Music

Concert reviews and other music-related content. (Photos and titles link to details.)

Concerts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Other

Musicals, playlists, music DVDs… In reverse chronological order.

Anniversary dance playlist: Final

May 19, 2017, Waterloo

The songs selected for our 25th anniversary party.

We Will Rock You soundtrack

An Ironic Night at the Rock Opera

1 August 2007, Toronto

We Will Rock You performance featuring Brian May and Roger Taylor + the kids from Canadian Idol. (Note that this would be before they started performing full-time with Adam Lambert, whom they met on… American Idol.)

Live Aid DVD cover

Live Aid DVD

November 2004

A review of the much-anticipated (at the time) video of the famous 1984 concert. (And apparently quite the rarity now—now being November 2019. I’ve seen it on Amazon priced in the four digits.)

Pop! Culture

Report from the 32nd Popular Culture Conference: Music and writing

April 2002

Written way back in April 2002: The perspective then on topics such as fan fictions, gay teen idols, The Kinks (including an actual original member of), and magazine culture.