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Coldplay brings their “Head Full of Dream Tour” Concert to Tulsa


Heather and I attended the Coldplay Concert at the BOK Center here in Tulsa Thursday night. 


Heather is a big, big fan and I was a kind of well, you know, I like their song Clocks, and they are okay, you know, they don’t suck.


I’m a fan now. We have been to some great concerts over the years and this one ranks up there with the best. Heather said it was “the best” she had ever been to, even better than Sting. Sorry Sting, you are now second best in Heather’s eyes I guess


The lead singer, Chris Martin is a dynamo. Not only does he have a great voice and stage presence but he is very athletic. He was running and jumping while singing the whole show. And the special effects were timed perfectly with his leap and jumps. Confetti, flame, lasers, and big balloons. They spent a fortune on expendables that night.


They had an “A” Stage at the front of the Arena, a “B” stage in the middle, and a small “C” stage in back. They were everywhere.


Playing their heart out without a break for over two hours and 24 songs. Here is the set list.


They played rock songs and ballads, their new songs and some of their old songs, and everything in between.


The fans loved them!!


We’ll be back and I will trying to find where Heather hid her disk.


As an aside, they had four light people hanging from the ceiling. They looked all strapped in and belayed so probably OSHA is okay with it.


We missed the first opening act but the second, Alessia Cara is a dynamo who can really sing.

Official, by gum video released by Coldplay for the tour.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in Concert at BOK in Tulsa


Friday night and Heather and I headed out to the BOK Arena to attend the Garth Brooks concert in Tulsa. The first of seven. When he put the tickets on sale back in early Noveember he sold 105,000 tickets the first day. Just for Tulsa. You see he is a native Oklahoman and the people here love him. Besides his last concert here was 17 years ago and so we were feeling a little deprived.


Heather and I got there well before the schedule start time of 7 pm. We are such nerds. When we see a start time we assume that they are serious. Well we waited a while so we had some time kill. You can see the view we had. I’m surprised that we didn’t have Sherpas and oxygen bottles to get to our seats. Oh well, we were in the house and that is what counts.


What did we do with the time. Well of course we did a selfie!!! Lots of Selfies at the arena that night.


Especially down close to the stage. I brought my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS super zoom  camera to the concert. It is concert legal, anything that uses detachable lenses is forbidden, but the Canon has the super zoom feature and a low light mode that gives me a decent chance at photographs.



There were almost lined up. Who invented the term Selfie. You know I might have I am not sure. So anybody making or looking at Selfies you need to send me a dime every time you do do those things. Don’t worry though, it is in effect only today and I should have a billion dollars by this time tomorrow and then they will be free again. Unless I run out of money.


Then we got a little bit of a warm up act. Singer/Songwriter Karen Rochelle came out and sang and few songs for us. I thought she was really good. She writes songs for Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood. She was going to be in the concourse after the show to meet people and even take Selfies. If you are going to tonight’s show I’d appreciate if you would stop by her booth afterward and remind about the dime fee that she owes me for each selfie. You know, in accordance with the new policy and all.


And the Garth came out. Actually he came storming out. I had forgotten how active he is on stage.  His fans love him.


When he got tired of running around the state, he started climbing stuff. I bet his insurance company has concerns about stuff like this. He was singing the whole time also.


I judge concerts by how much in tune the performer is with the audience. Nobody is in tune with Okies like Garth is. He blew by everybody else. His musicians are first rate and they have been with him a long time. The “new guy” has been with him only twenty years. Garth even introduced a couple of the road crew. I have never seen anybody do that before.


He was here, there, and everywhere. He even grabbed a video camera at one point and was running around the stage with it.


After a while his wife Trisha Yearwood came on stage and they sang a duet.


And then a little bit smash face and then she sent him off the stage. You know to go fetch something or check on the kids or something.


And then she sang some songs. She still has the voice as she played some of the favorites.


She is quite a performer in her own right.


They are pretty cute together. They have been retired for the last ten years while their daughters were growing up, in the Tulsa suburb of Owasso and they have been seen all over town. I have several friends who have ran into them in various stores and everybody is impressed with how friendly and approachable they are. I think they are two of the world’s really nice people. The kids are out of the house and now and so Garth and Trisha are resuming their careers.


So, Garth finished up his set, said his goodbyes to the crowd, several times as everybody was still screaming at him.


He had two encores and then that was that. He is doing two shows on Saturday. It must be grueling for him. He put everything he had into the performance Friday night. I can’t imagine him doing it twice.

If you are not familiar with Garth here is a song.


If you are familiar with him, here was his set list for the concert.

#garthintulsa #garthbrooks #tulsa #bokcenter got the Tee Shirt

And I got a t shirt. The last concert t shirt I got for Janet Jackson way back when in the early 90’s or late 80’s in Oklahoma City. I still don’t know why I got one.

I just hope that Garth comes back sooner than seventeen years.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Come to Tulsa with Steve Winwood Opening


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came to the BOK Center in Tulsa for a concert last Sunday night.


We were a little out of sorts when we got there but he put is in the mood right away. Heather is the Tom Petty fan in the house at least up till Sunday night, now I am also.


There is something about seeing a band live that makes it all makes sense in a way that listening to the same music on radio doesn’t really bring. The personality of a performer comes out in a concert, for good or bad, and with Tom Petty it is for the good.


The concert was a totally satisfying experience. Worth the late time getting home with an 8 am meeting the next morning and being tired all day.


Steve Winwood opening up for Tom Petty was a big surprise to me, and nobody else. I had forgot all about this guy. He was big back in the day.


He hasn’t slowed down a bit. He sang his old songs and some of his new songs. He was really bluesy. Steve Winwood was a great opening act.


Plus I am entering this guy in the bearded stage security hall of fame.

Heart in Concert – Ann and Nancy Wilson at The Joint

(Sorry about the photo’s I did my best!)

Last Thursday, the day before V Day Heather and I with some friends went to see Heart at The Joint here in Tulsa. Ann and Nancy Wilson gave the crowd a great performance. They played their hits from the 70’s and 80’s and some Led Zeppelin covers. They sounded wonderful and were very lively.


I think everybody left satisfied. I hope they decide to come back. Check out their website here.

They didn’t play Stairway to Heaven here in Tulsa but they played it on television not too long ago. Check them out.

Have you been to a good concert lately.

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“What the Hell Happened?” – KC and the Sunshine Band

So what the hell did happen?

Heather the Birthday Girl

Well Sweetie’s birthday for one thing. We spent the day running around doing errands and fetching stuff.

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Later on we headed out to the Cherokee Hard Rock Casino in nearby Catoosa for Sweetie’s birthday dinner at their McGills on 19 restaurant.. SuperPizzaBoy spent the evening with his Nana.


And then we went to see KC and the Sunshine Band at the Joint at the Casino.


Disco music was never my thing but KC put on a great show. The musicians and dancers were top notch. KC was very animated and engaging. He talked between songs a little about the up and downs of his career. “What the Hell Happened?” was the refrain all through the night.


He certainly connected with his audience. His fans were into it. He put on a good show.


Afterwards he signed autographs. I tried to get a photo of him and Sweetie but he was across a wide counter. So this is what we got folks.


The drummer, David Simmons, who Sweetie and I both agreed may be the best drummer we have ever heard showed up and chatted up everybody in line. He is a very nice guy.

Check out the bands website. Lots of good stuff there. Old songs and photographs and all that.

I loved this, a very young KC on his way up early in his career. A young man on his way up.

And I love this video. It typifies the whole disco thing with the funny clothes and dancing. In 1983 disco had flamed out and KC has kind of a hard look to him.

KC and the Sunshine Band has had its ups and downs. I have to admire somebody who keeps on plugging away. At 61 years told KC is still in there giving it everything he has.

And that is What the Hell Happened yesterday.

Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart at the BOK Center in Tulsa

Wednesday night Sweetie and headed downtown. The first stop was the penthouse bar at the Mayo Hotel for drinks.


And then on over to the BOK Center, my employer was nice enough to give us tickets to see Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart together. I had had never thought of them belonging together but you know they both had their peak in the that brief time between  rock and roll and disco (ughhhhhh).


Stevie Nicks opened up and sang eleven songs including several Fleetwood Mac Songs like “Dreams” and “Gold Dust Woman.”


Everybody was commenting on the drummers hair. Maybe he has been on the road too long. What do you think?


Ms. Nicks also sang a haunting “Soldier’s Angel” based on her visit to Walter Reed hospital several years ago.


I saw Fleetwood Mac  in the early 1980’s when I lived in Houston. One thing I remembered was the onstage dressing room she had. Well she has a fancier version now.


I used to think that she had only one song, “Rhiannon” and not much range to her voice. Well I decided a long time ago that she is what she is.


She brought a shawl out and twirled about with it. She said it was from an early 80’s MTV music video.


I am not going to be rude and say how old she is. She still looks and sounds great.


Stevie Nicks Set List

Next up was Rod Stewart. Stevie Nicks was sultry and seducing. Rod was sassy and fully of energy.


He brought a large band with him and they did great, especially his violin player.


And his saxophonist.  I guess that the guy who sings “Hot Legs” would want short dresses on his musicians.


Not that I noticed.


He opened up with “Love Train” and went right through his hits, “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna be Allright)”, and eneded with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”.


A surprising number of his songs are covers, don’t matter.


His backup singers were pretty good, and also had short dresses.


He brought the Tulsa Strings out to accompany on a few songs. A nice local touch.


This being Oklahoma and all somebody threw their hat on stage. Mr. Stewart wore it, cooties and all.


He is getting kind of old also but he kicked a bunch of soccer balls into the stands. He is good at it.


A great time was had by all!!

Rod Stewart Set List

Miranda Lambert at the BOK Center

My very nice boss and considerate boss gave me two tickets to go see Miranda Lambert in concert Thursday evening at the BOK Center here in Tulsa. So off we went.


She is a blonde country singer. When son SuperPizzaBoy was just a small lad he liked to watch the blonde country singer on the GAC channel. Is there still a GAC around. Nowdays my 5’11” little boy likes to watch SpongeBob Squarepants. Should I be worried?


Ms. Lambert gave it her all!


(Thought I’d throw this in, Sweeetie and I chilling at the concert.)


Lambert got a little tired and they brought her couch out so she could rest a little bit. Notice the boots. I think those are her geocaching boots. She better get some long pants and deet though, the ticks and chiggers will eat her up otherwise.

In case you are not familiar with her here is a video.


Chris Young opened up. He was a great opening act. He has a wide range of music he sings and has a great voice.

The other opener was Jerrod Niemann. He was really good.


Another performer with a strong voice and wide range of styles to draw on.

Funny thing is that Young and Niemann both really connected with the audience. Tulsa is an old time music city with lots of heritage and they appreciate good music of all kinds.


Something I really like in a concert is when the headliner brings in the openers for a song. I love that kind of graciousness and generosity. Lambert brought both Young and Niemann out.

Anyway, a great time was had by all!

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