Metallica 8/6/17


So it seems I am on the see Metallica every 10 years train because the last time I saw them was at the KROQ Weenie Roast back in 2008 and the time before that was Lollapalooza 1996 at the Gorge. I caught wind of a presale after they announced a stop at Petco Park in support of their newest album Hardwired…To Self Destruct that was released on 11/18/16. I could have bought seats anywhere in the place with the presale but decided to buy reasonable seats to save a little coin since I had seen them up close at the Gorge. Bob text me months later asking if I would rather be on the floor. Of course I would but did not want to double the price. He apparently worked some magic and found floor tickets for the same price so I sold the two tickets I purchased to our friend Kyle.

At the last minute Larry and Meredith decided they wanted to go and found some tickets. After meeting at my place and blowing Meredith’s mind that you could get away with drinking in an Uber we met up with Larry’s cousin, Kyle and his friend at a place downtown adjacent to the ballpark called Rare Form for a couple beers. Everything was going swimmingly until we went to go in and learned that Larry and Meredith had paid $145 each for fake tickets and would not be coming in. Talk about a buzz kill. To make matters worse I had somehow dropped the doobie I had in my pocket on the ground when I was taking everything out of my pockets to prepare for the metal detector.

Once inside things quickly took a turn for the better as some random guy offered me a high powered cannabis “gummy” for reasons still unbeknownst to me. We had just enough time to grab a beer and wander onto the floor section before Metallica started (yes we skipped all opening bands including Avenged Sevenfold for which I harbor a particular disdain for). It felt like the show was sold out but we still had plenty of space around us to be comfortable and move about the floor. Their giant stage backed with equally impressive projection screens was the largest I think I have ever seen and this ranks as one of if not the loudest concerts I have ever been to. I quickly realized that there was a colossal difference between seeing them headline their own tour versus playing on a festival bill like I had the other two times. A spectacular pyrotechnics and laser display worked in unison with the projected images to accompany the music to epic effect. The band genuinely seemed to be enjoying the night and (as one would expect) was tight. In a nod to Cliff Burton, Robert nailed his “Anesthesia” bass solo as images of Cliff were projected onto the screens. The new stuff was good but the old stuff just flat out rocked. What a fitting grand finale of three concerts in four days…Wow. These guys at whatever age they are still crush it.

SETLIST: Hardwired, Atlas, Rise!, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, The Unforgiven, Now That We’re Dead, Moth Into Flame, Wherever I May Roam, Halo On Fire, Whiplash, Sad But True, One, Master of Puppets, Fade to Black, Seek & Destroy, Fight Fire With Fire, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman



Billy Joel 5/14/16


Billy Joel? The Piano Man? Yep. I am a super casual Billy Joel fan and did not plan on going but got married 3 weeks ago and received tickets as a wedding gift from my wife’s aunt. We made the ill decision of taking the trolley into downtown which in and of itself is fine, but we always forget that it takes almost an hour because of all the stops in between. We got into downtown and had a little time to grab a drink so we went into the Old Spaghetti Factory thinking that the bar area would be relatively empty compared to a traditional bar. Wrong. That place was popping but we managed to get a large beer in us before heading over to Petco Park, which is surprisingly a pretty cool place to see a concert with the beautiful skyline as a backdrop. I had previously seen DeadMau5 and Paul McCartney there. Our seats were nearly as far away as they could possibly be but we did not care. Just being there was cool. Billy Joel came out and started about 8:30. He said he had not been in San Diego “since I was here with that other guy about 15 years ago.” Then he started singing “I don’t have much money” referencing Elton John’s “Your Song” and said “you have plenty of money motherfucker.” He seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself. I can always respect that out of a performer that has had to play the same songs literally thousands of times. The first hour of the show started out a little slow and as a casual fan the only song I really knew in that first hour was “The Longest Time.”Then he kicked it into high gear and killed it for the final hour starting with my personal favorite “Movin’ Out.” Then he played “She’s Always a Woman” and “My Life” before doing an electrifying cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” with one of his roadies singing. Billy Joel doing a cover of AC/DC??? Awesome. Then he played “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “The River of Dreams,” and a cover of the Eagles’ “Take it Easy” before playing the crowd favorite “Piano Man.” The place just erupted with everyone going nuts. He finished up with “Uptown Girl,” “Still Rock And Roll To Me,” Big Shot,” “You May Be Right” with a little Led Zeppelin tacked on to the end and closed with “Only the Good Die Young.” So happy I got to see this guy!

Paul McCartney 9/28/14

Paul McCartney

When I was younger all that came to mind when I used to think about the Beatles were the happy ass days of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You.” Then I heard the Magical Mystery Tour album when I was well into my twenties and I was blown away. Game changer. I had no idea about the other side of the Beatles I was missing out on. This newfound appreciation was kind of fun because whenever the state of new music became stale I would just delve into another Beatles album. I guess growing up I was more exposed to Wings and Paul McCartney solo stuff but never really cognitively paid much attention to any of it until I fully got into the Beatles.

Needless to say when you get a chance to see a Beatle you take it. Paul McCartney was technically touring for his 16th solo album New that was released less than a year before this. Not only is this guy a LEGEND and a knight but he is also a fucking champ. He played nearly 40 songs and nailed every one of them. “And I Love Her,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” Band on the Run,” “Hi, Hi, Hi,” and “Helter Skelter” would have been worth the price of admission alone.

I do not remember the circumstances of why Kyle and I ended up with a shitty ticket but we did. Our seats were facing a wall on the side of the stage so we had to watch the show being projected onto said wall instead of having any direct line of sight to the actual stage. It did suck at one point when the projector stopped working for a couple songs but I was just happy to be in the presence of Macca and we could hear everything from where we were at perfectly. Meanwhile Ingrid and her cousin Shawn were somewhere else in the crowd with an actual vantage point having an entirely different experience paralyzed by the weed muffins they had eaten…

SETLIST: Eight Days a Week, Save Us, All My Loving, Listen to What the Man Said, Let Me Roll It, Paperback Writer, My Valentine, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five, The Long and Winding Road, Maybe I’m Amazed, I’ve Just Seen a Face, We Can Work It Out, Another Day, And I Love Her, Blackbird, Here Today, New, Queenie Eye, Lady Madonna, All Together Now, Lovely Rita, Everybody Out There, Eleanor Rigby, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, Something, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Band on the Run, Back in the U.S.S.R., Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude, Day Tripper, Hi, Hi, Hi, Get Back, Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End

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Deadmau5 10/28/11


I would not consider myself a person who really digs DJ’s and techno-ish music…unless I am on drugs. I imagine most people that really like this kind of music also really like the kind of drugs that are not normally in my wheelhouse. Ecstacy and me have a storied relationship but I can sum it up by saying that I have only felt the effects of it half the times that I ingested it. Rumor has it that too much LSD can burn out your receptor sites for ecstacy but I think weak ecstacy may be a better explanation. My roomie at the time who I lovingly gave the moniker “Techno” fell into both of the aforementioned categories. He also happened to love Deadmau5 specifically so late one night after drinking all day he gave me a proper introduction when he, Ingrid and I ate some ecstacy and sat in his car listening to Deadmau5 at full volume. That was all I needed to want to go see this madness live. Ingrid and I got floor tickets and you guessed it: ecstacy.

What I remember about this show is a very lightly packed baseball stadium. There were the haves (floor tickets) and the have nots (people in seats). The problem for the people in seats is that they were waaaay the fuck back there away from the stage and the floor was far from full. A couple rebellious attendees decided that the risk of getting caught trying to get on the floor was a better option than sitting at the back of the stadium.

The ecstacy was weak but Deadmau5 was still cool. I did not “know” any of the music but the light show and bass coming out of massive speakers more than made up for that. A dude onstage by himself wearing custom mouse heads hitting buttons that sent crazy noises into my ears was a different experience but one that I am glad I went out of my comfort zone for.