Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Week of Concerts


I've been to 3 concerts in the last 8 days, all of which were fantastic. Even though I constantly complain that my state often gets skipped on tour routes, we do still get our fair share of phenomenal live acts, and in the case of this past week, we are sometimes lucky enough to get them all bunched together.

Phillip Phillips & John Mayer
My friend texted me a few days before the concert asking if I wanted to go with her and I obviously said yes. It was one of the best spur of the moment decisions I've ever made. Phillip Phillips' band was amazing - he had a full-blown jazzy, bluesy, 70s-esque thing going that went together really well. But John Mayer was quite obviously the best part; I don't think I've ever seen a more talented musician perform. I was really struck by the difference between him and many of the other guitarists I've seen - most people are clearly showing off when they go off on a solo; you can tell from their expressions and increasingly faster riffs that they're trying to prove how talented they are. John Mayer, on the other hand, appears to be a true musician. When he went off on a solo he was entirely in the moment, almost like he was unaware there were other people present at all. It was incredible to watch. I would pay another $40 just to hear him play "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" again.

Kelly Clarkson & Maroon 5
If I haven't mentioned this before, I love Kelly Clarkson. So when I heard she was coming back to the area, this time with Maroon 5, I bought tickets the day they came out. She had a mini brass band for half her songs which gave them a funky jazzy feel, but since her set was shorter it didn't surpass the first time I saw her on her solo tour. Her cover of Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man" was absolutely perfect. Maroon 5 was also incredible. Their entire performance was so supercharged with energy that I went away with a sore throat and leg muscles from singing / screaming and dancing the whole time. They played many of their songs seamlessly from one to another so the night was constant flow of excitement. The best moment was when they played the last chorus of "Misery" and went straight into Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"- the crowd went insane. The only disappointing thing was that they didn't play "If I Never See Your Face Again," which is one of my favourites of theirs.


Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I don't like Taylor Swift. I bought a ticket to her show solely for Ed Sheeran - but it worth it. I bought my ticket way back in the middle of last December to ensure I got one and ended up getting a seat in the balcony by the right side of the stage, which was so much better than what I was expecting. Ed was utterly phenomenal. He opened with "Give Me Love," which always sounds gorgeous, and closed with "The A Team." To my great joy, he did the extended version of "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," which is my favourite song of his. After his set I didn't stay very long - I only heard 4 of Taylor's songs before I got bored and left. I think she may possibly annoy me more now that I've seen her in person than she did before (sorry for any fans out there who enjoyed it). But finally seeing Ed after two years of waiting completely overshadows any irritation with Taylor Swift and overall it was a fantastic experience that I hope I'll get to repeat in the future.


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