Last gig(s): Riot Fest, Humboldt Park, Chicago, Sep 12-14 - in a word: outstanding! http://chicago.riotfest.org
But before I get into that - I have an addendum to my last post on the previous page - I was summarizing the gigs I saw in July & August and accidentally left out perhaps the most important one: Yes in Chicago on July 26 who did the albums Close to the Edge & Fragile in their entirety. I paid big bucks for third row center seats & it was worth every penny. I've seen Yes many times over the years beginning in 1979, and that 2014 gig was like the ultimate Yes "crescendo" (as in peak intensity) for me. Close to the Edge is one of my favorite albums of all time and was perhaps the single most musically influential one for me as a child. That music is pure magic to me....it was a beautiful night.
Considering I saw original Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (who will be 70
in October) on the Prog Nation cruise in February, I don't think I really want or need to see Yes or Jon ever again - I don't think anything would surpass those gigs & I like the idea of "ending" things on an ultimate "high note."
And now on to Riot Fest - this was my first time going and I will definitely be returning every year if the line-ups are as amazing as this year's. It took place in a very large & famous Chicago park from the 19th century called Humboldt Park located about a mile away from my home....I believe it was just the 3rd Riot Fest in that location and previously was just a bunch of gigs held in various venues around the city. Huge plus was that I could walk there & back. One of the employees I spoke to estimated there were around 50,000 people there each day although I haven't attempted to verify that yet....that sounds a bit high. One of the security staff told me it seemed twice as big as last year. It was very crowded no doubt, but I always find large crowds somewhat exhilarating, so it didn't bother me. An added bonus was all the carnival rides, sideshow acts, carnival food, general atmosphere and so on - the fest is actually called Riot Fest & Carnival!!
I'm not into carnival rides, but I've always loved seeing the lights at night.
So - this is who I saw....man, that was fun! (some were just partial sets since there were some unfortunate clashes; plus I did miss some bands altogether on the line-up who I would have liked to have seen but just couldn't swing it - for example I skipped both Mastodon and Samhain since I've seen both)
Stiff Little Fingers
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Wu Tang Clan
SUNDAY (just went from 5-10 pm due to other plans during the day)
Everyone was great, but it was especially fun to see old bands (like Patti Smith, The Offspring, The Cure and Jane's Addiction) who I've known & liked for 20 or more years, but had never seen. Hearing so much music from my youth was like having parts of my life flash before my eyes & ears - exhilarating & time travel/nostalgia inducing.
Next gig: Pain of Salvation (my VERY fave band - tied with Opeth) at Reggie's on Sunday. Would love to see Leprous this Wednesday, but will probably skip due to feeling "gigged-out" at the moment. Yes, I've come to the conclusion there really can be too much of a good thing sometimes.