Friday, July 5, 2019

2018/2019 Concert Season Recap - Part 2: January-April 2019

Here is part two of our 2018/2019 Concert Season recap. Click on the links to access the full reviews and photo galleries. Click HERE for part one.

We started off the new concert year in the same place we ended it: la Cigale, a beautiful old theatre and the perfect place to see the venerable progressive hard rock band Uriah Heep who played a hell of a show, ripe with classics and songs from their brilliant new record. A great way to start the year.

Two ferocious sets by the post-hardcore band who played their seminal records Madonna and Source Tags & Codes in full. Cathartic.

The Residents @ la Gaité Lyrique, Paris - February 2nd, 2019

Hypnotic. Oneiric. Satiric. The new show by experimental avant-garde legends the Residents was all that and more. It was great to finally be able to witness the genius of these cultural agitators in person.

A killer gig by the Northern Irish trio. Balls to the wall heavy Punk Rock with catchy melodies in a small venue with cheap beer and a crowd of devoted maniacs... it doesn't get much better than this.

Steel Panther @ Bataclan, Paris - February 15th, 2019

We were a little late to the party when it comes to these guys. Although we'd been hearing great things for years, this is the first time we've actually checked them out live. What can we say? These guys know how to throw a party.

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators @ le Zénith, Paris - February 22nd 2019

A no-frills, all-thrills hard-rock show from one of the greatest guitarists of the past 30 years. On a short sabbatical from his day job with the newly reunited Guns N' Roses, Mr. Saul Hudson takes centre stage supported by a gang of L.A. derelicts. This is pure, unadulterated rock n' roll.

O.R.K. @ le Petit Bain, Paris - March 17th, 2019

Dark, heavy, enigmatic progressive rock, a cross between Tool and Porcupine Tree featuring the drumming talents of Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson fame. Great playing, great tunes, great concert that was unfortunately poorly attended.

Amy MacDonald @ Élysée-Montmartre, Paris - March 26th, 2019

An excellent concert by a fantastic singer and songwriter whose career is unbelievably in its second decade already.

The Tedeschi/Trucks Band @ l'Olympia, Paris - April 2nd, 2019

Not only one of the best concerts of the year, one of the best concerts I've ever attended, and I've been to quite a few. A fantastic repertoire, a beautiful sound, great playing and singing from everyone... brilliant stuff.

John Mayall @ Bataclan, Paris - April 11th, 2019

A great set by this young man of 85, accompanied by a top-notch band including Texas guitarist Carolyn Wonderland.

Bob Dylan @ le Grand Rex, Paris - April 13th, 2019

Robert Zimmerman played three nights in this old cinema/concert venue and we've attended the last one. It was an absolute treat from beginning to end, and the troubadour himself enjoyed it so much that he smiled on more than one occasion. That's right, Bob Dylan smiled.

Stanley Clarke @ l'Auditorium de la Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt - April 20th 2019

Wonderful music in a gorgeous venue. A blend of American, European, African, Asian and Middle-Eastern music, the perfect exemplification of the word "fusion".

Saint Vitus @ le Petit Bain, Paris - April 21st, 2019

Ferocious set by the Doom Metal legends reunited with their original singer. Dirty, apocalyptic, vicious Stoner Metal with a Punk Rock ethos.

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