Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Cleveland HOB)

BRMC with Death from Above 1979, Deap Vally – Live at Cleveland House of Blues, 10-11-2016

If you haven’t already heard, BRMC started their set with a brand new song called Bandung Hum! Bandung city is the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, and after doing some research I found that it’s a stop where the band has toured in the past. Reading about the city, it sounds like a beautiful place and really must have made an impression on Robert, Peter and Leah.

I’m already in the love with the new track, and was lucky enough to think about voice recording it about halfway through. The Cleveland House of Blues was the first stop on this tour, and the band posted a photo of the set list on some social media sites, so it’s probably safe to say that everyone making it to this tour will get to hear it.

I arrived before the opening act, Deap Vally, played and as a result had a kickass view from the top center the entire night. Deap Vally played an awesome show, even though the regular drummer was unable to attend. The fill in drummer had her first practice that same morning, and I swear you’d never have known (if you didn’t know the members/had never seen them perform before). Death From Above 1979 played a great set too, and their giant elephant-trunk clad logo looked sweet on the stage.

It was pretty cool to attend a show where 2/3 drummers were women. This was one rad Cleveland show. Though they didn’t have an encore, and they didn’t play Fault Line. And much to the crowd’s dismay, they didn’t play 666 Conducer.

No ticket yet? Catch the gig lineup here!

BRMC Set list:

  1. Bandung Hum (!)
  2. Rival
  3. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  4. Ain’t No Easy Way
  5. Berlin
  6. Cold Wind
  7. Haunt
  8. Conscience Killer
  9. Red Eyes and Tears
  10. Awake
  11. Six Barrel Shotgun
  12. Spread Your Love
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Filter (Rock ‘N Restock CLE)

Filter – Live at FWD Day + Nightclub Cleveland for Rock N’ Restock CLE, 9-22-2016

I did something I swore I’d never do last night. I went to a show and spent the entire time in the parking lot. I didn’t have a ticket going into it, and I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out the 30 bucks and some change to get in. Probably because when I got there I realized that the event was a Filter show tacked onto a silent auction. Everyone was walking in and out of the FWD Day and Nightclub in fancy clothes and here I am, clad black with my Filter logo flag shirt. I felt extremely out of place and it really sucked because the event was for a great cause, raising money for the Cleveland Food Bank and some folks affected by cancer.

Instead I paid $10.00 to park my car in a space right beside the stage. I didn’t pay for that specific spot, and I arrived well after the opening band (Tyler Reid) took the stage, so it was pretty much dumb luck. It was a good listening area; if I got on my car (did) I had a view of heads of the crowd and occasionally the band members, if they were feeling the will to move around. My personal Filter sound festival was interrupted only by the trains, the man who asked me to button his shirt sleeve, the echo off the bridges, and the couples yelling at each other on the way to the car.

They played for over an hour, and didn’t take a single break. Here’s the set list.

1. The Take
2. Trip Like I Do
3. You Walk Away
4. Head of Fire (<3 <3 <3)
5. Kid Blue from the Short Bus, Drunk Bus
6. Jurassitol
7. Pride Flag
8. Nothing In My Hands
9. Take A Picture
10. Surprise
11. Welcome to the Fold
12. The Best Things
13. American Cliché
14. No Love
15. Hey Man, Nice Shot

This club is right by the water and the outside area is lined with train cargo cars. Which was a nice feature since it made for a low barrier.

I recorded the whole thing on my phone. And it’s a damn good recording for a phone if I do say so myself!

While I didn’t enjoy this show as much as my first one, I mean that goes without saying because I was inside the venue, I am pretty stoked to have a solid recording of a Filter show where Richard Patrick talks a lot about his hometown. And apparently he’s writing a book?

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EVE 6 (The Grog Shop)

EVE 6 – Live at The Grog Shop, 6-21-2016

This show was 45 minutes away from my house, and since it was on a weekday I did the responsible adult thing for once and left early. I spent just shy of an hour listening to the guys of EVE 6 in the little Grog Shop, and in those meager minutes they managed to crank out many of my favorites. Here’s the list. It was the first time I recorded, in one big long text draft on my phone, each song as it started. While a semi-annoying task, it’s totally worth it knowing that, for sure, these are the songs I heard them play, in this exact order.

1. Leech
2. Sunset Strip Bitch
3. Open Road Song
4. Amphetamines
5. Promise
6. Situation Infatuation
7. Here’s To The Night
8. On The Roof Again
9. Anytime
10. Think Twice
11. Arch Drive Goodbye
12. Enemy

Leech started out with Max and one verrrry echo-y microphone. Throughout the night the mic got better.

My favorite thing about this show was the commentary. The first time I saw EVE 6, they played at a festival and it was one song after the other, with pretty much no breaks. This time, EVE 6 had plenty of time to talk about personal matters, goof off and interact with the crowd.

Max did his signature arm up, pointer finger in the air, and got most of the crowd to follow suit at least twice that night.

Did you know that none of the EVE 6 members attended prom? The popular prom song Here’s To The Night was not written about prom, and Max Collins, Jon Siebels and Tony Fagenson never attended.

THEY PLAYED ANYTIME. WHICH IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE EVE 6 SONGS, AND WAS ONLY EVER RELEASED ON A NOW DISCONTINUED SOUNDTRACK. I went nuts when I realized what song it was 🙂

Before Enemy, Max mentioned that it was a “pop song about doubt.”

This gig was two days after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, so it’s possible that all of the friendly folks I met that night were still just riding the high from the pro team who broke the Cleveland drought. But I wore my (first) EVE 6 shirt before the show, and I had many people come up and and talk to me about it. It was cool, strange, and I loved it. Me + tipsy + asked about favorite bands = 1 talkative, excited human.

My only beef with this show was that the shirts were the same designs as last years selection.

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Cleveland HOB)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Live at the Cleveland House of Blues, 6-2-2015

No opening band. No crazy dance moves. Just pure Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds up on stage doing their thing.

It’s been 10 years since Oasis came to Cleveland and rocked the Blossom Music Center on a chilly Ohio day. I was at that show, my heart all up knots at the first real-life sighting of my favorite band of brothers. We all know some musicians suck hardcore performing live, while their studio work knocks it out of the park. From experience I can tell you that a live show with the Gallagher brothers is like stepping out from the cover art of an Oasis CD and being surrounded by the best live versions of your favorite songs that you could imagine.

After attending last night’s show I can safely say that nothing has changed. At 48 years old, Noel still sings, speaks and looks like a rock ‘n’ roll star. I had tears in my eyes at least 3 times watching and hearing one of my favorite musicians play inside the very intimate setting of the Cleveland House of Blues.

From the opening song Do the Damage to the ending encore song Don’t Look Back In Anger, the set list couldn’t have been better. And neither could the crowd. It’s not just the amazing musician who is aging so well that made this show so special, but the fan base was probably the most mature I’ve ever seen. Yeah, you had the obnoxious 30-year-old-somethings standing in the corner making snide remarks about Oasis. But other than that, it was easy to see the place was filled with people who truly love the music. I’d also like to note that it’s one of the few concerts I’ve ever attended that didn’t have the scent of weed drifting throughout.

I voice recorded the whole set, but since this was the first time using my new recorder, it came with some issues upon playback. Main thing I noticed, and I should have tested it out before attending the show: it seriously catches every sound. I definitely need to not stand around annoying people whining about what they will or won’t play next time. My recording of The Mexican came out the best – but it would be so much better if the dudes next to me would have shut up.

I think this line from writer Annie Zaleski perfectly sums up the night: “The final song, Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” turned into a delirious venue-wide sing-along: Strangers hugged, threw their hands (and phones) in the air and shouted along to each and every lyric with the gusto of one a.m. drunken revelry.” Needless to say, I was one of those people.

You can read Zaleski’s review from Cleveland Scene here.

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