Simone’s Singing Debut

On a sunny December Saturday I was lucky enough to see my favorite concert of the year. In the packed cafeteria of South Pointe Elementary School, Simone Ryan Rolland made her singing debut. The third grader was one of eight talented singers to grace the stage. She had plenty of fans ready to cheer her on including her Mom and Dad and her friends Amara, Lucy and Ariela.

Simone was fifth in the line-up and the crowd couldn’t wait to hear her sing. When her teacher announced, “Next we have Simone,” the room went nuts.

The eight year old singer walked on to the stage wearing a pink dress and tippie-toed with her brown boots so she could reach the microphone to tell everyone, “Hi, I’m Simone. I’m singing ‘I’m Like a Bird’ by Nelly Furtado.” The song began and Simone treated everyone to her beautiful voice. She nodded her head from time to time to feel the words and share them with everyone. When Simone got to the bridge of the song, she really let her talents loose.

The audience loved it. They let out loud claps and screams. And everyone agreed, this was a singer they would like to hear on their radios!

Yo-Yo – New Novel by David Rolland Is Out Now

Nobody slings a yo-yo like Benny James. Behind the back, through the air, between his legs, suspended at a hundred and twenty-degree angle, he’s sold out arenas nationwide wowing and kapowing audiences with his yo-yo. But still there’s a hole in Benny’s heart. He just can’t get over the girl who got away. And no amount of fame, fortune or after-hours masked crime-fighting will ease that pain. But as Benny navigates his weird world he learns life really can be like a yo-yo. Sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down, and sometimes it smacks you right in the face.

David Rolland’s new novel published by Jitney Books is available for sale at Amazon by clicking here.

Or you can contact the author personally at if you’d like to purchase a signed copy of Yo-Yo.

Chapter one is offered as a free sample below…

Tuesday, September 20, 1988

12:59 p.m.

Chapter One

Henry James was a pencil pusher. No, he didn’t sell pencils to math addicted children. He was an accountant for Friendly Bank. He double checked the balances and debits and it wasn’t exactly how a young Henry would have pictured his life at 56, but it put food on the table. And without Henry none of this story would be possible. Eventually Henry will take some pride in that fact.

But on this day, Stan Friendly, the president of Friendly Bank saw Henry wasn’t radiating his usual bliss.  Stan walked toward Henry’s desk and commented, “You’re looking a bit down in the dumps.”

“Am I? Sorry, Stan.” Stan Friendly was the type of boss who liked to be addressed by his first name.

“No, I’m the one that’s sorry, Henry. What’s got you so down?”

Henry spoke into the light reflecting in his boss’s shiny forehead. “I’ve had a lot on my mind. It’s mostly my son. He graduated from college a couple months back and he moved back in with us. I thought we could help him get on his feet, but it’s been three months and he hasn’t done a thing. Nothing. Just watches TV and plays with his yo-yo.”

“Yo-yo? Like the toy? That’s not a pornographic reference is it?”

“No, no Stan. He’s not a deviant. He’s just got no ambition.” Every word hurt so much for Henry to say. He had such high hopes for his boy.

Stan took a deep breath, a signal that let people know he was thinking deeply. “Is your son good with the yo-yo? Does he know any tricks?”

“He better. He spends all day playing with it. Why?”

“Just an idea. See, ever since Phil and Murray were nabbed by the Feds, I’ve wanted to improve the bank’s image. I’m sick of Friendly Bank being thought of as the bank with Vice-Presidents who launder money. Now I got a plan, but your son had better be a heck of a yo-yo man.” Henry didn’t have time to ask what the idea might be because Stan continued, “If he’s good we can book him for assemblies at the schools. He’ll work a say-no-to-drugs message into it and we’ll hand out yo-yos at the end that say ‘Friendly Bank says no to drugs.’ The community will eat it up. What do you think?”

Henry thought he better keep his opinions to himself. But it could get Benny out of the house. “I’ll ask him tonight.”

“You’re not doing anything important, are you Henry? Go get him now.”

And with that Henry left his air-conditioned workplace to see what his son was doing at one o’clock in the afternoon. Henry imagined his son perfecting his technique. Maybe one day Benny could be a motivational speaker? CEOs from across the nation would send their junior executives to hear Benjamin James spread wisdom with his yo-yo. Just like the magician at the accountants’ conference motivated Henry last April.

But Henry was disappointed yet again. Instead of Benny preparing for a lucrative career of inspiring capitalists in the Tropics, his son was blasting loud rock n roll music while munching on a bucket of Crackerjacks. Henry couldn’t put into words how let down he was that his son wasn’t playing with his yo-yo. He sat next to Benny on the couch. Benny turned his head and asked, “Dad, why are you home so early?”

Henry turned off the music. “Benny, go shave and shower. I got you a job interview with Mr. Friendly.”

“Right now? But I don’t know what to say.”

“Get cleaned up and put on some nice clothes and I’ll tell you exactly what to do.”

 Benny followed his Dad’s orders. He soaped up, dried off, combed his brown hair into a sharp part, put on clothes and clipped a bow tie under his chin. He greeted his Dad with a “What am I supposed to do?”

“You’re going to shut-up, smile, and wow Mr. Friendly with your yo-yo tricks.”

A quick drive and the father and son were back at the bank. Both of their hearts were shaking with nervousness. In the bank’s lobby they saw Mr. Friendly chatting with a patron. Mr. Friendly made sure to smile and wave at Henry and Benny as they walked towards him. After laughing at a client’s attempt at a pun Stan walked over to his accountant. “Henry! So this is your son. Hi, I’m Stan Friendly.” Stan said as though they were never tied together in the three-legged race at the company picnic a couple years earlier. Stan put out his hand to shake. Benny took out his hand too, but not for a traditional handshake. Instead he lassoed Mr. Friendly’s hand with his yo-yo, they shook and with a flick of his wrist, the yo-yo released Stan’s hand and returned to Benny.


Tellers stopped counting money. Kids stopped licking complimentary lollipops. Henry James wanted to know where his kid learned such awful job interview skills. Everyone was too shocked to talk but Stan Friendly. “That was amazing. Do you know any other tricks?”

Without a word Benny James pulled out half his repertoire. Around the world. Walking the dog. Rock the cradle. Sleepers. UFOs. All the easy tricks. But the applause was tremendous. A kid asked Benny for his autograph. Benny’s little league coach when he was a kid patted his back. Stan Friendly wasn’t a fool, he grabbed Benny leaving the audience wanting more. He took the father and son into the safety deposit room.

“Young man, how would you like to perform every Friday afternoon right here for a hundred dollars a show?”

“I’d love to, sir.”

“I haven’t finished yet. What’s his name Henry?”

Benny answered for him. “It’s Benny, sir.”

“Don’t call me, sir. Call me Stan. I’m also having you give inspirational speeches at the elementary school. I golf with the principal. He’s always looking to book people for assemblies. I’ll pay you $150 for the assembly. What do you think, Benny?”

“Sounds like a dream come true.”

“Don’t start waking up yet because I’m not done. I’m thinking world tours, tv specials, and maybe even a major motion picture.”

“Are you joking?”

“Tell him, Henry, do I ever joke about politics, religion or making money?”

Henry chimed in, “Never, Stan.”

Stan continued, “You might not know this Benny, but yo-yos used to be huge. Kids all over the world had them spinning around their fingers. There’s just something about a yo-yo.” Stan said as he held Benny’s toy with reverence. “And all it will take is to watch someone like you to get all those kids now grown up to take out their yo-yos once again. Do you think you have what it takes?”

“Gee, I hope so.”

Stan palmed Benny’s yo-yo back to him with a handshake. They shook firmly as though a deal had just been struck.  Then Stan let go.

“Well then Benny, go back out there and meet your public.”

Benny walked out with his yo-yo jamming. Stan whispered in his accountant’s ear. “Just you wait, Henry. I promise your son is going to be a star.”

My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 9

This was a lot more work than I thought it would be when I started this exercise. For some reason it was easier to recount concerts from 1992 than it was to remember what shows I saw in 2019. Here’s hoping that it will soon be safe to add more attended concerts to this list.

In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2click here for part 3,  click here for part 4,  click here for part 5click here for part 6,  click here for part 7, and finally click here for part 8. Without further ado here are more concerts I went to starting with shows I forgot …

213. Rock the Bells – August 9, 2008 – San Bernadino – Got to see all my hip-hop faves from A Tribe Called Quest to The Pharcyde and De La Soul.

214. Post Malone – January 27, 2018 – Gulfstream Park, Hallandale.

215. Erasure – July 16, 2018 – The Fillmore Miami Beach.

216. Bomba Estereo -August 11, 2018 – Fillmore Miami Beach

217. The Breeders – October 19, 2018 – Fillmore Miami Beach – Whoever said never meet your heroes, never got to meet Kim Deal. She and the rest of the Breeders were the sweetest people in the world. I remember being amazed that at an older age her voice still sounded angelic, but after the show she could barely speak and had to ice both her guitar playing hands.

218. Death Cab for Cutie – October 22, 2018 – Fillmore Miami Beach.

219. House of Creatives Fest – November 10-11 – Virginia Key Beach – Great fest with Little Dragon, M.I.A, and The Allah-Las. My thoughts, “Accompanied by a hypewoman D.J. and two background dancers M.I.A. mixed hip-hop beats with Madonna-esque energy, and Bollywood samples to great applause. The set was heavy with songs from her classic 2007 album Kala that demanded audience participation. On “Boyz” she invited a bunch of random dudes on stage and for “Galang” brought up a ton of chicks from the crowd to dance. The only weak moment of the set was pretending to leave without playing her biggest hit “Paper Planes”. That stunt fooled no one and a moment after retreating M.I.A. came back for the encore and all was forgiven. You heard that hook taken from The Clash and began to sing along.”

220. Brian Wilson – December 12, 2018 – Hard Rock Live Hollywood – This was a sad concert, not just because Brian focused on playing the Beach Boys Christmas album. More because he aged quite a bit from how great he sounded when I saw him just a couple years earlier.

221. The Roots – December 30, 2018 – Fillmore Miami Beach.

222. GroundUp Music Festival – February 6-8, 2019 – North Beach Bandshell.

223. iii Points Festival – February 15-17, 2019 – Wynwood – Khrunagbin, Erykah Badu, Beach House, Pussy Riot, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Tyler the Creator et al. My thoughts, “But it was the sounds above all else that made this year’s III Points Festival special and worth attending even if it was held in a state with over one thousand miles of open borders.  There was something for everyone  who enjoys modern music. The neo-soul of The Internet, the dream pop of Beach House, the old school hip-hop of Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, the garage rock of Ty Segall & White Fence, the jazz of Herbie Hancock, the super strong showcase of Miami talent.”

224. Nine Mile Music Festival – March 9, 2019 – Virginia Key Beach – Nas, sizzla, Shabba Ranks et al. My thoughts, “Shabba Ranks, the veteran singer best known for screaming “Shabba!” whenever the moment calls for it, was dressed in a dapper pink and white suit. “My attire is for breast cancer,” he told the crowd. Then he crumpled up the notion he might be politically correct by adding, “I’m not into the #MeToo movement; I’m into the boom-boom movement.” 

225. Greta Van Fleet – May 7, 2019 – Bayfront Park, Miami.

226. David Crosby – May 21, 2019 – Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale.

227. Vampire Weekend – August 24, 2019 – James L. Knight Center – My thoughts, “Ezra Koenig all dressed in white like a Santeria priest washing away the hoodoo of no decent national acts making their way to our corner of the peninsula for the last couple months, led his seven piece band into two plus hours of their unique brand of world music. Under the shadow of a rotating globe Koenig was flanked by a guitarist, bassist, two drummers, a keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist as  they noodled through 28 songs, only stopping  to flatter the crowd on how wonderful Miami always treated them.”

228. Modest Mouse, Black Keys – November 5, 2019 – BB&T Center, Sunrise.

229. Lizzo – January 30, 2020 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, ” Beyond her voice, she boasts a charismatic stage presence that all but precludes the possibility of boredom in her audience. Last night, whether she was belting out a faithful rendition of one of her songs, dishing out advice on self-love, or cracking a joke, all eyes were on her, and they rarely looked away.”

230. Billie Eilish – March 9, 2020 – American Airlines Arena, Miami – The last concert I went to in over a year right before everything shut down with the pandemic. cool thing was a Japanese magazine Rockin On paid me a $100 to run a Japanese translation of my review between vintage interviews with George Harrison and David Bowie. My thoughts, “Everyone ought to love something as fiercely as the 20,000 screaming fans at the American Airlines Arena last night adore Billie Eilish. The 18-year-old pop superstar kicked off her Where Do We Go? World Tour with her first-ever show in Miami. Current events and COVID-19 fears being what they are, it’s entirely possible she won’t hit all of her planned tour dates. Perhaps with that in mind, the musical phenom held nothing back during her 90-plus minutes onstage. And neither did her audience.”

231. Bayfront Jazz Festival – April 30, 2021 – Bayfront Park – My first concert in over a year. Was a strange experience in this sparsely crowded concert. Went to hear the vibraphone of Roy Ayers, but was blown away by Chucho Valdés.

My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 8

This is almost becoming a chore. But if I am to prove myself as compulsive I must finish this list! In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2click here for part 3,  click here for part 4,  click here for part 5click here for part 6, and finally click here for part 7. Without further ado here are more concerts I went to. Starting with a couple I forgot to mention in previous editions..

186. Bright Light Social Hour – March 1, 2014 – Tobacco Road, Miami – My thoughts, “Each of the four band members have locks that go beyond their shoulders and various forms of facial hair that would have cops profiling them for selling hits of acid at a laser light show. But their songs are as indebted to garage and Southern classic rock as tripped-out cosmic tuneage.”

187. Brazilian Girls – November 13, 2014 – Ball & Chain, Miami – My thoughts, “In the end, for their obedience and their pleasure, Brazilian Girls rewarded the fans with songs they actually knew. The night would have felt empty without being allowed to holler “pussy, pussy, pussy, marijuana!” After all, a Brazilian Girls concert is perhaps the only socially acceptable venue for shouting those words in that exact succession.”

188. Brazilian Girls – November 6, 2015 – North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach – Weird I got paid to review the same band twice in such a short amount of time, but who am I to turn down work. My thoughts, “The New York-based Brazilian Girls, consisting of keyboardist Didi Gutman, drummer Aaron Johnston, and guitarist Jesse Murphy, played the breezy, jazzy, lounge intro of “Homme” as Sciubba sauntered onstage at 10 p.m. Wearing something in between a shawl and a cape, she lifted a cigarette to her mouth before singing the French lyrics. Throughout the night, Sciubba said to the crowd the kind of things you can get away with only if you have a European accent. “I wish we could turn down the lights in all the cities in the world and be in the dark together.””

189. Beirut – April 8, 2016 – North Beach Bandshell – My thoughts, “Beirut’s first show in Miami brought a big crowd to the Bandshell, which presented its own set of problems. Many attendees were diehards singing along to the lyrics, but there were also many present just out looking to get their drink on. This dichotomy was fine for Beirut’s more upbeat danceable songs like “Santa Fe” and “Perth,” but it was jarring to hear all the chit-chat during the band’s more melancholy songs like “The Peacock.” As Condon sang the refrain about a fallen soldier, you could hear the same three drunken conversations about what to do after the show was over.”

190. Modest Mouse, Brand New – July 8, 2016 – Bayfront Park, Miami – My thoughts, “Double-headliner shows like Modest Mouse and Brand New seem to make sense financially. You get two bands who might not be able to sell out a venue as large as Bayfront individually, and clump them together for a big turnout, even if it is kind of weird.”

191. Prophets of Rage – October 2, 2016 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach – Rage Against the Machine members fronted by Chuck D and B Real.

192. Kurt Vile – February 2, 2017 – North Beach Bandshell.

193. GroundUp Music Festival – February 10-11, North Beach Bandshell – David Crosby and Snarky Puppy.

194. Tortoise – March 19, 2017- North Beach Bandshell.

195. Radiohead – March 30, 2017 – American Airlines Arena.

196. Tom Petty – May 5, 2017 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – We had great seats in maybe the sixth row seeing a legend right before he died, but don’t bring a nearly 4 year old kid to a concert if you want to stay late.

197. Temples – May 8, 2017 – Gramps, Miami.

198. Beach House – May 27, 2017 – Revolution Live.

199. Paul McCartney – July 7, 2017 – American Airlines Arena.

200. Modest Mouse – September 6, 2017 – Fillmore Miami Beach – Special show right before a hurricane evacuation. My thoughts, “As the clock ticked past 9 p.m., it became clear the space would not be filled to capacity. There was much more elbow room than one would expect — until one remembered gasoline was a rarity. It was a night where the casual Modest Mouse fan did not show, only the die hard. And so when the lights dimmed and the buzz of cicadas came from the speakers, there was a roar. When the entire band came out and played “Dark Center of the Universe”,  a majority of the crowd sang along to every word to the now 17-year-old song.”

201. Modest Mouse – September 11, 2017 – Civic Theatre, New Orleans – Either a sign I have my priorities out of whack or my priorities completely straight while my family evacuated from our home for a hurricane all the way to New Orleans, I took advantage of my concert promoter contacts to get myself and our host in free to see one of my favorite bands.

202. Arcade Fire- September 23, 2017 – Watsco Center, Coral Gables.

203. LCD Soundsystem – October 25, 2017 – James L. Knight Center, Miami – Fantastic show!

204. Roger Daltrey – November 1, 2017 – Hard Rock Live, Hollywood.

205. House of Creatives – November 11-12, 2017 – Virginia Key – MGMT, Washed Alt-J.

206. Reverend Horton Heat – December 21, 2017 – Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale.

207. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – January 24, 2018 – Revolution Live.

208. The Black Angels, The Black Lips – April 17, 2018 – Revolution Live.

209. The End of the Century ’90s Cover Show – June 1, 2018 – Gramps – The only concert I ever organized. Appreciate how hard it is to put on a show. But what a special night To promote my 1999 based book The End of the Century talked Miami bands Jaialai, MC Jumanji, Xotic Yeyo, and Monterey to play cover songs from 1999. As a special bonus stand-up comedian Brian Kirk told jokes as though it was 1999.

210. The Pixies – June 21, 2018 – Revolution Live- My thoughts, “Last month, when a band named after the Pixies song “Debaser” was announced the night before the Pixies were in town to coheadline a tour with Weezer, the hint seemed pretty clear: The Pixies were using an alias, which happened to be the name of one of their most popular songs. Although there was no official confirmation, enough people took a leap of faith to sell out the room. They were amply rewarded with an action-packed set that was almost like a riddle or an SAT math question. How can a rock band play 41 songs in two hours? The Pixies did it.”

211. The Pixies – June 22, 2018 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre.

212. The Smashing Pumpkins – July 24, 2018 – American Airlines Arena – My thoughts, “The format for this concert felt like a poor fit for Miami. It was a three-hour deep dive into the first decade of the band’s career, structured for hard-core fans. But just about any band playing a cavernous arena will draw a lot of casual listeners. And this night’s attendees wanted to hear “1979” and would evidently let their boredom be known when serenaded by songs they didn’t know. They talked loudly during the quieter ballads and stampeded to the bathrooms and concessions when Iha took the reins to sing his lone song.”

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My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 7

And the beat goes on. In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2click here for part 3,  click here for part 4,  click here for part 5, and finally click here for part 6. Without further ado here are more concerts I went to. Starting with a couple I forgot to mention in previous editions..

163. Silversun Pickups, Dandy Warhols – November 3, 2009 – Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.

164. Seu Jorge – July 27, 2013 – Hollywood ArtsPark – My thoughts, “He kept walking off the stage as feedback from the microphone reared its ugly head. Finally, five songs into his set, Jorge said some words in Portuguese and stomped off. His backing band looked confused for a moment before following him. The crowd booed.”

165. Jose Gonzalez – September 28, 2015 – Hollywood ArtsPark –My thoughts, “The singer is stoic, remaining calm through only a couple of technical problems with the sound, just as when a siren from the nearby street encroached on one of his songs. The only emotions he showed on the evening were heard via his soft, though direct and precise, singing voice.”

166. Chris Cornell – October 29, 2015 – Arsht Center, Miami – My thoughts, “Still, the impressive range of Cornell’s set list didn’t stop fans from shouting out song titles they wanted to hear. He had to explain that many of the songs in his catalog don’t translate into this format where it was just his voice, an acoustic guitar, and the occasional cellist accompanying him. Professor Cornell also taught us the cello could be a rocking instrument, as it was for the night’s renditions of “Black Hole Sun” and a cover of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.””

167. Silversun Pickups – January 8, 2016 – Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale – My thoughts, “First coming to fame in 2005, Silversun Pickups brought an American angst edge to British shoegazing influences like My Bloody Valentine. On this night, they replicated their recorded work in a live setting so convincingly that it kept possibly one of the more polite crowds in human history locked in place. By the time they finished their main set with “Lazy Eye,” the best Smashing Pumpkins song Billy Corgan never wrote, there was finally some jumping and hair flailing in the crowd.”

168. Peppa Pig – January 23, 2016 – Fillmore Miami Beach – I admit to getting a little teary eyed reading about taking my then two year old to this play that I’ll classify as a concert. My thoughts, “The plot from what I could piece together was that there was a hole in the school’s roof and Peppa and her friends threw a fair to raise money to fix the roof. There was a scene with talking pineapples that had the parents behind me joking in a South American accent about LSD.  At this point I got a little distracted because my daughter began swinging from the waist high bar in front of us. She’s not the toddler equivalent of the friend who when they get drunk passes out, she’s the one who dances on the tables.”

169. Colin Hay – January 29, 2016 – Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale.

170. Bryan Adams – February 20, 2016 – Fillmore – My thoughts, “A little after 8 p.m., Adams walked on to the stage with gelled hair and a sports coat that would have him perfectly comfortable at a hedge-fund manager’s summer mixer. Backed by his longtime guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboardist (whom he refers to as the Dudes of Leisure), Adams came out with the earnest, high-energy bar-band rock ’n’ roll of “Do What Ya Gotta Do” followed by “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.” The music was fine. The Dudes of Leisure all had chops, Bryan’s voice sounded good, his diction clear enough so his lyrics could fit whatever product advertisers might wish to sell you. The music was the soundtrack of a million midlife crises, bringing the crowd back to a past that — for one Saturday night anyway — they could believe was still in their future.”

171. Okeechobee Music Festival – March 4-5, 2016 – Going over the review this Central Florida festival had a better line-up than I remembered. Robert Plant, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Portugal the Man, Hall & Oates, Shabazz Palaces. What I remember most was how long it took me to figure out how to set up the tent I slept in.

172. of Montreal – April 1, 2016 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “To great cheers, out came singer Kevin Barnes, his silky and well-conditioned hair and magenta shirt flowing. He played the guitar and sang in a more subdued fashion than is generally the case at of Montreal shows, allowing himself to stand out as the straight man amidst all kinds of shenanigans.”

173. The Cult – April 16, 2016 – Fillmore – My thoughts, “The Cult couldn’t have a more fitting name. If a Druid or Dionysian from centuries ago time traveled to the Fillmore this past Saturday night, they could be forgiven for thinking that the concertgoers were actually religious followers gathering at a temple to witness some sort of holy ceremony.”

174. The Sword – May 10, 2016 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “The Austin, Texas, four-piece is classified by some as metal, and I suppose the fact the band has toured several times with Metallica could pigeonhole it as such, but it doesn’t play at such quick tempos. The group’s musicianship, and the fact that both bassist and guitarist harmonize with lead singer, almost nudges it into prog-rock territory. There’s Black Sabbath in the band’s DNA for sure, King Crimson and Queens of the Stone Age too. Beyond categorization or comparison, though, the Sword’s music is something like the soundtrack to a ’70s-era teenaged boy’s life, music for rolling the 16-sided dice during a weekly game of Dungeons and Dragons.” 

175. Trick Daddy – June 4, 2016 – Churchill’s, Miami – My thoughts, “After a rendition of “Thug Holiday,” he said he was going to play one more song and stayed true to his word, leaving through the door behind the stage not even 25 minutes after he’d entered. His extended crew followed him and the audience slowly realized that was it. His show lasted barely as long as it takes to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom. There were a couple of boos and a few chants of, “We want Trick.” But most of the crowd filed out resigned to the fact that Trick Daddy is thug enough not to care if he earns that cash from your wallet.”

176. Weird Al Yankovic – June 10, 2016 – Arsht Center – My thoughts, “Everyone should attend a Weird Al Yankovic concert once in his or her life. And probably only once.”

177. Steely Dan, Steve Winwood- June 29, 2016 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – My thoughts, “This was the first band that made rock music for grownups. Rock ‘n’ roll from Elvis to the Stones to the Strokes was always three chords, crooning about lust with careless abandon. Steely Dan, meanwhile, wrote songs with complicated structures about regret and nostalgia. If the Beatles were what you played during your first kiss and the Cure was what you played during your first heartbreak, Steely Dan was the soundtrack for making your alimony payment.”

178. AC/DC with Axl Rose – August 30, 2016 – BB&T Center – Easily the loudest concert I ever went to. My thoughts, “It was terrible news for classic rock fans last March when AC/DC cancelled the last leg of the “Rock or Bust” World Tour because singer Brian Johnson was at risk for total hearing loss. At the time, the band announced it would make up the ten missed dates with a guest singer;  we figured some shmoe from an AC/DC cover band would get the honor. No one dreamed the substitute could possibly be one of the most famous rock stars of all time: Axl Rose. But that’s exactly who  sang “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell” Tuesday night at at the BB&T Center. Axl’s distinctive high screams stood in sharp contrast to Johnson’s deep bellows, but the fact that Rose was singing only AC/DC songs backed by AC/DC  made this concert something weird and unique and fascinating.”

179. Donovan – September 8, 2016 – Parker Playhouse .

180. Brian Wilson – September 14, 2016 – Hard Rock Live.

181. Slayer & Anthrax – September 28, 2016 – Fillmore – My thoughts, “If, as a child, the notion of mutilating the neighborhood cat made you a little squeamish, Wednesday night’s concert at the Fillmore Miami Beach probably wasn’t for you. One half of the all-time big four of thrash metal were in town — Slayer and Anthrax — and an army of their fans, clad in black, were ready and eager to bang some heads.”

182. iii Points – October 7-9, 2016 – Wynwood.

183. The Dandy Warhols – October 1, 2016 – Culture Room.

184. Peter Hook & The Light – November 18, 2016 – Culture Room.

185. The Flaming Lips – November 19, 2016 – North Beach Bandshell.

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My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 6

I wasn’t lying about this being a sick exercise of compulsion. In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2click here for part 3,  click here for part 4, and finally click here for part 5. Away we go…

137. Ludacris – May 26, 2011 – American Airlines Arena – I forgot about this “concert”. The rapper played a free show in exchange for courtside seats for when the LeBron James Miami Heat were the biggest show in the world. My thoughts, “He had the crowd moving and cheering when he spoke of how the Miami Heat were going to kick the collective ass of the Chicago Bulls. He reminded himself, “Lot of young ones out there so I’m going to keep this a clean show.” But then a couple moments later he went into the hit song with the rousing chorus, ‘Move bitch, get out of the way… get out of the way….'”

138. The Black Keys & St. Vincent – December 15, 2014 – BB&T Center, Sunrise.

139. Gregg Allman – January 4, 2015 – Hard Rock Live, Hollywood – My thoughts, “The man who was as synonymous in my mind with Southern rock as anyone this side of Lynyrd Skynyrd gave a performance that was more Chicago-blues-based than rock ‘n’ roll from below the Mason-Dixon.”

140. Alice Cooper – February 18, 2015 – Hard Rock Live – My thoughts, “You could complain that Alice Cooper’s voice sounded strained Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, but that would be like visiting the zoo and whining about the quality of the food. If you go see the Godfather of Shock Rock live, it’s not to hear a fine baritone, it’s for the sheer, utter spectacle. And last night Alice Cooper was an animal.”

141. Gogol Bordello – March 11, 2015 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “I know there’s a documentary about the band, Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, that backs up Hütz’s story of growing up in the shadow of Chernobyl. And when I interviewed him, his accent seemed fairly consistent, but the way Hütz took the stage Wednesday night — stumbling along as if he were drunk, brandishing a mustache as vast as the Caspian Sea — I still couldn’t help but think he’s nothing but a persona. But whether Hütz is who he says he is or some New York hipster doing performance art, the packed house at the Culture Room was smitten.”

142. Elvis Costello – March 18, 2015 – Broward Center for Performing Arts – My thoughts, “Standing in a blue suit under a white hat that would fit an 1890’s carnival barker, Elvis Costello told the crowd at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, “I thought being in Fort Lauderdale, I would just sing my songs about love and fidelity. But that would be a short set.” On the final night of his Detour tour, this set was anything but short. Closing in on thirty songs, with three encores, Costello belied his sixty years by performing for over two and a half hours.”

143. Black Lips – March 20, 2015 – Culture Room.

144. Miami Beach Centennial – March 31, 2015 – South Beach – Flo Rida, Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb. My thoughts, “It’s hard to imagine how the founders of Miami Beach envisioned their island paradise a century in the future. It’s unlikely that they foresaw Miami Beach residents in 2015 using selfie sticks or drones. They also probably could not see Flo Rida coming.”

145. The Ting Tings – April 16, 2015 – Revolution Live – My thoughts, “The only inefficient thing about the Ting Tings might be the name. Singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino powered through thirteen songs at Revolution Live last night in just under an hour, not even going through the charade of leaving the stage and having the crowd chant their name for an encore. These two from Manchester, UK, with their dancy, catchy beats and angular guitars, lived up to their reputation of either being the last big Britpop band or the first successful Britpop revivalists.”

146. Sunfest Day 1 2015 – April 29, 2015 – West Palm Beach – I went to see Wilco, but Lenny Kravitz was there, and a pre-fame Lizzo. My thoughts, “The two headliners were Wilco and Lenny Kravitz, who were playing at the same time on opposing stages. You would think having to choose between the two biggest draws would be a problem, but it was more like going to the movie theater and learning Fast & Furious 7 and the new Noah Baumbach movie are playing at the same time.”

147. Sunfest Day 4 2015 – May 3, 2015 – West Palm Beach – Pixies! Pixies! Pixies! My thoughts, “The Pixies are notorious for cutting all fat or dead spots from their sets, and the band has never been confused with being a jam band. But on this set, Pixies played around with some old favorites. Opener “U-Mass” had a stretched-out instrumental intro. When Frank Black finally sung, it wasn’t as rapidly as the recorded version but rather with a laid-back drawl. “Nimrod’s Son” also had a verse where the tempo went down to a countrified Tennessee waltz time. The elephant in the room at all live Pixie shows was that original member Kim Deal is no longer with the band. She’s currently replaced by Paz Lenchantin. The band respects Deal’s absence by not playing the songs she sung lead on, like “Gigantic” or “Into the White.””

148. Neutral Milk Hotel – May 6, 2015 – Olympia Theater, Miami – My thoughts, “In a 90-minute set as beautiful and ornate as the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center stage upon which they played, Neutral Milk Hotel made believers out of the unacquainted under a ceiling painted as the night sky.”

149. Big Guava Fest – May 9, 2015 – Tampa – Made the drive to Tampa to see The Strokes, Pixies, TV on the Radio, and Run the Jewels. The review seems to have disappeared from the internet.

150. The War on Drugs – June 16, 2015 -Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “It’s safe to assume the Philadelphia-based rock band that played the Fillmore last night came up with the name the War on Drugs ironically. Its sound is, after all, one of pure 1980s cocaine excess. Its latest critically acclaimed album, last year’s Lost in the Dream, is basically ten different awesome variations of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer.” On the band’s first visit to Miami, it was able to masterfully replicate its signature overproduced aesthetic in a live setting that had the audience clapping in spontaneous unison during the nearly two-hour set.”

151. Wyclef Jean – June 18, 2015 – Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach – Concert was ok. Biggest memory was my brother and I nerding out talking to then Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale.

152. Brit Floyd – July 16, 2015 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “Brit Floyd gave the packed crowd at the Fillmore a positive impression on the tribute genre last night. The band picked an artist in Pink Floyd that doesn’t have any iconic members whose images are etched in our collective memory. While a Led Zeppelin tribute band is required to have a singer with long curly locks to play Robert Plant and a Doors tribute band better have a singer who will take off his shirt, Brit Floyd didn’t have to waste energy on embodying the looks of Roger Waters, David Gilmour and gang. Rather they were able to concentrate on emulating the brilliant psychedelics that is the music of Pink Floyd.”

153. Marilyn Manson & Smashing Pumpkins – July 22, 2015 – Bayfront Park, Miami – My thoughts, “In their peak years, the Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson would have never toured together. Though they are both of the same genre, the two acts couldn’t be more different. It wasn’t too difficult to pick out the Manson fans from the Pumpkins fans at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. Manson’s loyal army were a little more hardcore, dressed in black with no shortage of dark eyeshadow. Corgan’s people were a little brighter, nodding politely along as Manson screamed into his knife-shaped microphone.”

154. Zappa Plays Zappa – September 10, 2015 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “There was a technical difficulty midway through the set, when Dweezil was forced to stall for time and told about acting in the 1987 movie The Running Man, where he was witness to Arnold Schwarzenegger crassly hitting on any chick on set while lighting ten-foot flames. The punchline brought a lot of laughs from the house. Though Frank Zappa’s music was one part jazz, another part rock, and a portion Broadway showtune, Dweezel Zappa’s Schwarzenegger story would have fit right in to the lyrics of his father’s comedy music.”

155. The Jesus and Mary Chain – October 4, 2015 – Olympia Theater – My thoughts, “And as the Jesus and Mary Chain launched into its set, few dared to stand. Sure we were all older and the seat cushions were so comfortable, but it felt wrong to be sitting. But when the opening riff of “Head On” started, that course was corrected. Like dominos in reverse, one row stood up and then another until it reached the point where concertgoers were being told by tuxedoed ushers with flashlights not to dance in the aisle.”

156. iii Points Festival – October 9-10, 2015 – Wynwood – Saw Run the Jewels, a video concert of MF Doom, Toro Y Moi, and Warpaint.

157. Cheap Trick – October 22, 2015 – Hard Rock Live – My thoughts, “A bit after 8 p.m., what sounded like an automated female voice said over the Hard Rock Live loudspeaker, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage the best fucking rock band you’ve ever seen — Cheap Trick.” That might be a bit of hyperbole, but last night, the aging Midwestern rockers with their tongues often planted firmly in their cheeks did indulge a hearty crowd with flashbacks of four decades of high-quality rock ‘n’ roll.”

158. Public Image Ltd – November 5, 2015 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “John Lydon, more infamously known as Johnny Rotten, earned his place in the books as lead singer of the Sex Pistols, but last night at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room, the legendary punk rocker proved his “secondary” band, Public Image Ltd, are second to none.  Lydon walked on stage at 9:15 dressed in a ridiculous jailbird-striped set of pajamas, hair still spiky and bleached blonde, with looped earrings pierced into his lobes and that smart-ass punk rock attitude he trademarked in full effect.”

159. The English Beat – November 7, 2015 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “They ripped through nearly 20 songs, barely taking a breath in between rocksteady beats. There was not even the clichéd, ego-boosting walk off the stage having the fans chant their name.”

160, St. Paul & The Broken Bones – December 5, 2015 – Culture Room.

161. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons – December 30, 2015 – South Beach – My thoughts, “But the main attraction was the hip-hop of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the stadium rock of Imagine Dragons. While both acts are too over-polished and obsessed with positive messages for this music critic’s taste, it was hard to walk away from the show without appreciating the effort the two groups put into giving the crowd its money’s worth — which, yes, was technically $0.”

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My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 5

Alright, now we’re deep into it. The beginning of when I started reviewing concerts for the New Times. Lots of links and excerpts are coming your way. In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2click here for part 3, and finally click here for part 4. Away we go…

103. Flogging Molly – February 13, 2013 – Revolution, Fort Lauderdale. Here’s what I wrote way back then, “Whatever preconceptions you might have about the California band Flogging Molly, seeing the dedication of their fans at last night’s concert at Revolution Live would force you to listen to them with fresh ears. At their best, Flogging Molly’s recorded music is soulful hardcore pub music. At its worst, they sound like a generic Warped Tour band with an Irish accent.”

104. Rush – April 26, 2013 – BB&T Center, Sunrise. My thoughts back in the day, “Geddy Lee’s falsetto voice is the most distinguishing feature of Rush. And as he hopped around stage on one foot, he hit pitches that would make Mariah Carey’s dog whistle envious. Harder for me to appreciate was the ridiculous bombast that surrounded the music. When the screen behind the band was not focusing on close-ups of the musicians, it showed a series of silly images. At one time, it displayed atomic bombs detonating, other times, it there was a giant baby carriage rolling around the world.”

105. Crosby, Stills & Nash – May 10, 2013 – Hard Rock, Hollywood – I’ll always fondly remember this show because it was the last concert my very pregnant love interest and I attended before our daughter was born a week later. Ever since this concert hearing “Our House” brings a tear to my eye. My thoughts back then, “If you want to feel young, go to a Crosby, Stills & Nash concert where the generation that coined “never trust anyone over thirty” are all now in their sixties. The two women in the seats in front of me discussed the travails of hot flashes as they waited for the veteran supergroup to take the stage.

106. Donovan Frankenreiter – June 15, 2013 – Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale – My thoughts back then, “It had been many a Cinco de Mayo since I’d seen the number of girls wearing fake mustaches as were in the parking lot outside the Culture Club on Saturday night. The reason was simple. Donavon Frankenreiter, the surfing singer, was in town with his band. His mustache is his calling card, so much so that if you forgot to bring one from home, the merchandising table was selling them for a dollar a pop.”

107. Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket – June 26, 2013 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm – Only for Bob Dylan could I convince my love interest to leave our one month old daughter for the first time. My thoughts back then, “Now a Southwestern rockabilly Lothario playing between two bright flames, there was a sinister drawl to his performance. Sounding more like Tom Waits than Bob Dylan, it made sense why he was not commenting on the change in the wind. It took five songs into the set before there was a recognition by the audience of familiar lyrics. “Tangled Up In Blue” brought out cheers of familiarity, but the arrangement was completely different. Now, it was less a song you would hear at an open mic night at a coffeehouse and more an accompaniment of a striptease at a Juarez bordello.”

108. 311, Sublime with Rome, Pennywise – July 21, 2013 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – I only drove up there to see Cypress Hill and I missed them. My thoughts, “Seeing a line-up of 311, Sublime With Rome, Cypress Hill, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Pennywise on a Sunday in July in 2013 would be like going to a concert in 1993 headlined by War, Grand Funk Railroad, and Three Dog Night. The 311 Unity Tour is a nineties-centric nostalgia package, that brings you back to a time when you couldn’t be on the phone and the internet simultaneously.”

109. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z – August 16, 2013 – Dolphins Stadium, Miami Gardens – My thoughts, “Twenty years ago, JT and Jay would have been an unlikely match, The Mouseketeer and the crack slinger. But on this evening, they were equals. From the first song, “Holy Grail,” Timberlake took the left of the stage and Jay Z the right. They stood under screens displaying Greco-Roman sculptures. And they shared a massive backing band, set up in three tiers. There were no breaks between sets. A Jay Z song would segue into a Timberlake number.”

110. Scott Weiland – August 24, 2013 – Revolution Live – My thoughts, “There was a sense of urgency at Revolution Live Saturday night. Many came to see Scott Weiland perform because they thought it might be the last time they would have the chance to see him live.” And they were right to fear that. He died a couple years later.

111. Loretta Lynn – September 15, 2013 – Hard Rock Live – Can’t find the review, but remember going with my Dad. She put on a good show, but did not play a minute longer than her contract obliged her to.

112. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – October 8, 2013 – Grand Central, Miami – My thoughts, “Sinister, lustful, and serious, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club showed Tuesday night that they are just as committed to rebelliously acting out as that thespian outlaw, Marlon Brando.”

112. John Fogerty – October 29, 2013 – Hard Rock Live – My thoughts, “Breaking the South Florida record for most flannel shirts under one roof — long held by a K-Mart off of US1 — was not the only impressive feat that took place at Tuesday night’s John Fogerty concert. Even more remarkable was that the 68-year-old singer and guitarist could command the stage for a 28 (yes 28!) song set at Hard Rock Live.”

113. Sleigh Bells – November 2, 2013 – Culture Room – Great show! My thoughts, “The duo of Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller were joined on stage by a drummer and bassist who provided a much harder sound than fans of Sleigh Bells might have expected. The band found a particular branch of fame by juxtaposing noisy, experimental beats behind Krauss’s pop diva voice. But knowing Sleigh Bells catalog would not prepare you for how heavy their sound was this weekend. It far surpassed any of their peers you might hear on the xm indie station. This was Ministry heavy. Nine Inch Nails heavy. This was Rage Against the Machine fronted by Christina Aguilera.”

114. Friends of Nature Festival – November 10, 2013 – A boring fest. My thoughts.

115. Janelle Monae – November 23, 2013 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “Monáe, a Kansas City-raised, Atlanta-based neo-soul singer, belongs to the school of Andre 3000 and CeeLo Green. Her performances are equal parts church sermon, art-school project, and r&b, funk, and science fiction rave up.”

116. Tegan & Sara – December 6, 2013 – Scope Art Fair – My thoughts, “Tegan & Sara still possess their secret weapon: twin voices that work together to create untraditional harmonies. They also came armed with humility and humor, charming every member of the audience who was actually paying attention and not checking the iPhone for the next Basel party to attend.”

117. ZZ Top – December 28, 2013 – Hard Rock Live – My thoughts, “Stick around long enough, and you become what you pretended to be. When ZZ Top formed in 1970, they were a trio of twenty-year-olds trying to capture the blues of their home state of Texas. Thousands of whiskey bottle-emptying, smoky nights later and they’ve filled the role they cast themselves to play.”

118. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang – January 9, 2014 – Revolution Live – My thoughts, “Once you hear Claypool’s voice, you will never forget it. It’s instantly recognizable by its baritone goofiness. That goes double for his bass playing. If Claypool has a superpower, it’s that, armed solely with a bass (and in this instance a kick drum and a companion on guitar), he can make a band sound huge, filling the room with a full sound. If Claypool has a second super power, it’s the ability to make every song, no matter the song’s genre or origins, sound like the same song.”

119. Lauryn Hill, The Marleys – February 15, 2014 – Miami Dade County Fairgrounds – My thoughts, “Ms. Lauryn Hill, the one-time Fugee, one-time costar of Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, five-time Grammy-winner, and mother of five children with another of Bob’s sons, Rohan Marley, reminded us though she might not ever record another album, her live performances are hurricane-level forces of nature.”

120. Yo La Tengo – March 22, 2014 – The Colony Theatre, Miami Beach – My thoughts to this live scoring of a documentary, “Even in this multitasking day and age when people respond to email, talk on the phone, and watch a rerun of Seinfeld all at the same time, it was hard to know exactly where to keep your eyes on Saturday night at the Colony Theatre. At center stage was a screen displaying the sound and images of the film documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. To stage right stood the movie’s director Sam Green in a bright orange shirt, live-narrating the movie. And then, most distracting of all, to stage left, sitting amid a scattering of instruments were indie rock legends Yo La Tengo, performing the soundtrack.”

121. Deltron 3030- April 3, 2014 – Culture Room – My thoughts on this great show, “”The future is coming on.” Fitting last words for an act so devoted to a time that has not yet happened. And to continue the Nostradamus theme, while I wouldn’t dare predict the future, I can say with near certainty that in December this will rank as one of the top South Florida hip-hop shows of the year.”

122, Tech N9ne – April 16, 2014 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “Through his 90-minute, high-energy set, the Kansas City rapper shouted about “evil brain, angel heart” and wondered aloud, “Am I a Psycho.” For a Wednesday night, Culture Room was utterly packed with scarce room to breathe. A small but obnoxious percentage of the crowd seemed to be auditioning to be Tech N9ne’s evil henchmen. But these meatheads pushing their way around the floor need not apply, as he already had a sidekick in labelmate Krizz Kaliko.”

123. Haim – April 29, 2014 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “If forced to choose a band from music history with which Haim draws closer parallels, instead of Fleetwood Mac, it would be Hanson. Like the 1990s singers of “MMMBop,” Haim are three siblings of the same sex, reared by their parents to dominate the music charts with their magnificently long tresses. Throughout their hour-plus set, the three sisters shook their luxurious manes and showed emotion by running fingers through their perfectly conditioned hair. If the music thing does not work out, they can count on a lucrative contract endorsing Neutrogena or Herbal Essences.”

124. Of Montreal – May 7, 2014 – Grand Central – My thoughts, “Of Montreal is one of those critically acclaimed bands whose dozen-album deep catalog is impossible to dive into. That is, unless you see them live. Such an occurrence will baptize you into the cult, screaming, “Amen!” after every one of the outfit’s impossibly energetic numbers and leaving you counting down the days until you can listen to the next sermon.”

125. Bastille – May 15, 2014 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “Bastille walked out to the dreamy theme song from the 1990 David Lynch TV show Twin Peaks. The quartet later performed a song, “Laura Palmer,” named after a dead central character from the series. But it was difficult to find a connection between the nihilistic drama with an oddball sense of humor and a rock band that takes everything so seriously while making it sound life affirming. It was as incongruous as if Stitches came out for a concert with the Sesame Street theme and performed a song titled “Cookie Monster.” If Bastille were an old TV show, it would more likely be Law & Order, reliable and hard working, with every episode following the same formula.”

126. Toadies, Supersuckers – May 16, 2014 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “Openers Supersuckers are another casualty of the ’90s who never hit it as big as Toadies, but not for a lack of talent or stage presence. They play a filthy, hairy style of rock that would fit in any bar you’d be scared to walk into.”

127. Drive-By Truckers – June 4, 2014 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “Through Drive-By Truckers’ 22-song, every odd song was Cooley’s, and every even song was Hood’s. The yin followed by the yang. The country followed by rock. The wiry, clean shaven stoic followed by the stocky, bearded, jokester.”

128. Little Dragon – June 12, 2014 – Grand Central – My thoughts, “Little Dragon hails from Gothenburg, Sweden. Four albums into the band’s career, the foursome is quite comfortable skipping between genres, from the realm of sunshiny pop reminiscent of Gwen Stefani to dark, moody synth stuff as icy as a Scandinavian winter.”

129. Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green – July 15, 2014 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – My thoughts, “‘You’re always going to remember three things from tonight. Where you were, what you were doing, and who you were doing,’ Lionel Richie told the large crowd at Cruzan Amphitheatre on Tuesday night before letting out that wide grin underneath his signature mustache. He then sauntered over to the piano to sing “Easy.” Say what you will about Lionel Richie, and many critics have over the years, but the man does not lack confidence.”

130. Tori Amos – August 24, 2014 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “A little after 9 p.m., the Zeppelin was turned off, the house lights dimmed, and out in a silver robe/dress walked Tori Amos to a standing ovation. With her famous fiery red hair, she bowed to the crowd and sat at a majestic black grand piano, where she kept the crowd in rapt attention for nearly two hours as she dug into “Parasol,” the first of more than 20 songs she played on the final night of her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour.”

131. Washed Out – September 13, 2014 – Culture Room – My thoughts, “As imagined, with its introverted dreaminess, Washed Out did not inspire much dancing or movement, but instead smiles and bliss. The only complaint I overheard about the band’s 13-song set was that it was too short. Even with the break before the two song encore, its time on stage barely dented a full hour. But I suppose that should be expected as dreams, like the music inspired by them, are always fleeting.”

132. Peter Frampton – October 5, 2014 – Hard Rock Live – My thoughts, “When you look up Peter Frampton’s name, four words come up: “teen idol” and “guitar god.” Today only a very strange teenager would have a poster of the now balding, 64-year-old Frampton on their wall. That is, unless the kid was a student of the guitar. Then it would make perfect sense. Last night in his two hour set at Hard Rock Live, Frampton showed that while the dreamy hair might be long gone, he still knows his way up and down the neck of a guitar.”

133. Foster the People – October 16, 2014 – Fillmore Miami Beach – My thoughts, “After Soko’s joie de vivre, the overpolished sheen of Foster the People couldn’t help but feel like a repeat episode of American Idol. Simon or Paula Abdul or JLo or whoever’s working as the judges these days would give the band high marks. The singer hit his falsetto notes, did his darnedest to connect with the audience, and even looked fashionable coming out in a leather jacket, only to take it off four songs into the show. But there was such a blandness to the delivery that it made me want to pore over Foster the People’s lyrics and see if it’s a Christian rock band. (It’s not.)”

134. Ringo Starr & His All Star Band – October 22, 2014 – Broward Center for Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale – My thoughts, “If you’ve ever seen Paul McCartney live, you know what an unforgettable experience that is. Even at seventy-two years of age, Sir Paul still belts out three hour performances, playing all the hits that pull at your heartstrings. There was no Paul in sight last night, Ringo Starr was the only Beatle in town, offering a different kind of show. Less rock and roll, more Vegas lounge act.”

135. Coral Skies Music Festival – October 26, 2014 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre- Julian Casablancas, Manchester Orchestra et al.,

136. Phil Collins, Richard Marx – December 6, 2014 – Fillmore Miami Beach – Billed as Phil Collins first performance in years. The guy didn’t even play. At least I got to take advantage of an open bar at this charity gala. My thoughts, “It’s understandable that a musician would only like to be heard when he is at his best. But since the night was for a cause to aid aspiring musicians, a better lesson could have been taught. Even if Collins wasn’t close to 100 percent, he could have embodied that old quote for the young kids: being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”

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My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 4

We’re almost to the point in my life where I started writing concert reviews where I will have documentation of most concerts I attended. But for now I’ll rev up the old memory banks to see what shows I’ve seen. In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2 and finally click here for part 3. Away we go…

81. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – September 18, 2007 – Troubadour, Los Angeles.

82. Frank Black – October 15, 2007 – Safari Sam’s, Los Angeles – Thank goodness for or I’d never remember the dates of all these Frank Black concerts I went to.

83. The Moody Blues – March 11, 2008 – Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles.

84. Cold War Kids – August 23, 2008 – Sunset Junction, Los Angeles.

85. The Breeders – November 17, 2008 – The Wiltern.

86. Modest Mouse – February 24, 2009 – Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles.

87. The Dodos – August 8, 2009 – J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

88. Frank Black – August 11, 2009 – The Mint, Los Angeles – We have now reached the first concert that I wrote about and still have records of. You can read my thoughts by clicking here. If clicking is too much trouble for you, here is what I wrote:

“It was just Frank Black and his guitar. From time to time he bantered with the audience. Frank recognized his asides were second rate and apologized for no anecdotes coming to mind.

My friend Anthony and I have an inside joke that during the band’s downtime Frank and Kim Deal engage in pie eating contests. This dwindles into us doing imitations of Frank Black eating pie.

We joked amongst ourselves that he should talk about pie. But maybe we did say it loudly because then he did in fact start talking about pie.

“I was in Kansas and the waitress asked us if we’d like dessert. We asked if she had pie. She said, ‘We have buttloads of pie’.”  For him the punchline was that the waitress used the word, buttloads. For us it was the fact that this round, hairless man somehow has a magical, musical portal into our minds.”

89. Pixies – November 4, 2009 – Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles- By now you can tell I’m a Pixies and Pixies affiliated band fanatic. I love the Pixies so much I bought a bootleg t-shirt of the band outside the gig which I still have to this day. Unfortunately whoever crafted the shirt didn’t have a proofreader. They write the cities on this Doolittle tour as Demver, Colorado and Washinton D.C.. After all these years it adds to the charm.

90. Otto Von Schirach – December ?, 2009 – The White Room, Miami – I’d seen my friend from high school perform his crazy show many times. This was the first time I wrote about it. Was a great, chaotic, show.

91. Paul McCartney – March 30, 2010 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles. This was the night I got over my stigma of seeing my classic rock heroes play live. I guess I feared the geriatric versions of these great rock and rollers would tarnish their music. But most of these old timers are amazing. None more so than Macca who I wrote, “blasted out Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which evolved into the final medley from Abbey Road. “And in the end the love you make is equal to the love you take.” Everyone in the crowd was hoarse from singing along for over two and a half hours, but found the spirit to yelp out those final words. And on the way out we had enough voice to keep singing away from the venue.

92. Pavement – April 15, 2010 – Fox Theater, Pomona – I’d been waiting a decade to see Pavement play live again. Was happy to drive 37 miles east of LA to see one of their first reunion shows. Amazing 30 song set. Here’s what I wrote, “The power of music was undeniable. Space and time be damned a bond was created between me and this girl and probably hundreds of other in the crowd as we sung along to every verse in their catalog. It didn’t matter if you first heard their music on a car stereo on the Pacific Coast Highway or a dorm room in the Midwest. Those guitars set to alternate tunings hit you right in that nostalgic part of your heart.”

93. Coachella – April 18, 2010 – My buddy Justin said he could get us into Coachella for free so on the spur of the moment on a Sunday we drove out to the desert even though we both had to teach the next day. Pavement (again), Gorillaz, Spoon. We drove back to LA in the early morning hours. We stopped at a rest stop to close our eyes at about 2 am, next thing I knew it was 5:30. We somehow made it back in time to teach our classes. Here’s what I wrote back then, “I soaked in the polo field with a million hipsters drugged and sunburnt out of their minds. As I leaned against the tree I saw a familiar face. It was the waist high alternative icon, Beck, with his  flunkies and toddler son who all wore the same haircut.”

94. MGMT – July 16, 2010 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.

95. Pavement, Sonic Youth – September 30, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA. Two of my favorite ever bands playing in a venue much too big for them. a fitting last concert for me to see to close out my California years. Here’s what I wrote back in the day, “Due to noise ordinances Pavement played an abbreviated set. All their weird songs skipped over for their semi-hits. A sixty year old man was loving it, dancing in his flowered shirt with his woman of a similar age. But what finally got me involved wasn’t a song, it was a joke. The drummer announced, “This next song is ‘Rattled By The Rush’”. Then lead singer, Stephen Malkmus, one of the wittiest lyricists of the twentieth century said, “We’re going to dedicate this song to Matt Leinert.” Unless you’re a football fan you wouldn’t get it, but half the crowd did.”

96. Metric – December 1, 2010 – sands of Miami Beach.

97. Interpol – April 29, 2011 – Fillmore, Miami Beach

98. Blackstar – September 27, 2011 – Fillmore, Miami Beach.

99. Ladytron – October 15, 2011 – Grand Central, Miami.

100. Glass Candy – January 21, 2012 – Grand Central, Miami.

101. Wilco – May 15, 2012 – Fillmore, Miami Beach.

102. The Dandy Warhols – October ? 2012 – Portland – While visiting my friend in Oregon got to be treated to seeing one of my fave bands playing down the street from his house at some benefit against putting fluoride in Portland’s water supply.

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My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 3

And the list goes on. My memories of these years are a bit shakier. I seemed to have seen a lot of bands multiple times. In case you’re as compulsive as me click here for a link to part 1 and click here for a link to part 2.

53. Stephen Malkmus – February? 2003 – El Rey Theater, Los Angeles – I can’t find evidence of this concert, but I know I attended it right after I moved to LA. I was living on the fumes of my unemployment checks, picking oranges from trees to save money on food, but somehow I found the cash to pay for this show. It was worth every citrus based meal i was required to eat the next week.

54. Bjork – August 11, 2003 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – A friend showed me how to sneak into this legendary venue and I took advantage of it many a time.

55. Toots & The Maytals – August 24, 2003 – Hollywood Bowl – Case in point.

56. Radiohead – September 25, 2003 – Hollywood Bowl.

57. Josh Rouse – October? 2003 – The Troubadour, Los Angeles.

58. Coheed and Cambria – January? 2004 – Spaceland, Los Angeles – I wasn’t too impressed with the band, but I remember more the only in LA kind of night I had. My roommate at the time was sleeping with former MTV host Matt Pinfield who loved this band, and throughout the show all he did was talk about how much he loved them. Never saw Matt again who took off with a biography of the director Elia Kazan I had in my living room.

59. Franz Ferdinand – March 15, 2004 – Amoeba Music, Los Angeles.

60. Quannum Projects Tour – April 29, 2004 – House of Blues, West Hollywood.

61. Coachella – May 1, 2004 – I drove out to the desert expressly to see my favorite ever band’s first show together in a dozen years, the Pixies. It lived up to the hype I created in my head. I also got to see some of my other faves in Beck and Radiohead. But looking at who else played I’m kicking myself for not yet being into Stereolab or LCD Soundsystem. Ah well, what can you do until they invent time machines?

62. Rush – July 6, 2004 – Hollywood Bowl.

63. Liz Phair, The Cardigans – August 17, 2004 – House of Blues.

64. Pixies – September 22, 2004 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.

65. Pixies – September 24, 2004 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley.

66. Pixies – September 25, 2004 – Greek Theatre, Berkley- I went a little crazy when I heard the Pixies reunited. OK maybe a lot crazy as I drove up and down the Golden State. But each show was completely different. I’m curious to see how many times they show up on the list.

67. All Tomorrow’s Parties – November 6-7, 2004 – The Queen Mary, Long Beach – One of, if not the greatest festival I ever went to. Held on an old war ship, it had a line-up that blew me, and perhaps only me away, as I couldn’t find anyone to go with me. Lou Reed, Modest Mouse, Stephen Malkmus, the Flaming Lips, Peaches, The Shins.

68. TV on the Radio – November ? 2004 – Amoeba Music, Los Angeles.

69. Modest Mouse – February 7, 2005 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles.

70. Pixies – June 2, 2005 – The Wiltern.

71. Stephen Malkmus – June 14, 2005 – El Rey Theatre.

72. Digable Planets – June 20, 2005 – House of Blues – Felt so fortunate to see one of my favorite acts from my high school years reunite.

73. The Dandy Warhols – November 18, 2005 – Avalon, Los Angeles.

74. Belle and Sebastian – March 20, 2006 – Amoeba Music, Los Angeles.

75. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – March 23, 2006 – El Rey Theatre.

76. Dave Matthews Band – August 28, 2006 – Hollywood Bowl – Don’t judge me any more harshly than I do myself. And if you do just remember this was the venue I was able to sneak into.

77. Modest Mouse – November 5, 2006 – Avalon.

78. Modest Mouse – November 6, 2006 – The Wiltern.

79. The Raveonettes – June 1, 2007 – Spaceland.

80. Sonic Youth – July 20, 2007 – Greek Theatre.

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My Compulsive List of Every Concert I Can Remember Seeing Part 2

And now we continue into 1999. I realize I’m leaving out a bunch of shows featuring smaller bands whose names have been lost to the annals of time. But I will do my best to be as accurate as possible. On to part 2. Here’s a link to part 1 if you’re a glutton for punishment.

29. Frank Black – January 18, 1999 – Cow Haus, Tallahassee – This week in January might have been the best week of concerts the capital city of Tallahassee ever enjoyed. At the very least it was the best week I experienced in my 4 years there. It all started with the singer of The Pixies who I would continue to see many times afterward.

30. Blonde Redhead – January 19?, 1999 – Cow Haus – Best week of concerts Tallahassee ever had continued.

31. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – January 21, 1999 – Cow Haus – Music fans are divided on this band. But this show lived up to their name. It was explosive!

32. Paleo Festival – July 24, 1999 – Nyon, Switzerland – I was nearing the tail end of bumming around Europe for two months. I was so low on cash. My friend Patrick wanted to see Iggy Pop playing at this fest so bad. I went with him. Neither of us had a tent so we went to the lost and found and picked up one to sleep in at the campground. I was too cheap to pay for a ticket. By the time I got into the actual festival Iggy Pop had already played. I saw the Italian singer Zucchero which was a poor poor substitute.

33. Zen Fest – September 18, 1999 – Coconut Grove Convention Center, Coconut Grove – I never made a good raver, but for some reason I decided to go to this rave by myself. Maybe someone was going to meet me and they flaked out? I spent a lot of hours that night trying to dance the night away and failing. Chemical Brothers were the headliner.

34. Galactic – October 13, 1999 – Floyd’s Music Store, Tallahassee

35. De La Soul – January ? 2000 – Floyd’s Music Store, Tallahassee – This was the first opportunity I had to interview one of my musical heroes when I got to interview these rappers before their show for Break magazine. I don’t remember much about the concert but I remember being super nervous meeting trugoy afterwards. He was a nice dude. even pretended he was excited to meet me.

36. Tea Leaf Green – Mondays in February 2000- Elbo Room, San Francisco – Patrick and I moved to California and for some reason we became regulars at this Monday night jam band gig.

37. Frank Black & The Catholics – March 7, 2000 – Slim’s, San Francisco.

38. The Dandy Warhols – July ? 2000 -Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.

39. Beck, The Go-Go’s – September 8, 2000 – Golden Gate Park San Francisco.

40. The Dandy Warhols – November 5, 2000 – The Fillmore, San Francisco – A friend from the bookstore I worked at went to the show with me. He won a raffle where he got an electric guitar signed by the band and we were invited to the afterparty where we got to meet the band and some kids who rented a limo for the show who gave us a ride back. But what I remember most is the bartender at the afterparty bragging how he used to be Jerry Garcia’s heroin guy,

41. Frank Black – December 8, 2000 – Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto – I’ve written about this show a bunch of times, but it’s worth repeating. The show was at an old high-school auditorium. After the show, I was walking to my car when I heard the footsteps of a man behind me. This was like a surreal dream. Not only was I walking past rows of lockers in an empty high-school hallway, but also I was next to the man whose voice soundtracked a couple of my high-school years. I had to say something, so I asked Frank Black the first thing that came to mind. “What’s your secret?” He looked at me with grave concern: “What do you mean?” “How do you write these great songs? I mean, they’re from, like, right out of my head.” Without saying a word, he let me continue rambling. “Is it from hard living? Is it from easy living?” He laughed and thanked me for coming to the show. I got to my car and backed out of the dirt parking lot. I saw him getting things out of his gas-guzzling Cadillac, and I guess I stared for a moment too long because he had the look of a man afraid he was dealing with a stalker. 

42. Ralph Stanley – February ? 2001 – Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto.

43. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – March 12, 2001 – Fillmore, San Francisco.

44. Coachella Festival – April 28, 2001 – We made the long drive to the desert to see a hundred different bands, but the only one I really remember is Jane’s Addiction blowing me away.

45. Radiohead – June 27, 2001- Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View – Normally I would jump at the chance to see Radiohead. But I had just come back from a ten day sleep deprived trip with a cult to Israel. It was my 23rd birthday and I just wanted to sleep for a week to get all the brainwashing out of my head. But my friends had an extra ticket for me and so I went. Later they did an imitation of me standing while sleeping during the concert.

46. Jane’s Addiction – October 26, 2001 – Shoreline Amphitheatre.

47. EmmyLou Harris – October 27, 2001 – Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

47. The Breeders – October ? 2001 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz.

48. Gorillaz – March 7, 2002 – The Warfield, San Francisco. Weird show for a great band. They were supposed to be a band of cartoon characters, so the musicians played behind a wall and you couldn’t see them. Rather you’d watch the animated characters on the screen.

49. Frank Black – March 15, 2002 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz.

50. Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Cake – August 10, 2002 – Greek Theatre, Berkley.

51. Sonic Youth – August 28, 2002 – Amoeba Records, San Francisco.

52. Beck – August 29, 2002- Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco. The list continues by clicking here…