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Charlie Daniels Band Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 8/27/09 (BLOG)

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    Concert Review Written By Tom Thompson

    Charlie Daniel’s and the Charlie Daniel’s Band brought their southern rock show to the Wildhorse Saloon on August 27th, 2009.

    I will have to say that Charlie and the band still know how to bring southern rock back to Nashville. The talent of Charlie and his band sounded better than ever. One thing I noticed with this show is Charlie plays a lot more electric and acoustic guitar than I have seen him do in the past. I was very pleased with how well he can still play, especially the numerous guitar leads. Charlie’s fiddle playing is still amazing, we just didn’t see him play it very often.

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      LOVERBOY CONCERT REVIEW – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 09/04/09 (BLOG)

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        Loverboy September 4, 2009 Wildhorse Saloon Nashville, TN

        Concert Review by James Downing

        For each decade in music there are a handful of bands that define the spirit and attitude of those years. The 50′s had Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley, the 60′s had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Monkees, The 70′s had Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, and The Eagles. The 80′s had Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey and the subject of this review, Loverboy.

        Loveboy blew down from Canada and set the rock and roll world on fire with their rock anthems to make their mark music history. Lead by singer Mike Reno, the band chalked up a string of hit singles and lps that have become 80′s classics.  MTV was just getting started and this medium served as a springboard for many artists and bands and Loverboy was right there leading the pack.

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          PAUL McCARTNEY CONCERT REVIEW – Atlanta, GA 08-15-2009 (PODCAST 161)

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            Paul McCartney Concert Review – Atlanta, GA – 08/15/09

            Written by Mike Arnold

            Atlanta Georgia’s Piedmont Park hosted Paul McCartney and his rocking band to a night of rock and roll for over 50,000 fans on August 15, 2009.  This was a night where the old and young gathered together to enjoy hits from Paul McCartney, Wings, The Fireman, and The Beatles.  I took the trip from Nashville, TN to Atlanta, GA to enjoy the night and since Concert Blast was selected as media to cover this special event, I decided to create a podcast from the evening.  This concert was a benefit for Piedmont Park and was billed as “The Green Concert”.   It was encouraged for everyone to take the Marta to the downtown area.  They called this a “No Car” event.  Everyone seemed to agree because there were empty parking lots.

            I haven’t seen Paul McCartney perform since the Wings Over America tour and I must say that Paul McCartney still has the strength, energy, and endurance to perform a concert which lasted over 2 and 1/2 hours.  I loved the setlist, although there would be a few changes if I were given the opportunity to create it.  Overall the night was wonderful and when the 30 minute rain storm came, the fans kept rocking as if it wasn’t raining at all.  The band members were excellent musicians with wonderful background vocals.  Rusty Anderson: Guitar/Bass, Brian Ray: Guitar/Bass, Abe Laboriel Jr: Drums, Paul Wickens: Keyboards.  Special Thanks to all who made it possible for Concert Blast to cover this concert; Aimedra Kelly of Piedmont Park, Holli Mattison of Live Nation, Paul McCartney’s PR Firm: MPL Communications, and of course Paul McCartney’s management.

            CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL SONG BY SONG CONCERT REVIEW AND MORE!

            http://www.concertblast.com/Show-161-Paul-McCartney-Concert-Review.mp3

            Written by Mike Arnold

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              Judas Priest & Whitesnake Tour Concert Review – Nashville, TN 7/22/09 (BLOG)

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                Judas Priest & White Snake July 22, 2009, Nashville, TN Municipal Aud.
                Written By James Downing

                Heavy metal landed with a one, two punch when the Judas Priest / Whitesnake tour hit the Municipal Aud. on July 22. It was a hot summer night but it was about to get a lot hotter. Both bands were celebrating anniversaries of two of their best selling lps, Whitesnake’s “Slide It In” and Priest’s “British Steel”. Metal heads of all ages welcomed them with open arms.

                Before I get to the review, I must say it was really great to be in the Municipal again. I guess it had been 15 years since I attended a show there and I was happy to see that it looked like the place was getting a face lift. New paint job on the walls and what I thought was a really nice touch. They have huge reproductions of tickets from many of the artists that have played there. I spent a lot of time before the show started just walking around the hall looking at these memories. Elvis, The Jacksons, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, and many other artists and bands have played there. You can say what you want about this venue but there have been some real legends play the stage of this building. I know, I was there for most of them.

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                  CMA WEEK 2009 – Pam Tillis Concert Review (BLOG)

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                    Written By James Downing

                    Country music fans are some of the most dedicated fans in music. Each year thousands of them from all over the world make the journey to Nashville, TN to take part in the CMA Music Festival. This year as usual there were concerts, meet and greets with the stars, and fan club parties where the fan can get up close and personal with their favorite singers and bands. Sunday night June 14th 2009, Pam Tillis, daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis, played the Wildhorse Saloon. There was a larger concert going on that night at LP Field so the crowd wasn’t that big, but the fans in attendance were die hard Pam Tillis fans.

                    Pam did a meet and greet before the show where she signed autographs, took pictures with the fans, and did something that I thought was very special. When she first entered the room she told the fans to stick around after they had their pictures made with her. After everything was signed and all the pictures were taken, she did a question and answer session and even pulled out a guitar and sung a song. She wanted to do another song but her husband told her that she was going on in 7 minutes. I have been to many of these meet and greets, but this is the first time that I have ever seen someone make it so up close and personal like Pam Tillis did that night.
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                      CMA Festival 2009 Concert Reviews Recorded at Chuck Wicks Fan Club Party (PODCAST 160)

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                        Concert Blast was once again accepted as media to cover the CMA Festival for the third straight year.  With the unfortunate circumstance of having Bonnaroo on the same weekend and Brian Hasbrook being called to work in New York during the same week we were stretched.  Last year we had four podcasts of the CMA Festival, but this year we were trying to be everywhere at once, so there’s only one podcast dedicated to the CMA Fest.  On Sunday June 14th, Concert Blast accepted an invitation to the Chuck Wicks Fan Club Party.  While Mike, Brian, and Tom were together once again, they decided to put together a podcast discussing the CMA Festival Stadium shows  they attended as well as recorded a portion of the Chuck Wicks Fan Club Party.

                        This year, Tom attended every night of the CMA Stadium shows.  Tom discusses the opening night where they had to take shelter at the Stadium due to the storms coming through Nashville.   The Friday night show had special guest Kid Rock.  Saturday night show had a special reunion appearance of The Judds during Wynonna’s set.  Sunday night was full of today’s top Country stars including Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift.

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                          Bonnaroo Music Festival 2009 Concert Reviews and More (PODCAST 159)

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                            It was Saturday, June 13th 2009, Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Steve Vallar head south from Nashville, TN to the big town of Manchester, TN.  Well, a big town for the weekend as approx. 100,000 visitors flood Coffee County for the yearly music festival, Bonnaroo.

                            This is our 4th time to cover the event.  Unfortunately, this year we were scheduled to cover another favorite music festival, CMA Fest in Nashville.  This had us scrambling to get extra help.  Tom and his helpers covered the CMA Fest, while Mike, Brian, and helper Steve covered Bonnaroo.

                            It was a wonderful time as Concert Blast returned to podcasting live at Bonnaroo during Saturday’s events.  The coverage Show Notes are as follows… Booker T and the DBTs (Drive By Truckers), Bon Iver, Media Press Conference, Cherry Holmes, Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

                            The surprise performance of the year was Jenny Lewis.  Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen already had a long standing reputation of their great live performances.

                            Listen and Enjoy the Podcast Recorded Live at Bonnaroo 2009

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                            CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SHOW 159 – BONNAROO 2009

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                              Ratt Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon 5/28/09 (BLOG)

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                                Here are two quick reviews of the Ratt Concert as the tour stopped in Nashville, TN to perform at the Wildhorse Saloon on May 28, 2009.

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                                Hard rock band Ratt crawled “Out Of The Cellar” and into Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon last Thursday night to prove that glam rock is alive and well in Music City USA. A few minutes before 9pm the lights went out as hundreds of headbangers hit the Wildhorse floor to witness the return of Ratt. Stephen Percy, Robbie Crane, Warren Demartini, Bobby Boltzer and John Corabi hit the stage to run thru a blistering set of songs from their catalog of 25 years. John Carabi was filling in for guitar player Carlos Cavazo. This was the first time that I had seen Ratt so I can’t compare the two but I must say John’s guitar playing fits nicely.

                                 

                                Stephen Percy is a great front man!  He was even wearing a Stephen Percy tee shirt. How is that for confidence?  I have to say his voice didn’t sound quite as good as it did back in the 80′s.  It was a little rough, but it still worked.  He strutted from one end of the stage to the other slapping hands and banging fist after fist along the way.  The man has an awesome stage presence. He seemed to have been in a great mood and talked several times between songs.  It looked like he was very pleased with the crowd and was glad to be playing in Nashville.  He said it had been a long time since they had played here and was glad to be back.

                                 

                                The rest of the band was a tight outfit. Boltzer provided a solid beat for the others guys to follow.  Crane is a very impressive bass player and with these two guys providing the back beat you cant miss.  Throw in Corabi and Demartini and you have a hard rocking band.  I wish I had been on the other side of the stage where I could see Warren Demartini better. His guitar playing was blistering.

                                 

                                The Ratt songs which stood out for me were; “Lack Of Communication”, “No Body Rides For Free”, “Dangerous But Worth The Risk” and “Way Cool Jr”.  Of course the final song was the one that started it all “Round And Round” from the debut LP Out Of The Cellar. This album had became a staple on classic rock radio stations around the world and has sold almost 4 million copies. They didnt play an encore but the crowd would have have stayed for several. All in all it an excellent 75 minute set.

                                 

                                New band Motor Fly warmed up the crowd playing thirty minutes of straight ahead rock and roll.

                                 

                                This is one of those shows that I went to just because I had never seen the band before. I was really glad I went. Ratt can still rock the house with the best of them. I would have liked to have seen a longer set, but I didn’t walk away disappointed.

                                 

                                On the Concert Blast scale I give it an 8.5.  I deduct points for the length of the set and Stephens spitting on the stage.

                                 

                                Written by James Downing

                                 

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                                On Thursday night, May 28th, 2009, The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN was ROCKIN AGAIN with another Classic Rock show featuring RATT.  It was great to see lead singer Stephen Pearcy back at lead vocals.  I will have to say that Stephen’s voice is as strong as it was in the 80′s. This show was a greatest hits show. Some of the classic hit songs were: “Body Talk”, “Lay It Down”, “Wanted Man”, “Way Cool Jr”, “Tell The World”, “Lack Of Communication”, “Lovin You Is A Dirty Job”, and “You’re In Love”. The last song of the night was of course their biggest hit “Round and Round”.

                                 

                                Another great thing about the show was Warren DeMartini. WOW! The man can still ROCK his guitar. He played very impressive leads and had a great sound. Without him RATT would not be the same. The whole show was very exciting. The band sounded  great and with Stephen being the front man, he got the crowd singing along with their hits. If RATT is coming close to a town near you, I would highly recommend seeing them.  We want to say a BIG thank you to Ratt’s management and The Wildhorse Saloon for allowing us to bring this review to you.

                                 

                                RATT N’ ROLL ON.  

                                 

                                Written by Tom Thompson

                                 

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                                  Starship with Mickey Thomas and Bobby Kimball (of Toto) Concert Review – Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, TN 5/22/09 (BLOG)

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                                    Written by Mike Arnold

                                    On Friday night, May 22nd, 2009, The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN brought one of the most talented bands still playing Classic Rock music today back to Nashville, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. On this particular night, Starship had a special guest performing with them, Bobby Kimball of Toto, and one surprised guest that was later announced in the show. With all these artists playing the in the same set meant a night of nothing but classic rock hits.

                                    As the house lights went down and the band members took the stage, the loud, clear voice of Mickey Thomas belted over the PA speakers, “Hey Everybody!” The band immediately began the opening notes of “Find Your Way Back”. The band continued the set without hesitation or saying anything with, “No Way Out”.

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                                      Billy Joel and Elton John Concert Review – Nashville, TN 5/16/09 (BLOG)

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                                        Written by James Downing

                                        The Elton John and Billy Joel Face 2 Face Tour rolled into Nashville’s Sommet Center Saturday night, May 16th, 2009, and what a show it was. A few minutes after 7:30 PM, two large floor panels in the huge stage started to open and up rose two grand pianos.  The sold out crowd rose to it’s feet as The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, strolled out from the right side of the stage. Shortly followed came Capt. Fantastic, Sir Elton John, from the left side. They met in the middle of the stage and greeted each other and then took their seats behind their keyboards.

                                        Neither one of the legends wasted anytime giving the fans what they wanted. Elton started the show with “Your Song“, which is one of the all time favorites.  His voice sounded just as good as it did when he first recorded this song 30 years ago. It then became dueling Piano Men as Billy Joel broke into “Just The Way You Are“.  Each superstar took turns doing a song. This set consisted of two other songs, Elton’s “Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me” and Billy’s “My Life“.   At this time Billy left the stage and left it all to Elton.

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