Monday, June 23, 2014

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters @ Bataclan, Paris - June 23, 2014

The past casts a giant shadow over some artists' careers. Yet as massive as his former band was, Robert Plant has never let Led Zeppelin define him. In fact it sometimes appeared as though he was doing his best to distance himself from that cumbersome legacy.

North Mississippi Allstars @ Bataclan, Paris - June 23, 2014

The North Mississippi Allstars are a great band celebrating all that is good in American popular music. A rootsy blend of rock, blues, soul and country with a modern twist. They played a great short set full of obscure covers and an excerpt from their new record, the fantastic World Boogie Is Coming. I'd love to see them when they're headlining their own show to hear them play selections from my favorite record of theirs, Keys To The Kingdom. But as a warm-up for a rock legend, they were fantastic.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rolling Stones @ Stade de France, Saint Denis - June 13, 2014

A year and a half ago the Rolling Stones played the Trabendo for a lucky few 700 people. They are now back to play the Stade de France, which can hold almost a hundred and fifteen times more people. They are out promoting their umpteenth compilation album, which means we'll be getting mostly classics and hits. Very little new shit, which is good, but also very little deep cuts, which is less good.