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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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          Ratt Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon 5/28/09 (PHOTOS)

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            When Ratt arrived in Nashville around 10pm Wednesday evening (the night before the scheduled concert) , one would think they would head straight to hotel but these guys went and rehearsed for about four hours to reacquaint former member John Corabi (who was filling in for Carlos Carvazo) and up to last weekend Stephen Pearcy was touring solo.  So I’m guessing they probably got to sleep around 3:30am Thursday and had a radio show interview at noon Thursday.

             If these guys were tired at all you sure could not tell by the energy level that hit the stage.  From start to finish the set was boom-boom-boom song after song with very little chatter (just the way I prefer).  Stephen Pearcy’s voice was exceptional as he screeched and stomped commanding the Wildhorse stage all night long.  Warren DeMartini ‘s playing was phenomenal mastering all leads without effort.  Bobby Blotzer, as always, anchored the bands’ sound while Robbie Crane on bass and John Corabi on guitar kept the rhythm churning all night long.

            The set was all-inclusive with no encore. 
            Written by Brian Hasbrook

            Photos By Brian Hasbrook

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              Concert Photos – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Bobby Kimball of Toto – Also Tommy Tutone (PHOTOS)

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                Concert Photos from the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN of the Starship Concert featuring Mickey Thomas.  Bobby Kimball of Toto was the Special Guest joining them during the show and Tommy Tutone was the Surprise Guest.  A great night and a wonderful show. 

                Photos taken by Brian Hasbrook – Concert Blast!

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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 Photos – Nashville, TN 5/16/09 (PHOTOS)

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                        The Elton John and Billy Joel Face To Face Tour rolled into Nashville’s Sommet Center Saturday night 05/16/09 and what a show it was.  Enjoy the photos submitted to us from James Downing.

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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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                              Memphis In May’s Beale Street Music Festival 2009 (BLOG)

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                                Written by Tom Thompson

                                Spring is in the air and it’s the month of May! For the last 4 years, Concert Blast has taken the road trip to Memphis, TN to report on the Beale Street Music Festival as part of the city’s Memphis In May festivities. Below is a report from Tom Thompson on the Friday night excitement as he and a couple of his friends enjoyed the festivities.  Although the Music Festival continues during the rain, unfortunately the guys were rained out for the Saturday and Sunday shows.

                                Starting off we would like to thank our friends with Memphis in May for their hospitality. As it turned out, Friday was forecasted for rains all evening. Arriving at the festival we encountered just some overcast skies but otherwise a beautiful Memphis evening.

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                                  Aerosmith Concert Photos – Starwood Amphitheatre Oct. 2007 (PHOTOS)

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                                    Aerosmith Photos In Concert  – Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN October, 2007.  This is the last Starwood Amphitheatre show before Live Nation sold it to developers.

                                    Photos By Brian Hasbrook

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                                      REO Speedwagon Interview with Concert Blast 11/14/08 (AUDIO)

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                                        Mike Arnold of Concert Blast received a phone call on his cell phone.  He didn’t recognize the number that displayed on his phone.   The voice on the other end was none other than the lead singer of REO Speedwagon, Kevin Cronin.  Kevin asked Mike if he would like to interview the band that night before their Wildhorse Saloon Concert.  Of course Mike agreed and before the night was over, Brian, Tom, and Mike spoke to the whole band backstage. 

                                        Click Below to Enjoy the REO Speedwagon Interview

                                        http://www.concertblast.com/Interview_REO_Speedwagon.mp3

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