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Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Key Arena, Seattle WA – 11/10/12

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Key Arena, Seattle WA – 11/10/12

Videos by Phishbeard 

Concert Confessions contributor Phishbeard hits tons of shows. Actually, tons is probably an understatement. The guy hits so many shows that he’s usually on his way to the next one before he can share any info with us about the show he just left. But the videos continue to upload.

This week, our buddy Phishbeard was lucky enough to catch Neil Young & Crazy Horse at The Key Arena in Seattle. Some videos have uploaded and we’ve got them for you below, along with the set list. Be sure to check out Phishbeard’s  YouTube channel for more great concert videos.


Love And Only Love
Born In Ontario
Walk Like A Giant
The Needle And The Damage Done
Twisted Road
Singer Without A Song
Ramada Inn
Cinnamon Girl
Fuckin’ Up
Mr. Soul
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

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The End 107.7 Deck The Hall Ball 12/07/11 – Seattle, WA

The End 107.7 Deck The Hall Ball

Key Arena – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

Seattle radio station 107.7 The End are known for holding events with high-caliber musicians. Past events held by The End have included Foo Fighters, 311, Black Keys, Muse, Bad Religion, Presidents of the USA, and many more. So when they announced this year’s Deck the Hall Ball, I knew I would be in for a treat. After multiple failed attempts at winning tickets, my dad and I had to settle for upper seating at the huge Key Arena, where I saw System of a Down in May. The show featured an outstanding lineup, and most of the bands played amazingly, and not the ones you’d expect.


Rising stars Grouplove are a British hippie explosion of drug-fueled happiness. Just the name lets you know that they are one of three things:

1) a support group for depressed people.

2) an orgy.

3) a peace-love-and-understanding type band that preaches peace, love, and understanding.

Grouplove only played five songs (including their hits “Tongue Tied” and “Colours”) to a mostly empty Key Arena, but they put on a wonderful show. They were energetic, loud, and happy. It’s always great to see up-and-comers put on awesome shows.

Two Door Cinema Club:

Irish pop-rockers Two Door Cinema Club were the next band to hit the stage. I wouldn’t call them my favorite performance of the night, but it was cool to hear them play their hits live. Sure, I really only know like two songs by them, but they are a cool band that played cool songs. I guess I can call them the Irish version of Franz Ferdinand; not really energetic in their delivery, but their tunes were neat. The group hinted that they have another album on the way, so hopefully they’ll see an increase in fans here in the U.S. and good luck to them.

Young the Giant:

I was never a huge fan of Young the Giant. I didn’t really like their debut album all that much, but their show pretty much makes up for it. The songs were all very emotional and exciting, and the crowd seemed to explode when Young the Giant finished their short set with their hit single “My Body.” Would I pay to see them live? Probably not. But I can say that once you put them in an arena setting, Young the Giant are awesome performers.

Foster the People:

At this point in the show, I planned on hanging out and eating dinner and not watching Foster the People. After seeing them play on Saturday Night Live in October, I was less than impressed with their lack of showmanship, and I came to the conclusion that Foster the People are way overrated. By that point in time I had become sick of “Pumped Up Kicks,” and Foster had failed to release a single that matched it. As Foster the People came on stage and started playing, my dad and I decided to eat dinner in the arena and watch them play. And let me say right now, I was impressed. Maybe all Foster the People need was an arena setting in order to put on a massive show. The band played their hits as I was watching them (“Don’t Stop Talking To Me,” “Call It What You Want,” “Helena Beat”) and they finally ended their set with an energetic performance of their Grammy-nominated hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” which featured an interlude of the DJ Remix version of the song playing, as Mark Foster danced like no one was watching. So, Foster the People are good live, is what I am trying to say. And I imagine that their sold out performance at the Showbox SoDo wasn’t nearly as good as their sold out performance at Key Arena. Bravo.

Cage the Elephant:

Having seen Cage the Elephant earlier this year at the Showbox SoDo, I kinda new what to expect. But, whether you’ve seen them or not, you must know that Cage the Elephant put on a massive, scary, hard rockin, sexy performance every single time they perform anywhere ever. Matt did his signature stage dives (ironically, there is a rule at Key Arena against stage diving), and stood on top of the crowd during the band’s performance of “Sabertooth Tiger,” which they ended with. As I observed, I noticed that Key Arena can no longer be called Key Arena. See, arenas generally have roofs, and Cage the Elephant blew the roof off that place. Cage definitely deserve to be playing big venues and it’s awesome to see them perform as well as they did in such a big place.

Death Cab for Cutie:

Let me start out by saying this: Death Cab? More like Bored to Death Cab, am I right? In all seriousness, Death Cab did to me what I thought Foster the People would. Ben Gibbard (perhaps because of his recent divorce?) was sporting a beard and a lumberjack flannel. Yeah, because when I think manly men, I think the singer of Death Cab for Cutie. Anyway, after sitting through a few songs (including “Doors Unlocked and Open,” “I Will Possess Your Heart,” and “You Are a Tourist”) I just couldn’t handle anymore. Death Cab were boring me to tears, and I had to get out of there.  I hung out in the food court area and waited for what felt like four hours until Death Cab finished. And then I was ready to be blown away by Marcus Mumford and his sons.

Mumford & Sons:

As the gear was set up, I was anxiously awaiting the night’s headliner Mumford & Sons. At 10:00 PM, 15 minutes behind schedule, the lights went out and the stage was dark. The crowd cheered and the opening to “Lover’s Eyes” began. I wasn’t sure if Mumford was actually up there singing because I couldn’t see him, but the lights eventually went up to reveal the British folk band. The band jumped into their most recent hit “Roll Away Your Stone,” which, surprisingly, spawned some jumping and a great deal of energy in the crowd down below. Mumford and Sons interacted with the crowd, talked about their day hanging out in Seattle (could you imagine shopping in Pike Place then meeting MARCUS MUMFORD!!??), and played their hits the way they should be played: in a huge arena with lots of people singing. They played for a good hour or so, and then left the stage. I was a little saddened to see that they hadn’t played “The Cave” yet, so I waited to see if they would come back for an encore. And they most certainly did. They played (and delayed) “The Cave” with huge intensity and put on one of the biggest rock shows I’ve ever seen. And they aren’t even really a rock band. All in all, a pretty great show. I got see Marcus Mumford play the drums, Death Cab for Cutie suck the Life Cab for Cutie out of me (see what I did there?), and Matt Schultz stand on people’s hands and look out at thousands of people. God bless America.

Neil Diamond Announces 2012 North American Tour Dates

Neil Diamond Announces 2012 North American Tour Dates

All we have to say is this:

Neil FUCKING Diamond 2012 North American Tour Dates.

That’s right, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (and not to mention living legend) is hitting the road next year for an arena tour that will hit markets including Hawaii, Las Vegas and Uncasville. Now before you doubt our love of the Diamond, check out our review of his 2008 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Neil Diamond 2012 Tour Dates:

02/16/12 – Blaisdell Arena/Honolulu, HI

02/18/12 – Blaisdell Arena/Honolulu, HI

06/01/12 – Bank Atlantic Center/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

06/03/12 – St. Pete Times Forum/Tampa, FL

06/06/12 – Phillips Arena/Atlanta, GA

06/08/12 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater/Wantagh, NY

06/14/12 – Verizon Center/Washington DC

06/16/12 – Mohegan Sun Arena/Uncasville, CT

06/18/12 – Wells Fargo Center/Philadelphia, PA

06/21/12 – Bell Centre/Montreal, QC

06/23/12 – TD Garden/Boston, MA

06/26/12 – Air Canada Centre/Toronto, ON

06/28/12 – John Labatt Centre/London, ON

07/01/12 – Quicken Loans Arena/Cleveland, OH

07/03/12 – DTE Energy Music Theatre/Detroit, MI

07/06/12 – United Center/Chicago, IL

07/08/12 – Summerfest/Milwaukee, WI

07/11/12 – Xcel Energy Center/St. Paul, MN

07/13/12 – Credit Union Centre/Saskatoon, SK

07/16/12 – Rexall Place/Edmonton, AB

07/18/12 – Scotiabank Saddledome/Calgary, AB

07/21/12 – Rogers Arena/Vancouver, BC

07/23/12 – Key Arena/ Seattle, WA

07/26/12 – 1st Bank Center/Denver, CO

07/28/12 – Rio Tinto Stadium/Salt Lake City, UT

08/07/12 – HP Pavilion/San Jose, CA

08/29/12 – US Airways Center/Phoenix, AZ

10/01/12 – MGM Grand Garden Arena/Las Vegas, NV

Bumbershoot Music Festival Day 2: 09/04/11 – Seattle, WA

Bumbershoot Music Festival 09/04/11

Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

Bumbershoot, Seattle’s family friendly labor day weekend festival that usually hosts big names, decided that this year they would give local bands a chance to shine. Last year’s headliners were Weezer, Bob Dylan, and Mary J. Blige. This year’s headliners are Ray LaMontagne, Wiz Khalifa, and Hall and Oates. Since there were very few bands on the lineup that I actually wanted to see, I decided not to go this year.  That all changed when I won free tickets.

My dad and I entered the 3-mile radius of the Seattle Center where Bumbershoot takes place, utilizing Key Arena as the main stage, and using numerous other inside stages and outside stages. The first thing I noticed was the wide variety of food that was available. Kebabs, Mediterranean cuisine, Russian dumplings were just some of the available options. It was pretty weird and I was a bit skeptical at first but I grabbed a beef kebab with some rice, and prepared for the first show – Internet kings (and queen) The Gregory Brothers.

To see a comedy show, you needed a free comedy pass, or else you had to wait in the standby line with hopes that you might actually get to see the show. So we got a comedy pass and were at the front of the line. As we were sitting down in behind the rope separating us from the doors, two of the Gregory brothers actually went in that door and waved at us. More waiting, some more waiting, and a little bit more waiting, then we were let in by a fat Hispanic guy and two old ladies, who didn’t seem to take too kindly to the mostly geeky crowd. We went in and sat front and center. The stage was circular and the seats were auditorium style so everyone could see. It wasn’t a big place either; maybe 200 people could fit in there at the most.

The first guy to come on was a black comedian named Barry Something. He was pretty funny, and he did his 10 minute set then he left. The next guy to come on was Wayne Federman, who wrote for Jimmy Fallon and has been in a few movies. So I expected him to be funny, and he was. He played a few songs like Radiohead’s “Creep” (which he parodied as “I’m Asleep”), Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”, and Maroon 5’s “Hard to Breathe.” He was funny overall, but we were all ready to see The Gregory Brothers perform their hits live.

They came on and thanked us for coming and thanked all the “talented writers” they had worked with. They introduced the first song as one they co-wrote with one of the most talented writers of all time; Charlie Sheen.  With a backing band behind them the brothers busted out “Winning.” They played some songs I knew and some songs I didn’t. They had a medley of songs they “co-wrote” with members of Congress, including the Turtle Fence guy, former Senator Barack Obama, and Anthony Wiener. They ended their set with the Antoine Dodson smash hit “Bed Intruder,” followed by “Double Rainbow,” the latter of which was very intense.

No pictures were allowed during the comedy shows, so I abstained.

After the show, we waited in line next door for underground Canadian punk trio Nomeansno. I knew I would be in for a show as the band is known for their humorous song writing, their outspoken political views, and their long songs. There were more people in the line than I expected, and the crowd ranged from pre-teen to old people. What seemed to be a recurring problem of the day was the issue of bands not going on at the posted time. So at 2:45, the time Nomeansno were supposed to come on, the guards finally let us in. The set up of Exhibition Hall was kind of like that of Seattle’s Showbox Sodo. There was a beer drinking garden in the back, which was the only place you were allowed to drink beer, which was fine with me.

There was an announcement thanking the sponsors, and I noticed the “NO MOSHING AND NO CROWD SURFING” sign a few feet away.  I thought, “Yeah, like that’s going to happen.”  Turns out I was wrong, it actually happened.

Nomeansno came out and they were very old. The guitarist could not have been more Canadian. The singer looked like Jack Frost on cocaine, and the drummer looked like Dr. Drew. It was an odd group, but they were awesome. They played songs like “Keep It Steady”  “Brother Rat/Slayde” and “I’ve Got A Gun.”

Lo and behold, some moshing started. And the guards were ready. They went right in there with flash lights and kicked out whoever started it. Then towards the end of the set, this guy got right next to me, bent over and lit a joint, took a hit off it, and was immediately spotted by a guard. Nice job, bud. There were some hardcore fans out there, and it was cool to see Nomeansno get some recognition like that. They put on a great show, and suggest you catch them if they come through your town.

Since Atari Teenage Riot was the next band we planned to check out we figured we would stay put. However we were kicked out and forced to once again line up for the show. So we grabbed a corn dog and waited in line. Once again, we weren’t let in until like 4:50, 5 minutes past the time ATR was supposed to go on stage. We went in as smoke and lights filled the stage. About ten minutes later, the sponsor announcement once gain came on and I saw the same NO MOSHING AND NO STAGE DIVING sign.  There was also a NO CAMERAS sign so I didn’t get to grab any shots. Even if I did, they would have come out poorly due to the lights and smoke coming from the stage.

The German digital hardcore band graced the stage, Alec Empire, Nic Endo, and CX KiDTRONIK. I wasn’t sure which was which, but one was black, one was white, and one was Asian. So draw your own conclusions. They came on, said their name a few times, and jumped into “Activate,” the first song of their new album Is This Hyperreal? They played mostly songs from their new album, but some old stuff was thrown in there like “Kids Are United!”, “Start the Riot”, and “Revolution Action.” It didn’t matter what songs were played it was all about the feel. It felt like an actual revolution and a lot of people left or were thrown out. By the end of the show, the people were heavily concentrated in the front, and there were a few stray people hanging out towards the back. But many people were thrown out for not following the rules. No less than nine mosh pits started, it was enjoyable watching event staff earn their paychecks trying to contain the madness.  ATR put on a better (and longer) show than I expected and as they played their last song, we made our way out to grab a Shishkaberry. Draw your own conclusion on what a Shishkaberry is.

We went back to see Anti-Flag, but it was already late and the line was really long, so we decided to skip them and get a close spot for Butthole Surfers, a band I hadn’t seen before. We ate our delicious Shiskaberries and waited for underground rap group Das Racist to finish their set. We also got to see the incredibly long line outside Key Arena for people who wanted to see Wiz Khalifa with local rap outfit Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as the opener. I personally don’t see what’s so great about either rapper, but that’s just my outlook. Das Racist finished up their set so we got up front to see the roadies attempt to set up the video screens and tune the instruments for the Butthole Surfers set. They were doing fine till it came time to set up Gibby’s electro-box No one on Earth except Gibby Haynes himself could figure that thing out. So once the big box with an upside down BHS was planted on the stage, the Gibster came on stage and fined tune his magical box. Holding a glass of water and a burning cigarette, the Butthole Surfer front man looked remarkably like Droopy Dog.

You could hear some people yelling “Gibby! Gibby!” in the crowd but he ignored them. A few mic checks later, and the Surfers were ready to go. They came on stage roughly 10 minutes late right after yet another announcement thanking the sponsors and jumped right into an abridged version of “100 Million People Were Dead.” I got a glimpse of the set list so I know the first half included “Cowboy Bob,” “Suicide,” “Negro Observer,” “Rocky,” “BBQ Pope,” “Hey,” “Mark Says Alright,” and “Edgar.” They jumped from song to song with little-to-no hesitation. The screens displayed horrifyingly odd images of cannibalism, guts, and murder. There was the iconic “exploding head” scene of Scanners, the scene from Hot Fuzz where the big boulder fell on that dude’s head, and even the Muppet’s sketch “Manamana” found its way into the Butthole Surfers visual presentation.

Some other songs they played included: “Graveyard” “Goofy’s Concern” “Who Was In My Room Last Night?” “I Saw An X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas” “Lady Sniff /Pepper” and an energetic set ending “The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave.” Overall, an amazing set and the Surfers put on a great show. I am glad I got the chance to see them.

After the Surfers, I was ready to kick back and chill with The Kills. I decided to stick around for a few songs and get some photos, but overall I didn’t plan on staying for the whole set. At around 9:30 (15 minutes later than the scheduled time) The Kills came on, with Allison Mosshart sporting red hair. The group sounded fine and Mosshart is a great singer. I felt there just wasn’t enough energy. Butthole Surfers are a tough act to follow, and when you only have a guitarist and singer, the energy level dropped significantly.

So the Kills played “No Wow” “Future Starts Slow” “Heart Is a Beating Drum” “Kissy Kissy” and “Satellite” before we decided to take off.

Overall a pretty good day at Seattle’s Festival of the Arts, but Bumbershoot had its fair share of problems:

1: No band plays at the scheduled time.
2: Limited merchandise.
3: Inside venues get cleared out in between bands.

Despite these small issues I still had a great day. Bumbershoot is a fun environment, with a no-nonsense inside venue security. So when it says no moshing, it MEANS no moshing. Just remember that.


System of a Down/Gogol Bordello 5/13/11 Key Arena, Seattle, WA

System of a Down w/ Gogol Bordello 05/13/11

Key Arena – Seattle, WA

Words by jakobross424

I woke up Friday, May 13 and thought: I am seeing System of a Down tonight.

Alternative-metal band SOAD went on hiatus in 2006 and are back for their triumphant return. Although most of their tour was scheduled for Europe, they still had time for the west coast of Canada and the U.S. I arrived at the Key Arena, and I was directed and redirected to different lines that would eventually take me to the front door.

I finally got in and I immediately found the merch booth where I purchased a SOAD shirt (the band’s logo on the top, a large picture of a tank, bottom says “Mine is bigger than yours!”) and a Gogol Bordello shirt. Gogol Bordello is a “gypsy punk” band composed of around 7-8 people, all of them from various countries (Ukraine, Russia, Ecuador, USA, China, etc.) Lead singer Eugene Hutz is the coolest man alive. Just sayin’.

At around 8:00 Gogol Bordello came on after an introduction by a Seattle radio host. Gogol raced through a 40-minute set and immediately won the crowd over with their ingenious combination of klezmer music and punk, as well as their energy that couldn’t even be matched by SOAD. Gogol played favorites from previous albums such as “Start Wearing Purple” but most of their songs came from their most recent album Trans-Continental Hustle. “Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher)”  and “Break the Spell” were two highlights of the new material.

When Gogol left the set, I was thirsty and in pain from all the jumping and singing I did. I was 2 rows from the front when I saw Gogol, and a lot farther back when I saw SOAD, unfortunately, because I lost my spot due to my need for water. A large screen covered the stage when Gogol left, and it was SOAD’s logo. The crowd waited for about 30 minutes, then we heard the opening riff to “Prison Song.” When the intro ended and the full band came in to start the first verse, the screen fell (on purpose) and the band was revealed.

On the left, the always unpredictable Daron Malakian, the guitarist. In the middle, bearded lead singer Serj Tankian. Behind him, calm-yet-articulate drummer John Dolmoyan. On the right, the braided bearded bass player Shavo Odijian. Together, they make Armenian-American political band System of a Down.

SOAD played a KILLER set, playing songs from all four of their major releases. Highlights included “War?”, “Toxicity”, “Cigar”, “Lonely Day” and many many more. The crowd sang along and moshed and jumped and had the best time. SOAD sounded great, although Serj’s mic made him sound like he had a high pitched voice. Oh, well. The boys ended their set with crowd-favorite “Sugar”, and left the stage after a 29-song set with no encore. All-in-all a phenomenal night. My ears rang like crazy, but it was worth it.

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