Monday, August 20, 2018

Rodgers, Beck and Wilson prove they aren't too old to rock

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 10:16 PM

Stars Align Tour f. Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson, Deborah Bonham
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 19, 2018

Paul Rodgers is 68 years old. Jeff Beck is 74. Ann Wilson is 68. Who says you can't get better with age? The trio of rock icons hit Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion on Sunday night and proved they've still got what it takes to hit all the right notes. While Rodgers filled his performance with songs from Bad Company and Free, Ann Wilson of Heart focused more on covers of music that influenced her and meant something to her. Meanwhile, it was Beck who lit up the night from start to finish. The legendary guitarist simply shredded every note and showed why he's at or near the top of so many best guitarist lists. (Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring even made the drive up from Atlanta just to see him.) The night was opened by John Bonham's sister, Deborah. There might not have been many people in attendance but those who were soaked in every minute of classic rock. As Ann Wilson said, "It's a night full of music performed by people with real voices and instruments." Plenty of modern musicians should take notes.

Paul Rodgers setlist
Little Bit of Love
Can't Get Enough
Wishing Well
Feel Like Makin' Love
The Stealer
Ready for Love
Movin' On
Mr. Big
Fire and Water
Shooting Star
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy

Walk in My Shadow
All Right Now

Jeff Beck setlist
Pull It
You Know You Know
Morning Dew
I Have to Laugh
Lonnie on the Move
Mná na h-Éireann
Just for Fun
Little Wing
Big Block
Cause We've Ended as Lovers
Brush With the Blues
A Day in the Life

Corpus Christi Carol
Going Down

Ann Wilson setlist
The Real Me
Ain't No Way
I Am the Highway
Back to Black
You Don't Own Me
Life in the Fast Lane
Won't Get Fooled Again

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Rain doesn't dampen the party with Kesha and Macklemore

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 9:51 PM

Kesha, Macklemore
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 1, 2018

Someone said there were massive downpours at PNC Music Pavilion last night. I also heard that the sets by Kesha and Macklemore were cut short by two songs each. Those in attendance didn't care because they were too busy having a great time. The pop stars brought a party to Charlotte last night and rain didn't hold anyone back. Usually when it rains, concert-goers run for cover. In Charlotte, they acted like it was an extension of Macklemore spraying water on the crowd or Kesha's confetti bombs.

Macklemore opened up the night with an eight-song run through his biggest hits. He brought crowd members on stage, threw things into the crowd and never stopped dancing from one side of the stage to the other. Kesha's anthem "Praying" brought many to tears, but her entire set showed she's a pop start without the "diva" label. Her set started off with plenty of f-bombs and middle fingers in the air, but she clearly had a blast from the first notes of "Woman." She even joked that her ass wasn't hanging out of her leotard enough. Sure, those in attendance would have preferred less rain and more music, but they loved every minute of the party that rolled through town.

Kesha setlist
Blah Blah Blah
We R Who We R
Good Old Days
Your Love Is My Drug
Take It Off
Tik Tok

Macklemore setlist
Ain't Gonna Die Tonight
Thrift Shop
White Walls
Same Love
Willy Wonka
Dance Off
Can't Hold Us

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