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Posted on 4/10/2013
Elton John In Concert - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena - 4/5/2013
Piano expert/singer/songwriter Elton John returned to Nashville, TN to excite his fans of young and old to a greatest hits concert on 4/5/2013. Elton used to visit Nashville on every tour that reached the Southeast, but it has been a while since he’s visited the Music City. Although Concert Blast wasn’t granted concert review passes for this show, Elton’s management did grant us a photo pass. Our Concert Blast friend (and excellent photographer) Samantha Shrader took on the duties of helping us out for the night. Check out her photos!
Posted on 12/27/2012
The Who returned to Nashville for the first time in many decades. In fact the last time The Who performed in Middle Tennessee was when they had the original lineup including Keith Moon and John Entwistle. That was “The Who By Numbers” tour in the mid 1970’s. Today there are only two original members still living and they are still performing with the energy level and playing ability they’ve always had, even though Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are now in their late 60s. The Who is currently on tour celebrating the anniversary of the Quadrophenia album. Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold were looking forward to seeing The Who again, but preferred a greatest hits show instead of a album concept show. Enjoy Mike Arnold’s concert review of The Who in Nashville, TN.
Posted on 12/18/2012
Aerosmith In Concert - Steven Tyler and Joe Perry - Photo From www.Aerosmith.com
Aerosmith returned to Nashville, TN to thrill classic rock audiences once again. Aerosmith has been a tour regular to Nashville, but it has been a while since the “Bad Boys From Boston” had performed in the Music City. While Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook were out of town, our guest blogger friend Josh Jackson, took it on himself to fill in for us (Thanks Josh!). Enjoy Josh Jackson’s Aerosmith Concert Review from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 12/13/2012.
Posted On 8/8/2012
Rod Stewart In Concert
On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Rod Stewart stopped his Heart and Soul Tour in Nashville, TN for a performance at the Bridgestone Arena. Rod mentioned this was his first visit to Nashville since 2004. The packed house proved that Nashville loves Rod Stewart and was willing to pay a hefty price to see him perform in concert. Mike Arnold was invited to cover this rare event and as a long time Rod Stewart fan, he was more than pleased to attend! Enjoy his concert review as he steps through the evening’s set list.
Posted on 8/1/2012
Stevie Nicks In Concert
Stevie Nicks returned to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on Tuesday, July 24th to perform as a solo artist this time around. As the opening act on the Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks Heart and Soul Tour, the Fleetwood Mac singer and solo artist took the classic rock audience through a journey of her career and the musical life of a classic rocker! Mike Arnold was on hand to cover this nostalgic evening. Enjoy reading his concert review!
Posted on 7/14/2012
Gretchen Wilson In Concert - Nashville, TN - Photo by www.stageshottz.com
The main opening act from the Gang of Outlaws Tour with ZZ TOP and 3 Doors Down was also the most energetic and best live performance of the night, Gretchen Wilson. Concert Blast was invited to cover this night of excellent music, so Mike Arnold was on hand to bring you the concert review as he describes the details from the set list. Enjoy!
Posted on 6/27/2012
Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top In Concert - Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
The “Little Ole’ Band From Texas”, ZZ Top, made its way back to Nashville, TN once again for another performance on it’s Gang of Outlaws Tour (along with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson). This time the venue was the massive Bridgestone Arena. Although the arena can hold over 18,000 for a concert, the upper deck was blocked off to only hold 10,000 attendees for this setup. About 7,500 rock fans were on hand to enjoy the night of Southern Rock provided by headliners ZZ Top. Enjoy the ZZ Top concert review by Mike Arnold.
Posted on 5/1/2012
It was Friday, April 27th, 2012 when the long awaited return of Van Halen landed in the Music City. Thousands of Van Halen fans were looking forward to this event and many of them asked us if Concert Blast were going to cover this event. Several of the fans in attandance even were emailing and texting us wanting to know where we were. Unfortuantely the Van Halen management did not approve us for concert review tickets (although their publicist tried). They did approve our photo pass, but our photographers didn’t want to take photos from the sound board (too hard to shoot over the crowd) for three songs and be escorted out the door… HOWEVER, our good friend Josh Jackson was there and surprised us with a written review. Enjoy the Review!
Posted on 10/12/2011
Written by Guest Blogger Zach Clayton
Lots of folks have dreams of being in a rock band, playing music in front of thousands of people, and living the rock & roll lifestyle; if you know what I mean…… On September 13, I got to see the living and breathing definition of living the dream – Arnel Pineda. Don’t click off here and go to Google; hang on and keep reading.
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Winter Jam 2011 Nashville, TN
Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook of Concert Blast were on hand at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN to enjoy and review the Winter Jam 2011 concert. This was a night of various styles of Contemporary Christian music and Mike and Brian loved this evening. With ten acts performing short sets of their new and popular tunes. The acts on the Nashville tour stop were; Newsboys, Kutless, David Crowder Band, Francesca Battistelli, Newsong, Red, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Jason Castro, and several guest appearances from Christian Rapper, KJ52. Continue Reading…
Winter Jam 2011 - Nashville, TN - Newsboys
The Winter Jam 2011 Tour packed the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN and Brian Hasbrook was on hand to provide his photography skills. Brian included over 180 photos of the night from various styles of Christian Music Artists; Newsboys, Kutless, David Crowder Band, Francesca Battistelli, Newsong, Red, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Jason Castro, and several guest appearances from Christian Rapper, KJ52.
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Garth Brooks In Concert - Nashville, TN - 12/16/2010
It was Thursday, December 16th 2010 in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena when Garth Brooks performed his first full band Live Performance in years. In fact, before this first night (first of nine Sold-Out shows) of his Nashville performances, Garth has only played about 10 concerts with a full band over the past decade.
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Garth Brooks Press Conference
On Thursday December 16th 2010, Mike Arnold attended a press conference held by Garth Brooks. Mike joined the Nashville, TN media along with the other media who traveled in to hear Garth discuss the idea of helping those affected by the Nashville, TN flood of May 2010.
Garth Brooks In Concert - Bridgestone Arena Sign
Garth Brooks lent his talent and his marketing skills to help out the flood victims of Nashville, TN. Mike Arnold and Lee Baucom of Lee Baucom Photography took photos of the evening.
Written by Guest Blogger Josh Jackson
All Photos from http://www.cmt.com
For the last 14 years, the CMA Awards have consistently been one of my favorite projects to be a part of. I can only think of one show (the Grammys) that brings together the amount of talent and diversity that this one does. Each year brings it’s own set of interesting performances and results, and this year was no different. So, let’s get right to it!
Tom Petty - First Album from 1976
Written By James Downing
I remember working at Rivergate Mall (just outside of Nashville, TN) for a record store called Camelot Music in the mid-seventies. One of the many benefits of working at a record store is getting the lowdown on new music before it’s released. There were all kinds of great bands coming out back then, some of them are still around and some are not.
Crosby, Stills, and Nash In Concert
Written by Mike Arnold
I remember the first time I listened to the harmony of Crosby, Stills, & Nash, they had another member in the band with them which completed their super-stardom of the 70s. Neil Young decided to leave for a solo career and became as popular (if not more) than the group he left. I’m not a huge Neil Young fan, but after witnessing CS&N in concert as the opening act for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, I would have to say without hesitation that I truly missed Neil Young performing with his former band mates.
Graham Nash and David Crosby
David Crosby, Stephen Sills, and Graham Nash performed on this night in Nashville, TN as an opening act, but more of a double bill. Their performance lasted 90 minutes, which included an encore of 2 very popular songs.
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It was Monday, July 26th, 2010 when Nashville finally recieved the promise that Paul McCartney made about 38 years ago of putting Nashville, TN on his tour schedule. Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were part of 20,000 extremely excited fans that believe it was well worth the wait. Continue Reading…
Waiting for the Doors to Open
On Saturday July 10th, 2010, Concert Blast was invited to cover The Scorpions farewell concert (with Special Guests, RATT) from their current “Get Your Sting and Blackout Tour,” as the tour stopped in Nashville, TN. Continue Reading…
Written By Mike Arnold
On Saturday July 10th, 2010, Concert Blast was invited to cover The Scorpions farewell concert from their current “Get Your Sting and Blackout Tour,” as the tour stopped in Nashville, TN.
With Tom Thompson on vacation and James Downing attending another show in Memphis, Concert Blast photographer Brian Hasbrook and I attended the show. Here’s the Concert Review for opening act, RATT.
Ratt - Stephen Pearcy
80s hard rock favorites RATT opened the show to an estimated crowd of 6,000 in attendance. When RATT took the stage to flashing lights and noises blasting through the PA system, the crowd became immediately on their feet and remained there for most of the night. Continue Reading…