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2016: All Concerts By Preference Through July 31st, 2016

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Billy Joel At Madison Square Garden, Friday, May 27th, 2016 – The show was a delight from beginning to end, this is nostalgia for people who want their nostalgia by artistic pros.

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band’s “The River” Tour At Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 – Even more to the point, if this was Bruce being Bruce, Bruce must remain our greatest living Russian (or American) pop performer. It is the dread of living freed by the joy of life transformed into community.

Guns N Roses At Metlife, Sunday, July 24th, 2016 –  If the man wasn’t already a superstar, it would’ve been a superstar performance: it validated insanity through art. “I’m not complaining, not at all” Rose said, discussing the weather, but he meant everything at once.

Corinne Bailey Rae At Mercury Lounge, Tuesday, May 25th, 2016 – Corinne has that cool kid sister vibe, a little sister doncha sweetness that has a sensual underbelly, she is hot without being obvious and sharing without being needy. Speaking of physical attractiveness, she really is a lovely girl –you can see why all the men were out to protect her FROM THEMSELVES

Pearl Jam At Madison Square Garden, Monday, May 2nd, 2016 – During an exceptional set that took away the nasty taste from the bands awful Global Citizen performance last year, they covered all the hits, went deep from time to time, did a handful of cover songs, and redeemed Eddie’s overwrought “Imagine” of 2015 with a solo acoustic singalong to “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” .

Weeklings At The Cutting Room, Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 – That’s what impresses, the pure hard work it takes to make it look like snapping your fingers. Weeklings appear to be easy peasy Beatle Cuckoo Birds, a sort of “Help”/”Ouch” with a penchant for the good early Beatles and a little bit of territory carved out for themselves covering the obscurer Beatle tracks and throwing in originals

Dixie Chicks At Madison Square Garden, Monday, June 13th, 2016 – Dixie Chicks opened well and ended well and everything in between was great. Even a short acoustic set after an outfit change was good. Occasionally, the Prince cover, the Beyoncé cover, a rowdy Goodbye Earl” and a rowdier “Sin Wagon” were all highlights, they were absolutely gleeful

The 1975 At Barclay Center, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 – The mix of Healy’s energetic dancing, and the songs hooks -often not fleshed out on the recorded version, at least on the eponymous debut, made them much better live on stage

The Monkees At The Town Hall, Thursday, June 1st, 2016 – They danced through 31 songs with finesse and intelligence, performed them well, covered for their missing friends, and left the audience absolutely with their money’s worth

Radiohead At Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 – The entire band were under control, 24 songs, two hours and done to a turn. “Thank you, you’ve been very kind to us”. No alarms and no surprises.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds At Beacon Theatre, Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 – the set was mired with songs that’d aren’t all there, and Noel will never be Liam, still, I don’t mean to piss on your chips, but I for one thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mumford And Sons At Forest Hills Stadium, Thursday, June 16th, 2016 – This is the third time I’ve seen them, and I have never not enjoyed them. They’re a pretty good band. Very pleasant

David Gilmour At Madison Square Garden, April 12th, 2016 – It was a muso performance by a 70 year old man who is used to playing the musician. Gilmour had something of a classical musician’s immersion in the sound, and less a band leader’s bringing to the people

Justin Bieber At Prudential Center, Saturday, July 9th, 2016 – The hits, the “Boyfriend” and “Baby”, the “What Is It You Wanted”, “Love Yourself”, and “Sorry”, were exactly what the fans wanted. Absolutely on the money. Great art? No. Great pop art? Yeah, I have to say that it did its job and then some.

Paul Simon At Forest Hills, Friday, July 1st, 2016 – it was subtle without being boring and it was a touch wasted because between being more drenched than wet and the threat of rain, sprinkles all night long, the audience kept getting distracted.

Panorama Days One And Two – Friday, Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd – Way too hot and Friday fell apart but Saturday was exceptional, especially the entire evening from Anderson Paak to Kendrick Lamar.

Bryan Ferry At the Beacon Theatre, Friday, July 29th, 2016 – It was a weird set, neither resting on Avonmore, nor a Greatest Hits package, it was more like a fan fave that wasn’t one. He could’ve done better but I don’t mind.

Santigold At Hammerstein Ballroom, April 16th, 2016 – If Santigold is modern pop’s utilitarian, why does everything sound like rap circa 1986?

Beyoncé At Citi Field, Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 – The set itself was terrific, an epic dive into infidelity, feminism, black power, pop power, rap, hip hop, more rock, dancing (or something like that) and all topped by the Queen Bey

Disclosure At Forest Hills Stadium, Saturday, June 18th, 2016 – The beats kept on morphing and segueing, from trip hop depth charges to malleable tom toms, for 25 minutes they ignored their Harris-Avicii moves to concentrate on dance pure and simple and they were magnificent

Bob Dylan At Forest Hills Stadium, Friday, July 8th, 2016 –  If they had come for the hits, they weren’t there for the most part. An early “She Belongs To Me”, a first set closing “Tangled Up In Blue”, and a first song of the encore “Blowin’ In The Wind” and on your bike.

The Cure At Madison Square Garden, Monday, June 20th, 2016 – It was a true concert achievement, a real study of what Smith does, if I don’t like what he did I shouldn’t have gone. As for Robert? The boulder just rolled down to the bottom again

Dolly Parton’s “Pure And Simple” At Forest Hills Stadium, Saturday, June 25th, 2016 – Towards the end she performed some of her biggest hits, one after another (or, well, you get the picture), with “Islands In The Stream”, “9 To 5” and “I Will Always Love You”.

King Sunny Ade At Central Park Summerstage, Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 – I lasted an hour and left, much like taking my medicine and now going off to play

The Stone Roses At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, June 30th, 2016 – On stage at Madison Square Garden, they are squared with their skills, they have the ease of the certain. But they can’t dance and they can’t find a groove to save their lives,

Sheena Easton – BB Kings, Thursday, July 14th, 2016 – SHe looked pretty good in a form fitting dress even if the set was wanting in all directions.

Earth, Wind and Fire and Chicago, Madison Square Garden,  Monday, April 18th, 2016 – From the moment the EWF and Chicago mash up hit the stage for the first three songs, it sounded like crap, The vocals seriously under mic’d and the horns, all eight of them, with so much treble it was painful

Bad Boys Reunion Day Two, Barclay Center, Saturday, May 21st, 2016 – I would have enjoyed the show if I could have heard the songs, I was listening to the set list earlier and it is so sad that an evening filled with so much fine material should have been so completely ruined

Governors Ball At Randall’s Island, June 3rd And 4th, 2016 – The only day that mattered, the one with Kanye West, was rained out.

The David Bowie Tribute At Carnegie Hall, Thursday, March 31st – Fuck your idols,this sucked. I wouldn’t go tonight if you paid me

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