our daily life.  With hundreds of albums at my disposal, […]

Detroit Booze Rock — Greta Van Fleet edition

September 27, 2018 by

Greta van Fleet The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan 25 May 2018 OK, so rock is dead they say. Kids don’t play guitars anymore. Rock ‘n’ roll spectacle has given way to American Idol runners-up, hip hop and choreography. Well, on this sweltering Friday evening heading into Memorial Day weekend, I begged to differ. I had heard […]

Son Volt at The Loving Touch

September 20, 2018 by

Son Volt The Loving Touch Ferndale, Michigan 8 August 2018 Raise your hand if you met your spouse on MySpace. Wait, you mean I wasn’t supposed to marry her? Well, I blame Jay Farrar. Back in the aughts (2000s) MySpace was kind of a big deal on the burgeoning social media scene. I got my […]

Springsteen on Broadway

October 30, 2017 by

Bruce Springsteen’s four-month residency (later extended) on Broadway is an amazing combination of humility and arrogance. The tension between the humility that he brings to his life story and the arrogance required to believe that people want to hear that story proves to be a tremendous creative catalyst. After decades of performing in cavernous sports […]

Adam Ant Stands & Delivers

September 30, 2017 by

Adam Ant 15 September 2017 Sound Board @ Motor City Casino Detroit, Michigan Some guys just don’t have the quit in them — Mr. Ant (pictured) is one of those guys. Ever since the late 70s, when he got screwed by his first label (Do It! Records) and Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager) stole his […]

Joshua Tree Revisited

September 16, 2017 by

If I could, yes I would. If I could… I would have seen U2 in 1987 on The Joshua Tree tour. But I was finishing up my “option year” (read: fifth year) at Michigan State. They played in April at the Silverdome in Pontiac and I was getting ready to graduate. Tickets were expensive and […]