Posts Tagged ‘The Palace Theatre’

LIVE: Gov’t Mule @ the Palace Theatre, 11/14/14

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Two decades is a long time for a band to be on the back burner as a “side project.”

But with the recent retirement of the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule has finally risen to the top of guitarslinger Warren Haynes’ musical to-do list. And judging by the band’s sprawling two-and-half-hour-plus show at Albany’s Palace Theatre earlier this month the Mule is still kickin’ with the best of ‘em.

The band – drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and keyboardist-guitarist Danny Louis – laid down a rock-solid foundation, but it was Haynes who made the songs soar, whether it was a reggae-tinged cover of Al Green’s “I’m a Ram” or the soul-scorching encore of “Bring On the Music.”

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LIVE: Ian Anderson @ the Palace Theatre, 11/2/14

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

At Albany’s Palace Theatre, the first hour or so of the concert was an audio-visual event with some theatrical props embellishing the songs, past and present. Most of the songs featured were from Ian Anderson’s new album, Homo Erraticus, but the set closed out with a couple of seasoned nuggets from the rich Jethro Tull catalog, for example, a brilliant, full-length rendition of “Thick as a Brick.”

The second set did away with the stage props and presented the classic Tull music front and center. Anderson was full of vim and vinegar jumping around all over the stage with his flute. The second vocalist, Ryan O’Donnell, shared vocal duties with Anderson, sounding a lot like him in tone and inflections, but while O’Donnell added his vocals to some well-known numbers from the Jethro Tull cannon, Anderson feverishly played his flute behind him at those times only to bring down the flute from his lips and sing at decisive moments of the song-at-hand’s structure.

There was no doubt who the lead vocalist was – it was Ian Anderson, who at 67, was laying down the Jethro Tull sound song-for-song in all the group’s glory.

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LIVE: Primus @ The Palace Theatre, 10/24/14

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Primus

Review by B. Patrik
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Primus playing the entire soundtrack to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” sounds like a match made in heaven.

And for the most part, it was at Albany’s Palace Theatre last Friday (October 24). Before a sold-out crowd of excitable diehards, the band’s original line-up tore through every song from the 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation, which doubles as their reunion album released Tuesday, “Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble.”

What makes the pairing work is the film’s and band’s shared penchant for weird. “Willy Wonka,” which stars Gene Wilder in the title role, is a tonally faithful (though not scene-for-scene) translation of Dahl’s whimsical-yet-dark children’s classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” in which five children visit a magical chocolate factory and each but poverty-stricken main character Charlie Bucket befalls a grave “accident” related to his or her vice. It’s a colorful, near-psychedelic film, especially the second half when the action in the factory starts, but when the basic plot is laid out, it almost sounds like a horror movie. Moments in the film are downright terrifying to a seven-year-old (the tunnel scene, in particular, comes to mind).

Primus, formed by bassist and lead howler Les Claypool in 1984 and solidifying around guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander in 1989, spent the ’90s mixing rubbery yet sinister funk and hard rock riffs, monster bass lines and Claypool’s oft-hilarious, faux-Southern accented rants. It’s a sound that is truly all the band’s own, and one that lends itself well to the creepier and more psychedelic moments of the Wonka story, especially Wilder’s big solo from the film “Pure Imagination,” and the aforementioned “Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride.” Live, assisted by Wonka costumes, video screens, a mushroom-festooned set and the Fungi Ensemble – percussionist Mike Dillon and cellist Sam Bass – the band upped the trippy quotient of Dahl’s story, creating a musical and visual carnival onstage.

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Ian Anderson, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

“The first album? Well, it wouldn’t have been an album that I bought on my own. It would have been an album that I clubbed together with two other guys to buy, and I think it was a compilation album of black American blues artists.

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LIVE: Kip Moore @ the Palace Theatre, 9/26/14

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Kip Moore

Kip Moore

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

With country hitmaker Kip Moore at the top of the bill, the CMT Up in Smoke Tour kicked off with a sold-out concert at NYC’s Best Buy Theatre, and the next day they headed up the Thruway to take over Albany’s Palace Theatre for a night of downtown country music.

It’s Moore’s first major headlining tour, but he played it like a veteran, full of confidence, swagger and enough tunes to fill more than an hour and a half in the spotlight. And the nearly sold-out crowd was with him all the way, as he romped through most of the selections from his debut album, Up All Night, and tossed in a few other gems along the way, including “Heart’s Desire” from his brand new EP Soundcheck and a cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”

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LIVE: The Fray @ the Palace Theatre, 9/9/14

Monday, September 15th, 2014
The Fray

The Fray

Radio station 99.5 The River hosted its “Fall Night In” concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre this past Tuesday night, and while King Crimson was churning up a massive night of prog-rock over at The Egg, the Palace took on a more pop-oriented triple-bill with the Fray headlining the evening’s festivities in support of their latest album, Helios.

But it was A Great Big World – keyboardist-vocalist Ian Axel and vocalist-trumpeter Chad Vaccarino with their backing band – who all but stole the show with their omni-present hit, “Say Something” (co-written by Albany High grad Mike Campbell).

Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer opened the show, and brought out a bunch Local 518 friends and contest winners to sing along with him onstage for “Back Home.”

SECOND OPINIONS
Tom Templeton’s review at The Times Union

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LIVE: Jackson Browne @ the Palace Theatre, 8/14/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jackson Browne

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

One guy…
One baby grand piano…
One massive display of nearly two dozen guitars…
And two sprawling solo sets that spanned nearly two-and-a-half hours…

It’s one thing to keep your options open, as Jackson Browne did as he glided through a concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany last week – especially a solo show, where he was free to radically alter his set list on a whim – or the crowd’s demand… and the crowd was mighty demanding, yelling out requests at every opportunity.

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LIVE: Queens of the Stone Age @ the Palace Theatre, 7/13/14

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Review by B. Patrik
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As fantastic as last year’s Queens of the Stone Age comeback album …Like Clockwork was (and I’d argue it was the best album of 2013, bar none), it came nowhere close to the exuberance, energy and raw rock ‘n’ roll thrill of the band’s performance Sunday night (July 13) at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

In fact, none of the band’s six studio records can hold a candle to its live show, and that’s saying something. For more than a decade now, QOTSA guitarist, vocalist and mastermind Josh Homme has collaborated on record with some of the best in the business. …Like Clockwork alone featured stellar performances from Foo Fighter and drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl, former QOTSA and Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri, the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor and Elton John.

For nearly two hours the five-piece band slammed away at songs from throughout its career, including a whopping eight of the 10 cuts from …Like Clockwork. And not only was nothing lost in the translation of these songs­­­ – in most instances, something was gained.

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