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I've probably seen about a thousand or so bands live at this point, but I can say that Peter Gabriel last night is easily in the top ten best shows I've ever seen. The production, the sounds, the music, everything was perfect. Of course, playing all of SO as the latter half of the show made it extra-amazing. And this was easily the best use of live video I've ever seen at a concert. Last night was the last show of the tour, but whenever he tours again, I highly recommend going, especially if you've never seen him live.



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I bought tickets last week for MUSE in Tampa in February, looking forward to it. I saw them open for U2 a few years back and it was a great set, but short since they were just the opener. A Headlining tour should be amazballs.


Haha, I bought tickets to MUSE in Calgary!


They won't disappoint. I worked The Resistance Tour in 2010 and it was AMAZING.

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So, Halloween. What goes well with Halloween? Metal goes well with Halloween. So, that being the case, a friend and I ventured to Toronto to see Epica and Alestorm.


Alestorm came out first and in true Halloween spirit, were in costume. They were all dressed as Batman characters and announced that Alestorm couldn't make it, but instead Christian Balestorm would be performing. They proceeded to play a full set, but changed the lyrics so that instead of being about pirates, they were about Batman.


For instance, the song "Captain Morgan's Revenge" became "Comissioner Gordon's Revenge" or "Rum" simply became "Bats". All in all, it was one of the funnier concert moments I've experienced if only because it was so wacky and different.


After a brief break, Epica came out and proceeded to melt everyone's faces. They played a truly epic set that lasted almost 2 hours. Most of Epica's songs are quite long (i.e., 7-8 minutes), so it was to be expected. But, with awesome symphonic metal, that doesn't really matter too much. They also had a really good light show to accompany the music.


All in all, it was a great night and the crowd as always was fantastic and fun to be a part of. Next up will be GWAR on the 24th. That will be...interesting.


Here are some pictures I took last night.




Alestorm, aka: Christian Balestorm!

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Saw Grouplove at the Observatory in Orange County last Friday. Amazing show!! It was my third seeing them this year and it just gets better every time. They're a great live band lots of energy!! During their encore they came out and got the whole audience to be quiet and did a complete acoustic song without mics or anything very cool!

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short show, only ~13 songs, but understandable, since they were playing two shows in a very small theater.


most of them *looked* terrible, but dang if they didn't sound phenomenal!


I only recognized about 7 of the songs, but the new material really did sound like classic Asia from the 80's.. particularly this song:



and dang if Carl Palmer didn't blow me away (completely). Sitting front row, less than 20 feet from him was mesmerizing. . what a spectacular drummer

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Most people in Toronto last night were either at Grey Cup parties or at Metric at the ACC. However, I decided that is lame. Instead, I ventured with a few hundred other hardy souls to see GWAR.


A GWAR show is one of those things that words cannot do justice. There are a lot of celebrities being killed in effigy and a lot of fake blood and other miscellaneous fluids being sprayed into the crowd. Seeing GWAR is always a fun, albeit messy and rowdy time.


Oh yeah. The openers were Cancer Bats and Devildriver. They put on a great show.


Next up is Eluveitie in December. This will be the sixth time I've seen them now.



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^^ GWAR is one of those bands that aren't so great on Vinyl/CD, but are absolutely fantastic and not to be missed live.


I see them every time they come thru Town (and have for years), and ah. . . memories of when they played Dragon*con in Atlanta, and absolutely *destroyed* the just refurbished Hyatt Ballroom (even tho the Hyatt had covered the first 50 feet of floor/ceiling/walls with plastic).


here's a pic of Slymestra w/ Jerry (from the Misfits) from one year they played (2000, I think)


have you ever joined their fanclub? The t-shirt they give you is white, so you can wear it to the show and get it suitably stained

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Saw Neil Young last Thursday night. Opening act was Patti Smith. Went mainly to see Patti Smith, who was great. Neil Young's performance was pretty mediocre. Both performers are even older than me, so I wouldn't be surprised if a large percentage of posters here are unfamiliar with both.

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Rush in Columbus OH (Nationwide Arena) on September 20. I was very pleasantly surprised by their latest album, and it translated quite well in concert. Even more surprised by the 80s-heavy setlist, but what a way to mix things up! Quite a few underappreciated gems I'd never seen played before.

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Streetlight Manifesto last week Tuesday at the House of Blues San Diego. Second time seeing them, got right up front, right in between Tomas and Mike. Had the time of my life. They killed it, seriously Streetlight is the best.

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It was another folk metal night for me last night. I ventured to possibly my favourite venue, The Opera House in Toronto to see Varg, Wintersun and one of my all time favourite bands, Eluveitie. This marks the 6th time I've seen Eluveitie now. I will never miss them when they come anywhere near me. I love that band so much.


The venue was packed and the crowd was red hot all night. Fantastic energy all night translated into one hell of a time. As always, Eluveitie brought the house down. They played their new album (well, from February, whatever) Helvetios in its entirety and then came out for a lengthy encore.


The next concert I'll be going to will be Goijira and Devin Townsend Project in February. So, my ears will get a bit of a break.


Here are some pictures from last night!







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