Concerts


ZZ Top Ottawa 2013

The Little Ol’ Band From Texas rocked the Canadian Tire Centre Monday night as Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard put on a show featuring a healthy dose of ZZ Top classics mixed with some newer material from their current album, “La Futura”. Gibbons is a master and one of the best blues guitar players in history — he creates sounds out his instrument with the ease of someone dailing a phone…effortlessly. His command of artificial harmonics was in full display as he squawked out the solos on “Gimme All Your Lovin’”, “Legs”, “Pincushion” and others that feature this difficult technique.

The crowd was older and more subdued than normal — and sparse. Even though the band played in the smaller “bowl” configuration of the arena, it was clearly too large a venue and this seemed to take some of the energy out of the performance. However, the “Eliminator” anthems and a cover of Gibbons’ pal Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady” were the highlights of the evening, ending with the raunchy slide guitar on “Tush”.

Set

Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin’ for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Gimme All Your Lovin’
Pincushion
I Gotsta Get Paid
Flyin’ High
Certified Blues
Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix cover)
My Head’s in Mississippi
Chartreuse
Sharp Dressed Man
Legs

Encore:
La Grange / Sloppy Drunk Jam
Tush

Paul McCartney Out There Ottawa ON

Paul McCartney put on one of the greatest shows that Ottawa has ever seen as the former Beatle and his 4 piece backup band dazzled a packed house at the Scotiabank Place/Canadian Tire Centre arena. Playing a set largely consisting of well-known Beatles tunes and hits from his 70′s band, Wings, McCartney entertained the enthusiastic and appreciative crowd for nearly 3 hours, even returning for 2 encores. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this concert was the lack of backup singers, scantily clad dancers, numerous auxiliary musicians, electronic backing tracks, etc. that are so prevalent with the shows produced today. Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray played lead and rhythm guitar and Ray played bass when Sir Paul strapped on a guitar, while Paul Wickens was a jack-of-all-trades, contributing keyboards, harmonica, percussion, and even accordian to the mix. Abe Laboriel, Jr., laid down a solid and energetic beat on the drums.

Paul McCartney Out There Ottawa

McCartney’s voice was in fine form (as evidenced by the fact that most of the songs were performed in their original keys) and the sound system was perfect — no distortion or bad mixing of voices and instruments that are common in venues of this kind. Highlights of the set were a rocking rendition of “Back in the USSR” and a literally explosive version of “Live and Let Die” in which the pyrotechnics almost overwhelmed the musical performance. The traditional favorites like “Let It Be” and “Hey, Jude” were soulfully performed and “Day Tripper” and “Helter Skelter” helped round out the evening as part of the encores.

As the first stop on this North American leg of the “Out There” tour, this show proves that McCartney is already in fine form and that future audiences can look forward to a terrific show. More pictures from the show can be seen here and a video of “Day Tripper” can be found here.

Paul McCartney Setlist, Ottawa, July 7, 2013

Eight Days a Week
Junior’s Farm (Wings)
All My Loving
Listen to What the Man Said (Wings)
Let Me Roll It (Wings) with snippet of Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”
Paperback Writer
My Valentine (Solo)
The Long and Winding Road
Maybe I’m Amazed (Solo)
I’ve Just Seen a Face
We Can Work It Out
Another Day (Solo)
And I Love Her
Blackbird
Here Today (Solo)
Your Mother Should Know
Lady Madonna
All Together Now
Michelle
Lovely Rita
Mrs. Vandebilt (Wings)
Eleanor Rigby
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run (Wings)
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die (Wings)
Hey Jude

Encore 1:
Day Tripper
Hi, Hi, Hi (Wings)
Get Back

Encore 2:
Yesterday
Mull of Kintyre (Wings) feat. Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

Police Ticket Stub

The Police put on a great show at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Playing all the old favorites, the band demonstrated an energy that belied their years. A few of the transitions were a bit awkward, but overall the performance was a blast. Sting was in fine vocal form, Stewart Copeland re-established himself as one of the best drummers ever, and Andy Summers vented 30 years of frustration with some great solos that are not present in the recorded versions of these tunes. The band was, for the most part, tight and flawless.

Setlist:

Message in a Bottle
Synchronicity II
Walking On The Moon
Voices Inside My Head
When The World Is Running Down
Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Driven To Tears
Truth Hits Everybody
Bed’s Too Big Without You
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Wrapped Around Your Finger
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Invisible Sun
Walking In Your Footsteps
Can’t Stand Losing You
Roxanne
King Of Pain
So Lonely
Every Breath You Take
Next To You

Police Concert

More stuff can be seen in the gallery.