I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been doing the summer concert series. It’s my own personal concert series, but it happens every summer. The list of shows comes out and I’m picking my top ten for the summer. Ten might seem like a lot of concerts to you, but generally speaking I probably attend 10 or 15 between April 1st and September 20th. The other six months combined I probably see 5. They come and go so quickly I seem to space them as I look to the next one. Recently I have seen The Cars, Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers, Neil Young, Bob Seger, Robert Plant, Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark and Gang of Four. Boston has several places a great show might turn up; The Paradise, The Orpheum, The Bank of America Pavilion, The TD Bank Garden, Showcase Live (technically Foxborough, but well worth the travel time), The Brighton Music Hall (formerly Harpers Ferry), The Berklee Performance Center, The Lizard Lounge, The Wilbur Theatre, The House of Blues, The South Shore Music Circus, The Cape Cod Melody Tent, The Wang Center, Great Woods (I don’t care what they call it today) and half a dozen other venues I’m just not remembering for the moment. They all have their charm and faults, but if you love your Rock music, as I do, there are a ton of bands passing through over the course of a given year. I wish my budget was $10,000 a year, but truthfully I’m not sure my aging concert going body couldn’t stand that much excitement. Still, each summer two or three shows surface that you absolutely must not miss. At least in my humble opinion.
I didn’t like the looks of this summer’s crop. Too many soft rock acts. Too many watered down aging acts missing critical ex-members. For certain, I’m only going to see three shows that I’ve got my mind set on. One is Big Audio Dynamite. I know a lot of people didn’t give them the time of day because they weren’t The Clash, but I saw them live around five times in the 80′s and had a blast every time. I own all their records. August 2nd, House of Blues, see you there. Next week I’m going to see Deep Purple at The Wang Center with full orchestration. That will be a blast. First time seeing Purple, but count me in big time. The other must see show this summer is the come back of Soundgarden. Sunday July 10th at Great Woods (OK Comcast something or other). I don’t like going to shows on Sunday nights if I can help it, but nothing can stop me from seeing Soundgarden for the very first time. When last seen, around 1997, Soundgarden left us suddenly after another massively succcessful CD called Down On The Upside. I didn’t follow the reasons to the nth degree; I really didn’t care. All I knew was that there would be more Blowing Up of The Outside World and I was pissed off. Between 1991′s Bad Motorfinger, 199′s Superunknown and 1996′s Down On The Upside the Grunge meets Metal mantle was undisputed for my money. As Seattle bands go…or at least The Big Four; Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden…Soundgarden was the heaviest. Those of you who failed to check out Audioslave missed the boat, but I digress. Go see Soundgarden this summer if you get the chance. I understand they are having a photography contest (see details directly below) and some lucky fans will actually get to take their picture. All you Rock & Roll shutter bugs show yourselves. Unfortutately this contest ends today, but the good folks at Talenthouse were unable to connect with us until now. Still, there’s still time to enter.
This is my cue to post a few songs about Photography. I could post around 40 if I had room, but I’m going to try and hold it to a mild roar here. I just can’t help myself though.