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Sting in Concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma with David Sancious

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Sunday night Sweetie was a happy woman. It wasn’t anything I did, I’ll tell you that.

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It was this guy’s fault. Sting, fomerly of The Police, now international music superstar. Sting started his latest tour at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Never heard of Thackerville? It is right over the border from Texas. Texans hungry to throw their hard earned money away come in droves to give it to the Sallisaw Tribe. The casino has a very nice events center and that is where Sting kicked off his Summer 2012 Tour. You want to know where he is going next?

Sting is going to a few places here in the States and then heading over to Europe. But it is starting in Thackerville. Cool for Sweetie and I. Anyways, I digress.

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Sting was awesome. Sweetie is a huge fan, I liked him until I heard this concert, now I’m a fan. Not like Sweetie though.

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He is a very gifted and accomplished performer. His band and backup singers are great also.

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The violinist, Peter Tickell, blew us away. You show up in Oklahoma you better know how to play, and he does. He looks so young.

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The music just flowed from the stage, no hickups or bad notes (like I would know, right.)

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The keyboard player, see him? He is a very nice guy David Sancious. We chatted with him for a little while in the bar before the show. Very soft spoken and unassuming, very nice to a couple Okies. He told us that he played the keyboards and told us a little about Sting, and the band. He has been with Sting off and on for twenty years. He made it sound like it wasn’t any big deal. We google him afterward and find out he is a very sought out musician. He toured Bruce Springsteen in the early years of the E Street Band, he also played with and toured with Peter Gabriel, Santana, Seal, Jeff  Beck and so on.  Plus he has several albums of his own.  So we are now fans of Mr. Sancious.You just never know who you are going to run into do you?

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Anwyways, Sweetie was happy and I was happy that Sweetie was happy.  I give the concert of five stars out of five.

Anyways, a youtube clip of Sting singing.

SET LIST

All This Time
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Englishman In New York
Demolition Man
I Hung My Head
Driven To Tears
Fields Of Gold
Sacred Love
Shape Of My Heart
Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
The Hounds Of Winter
Never Coming Home
Desert Rose
King Of Pain
Every Breath You Take
Next To You

Have you been to a good concert lately?

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Van Halen in Tulsa at the BOK Center

Monday night Sweetie and I went to see Van Halen in downtown Tulsa at the BOK Center.

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Van  Halen is now, left to right, Wolfgang Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Eddie is Wolfgang’s dad. I love that name Wolfgang.

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It was great to see David Lee Roth. I know he is a pain in the butt, but without him, I lost interest in Van Halen. Kind of like when Michael Jordan quit basketball you know.

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The rocked and rolled, they have been at it for 40 years now.

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Everybody seemed to be playing along nicely.

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I bet it is great for Eddie to be on stage with his son.

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Wolfgang is going to be great. Right now he is in the background.

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But he looks like a rock star doesn’t he.

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The stage was very simple. New gewgaws or anything but they had the biggest screen I’ve ever seen, outside of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium screen.



(from setlist.fm)

They played all their hits. Ain’t Talking About Love is the most thrilling rock anthem I’ve ever heard live. Here is the music from it. Sorry, even though it is Youtube it is just a static picture while you are listening to the music.

Van Halen gets five out of five stars for their performance. Go see them when they come to your town.

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The Black Keys El Camino Tour at BOK Arena Tulsa

Saturday night Sweetie and I loaded up, dropped SuperPizzaBoy off at Nana’s and headed off downtown to the BOK Center to see the Black Keys.

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The Black Keys are two guys from Ohio, Dan Auerbach who sings and plays the guitar and Patrick Carney who plays the drums. They have other guys out on the stage for many of the songs but they also do a bunch with just Carney and Auerbach.

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The stage is set up a little differently than most rock bands. The drums are right up front and Carney faces Auerbach. You can tell they are really in synch.

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Auerbach sings with a very strong clear voice and is a great guitar player. I had never thought of them as being a rock band, I was wrong. I need to turn the V up.

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They started and just sang, no little riffs about and inside jokes, just playing.

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They didn’t have an elaborate set but I did enjoy the laser light show.

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Listening to music on an ipod or in your car is nice, but there is nothing like seeing it live.

Try this video out. Turn it up, all they way. Remember, if its too loud then you are to old. I’m giving the Black Keys five stars out of five for a concert. It was wonderful.

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The Arctic Monkeys opened for the Black Keys. I think they are opening for all the Black Keys concerts on this El Camino Tour.

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They are from England and I would have to say their music is a little punkish along the lines of Green Day but with a lot more reverb. The lead singer, Alex Turner, had a very powerful voice. I was also very impressed with the drummer, Matt Helders. He could really play the drums. Not that I know a thing about it.

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They made heavy use of the strobe lights during the first part of their set. I was glad we were in our seats when the music started. Between the roar of the band and the strobe lights it was very overwhelming. I guess that I am borderline too old.

I give Arctic Monkeys also a five stars out of five.

Go see them if they come to town, or go get their cd’s or download something.

Mainly I recommend listening to any sort of music you want,except disco of course. Go see a local band.

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Ruby Tuesday – The “Football”

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The Tulsa Historical Society has an exhibit on Jim Halsey, a legendary music industry insider who manages such acts as the Oak Ridge Boys, Clint Black, the Judds, and tons of others. Check the link. I had never heard of him before the exhibit.

Anyway, long before cell phones he traveled with the portable phone above. Supposedly it was the same phone, called the football, as what US Presidents were supposed to have available in case the Russians wanted to talk about something that was bothering them. The Presidents phone was called the football. Now I imagine its all done with cell phones.

Hey ever wondered what a triple platinum record looks like.

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There you go.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday

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Cheap Sunglasses

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When you get up in the morning and the light is hurt your head
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed

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Is hit that streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

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Spied a little thing and I followed her all night
In a funky fine Levis and her sweater’s kind of tight

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She had a west coast strut that was as sweet as molasses
But what really knocked me out was her cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

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Now go out and get yourself some big black frames
With the glass so dark they won’t even know your name

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And the choice is up to you ’cause they come in two classes

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Rhinestone shades or cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Summertime Blues

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We got the Summertime Blues but we are pretty happy right now.

Have you ever had the Summertime Blues?

I like the Alan Jackson version

But I LOVE Blue Cheer’s version from the mid 1960’s. I couldn’t get enough of it. One of the early heavy metal songs. Love the drumming action, love the hair. It was all so shocking back then, now its funny. It is still a great song.

The Kings of Leon at the BOK Center

Last week Sweetie and I dropped the kid off at Nana’s (the world’s best baby sitter) and headed downtown to the BOK Center to see the Kings of Leon in concert.

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I didn’t know much about them and I was very surprised. These guys can rock. They are three brothers and a cousin who formed the band in Tennessee in 1999. Check out the Kings of Leon Wikipedia site for my information.

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The arena was packed with a very appreciative audience. We were on our feet for most of the concert. What I love in a concert is when the band and the audience are really tied emotionally together. Not too many performers command that. Garth Brooks, Michael Buble, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts get that, so does the Kings of Leon.

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There wasn’t a whole lot of chit chat, they just played, and played hard.

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(sorry for the fuzzy photo).

I didn’t find out until the next day that the Kings of Leon have an Oklahoma connection. They were awarded a Rising Star Award at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame just prior to the concert. A couple of them were born in Oklahoma and they said they consider themselves “Sooners at heart” and are talking about buying homes here.

I rate these guys five stars out of five. I don’t think Sweetie liked them near as much as I did. If they come to your neck of the woods and you like great rock music check them out.

John Mayer Battle Studies Tour

Friday night, Sweetie and I left SuperPizzaBoy in the able hands of his Nana and went to see John Mayer at the BOK Center. He is winding up his Battle Studies Tour.

I tell you what the man and his band put on a SHOW. He rocked for hours and we loved it.

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I knew the guy could sing. What I didn’t know is that he is whiz on the guitar. I was flat amazed at his skill.

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His band was very able and balanced. His drummer even put on a great drum solo. I usually refer to the drum solo as the “dreaded drum solo.” The only thing worse is the “dreaded bass solo.” The drum solo was great last night, not very long either!

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And of course, before and after the John Mayer the audience provides a little entertainment. I’m still developing my BOK Bingo game. Anybody want to play? Here are my latest entries.

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Anyway, if John Mayer is coming to your town, go see him. I give his concert a 4 out of 5. It is great.

Marty Chapin Carpenter – the Age of Miracles

SuperPizzaBoy and Sweetie got me Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new cd, “the Age of Miracles” for Father’s Day. Music is always a hit with me and especially Ms. Carpenter. She is wonderful. This cd is great.  She really does a great job on this and there is not a weak song on it.

My favorite is Zephyr. Give it a listen.

I just love:

“I tried to be steady and yar
But the storms keep breaking over my head
I’m aching for blue skies instead”

Great album, I give it four stars out of four.