Posts Tagged ‘The Times-Union Center’

LIVE: Justin Timberlake @ the Times Union Center, 7/16/14

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Maybe it was seeing Justin Timberlake so soon after Paul McCartney, who had electrified the sold-out Times Union Center crowd 11 days earlier with three emotionally powerful hours of Beatles, Wings and solo songs.

But something about the first portion of Justin Timberlake’s sold-out show at the Times Union Center just felt flat, even though the devoted JT fans who filled the arena were primed to scream every time the pop heartthrob glanced out into the audience or busted a flashy dance move. Yes, it was an estrogen fest.

The show started with Timberlake and his army of musicians, singer and dancers rising up from underneath the stage — in front of JT markers that looked like gravestones — for the soulful first number, “Pusher Love Girl,” the opening track from the singer’s latest release, The 20/20 Experience.

Although he followed with “Rock Your Body” and “My Love” — two surefire club hits — they both felt surprisingly lethargic. A too-dark stage set maybe, or an arena show performed too many times without variation. Or maybe Timberlake’s slickness just felt less than genuine after having seen McCartney, who sang “The Long and Winding Road” with heart-choking emotion, as if he wrote it yesterday. Totally unfair comparison, I know.

The show did pick up right before the intermission, during the light-hearted “Summer Love” and the love ballad “Until the End of Time,” the latter featuring Timberlake at a white grand piano on the lip of the stage, as the arena lit up in a sea of cellphones.

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Kanye Quote of the Day #1

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Kanye West

“I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

– Guaranteed genuine quotations from the mouth of Kanye West, who makes his Nippertown debut at the Times Union Center in Albany on Wednesday, February 19

Another New Concert Announced for the Times Union Center

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Donny and Marie Osmond

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.

LIVE: Fleetwood Mac @ the Times Union Center, 6/19/13

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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.

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LIVE: Tiesto @ the Times Union Center, 2/20/13

Monday, February 25th, 2013

 Tiesto @ the Times Union Center, 2/20/13 (photo by Michael Seinberg)

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.

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LIVE: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Times Union Center, 12/13/12

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

LIVE: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Times Union Center, 12/13/12 (photo by Michael Seinberg)

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

SECOND OPINIONS:
Cindy Schultz’s photographs at The Times Union

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LIVE: Roger Waters’ “The Wall” @ the Times Union Center, 6/28/12

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Roger Waters

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.”

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Brad Whitford, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, June 25th, 2012
Brad Whitford

Brad Whitford

“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.

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