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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 PHOTOS – Nashville, TN 7/22/09 (PHOTOS)

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        Heavy Metal landed in Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium when the Judas Priest / Whitesnake tour hit the Municipal Aud. on July 22, 2009. Enjoy the Concert Photos from this anniversary event as both bands were celebrating anniversaries of two of their best selling LPs.

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         Photos By James Downing

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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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              Tommy Tutone and Charlotte Medley Concert Photos From BB King’s in Nashville, TN (PHOTOS)

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                Concert Blast was invited to an after work party at BB King’s in downtown Nashville, TN. Mike, Brian, and Tom made a Concert Blast appearance to remember the songs of the Nashville resident hit maker, Tommy Tutone (Jenny 867-5309) with opening act singer/songwriter and friend of our show, Charlotte Medley.

                Here’s the link to the Photos which Brian Hasbrook took on the evening of July 16th 2009.
                Enjoy!

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                  Concert Blast Book Announcement – CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES: Guest List – Backstage – VIP (BLOG)

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                    The one question that is asked to us more than anything is, “When is the Concert Blast book coming out?”.  Now we can say Very Soon and now a preview is available for the public’s viewing through our signup list.  Since the book is now in the finishing stages, it seems at this point it is set for a Spring of 2010 release.

                    Concert Blast Experiences
                    Guest List – Backstage – VIP

                    Written by Mike Arnold – Edited by Claire Watson

                    Mike will release his first book on how 3 average concert fans turned an idea into a popular website / podcast, became mainstream media, covered the steps we took, and what has happened so far on this wonderful journey!

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                      CMA WEEK 2009 – Pam Tillis Concert Photos (PHOTOS)

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                        During CMA Week 2009, Pam Tills performed at the Wildhorse Saloon on Sunday June 14th 2009.  Here are some pictures from that show as well as backstage photos during Pam’s Meet and Greet with her closest fans.  James Downing was on hand to not only give us the concert review, but to also provide photos to capture the night.  After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

                        Enjoy  The Pics!

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                        Submitted By James Downing

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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 and Fan Club Party Photos (PHOTOS)

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                                The CMA Festival of 2009 was one of the largest crowds that Nashville, TN has seen in quite a while.  Every year country music fans come in from all over the country, and the world, to enjoy several days of music and parties from their favorite country music artists.  During this year’s events, most of the concerts were free.  The weather was nice (with the exception of the one storm at the stadium on opening night).  Below are several pics from the week of the CMA Fest 2009.  ENJOY!!!

                                Click Here – CMA FEST 2009 – SUNDAY – Photos from Brian Hasbrook of Concert Blast!  

                                 

                                Click Here – CMA Week 2009 – Fan Clubs and Stadium Shows – Photos submitted by Meredith Simpson and Mike Arnold (of Concert Blast!)

                                 

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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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                                      Reflections on the Life and Death of Michael Jackson (BLOG)

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                                        Written by Mike Arnold

                                        There are times in our lives when we will always remember where we were and what we were doing as we heard major news. Maybe it was when we heard the news of O.J. Simpson being accused of murder or the jury’s verdict of “Not Guilty”. Maybe it was major news in your family, a riot in your town, America being involved in war, or the 911 tragedy as the twin towers in New York City came crumbling down. One day I’ve always remembered was hearing the news about the death of Elvis Presley. I remember being at work and hearing the news from the guys on the night shift coming in to relieve us and telling us about the tragedy. It was unbelievable that the King of Rock could die so young. I also remember watching Monday night football with my wife Sandra as Howard Cosell tells the American football audience that John Lennon had just been shot and killed in New York City outside his apartment. Now another day I’ll probably remember is today, Thursday June 25th 2009, the day I heard the news of the death of Michael Jackson.


                                        I first heard of Michael Jackson as a child listening to the Jackson Five. At that time it was The Jackson Five and The Osmond’s selling millions of records and constantly being played on the radio. Just as all child bands, the artists grow up and so do the fans. I didn’t think either band had a future in the mainstream music business as adults. Michael Jackson proved me to be  severely wrong. I remember being at a disco in the 70’s when I first heard “Rock With You” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”. I couldn’t believe the music Michael Jackson was creating. Even at that point in my life I believed that Michael’s solo career would be short lived. Then he proved me wrong again!

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