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Ed Kowalczyk (Full Band)
Civic Center Park
Ft. Collins, CO

We weathered the cold and drizzle to see Ed and the band’s first US date (8th date ever?). We arrived at Civic Center Park about an hour before show time, there were probably only 25 people there waiting for the show. We made our way to the barracade just left of center. As show time got closer more people showed up, there we’re about 500 people there by the time they took the stage, given the weather that’s not too bad.

I’m not sure if it was the physical stage set-up (the side fills were taking up most of the front corners of the stage) or if it Ed’s new stage set-up, but Ed is right up front by himself and the the rest of the band are all lined up together about 15′ behind him, kinda strange after seeing Live for the past 18 years with Ed, Chad and Pat (and sometimes Adam) lined up front together. Ed took the stage all in black, black pants, shirt and beanie and the band dove into Drive, a song from the upcoming Alive release from Ed. From all of the new songs played, this was my favorite, good hooks, interesting guitar parts and heavy drums. The other new songs didn’t do much for me, I enjoy the studio of Grace, but after hearing it live, it is apparent that there is a lot of post production on the studio version, the guitars sound HUGE, but live they weren’t that captivating. It was very strange seeing Live songs, especially AOY, LJ, BoG, IA and STD, without the rest of the band. I kept wanting to see Chad pounding on the drums or Chad stomping, but the new guys (especially the guitar and bass players) look like they are trying really hard to remember their parts. The drummer is the best musician of the bunch. And the guitarist tryied to add his own touches to a few songs, AOY and LC were particularly bad. It may have been the weather, but Ed’s falsetto sounded pretty rough, otherwise he sounded pretty good and looked to be having a good time. He didn’t interact with the crowd too much, but he never has. I was a little disappointed that he only played 4 new songs, out of a total of 15. I know he’s trying to please the fans, and hopefully after the album drops he will add more Ed solo songs to the setlist and take away some of the heavier Live songs (they just don’t fit very well with his solo sound and the new band just doesn’t measure up to the Chads and Pat).

We stuck around afterwards to see if Ed and the band would come out to meet the fans. Ed came out afterward to meet with a few fans that stuck around in the cold drizzle. He was the most personable I have seen him in a long, long time. He chatted with people, took picts and signed stuff for everyone that was there.

I read on FB that he (and maybe a few other band members) played a few songs at a bar after the show. My wife and I were a few doors down eating dinner and had no idea it was going on. Bummer.

This review may seem a pretty negative, but I enjoyed seeing Ed, glad I went and will see him when/if he comes back through town. But it just isn’t Live, the vibe is very different, not bad, just different. It should be different, if it did sound like Live, Ed would be doing himself a disservice, he needs to go out and make a name for himself and his sound.

Set list:

01. Drive
02. All Over You
03. The Distance
04. Just In Time
05. The Great Beyond
06. Selling The Drama
07. The Dolphins Cry
08. Drink (Everlasting Love)
09. Lakini’s Juice
10. I Alone
11. Grace
12. Heaven
13. Lightning Crashes
14. The Beauty Of Grey
15. Dance With You

Ingrid Michaelson
Gothic Theater
Denver, CO

Nine Inch Nails
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago, IL
w/ suprise guest Peter Murphy

I think we’ve figured out that this was our fourth NIN show of the past 12 months, with each show being in a different U.S. city. Not a bad effort on our part, I think, for the aptly named “Wave Goodbye Tour” for NIN. (Though, to confess, the other 3 dates were just NIN related dates – NIN|JA tour, etc. Only this one date in Chicago was technically on the “Wave Goodbye” tour.) With Trent apparently changing gears from NIN, at least for a while, we decided to catch him while we could and headed to Chicago for a long weekend to catch the show.

We weren’t disappointed.

The lighting for NIN shows has been astounding this past year – and on “Wave Goodbye” they change gears from the LED curtains to “intense” (their words!) strobe effects which are as visually intense as NIN’s songs. At this show we were standing near the soundboard (the nickname for the venue is the “Aragon Brawlroom” – and we’re headed on vacation in a week… with no broken bones…) – and it was almost as entertaining to watch the NIN lighting guy thrashing while working his board as it was to watch the show up on stage. (No kidding – he was practically moshing with the board. Shirtless & all. Impressive!)

The set list was terrific, with lots of “classic” early NIN songs. And – a TOTAL treat (for me anyway!) a special appearance – “the 5th member of NIN” per Trent – Peter Murphy. WOW – as a huge Bauhaus, Peter Murphy and even Love & Rockets fan from back in the day – I was thrilled! (We’d heard he’d been at the dates in NYC – but didn’t know he was doing the Chicago dates too – lucky us!) Murphy sang along on NIN’s “Reptile,” then Murphy and NIN did a version of “Strange Kind of Love” that morphed toward the end into “Bella Lugosi’s Dead,” then they did a cover of “Final Solution” by Pere Ubu. The sound guy didn’t quite get the mics coordinated on Reptile – but seemed to have it figured out by “Strange Kind of Love” (thank goodness!) … I was in dark/goth heaven. (Brian was faintly amused.)

Depeche Mode
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Morrison, CO

I’ve learned to just accept this one simple fact: Brian has amazing concert ticket karma. He managed to score three seats – 2nd row, center! Just crazy good seats. (Thanks to Deb for putting up with two concert geeks for the evening.)

While the openers, Peter Bjorn & John, didn’t really knock my socks off with their european electronica – the lead singer/bassist did impress with his “Van Halen”-like antics, and electric blue pants. (Yikes!)

Depeche Mode was on their “A” game. The new stuff sounds pretty good – though I’m clearly not as familiar with their new album – and their set was a terrific mix of what I’ll call “classic” Depeche Mode. Even after their nice long set – I still wanted to pull up the Violator album on the ipod for the drive home. (Ah the dark/goth days of my youth…)

Ed Kowalczyk
Boulder Theater
Boulder, CO

Fun show last night at etown, the internationally syndicated radio show. We barely made it in time due to traffic in Denver, we arrived 10 minutes before showtime, but were still able to get seats in row 5 just off center.

The Del McCoury Band had first bill, they played a few songs. I hadn’t heard of them before last night, but they are legends in the Bluegrass community, we will probably pick up a few of their CDs to add to the collection. Del McCoury has been in the biz forever, he just released a 50 year, yes 50 year retrospective of his career.

Ed came out and played I Alone and Lightening Crashes solo acoustic, then sat down with Nick Forester (the host of etown) for an interview, Nick admitted that he was not familiar with Ed or Live, but Nick had done his research and did a good interview. They talked about the “hiatus” for Live, Ed was very non committal about any specifics about Live’s future, but made a point to say that the band has not “officially” broken up. Ed mentioned that he is recording his solo album this Fall for a Spring release. After the interview Ed and the house band, the etones, played Turn My Head and The Distance. Typically, to close out an episode/recording of etown the 2 acts perform a song together, as Nick, the host said, “It’s not a collision of two worlds, it’s a seamless marriage.” Typically they play a song from the “bigger” act, however last night was a bit different, during sound check Ed and The Del McCoury Band learned Bob Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm, neither act had performed the song before. Ed voice is very well suited for this song. It was the highlight of the evening, the Bluegrass fans dug it, the Live/Ed fans dug it. I fully expect Maggie’s Farm to be added to Ed’s solo setlist. Here is a sample, more to come later.

They were selling the Hoboken boot on USB drive, Ed’s t-shirt and poster flats (for $10!) in the lobby. Ed came out to the lobby to sign autographs afterwards. I asked him if he plans on coming back to Colorado to play a full set (this is the second radio show he has done in Colorado this year), he said he plans a full US tour to support the solo album. I also asked him if he was going to play with his friend Stuart Davis at his show on Saturday, but he said he has to get home, but wished he could have stayed the weekend for the show.

The etown performance ran about 2 hours in length, it will be edited down to about an hour and played on radio stations in about 6 weeks, check out etown.org for stations in your area that have the show. etown is also available as a podcast.

All in all a fun night, Maggie’s Farm was by far the highlight.

Viki’s pictures from the show are up here.

David Byrne
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Morrison, CO

David Byrne is one of those performers who – for me – blurs the line between performance and art. Very similar set list to when we saw them in Denver – and still with the band, singers & dancers all in “all white” outfits. The dancers are very much part of the musical performance…


Carbon Leaf
Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO

Wow – the place was PACKED. Kudos to KBCO for playing Carbon Leaf’s first cut from their new album – I’m sure that air play had alot to do with the turnout. Great set – including when they came to the front of the stage and sang “a cappella”… And we snagged a setlist which we had signed by Barry and Terry!

A few photos from the show.

Nine Inch Nails w/ Jane’s Addiction
Verizon Wireless Music Center
Noblesville, IN

The NIN|JA tour!

We’d loved catching NIN so much in Vegas that Brian scored us killer seats (second row!) for the show in Indy. Trent – with NIN – was wonderful as usual (and we’re going to go catch them again in Chicago in August ’09…since Trent may be serious about stopping touring?) – and seeing Jane’s was a trip!

A few photos from the show.

The Decemberist
Denver, CO

I really wasn’t sure what to expect – especially after hearing their new album! This show was a total “trip”… Like seeing a goth rock opera – complete with the “goth angel” in a white gown doing the etherial vocals and a “goth devil” in a black gown doing the heavy female vocal role.

The first set was alot of material from their new album (with very few breaks between songs) that felt just like listing to their new album live – it’s some sort of goth rock concept album (Like The Who’s Tommy?) … Then a brief intermission, followed by a shorter set played more as a “band” than “a performance” (and minus the angel/devil chicks).

While the first half was interesting – it had a very “Spinal Tap” feel to it… I really expected the pods or dancing “little people” at any moment. The second half was much more my speed – probably partly because I was more familiar with the material. Though – angel & devil girl both re-joined the band for the encore – a KILLER version of Heart’s “Crazy on You.” Encore! Encore!

The Flatlanders
Boulder Theater
Boulder, CO

Being from Lubbock, Brian’s folks are very familiar with The Flatlanders – so we all went to catch their show.

A few photos from the show.