“I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”
Well, it seems like only yesterday that we announced a new, upcoming holiday concert at the Times Union Center in Albany. Oh, that’s right, it was only yesterday.
But now we’ve got a new one to announce…
She’s a little bit country, and he’s a little bit… oh well, never mind. That’s right, America’s beloved singing siblings Donnie and Marie Osmond are headed into the Times Union Center with their Donny & Marie Christmas Tour at 6:30pm on Sunday, December 15.
Priced at $49.50, $59.50, $79.50 & $125, tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 16.
Review by Bokonon
“Go Your Own Way.” “Second Hand News.” “Big Love.” “Never Going Back Again.” “Not That Funny.” These are songs for boys.
“Gold Dust Woman.” “Landslide.” “Dreams.” “Sara.” “Silver Springs.” These are songs for girls.
Songs for boys are quirky, hiccupping and driving. Songs for girls are swirly, gossamer and spinning.
Songs for boys are better. Get over it.
Photographs by Michael Seinberg
Downtown Albany was throbbing to the beat on Wednesday night as the Club Life College Invasion Tour took over the Times Union Center in Albany for a marathon bash headlined by Tiesto, with support from the likes of Quintino and Tommy Trash.
Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Near the start of Roger Waters’ high-tech staging of Pink Floyd’s classic rock opera, “The Wall,” a group of cute and determined, if slightly creepy, kids chased down their evil teacher — a ghoulish puppet with bug-eyes and flailing limbs.
They held him at bay by chanting, “We don’t need no education” and “”Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone,” those classic lines from “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II,” Pink Floyd’s diatribe against the rigidity of British schooling — a number-one hit upon its release in 1979 by virtue of its ominous children’s chorus and bounding disco beat.
The kids’ chorus scene — played out next to the towering white-brick wall that served as both the evening’s main metaphor and as a massive video screen for projections of images and animated effects — was a highlight of the night. It was also one of the clearest expressions of the anti-authority message that ran throughout Waters’ new production of Pink Floyd’s classic concept album, “The Wall” and 1982 film of the same name.
From there, the performance got a little muddled thematically at times. But it was always cool to hear and look at — from the overwhelming surround-sound of chopping helicopter blades that preceded “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” to the “bombs” (in the form of religious icons and corporate logos) dropped by animated planes on the wall during “Goodbye Blue Sky.”
“I listened to a lot of my brother’s records, and he was huge into the Kingsmen, so I thought they were pretty cool, too.
But one of the very first records that I bought is kind of funny. I forget how old I was, but it was a Mamas & the Papas album, the one where they’re in the bathtub.
I think it was a mail-order record.”
Guitarist Brad Whitford and his bandmates in Aerosmith storm into the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday (June 29) with their Global Warming Tour. Cheap Trick opens the show at 7:30pm. Tix are $63, $99.50 & $149.50.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photos by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
So where do you find the next generation of up-and-coming country singers? Singing their hearts out for tips in some dingy Nashville roadhouse? No, no, no. Just turn on your television…
Lauren Alaina was the runner-up on the 2011 season of “American Idol,” losing the gold medal and bragging rights to another country singer Scotty McCreery (who will be at SPAC later this month opening for Brad Paisley).
Meanwhile, Canaan Smith rose to a certain level of national name recognition as a contestant on the 2009 season of “The Amazing Race.”
And Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is currently one of the celebrity judge-singers on the new ABC-TV singing competition, “Duets.”
Last Thursday at the Times Union Center in Albany, I missed Canaan Smith’s opening set due to a ticket snafu at the box office, but Lauren Alaina acquitted herself well with an eight-song set that showcased tunes from her debut album, “Wildflower,” including “Tupelo” (with a nifty a cappella intro), “Like My Mother Does” (a power ballad with the requisite desperate key change), the flirty “Georgia Peaches” and her new single “18 Inches” (penned by another “American Idol” alum, Carrie Underwood). The 17-year-old Alaina also offered a beefy rock cover of Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive” and a swamp-soaked rendition of Little Big Town’s “Boondocks.”
Of course, Sugarland didn’t invent the contemporary country-pop genre, but judging by their performance, they may very well have perfected it. I have rarely, if ever, seen a band so successfully deliver a big hockey arena concert with such a loose, intimate club-show vibe.