Aug 20 2013

Alicia Keys, MGMT and The XX Setlists

Category: Set ListsEyeliah @ 11:03 am

Alicia Keys Rogers Arena March 8, 2013 Setlist

I have been a fan since Fallin’ but have only ever heard the radio hits and a few other songs so I was excited for the opportunity to see a bit more of Alicia Keys. And a bit more I did see, literally. She came out in this cleavage down to her mid drift blouse that stunned the audience with it’s sex appeal. Alicia spent less time sitting at her piano then I would have expected and was preforming choreographed dance moves instead. She pulled off the moves and was able to keep her outfit together the whole time too! There was a touching moment when she spoke of her family and sang a song for her son. She sang my favorite song No One and I am pretty sure I did not cry. The moment of the night had to be Alicia beating a drum and singing for Girl on Fire. There is something so epic and beautiful about one voice connecting with one instrument in a huge silent stadium that gives chills.

New York
Karma
You Don’t Know My Name
Tears Always Win
Listen to Your Heart
Like You’ll Never See Me Again
A Woman’s Worth
Diary
Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)
Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart
101
Fallin
You’re All I Need to Get By
When It’s All Over
Murder She Wrote
Fire We Make
Unbreakable
Not Even the King
If I Ain’t Got You
No One
Girl on Fire
Brand New Me

Encore
Empire State of Mind

MGMT Commodore Ballroom May 13, 2013 Setlist

I got my tickets for MGMT months before they show.  I set an alarm for the minute they went on sale and got my two tickets, within 15 minutes it was a sold out show.  I was having a really bad day the day of this concert… I thought it would be a breeze to resell the tickets online but no one seemed interested, luckily I was able to sell one ticket and decided to go since I couldn’t sell the second. I found out why they were hard to resell when I got there, the venue had released extra tickets the day before, the show was no longer sold out.  There were multiple people (scalpers?) trying to sell their tickets for half price at $30. It was so fascinating to watch that I stayed outside instead of catching the opening act.

As a big MGMT fan (someone who likes their huge hit album as well as Congratulations and other releases) I was surprised that Electric Feel was my favorite song of the night, it just rocks and sounds amazing live! I didn’t do my usual dancing in the crowd but rather sat up top in the balcony. I had an opportunity to practice ‘non-violent communication’, a book I’ve been reading with people who tried to take over my table and that felt good. Even though it was a bad day, I was so glad I still went to the show.

Lady Dada’s Nightmare
The Youth
Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
New Song (may be Your Life is a Lie)
Time to Pretend
Mystery Disease
Siberian Breaks
Electric Feel
Introspection (cover)
Weekend Wars
I Found a Whistle

Encore
New Song (may be Alien Days)
Congratulations

The XX Queen Elizabeth Theater May 24, 2013 Setlist

For their new tour, only seven months after I saw them last it felt like an entirely new show. A new set, with new visuals it was like being a blissful dream sequence that ended far too soon. Though they played for an hour and a half, I was so sucked in that it felt like twenty minutes. Pretty much every syllable Romy sings steals your heart and the best of the night was definitely Fiction, the way Oliver sang “fiction, when we’re not together’ could break your heart. I stand by my word, I will see The XX every time they are putting on a show nearby.

 

Try
Heart Skipped a Beat
Crystalized
Reunion
Sunset
Missing
Fiction
Night Time
Shelter
VCR
Islands
Chained
Infinity

Encore
Intro
Angels


Oct 20 2012

Seattle Road Trip and The XX Paramount Theater October 6, 2012

Category: Life,Set ListsEyeliah @ 2:45 pm

Took a road trip to Seattle to see The XX in concert, since funds are a bit tight drove back the same night and got home before 3am.  I don’t think I can really put into words how amazing the concert was, it was like watching someones heartbeat.  Here are my favorite pictures of the day.

This sign is not quite as eloquent in Spanish.

Nirvana Exhibit.

Royale with Cheese cupcake.

This Dog Japon food cart made me take pause.  It has been open in Seattle for 2 years.  Uber successful JapaDog has been around for 7 in Vancouver.  Dog Japon has similar uniforms and is even using the same font on their signs.

The gorgeous Paramount theater for The XX show.

The XX Setlist

Angels
Heart Skipped a Beat
Fiction
Crystalised
Fantasy
Basic Space
Missing
Reunion
Sunset
Night Time
Swept Away
Shelter
VCR
Islands
Chained
Infinity

Encore
Intro
Tides
Stars

They played almost every song from their two albums, only leaving out Our Song, Try and Unfold. Best of the night was the breathy Missing.  If you want to get an idea of how visually stunning The XX is live, check out this video.  I was so glad to be seated in the back row to have a birds eye view of their light show, I was spent an hour and 15 minutes just in awe.


Oct 01 2012

Madonna, Ladyhawke, Tallest Man On Earth Setlists

Category: Set ListsEyeliah @ 4:54 pm

I’ve been to a few concerts lately…. September was kind of amazing for that.  Last night it was Madonna!  My friend who has a grown up job (geologist) has access to a company box and lucky me I got to tag along.  Watching from a box is quite a different experience, you have a bird eye view of everything, free snacks and your own bathroom.  Oh and there is no one blocking your view!

Madonna

The stage, props, lights, back up dancing was all quite elaborate as you might expect.  It was definitely an evening of eye candy where constantly you had three or more scenes that could capture your interest.  Maybe you are watching Madonna dancing in the front or the drummers suspended in the air or one of the big screens playing videos.  I was glad I was told prior to the concert that there would be a lot of gun violence in the beginning and Madonna only singing her new songs.  That way I wasn’t expecting a shiny happy replay of the old hits.  In an almost two hour show she only played five big hits Vogue, Like a Prayer, Express Yourself, Papa Don’t Preach and Open Your Heart and of course they were all done with a new twist.  Vogue was excellent, Madonna came out in her infamous pointy bar and over the four subsequent songs kept losing layers until she was quite bare with her clothing and emotions for Love Spent.  It was amazing to see her project so vulnerably, quite breathtaking.  Mix that with her baton twirling, slack-lining, dance abilities, (minor) guitar playing skills and endless energy covering miles running all over the stage and it’s easily obvious why she has been on top of the music industry for 30 years.

Madonna Rogers Arena September 30, 2012 Setlist

Girl Gone Wild
Revolver
Gang Bang
Papa Don’t Preach
Hung Up
I Don’t Give A
Heartbeat
Express Yourself (Born This Way mix)
Give Me All Your Luvin
Turning Up the Hits
Turn Up the Radio
Open Your Heart
Masterpiece
Justify My Love
Vogue
Candy Shop
Human Nature
Love Spent
Nobody Knows Me
I’m Addicted
I’m a Sinner
Like a Prayer
Celebration

Ladyhawke

I have been a Ladyhawke fan for years and have even linked a song or two on the blog previously so when I heard they were coming all the way from New Zealand to play in my town I was stoked.  Plus it was only a $20 ticket.  There were two opening bands for Ladyhawke as this show was a part of the Olio Festival and we made it in time to see the second act, American Royalty.  With such a pretentious name immediately I was turned off but song by song they won me over more and more.  They are still trying to find their sound but there is a lot of potential there, by the end of their set I am of course their new biggest fan.  I rarely have a bad word to say about a concert, and the last time I didn’t completely enjoy a show was also at Fortune Sound Club…  I read the schedule ahead and knew Ladyhawke wouldn’t be going on until after midnight, unfortunately many (by this time) surly fans did not.  The crowd was quite anxious by 12:15am when they came on, especially with it being a week night.  Sadly, upon taking the stage the entire Ladyhawke band looked really really exhausted and they seemed to be going through the motions for the first few songs.  Around Professional Suicide  or Magic something clicked and their energy started to radiate.  Highlight of the night was definitely their eerie cover of White Rabbit.

Ladyhawke Fortune Sound Club September 20, 2012 Setlist

Back of the Van
Blue Eyes
Girl Like Me
New Song
Professional Suicide
Magic
Dusk Till Dawn
Black White & Blue
The Quick & The Dead
Love Don’t Live Here
Better Than Sunday
Sunday Drive
Paris Is Burning

Encore
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
My Delirium

Tallest Man on Earth

Well well, are you still reading this ridiculously long post?  I have listened to one record by The Tallest Man on Earth on repeat for about a year.  Right before this show I realized he has four more I need to listen to.  There is something about his raspy Bob Dylan vocals and upbeat strumming that just make my heart happy.  The opening band was very cool A Stand of Oaks who I will probably see again when they open for Bowerbirds later this month.  For the show it was just Kristian and his instruments on stage.  He cycled through six or more guitars and played the piano for a couple of tunes.  He sounds just like on the album and also likes to talk to the crowd often and is quite charming and funny.  My friend and I were right below the stage and made friends with a lot of people around us.  Everyone in the crowd was relaxed and happy, singing along to many songs of the sold out show.  He played my favorite song The Gardener, it was a great night!

Tallest Man on Earth Vogue Theater September 10, 2012 Setlist

To Just Grow Away
Love Is All
1904
I Won’t Be Found
The Gardener
Criminals
There’s No Leaving Now
Follow the Rain
Leading Me Now
Wind and Walls
Like the Wheel
Where Do My Bluebird Fly
King of Spain
Revelation Blues

Encore
The Wild Hunt
Graceland [Paul Simon]
The Dreamer


Sep 13 2012

Florence and the Machine Deer Lake Park Vancouver

Category: Set ListsEyeliah @ 10:47 am

I had the pleasure of being taken to see Florence and the Machine this summer at an outdoor venue in Vancouver.  The bus line up to get there was miles long (not literally) and we actually pulled up as the first song Only if for a Night was playing, it was a good kick of adrenaline to be part of 50 people running to the venue!  Florence was radiant on stage wearing a floor length flowing sea blue gown with a fan perfectly positioned to blow her hair and dress out behind her.  Florence was not as I expected, running back and forth across the stage to get the crowd jumping and dancing around, who knew she was so high energy?  She had injured her vocal cords and this was their first show back since so she wasn’t hitting all the high notes, she left that to her background singer for the b sides so she’d have the strength to belt it out on released tracks like Dog Days and Shake It Out.  The moment of the night was Florence posed dramatically at the back of the stage taking achingly long to gracefully bring the microphone to her lips to begin to sing the final song.

SetList
Only If for a Night
What the Water Gave Me
Cosmic Love
Raise It Up
Spectrum
Breaking Down
Heartlines
Leave My Body
Seven Devils
Shake It Out
Dog Days Are Over

Encore:
Never Let Me Go
No Light, No Light


Jun 05 2012

Jack White Setlist Queen Elizabeth Theater Vancouver May 27, 2012

Category: Set ListsEyeliah @ 10:13 am

I finally got the chance to see Jack White again!  After getting sick and subsequently selling my Dead Weather tickets in 2009, it means I have not seen him perform since 2008 with The Raconteurs.  This was also when he was touring with The Kills and forming the Dead Weather behind the scenes.

A couple weeks ago I read a fantastic article in The Georgia Straight that gave insight to Jack White’s solo tour.  It mentioned that Jack had two separate backing bands; one of all men and one all women.  It also stated that he didn’t like to work with a set list and he had to work with the band on split second cues when he chooses which song he’d like to do next.  I was glad (as a set list enthusiast) to have that heads up, I could spot the cues as they came throughout the show.  There was the time he simply called out ‘Go To Sleep 5,6,7,8′, or when he’d start the guitar on his own, or exchange signals with the drummer, maybe some of the cues were even hidden in what he said when he talked to the audience.

The opening band was Sally Ford and the Sound Outside and they were great!  She is a rockabilly rebel in a pretty floral dress, my kind of girl.  Her voice was a bit pitchy for the acoustics in the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Theater that is typically a opera and ballet house.  I put earplugs in and that seemed to smooth out the sound.

When Jack White came out he brought a stunningly prairie dressed backing band with him.  They had the usual instruments as well as a fiddle, stand up bass, piano and my favorite a pedal steel guitar.  They played a mix of White Stripes, Jack White, The Raconteurs and cover songs; most played as variations of their original.  The best moments were Steady As She Goes now with whammy bar, Blue Blood Blues rocking out, We’re Going To Friends making me teary eyed and the funeral organ on Slowly Turning Into You.  Surprisingly my favorite song of the night was Weep Themselves To Sleep as I didn’t particularly like it on the album but played live it is a force!  There were strobe lights, epic keys and I had to close my eyes to experience the full effect of the music.

Set List

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes)
Missing Pieces
Sixteen Saltines
Love Interruption
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)
Hypocritical Kiss
Cover (had lyrics Blood Red, Eyes Blue)
I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
Two Against One (cover)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs)
I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman (The White Stripes)
I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes)
We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes)
On and On and On
Weep Themselves to Sleep
Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather)
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes)

Encore:
Freedom At 21
Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs)
Take Me With You When You Go
You’re Pretty Good Looking (The White Stripes)
Poor Boy
Carolina Drama (The Raconteurs)
Seven Nation Army


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