Category Archives: live music

Blog Summer Concert Series #10

Who knew this would go to 10 posts?  So let’s get to the music!

– Michael Buble – “Everything”

– Paul McCartney – “Dance Tonight”

– Paolo Nutini – “New Shoes”

–  No Doubt – “Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Presley cover)

– Red Hot Chili Peppers with George Clinton – “Give It Away”

– Dishwalla – “Counting Blue Cars”

Blog Summer Concert Series #9 – Cover Edition

The summer is heating up, and so is the music! Today’s concert is only of cover songs. Enjoy!

– Paolo Nutini – “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley cover)

– Charlotte Church and Amy Winehouse – “Beat It” (Michael Jackson cover)

– Panic! At The Disco – “Karma Police” (Radiohead cover)

– Staind – “Black” (Pearl Jam cover)

– Hootie and the Blowfish – “Losing My Religion” (R.E.M. cover)

– Elton John and Axl Rose – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen cover)

Blog Summer Concert Series #8

And we’re back from a short vacation with more music!

– John Mayer “Why Georgia”

– Stone Sour “Through Glass”

– Papa Roach “Forever”

– Green Day “Working Class Hero” (John Lennon Cover)

– Jack Johnson and Ben Harper “Flake”

– Pussycat Dolls “Buttons”

– Sting and Cheb Mami “Desert Rose”

Blog Summer Concert Series – #7

Back — and sorry for the delay!  No jibba-jabba tonight, so let’s get to the music!

– Ben Folds – “Such Great Heights” (Postal Service cover)

– Panic! At The Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

– Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car”

– Korn f/Amy Lee – “Freak on a Leash”

– The Fray –  “Over My Head”

– DOUBLE SHOT of Extreme – “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted”

Blog Summer Concert Series #6

We’re back for another installment of the Summer Concert Series! Remember, these are live video recording, making for an ultimate concert.

– Ben Harper – “Alone”

– Jason Mraz – “The Remedy”

– The Eagles – “Heart of the Matter”

– Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know” – Recored in 1996 when Alanis pretty much ruled the music world.

– Incubus – “Drive”

– Moby (featuring Jill Scott and Blue Man Group) – “Natural Blues”

– Elton John – “The Show Must Go On” (Queen Cover)

Blog Summer Concert Series #5

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– Fresh off his “Family Guy” appearance last night, Rick Astley with “Never Gonna Give You Up”  (I know I posted this several months ago…but it’s the Blog Hero.)

– It’s a hot song these days because of American Idol, but it’s been a personal favorite for quite some time…Robin Thicke’s “When I Get You Alone.”

– Queen’s forgotten classic “’39”

– Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”

– I might need to revisit The Approved List after Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right”

– Turn up the volume with “Headstrong” by Trapt

– And let’s bring it in with “Will I Ever Make It Home” by Ingram Hill!

Blog Summer Concert Series #4 – The Rock Edition

Time for more music!  This one has more an unplugged rock edge to it…that’s what I’m feeling today.

– Korn f/Amy Lee – “Freak on a Leash”

– Staind – “Outside”

– Metallica – “Nothing Else Matters”

– Fall Out Boy – “This Ain’t A Scene”

–  Live – “Selling The Drama”

– Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

Can’t top that last one, so I won’t even try!

Blog Summer Concert Series #3

And we’re back.

Sorry if I’m repeating songs from previous “concerts.”  Only good ones get recycled!

– “Laid” by Matt Nathanson

– “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls

– “Instant Karma” by John Lennon

– “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5

– “The First Cut is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow

– “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek

– “Love Song” by The Cure (with German intro!)

– “The Sign” by Ace of Base

– “Chicago” by Ingram Hill

Good night!  More concerts soon!

American Idol – Top 6 – Performances (Bon Jovi)

Sorry for not having a recap for the results show last week.  My DVR failed me.

Also, the cop-out ending was kind of a bait-and-switch.  So, blah.

But tonight….tonight should be interesting!  It’s Bon Jovi night!

– We start with a career retrospective of Bon Jovi.

– Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross…all great mentors.  But BON FLIPPIN’ JOVI???  That’s cool.

– Phil starts with “Blaze of Glory.”  Quick tip.  When you are a rock kinda guy and the setlist is, hello, Bon Jovi music, do one of the big guns!  He claims to have performed this song in front of his mirror.

Hmm…listen to the lyrics: “I’m going down in a blaze of glory.”  I change my mind on the song selection.  Makes sense for him.  He knows he’s probably on the chopping block.  Really, this is a great song for that.  And he sings it well.  Oh, the irony!  Randy recorded the song with Bon Jovi.  And called it his second best performance ever.  Paula loved it.  See-moan: “I thought it was OK.”

– Gina is in the crowd.  Again, the irony.

– Wait.  Jordin’s MOM grew up listening to Bon Jovi?  Damn, I feel old.

– Jordin gets the MONEY song, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

– Jordin has 80’s hair, to go with the song.  Actually, she looks like Scary Spice tonight.  The first verse is rough for Jordin, but she gets it together by the middle.  The end was so good, I forgot how shaky the beginning was!  Randy acknowledged it was tough…especially the verses.  Paula said about the same.  See-moan wasn’t a fan.  Here’s what I don’t get:  Phil was GREAT and feels like he got no momentum.   Jordin had her worst night yet and they make excuses for her.  Don’t get it.

– LaKisha is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

–  This is rich: LaKisha admits to seeing Bon Jovi on Oprah, but that she has never heard one of his songs.  Wow.  That statement is all sorts of messed-up.  She’s performing the not-well-known “This Ain’t A Love Song.”

-LaKisha does a nice job with the song.  She’s still falling down the depth chart, but this will definitely slow the descent.  Didn’t have the WOW factor, but it had a SWEET factor.  Probably the best you could have expected from her on Bon Jovi night.  Randy says she’s back.  Paula said she “gave everyone a little somethin-somethin.”  See-moan threatens to kiss her.  And then does.  I guess that’s a good thing?

– Beatbox Blake gets the OTHER money song, “You Give Love A Bad Name.”

– He promises a risk.  He colored his hair.  Wow…he completely re-imagined the song.  It’s funky.  And then rocks out for the chorus.  And beatboxes after that.  Wow…this is all over the place and I LOVE it.  It’s a vocal remix!  Blake definitely put himself out there with this song.  Randy loved the creativity, originality and the song overall.  Paula: “This was your night.”  See-moan’s mom is in the crowd tonight.  See-moan claimed half will love it and half will hate it and he personally liked it.  Works for me.  The risk paid-off for the Beatbox!

– Chris Richardson is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.

– He’s trying “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

– On the surface, should be a good song choice.  Oh man…he forgot the words in front of Bon Jovi.  As Richardson said, Daughtry also did this on the show.  Couldn’t find that clip, but here is another one:

– Shaky, karaoke performance.   Especially after Blake’s masterpiece.  Blog Friend Andrea sums it up:

BFA: moron

BFA: chris daughtry NAILED that song – you KNOW youre gonna be compared… and his voice isnt gruff enough for it. i think that was another bad choice

Randy kinda liked it.  So did Paula.  Did they listen to the same song I listened to?  See-moan said Chris did his best, but that it might not be good enough.

 

– Let’s wrap things up with Melinda Doolittle!  Interesting song choice, with “Have a Nice Day.”

 

– Bon Jovi tells Melinda to take it to church.   For not being a “rocker,” she is rockin’ pretty hard in a Tina Turner-meets-Journey kinda way tonight.  I dig.  This is phenomenal. My Melinda crush is back in full effect.  Randy loved it, compared it to Tina Turner.  Paula gushed.  See-moan also loved it, channeling Tina Turner.

 

Dubbya and Mrs. Dubbya thank Amurica.

 

Most Valuable Singer: Blake, followed by Phil and Melinda.  Rough night for Jordin.  Might be the end for Chris.  Second good week in a row for Phil…will it save him?

 

Thanks for reading!  Results tomorrow!

Blog Summer Concert Series #2

We’re back for another week of live musical performances!  Enjoy!

1) “Metalingus” by Alter Bridge

2) “The Remedy” by Jason Mraz (Check out the ITHACA IS GORGES t-shirt!)

3)  “Grand Theft Autumn” by Fall Out Boy

4) “Zombie” by The Cranberries

5) “Hotel California” by The Eagles

6)  “Crazy” by Seal

7) “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang

8) “Toxic” by Nickel Creek (Britney Spears cover!)

9) Another cover.  “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” by Chris Daughtry

10) Sticking with American Idol Alums… “Movin’ On” by Elliot Yamin

The Concert Series continues next week!  Thanks for reading!