Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Paul McCartney @ La Défense Arena, Paris - November 28th, 2018

It had been a couple of years since Macca's last concert in Paris, which means we were overdue for a visit. This time, the occasion is the release of his new album, "Egypt Station", another strong release like every one since the new millenium, chock-full of meticulously-crafted songs, peerless melodies,  perfect harmonies and fantastic performances.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

King Crimson @ Olympia, Paris - November 17th, 2018

Tonight was the last night of the King Crimson Paris residency and the last night of their Meltdown 2018 European tour. Being somewhat of an obsessive-compulsive fellow I attended all three Paris dates and even treated myself to the Royal Package experience for the last night.

Friday, November 16, 2018

King Crimson @ Olympia, Paris - November 16th, 2018

Another blinder of a gig. Keep'em coming' boys! I'm excited for the Royal Package tomorrow, as long as it's not a metaphor for something naughty. Slightly reshuffled setlist, we happily gained LTIA pt.1 but unfortunately lost Schizoid Man and Easy Money.

The Rockin' Vicar

The resemblance probably didn't extend to their lifestyles, but who knows?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

King Crimson @ Olympia, Paris - November 15th, 2018

I sold my children's kidneys to make sure I would get the best seats to see those eight hunks play their greatest hit singles and I have to say I was most disappointed at the lack of props, smoke bombs and pyro. Also these guys can't dance for shit. It's like they weren't even trying! I was also told by a security guy I wouldn't be able to film the whole set with my phone and that was the last straw! Joke's on them, I did manage to get some pictures, hahaha!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Nightwish @ Accorhotels Arena, Paris - November 10th, 2018

I bought a ticket for this show out of curiosity after seeing one of their recent Wacken shows on TV. I was never a fan their brand of symphonic metal with operatic vocals and cheesy synthesizers but I remember being very impressed with that particular gig. I had written them off because I could never stand Tarja’s vocal mannerisms. Their relatively new singer Floor Jansen thankfully has a more metal approach to the job which balances the pomposity of the compositions.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Glenn Hughes @ Élysée-Montmartre, Paris - November 6th, 2018

When Glenn Hughes announced he would be bringing his Deep Purple tribute tour to Paris I wasn’t overly excited. I knew the setlist would be great but it wasn’t enough to make me buy a ticket. I would much rather see him with Black Country Communion or play a regular solo show. But I ended up getting comped so why not?

Lex Koritni @ Élysée Montmartre, Paris - November 6, 2018

I missed most of Lex Koritni's set as I got into the venue right as he was starting the last song, an acoustic but muscular cover of Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning". I think I remember seeing his eponymous band open for Mötley Crüe six years ago but that's about all I can say. And of course I saw Midnight Oil sing that song last year during a great gig at the Olympia.