Concert reviews

In alphabetical order by artist (first name, for solo artists), reverse chronological for those with more than one concert report.

A

Adam Lambert The Original High

Adam Lambert live in Berlin

April 29, 2016, Huxley’s, Berlin, Germany

Wherein two Canadians travel to Germany to see an American in concert.

B

Barenaked for the Holidays

A Barenaked Christmas

December 2012, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

The Barenaked Ladies joined forces with Kitchener Waterloo Symphony for a highly entertaining evening of “hits and holiday songs.” “I’m sure it was Jarek’s dream, when he immigrated from Poland to Canada as a violin player, that he’d one day get to play Journey tunes with the Barenaked Ladies.”—Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies

How to compose popular songs that will sell - Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof and the Great Pumpkin

October 15, 2012, Centrepoint Theatre, Neapan, Ontario, Canada

The highlights of Bob Geldof’s terrific Ottawa area concert. (The last one he’s done in Canada… So far.)

How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell - Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof live in Ottawa

October 15, 2012, Centrepoint Theatre, Neapan, Ontario, Canada

And the full report on Bob Geldof’s terrific Ottawa area concert.

Bob Geldof - Sex, Age, and Death cover

Me and Bob

September 20, 2002, Palais Royale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Join us on our odyssey to the wilds of Toronto, where we saw Sir Bob Geldof give one of the best live performances ever. Warning: Many expletives within. (Or, just one, really, repeated many times.) And also, live sex.

C

Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated album cover

Things I learned at the Carly Rae Jepsen concert

September 18, 2019, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

“Call Me Maybe” is not the high point of her career. Dedicated is not only the name of her latest album, but also of her fan base. And more!

 Cheap Trick Dream Police album cover

Cheap Trick

June 2019, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Go for the convenience, stay for the fun! After all these years, Cheap Trick has learned a trick or two about how to put on a great show.

L

Lowest of the Low Do the Right Now

Lowest of the Low live at Maxwell’s

January 20, 2018, Maxwell’s, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

My third time seeing Lowest of the Low live in concert. Not many know them. But those who do, like them a lot!

M

The Monkees Live; The Mike and Micky Show

The Mike and Micky Show (they were The Monkees)

June 18, 2018, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

A photographer’s pass sweetened the deal, but it was a fun night out regardless at this concert featuring two of the original Monkees.

P

The Very Best of Prince

His name is Prince. And he is funky.

November 26, 2011, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In November 2011, I saw Prince in concert for the first and only time.

Q

Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack

Very Important People at the Queen show

July 28, 2019, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Having VIP tickets to a very hot show: Queen + Adam Lambert in the wake of the unexpected success of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie.

Queen for a Day in Toronto

July 18, 2016, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Queen + Adam Lambert in concert on Toronto 18 July 2017 (which happened to be our 25th wedding anniversary). Part of our “Royal tour” that summer.

Queen + Adam Lambert Live in Japan

Queen + Adam Lambert live in Toronto

July 13, 2014, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

One of the earlier live performances of Queen with the then “new boy”, Adam Lambert.

R

Roger Daltrey presents The Who’s Tommy

September 29, 2011. Sony Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My second time seeing Roger Daltrey in concert, presenting the entirety of the Tommy album, along with some other tunes. No intermission, no encores.

Rocks in the Head album cover

Roger Daltrey: Use It or Lose It Tour

November 5, 2011. Casinorama, Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

Originally written on 8 November 2009, when I was in the middle of serious Daltrey-mania. About his concert at Casinorama. All photographs and most videos by Jean.

S

The Very Best of Sting and The Police

Sting live. In Kitchener?

June 17, 2013, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

When a star of Sting’s stature visits your home town’s hockey arena, you go! A report of this stop on his “Back to Bass” tour.

T

Tanya Tagaq Animism

Rebel Music: Tanya Tagaq and the KW Symphony

February 2016, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

You can only hear Tanya Tagaq for the first time once in your life. If you haven’t had the experience yet, I wish it for you.

W

The Who album cover

The Who: Moving on! Live in Toronto

September 2019, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Who perform with full symphony accompaniment, exploring deeper cuts and showing they have some creative mileage left in them.

Quadrophenia album cover

Quadrophenia live on Grey Cup weekend

November 23, 2012, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Our weekend in Toronto in November 2012, featuring a live performance of The Who’s Quadrophenia amidst some Canadian football frenzy.

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