Live Through This: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks 6-25-18 – 7-1-18
After U2’s, frankly, disappointing The Joshua Tree at least their Innocence And Experience tour reaches the more intimate Madison Square Garden arena. This time U2 are leaning very heavily on Experience, with two thirds of the album being performed, and if you add the two from Innocence, that leaves 12 mostly deep album cuts to fill in the difference. Smells like a terrible show to me, but find out for yourself this Monday,Tuesday, and Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Tuesday – Paramore, Foster the People, Soccer Mommy – Barclay Center – I’ve seen Hayley three times, and the middle one she was excellent, but it has been five years since “Still Into You” and much longer since “Airplane,” and the magic is gone… or is it? Either way, I’d love to see Soccer Mom.
Tuesday – Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up – Town Hall – He uses it sparingly and his poetry sucks, but his voice is still that of an angel.
Wednesday – STEVE MILLER BAND / PETER FRAMPTON – Radio City Music Hall – I’ve never seen Peter Frampton come alive before… of course, I haven’t much wanted to. But still, at least it’s not Jones Beach.
Wednesday – Lera Lynn Plays Well With Others Tour – Bowery Ballroom – The Americana singer songwriter has a good new album out…
Thursday – KRS-One – SOBs – The great teacher of all things hip hop returns.
Friday – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts / Styx with special guests Tesla – Jones Beach – So Joanie moves all the way from pre-punk to post-80s metal.
Friday, Saturday – Sam Smith: The Thrill Of It All Tour – Last December Sam sung so beautifully at Jingle Ball that he managed to jump through his awkwardness on stage. So now he has done it for 20 minutes do we think he can do it for 90?
Friday. Sunday – Joan Armatrading – City Winery – She is unchanged and untouchable, the husky voice 70s star remains a constant and her current album is more of the same and it is good.