Zoso Concert at Lincoln Theater

Last night I went to a live show at the Lincoln Theater. Zoso is a Led Zeppelin cover band, but not just any cover band. They play internationally and are renowned for their shows. They did not disappoint. I showed up at 9 PM and there was a long line down the sidewalk. It was packed. We pushed our way down to about 10 rows from the front for the main show. Standing only, of course.

There was an opening act that was an AC/DC cover band. It was hard rock all night. They went on stage at 9 PM, then Zoso came on at 10. They played for three hours until 1 AM without stopping. It was ear-splittingly loud where we were standing. The band put on an amazing show. The lead singer sounds exactly like Robert Plant. The guitarists and drummer were unbelievably good. Tickets were $12, but this group is worth way more than that.

I really wanted to hear them play Misty Mountain Hop, which is my favorite Led Zeppelin song. They didn’t play it, but I wasn’t disappointed. They delivered a solid setlist in their long show.

All ages were present. I was surprised at how many young people (under 21) were there. After all, Led Zeppelin is known for their 70s rock. It’s good to see young people appreciating the classics.

I took the picture below. I was pleased that I didn’t see too many people holding up phones and cameras during the show. That stuff gets annoying. I didn’t see much of that at all. The crowd was busy rocking and cheering.

Zoso at Lincoln Theater

Elton John and Billy Joel's Face to Face Tour

On Saturday, March 7th, we took my mom to see Elton John and Billy Joel in concert on their “Face 2 Face” tour. The concert was held at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, NC. It was a fantastic show. The two piano legends played for over three hours, showcasing a night that was excellent in setlist, sight, and sound. It was truly a terrific concert. While I could have done without Zanzibar in Billy Joel’s set, I was overjoyed that Elton John began with Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding.

Someone has finally posted the Charlotte setlist online. Included with the setlist was a positive show review. Read that here. I am posting the setlist myself, seen below.

  1. Your Song
  2. Honesty
  3. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
  4. My Life
  5. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
  6. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
  7. Burn Down the Mission
  8. Madman Across the Water
  9. Tiny Dancer
  10. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  11. Daniel
  12. Rocket Man
  13. Levon
  14. I’m Still Standing
  15. Crocodile Rock
  16. Angry Young Man
  17. Moving Out
  18. Allentown
  19. Zanzibar
  20. Don’t Ask Me Why
  21. She’s Always a Woman
  22. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  23. River of Dreams
  24. We Didn’t Start the Fire
  25. Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me
  26. Only the Good Die Young
  27. Bitch Is Back
  28. You May Be Right
  29. Bennie and the Jets
  30. Birthday
  31. Back in the USSR
  32. Candle in the Wind
  33. Piano Man

Shine a Light Review

The new Rolling Stones concert movie, Shine a Light, was released to theaters on April 4th. It is also in IMAX! I absolutely had to go. This Monday, I saw it at the IMAX theater in Raleigh. I was very excited about seeing this since I am a huge Stones fan, and I’ve never seen an IMAX concert movie before.

It was absolutely fantastic. I loved every minute of it. If you like the Stones, it is nothing short of a must-see. It is a stunning production. The picture and sound were simply incredible. We sat directly in the middle of the theater, and the sound was nothing short of out of this world. Amazing quality and clarity.

I have been to five Stones concerts, and I have several DVDs from their past tours. Even considering that fact, the setlist played for Shine a Light was incredible. They played a lot of rarities in this movie. Several of them I have never heard them play live. Not anywhere. “She Was Hot” from the early eighties was a fun choice, which they’d never done before on stage, to my knowledge. “Some Girls” and “Far Away Eyes” were both extreme rarities, too. “Loving Cup” was so great to hear them play live, which I think they have rarely ever done. That one was a duet with Jack White, which sounded quite interesting. But the magic moment for me was when they played “As Tears Go By”. Superb!

Still, I wish they played one or two new songs. At one point, I heard them rehearsing the chords for “She Saw Me Coming” from their last album. I was hoping they’d play it, since it is one of the best from that album. They didn’t include it in the set, though. Bummer. Also, I wish they hadn’t played “Satisfaction” or “Tumbling Dice”. They were both unnecessary, considering they are so played out, and this concert was performed at the Beacon Theater, not a stadium. They should have replaced those with something a lot less played. Still, they were solid performances.

The band puts on a great show for this movie. Their age is no secret, and the shots in this movie leave nothing hidden about their wrinkles. In my eyes, their wear and tear are a testament to how long they survived. Even in their 60s, the Stones put on a show that you’d expect to see of someone half their age.

A tip of the hat to Martin Scorsese for directing this masterpiece. I’ll surely buy the DVD when it comes out. If you plan to see it, you must see it in IMAX! Accept no substitute. Trust me.

Shine a Light Coming April 4th

If you are a Rolling Stones fan, like myself, you have probably already heard about the upcoming movie Shine a Light. It’s a concert movie directed by Martin Scorsese, filmed over two nights in late 2006 at the Beacon Theater, in New York City. The movie is going to be released at IMAX and regular theaters on April 4, 2008! A double CD movie soundtrack is also available!

Shine a Light Poster

BNL: Ships and Dip

I don’t think I have ever posted about music, but I’ll say that I am a big fan of the Barenaked Ladies. I saw them in concert back in 2000 and it was really awesome. They are an awesome group and I really enjoy their music. If you do too, you may be interested to know they are doing a concert cruise in January 2007. All of the information is at ShipsAndDip.com, the name of the event. They are to perform every night of the cruise. I wish I could afford to do this right now. While on the topic, their band website has been updated and is at barenakedladies.com. Even cooler, the group hosts their own blog at bnlblog.com. Check them all out. Their latest CD came out just a few weeks ago and after I downloaded it from iTunes, I have been back in a phase of playing all of their songs again.