Concert bucket list: Chris Rea

I have seen a fair number of concerts and I count myself lucky to have seen many of my favorite musicians and bands. Chris Rea will be on top of my bucket list of artists I haven’t seen yet and I will love to. I thought he stopped touring but apparently he played the Montreux Jazz in 2014. Damn… Luckily it was captured on video.

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Interview with Nancy Staley, Layne’s mom

You got to read this interview with Layne’s mom. Its so powerful.

Also, I have been thinking about going for the Layne Staley Tribute night for many years but I havent. Maybe I should go this time. It will be so nice to say hello to Nancy.

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Warren Haynes Playlist

Warren Haynes published a playlist of songs he likes. It certainly makes a great listen. Click here.

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Montage of Heck, Egyptian Theater – Seattle

I was so excited about the movie. Especially this screening, given that Brett Morgan was going to be there. It seems that Brett was asked a lot of tough questions the previous night when they screened it for whos-who of Seattle music scene. The movie got a nod from likes of Jack Endino, Charles Cross and Bruce Pavitt (check these guys’ facebook pages if you are interested). That only increased the excitement for me.

Brett Morgan introduced the movie and shared his thoughts. No Q&A. I was accompanied by a friend who loves movies but had no clue about Kurt Cobain (yes, there are people like that too. and that too in Seattle). Anyways. I thought that the movie was abstract. I mean, I cannot say I learnt something new about Kurt or feel any different about him after watching the movie. The movie did not let me understand Kurts thoughts any better. To me the movie is like a collage of clips.

Also, I had to explain to my friend how big Nirvana and Kurt Cobain were/are. He could not get that based on the movie. I will say that its definitely a good watch but nothing too special.

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I have my share of favorite movie theaters that I like to go to. I usually prefer watching a movie at one of these theaters instead of catching up a main-stream movie. My #1 theater just went down and it made me really sad. Yes, I am talking about Harvard Exit Theater. I loved that theater. Apparently, SIFF now owns the place. Atleast one of the movie halls. Gotta go see the “new place”.

I am planning to start posting a line or two about the movies I watch. Just cos I enjoy some of them so much.

For the record, these are the Seattle area:
Harvard Exit Theater
Seven Gables Theater
Guild 45th
Egyptian Theater

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Faith No More, Paramount – Seattle

The future of rock-n-roll is safe, Faith No More is back! What a show and I mean, why did these guys not play together for all this while? I am so glad I made it to this show… Mike Patton is mind-blowing and the band had so much energy!

Pics are here.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Neumos – Seattle (2015)

How amazing can a band sound? Well, you gotta go listen to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood if you wanna know. Man they just sounds very very sweet to my ears. The harmonies, the interplay of the instruments, the sound… just amazing. What a great band this is. I love the entire band. Every member. Just amazing. Do go see them live if you have a chance…

Pics are here.

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Damien Rice, McCaw Hall – Seattle

Some shows are good, some are mind-blowing but a very few will remain etched in your memory forever! Damien Rice at McCaw hall will be for me. Amazing show that I almost missed. Now I am glad I did not miss it…

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Stone Temple Pilots, Paramount – Seattle

The album Core by Stone Temple Pilots was one of my favorites during my school/college days. I used to listen to their first four albums every once in a while. I did go back and forth a couple of times before finally deciding to go see the show. Part of the reason for the second thought was the fact that Scott was not going to be there. Yet, I am glad I went!

I have to say that the sound was not the best. Boomy base that overshadowed the guitar for my taste. Chester Bennington was at home with the rest of the band and the crowd liked him as well. He sings well and was able to engage with the crowd. I was surprised to see that I still remember the lyrics to so many of their songs. I guess the memories of the band playing “Plush” with some help from the crowd will remain etched for ever! One other cool thing is that, the band seemed to be enjoying themselves very much. Its always more fun with the band is also enjoying themselves.

Pics are here.

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Young veteran

I am a big Novak Djokovic fan. I love his game and also how he enjoys himself all the time. Check this video where he is called a “veteran” by a journalist for the first time, his reaction is so cool:

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