King Crimson: 2/28/2003

For me, King Crimson sort of holds a mythical place in the world of rock music. They were definitely at the forefront of the prog movement, so when I saw they were coming to town, and playing a very small venue, I didn’t hesitate to grab tickets. My brother also wanted to go, so I grabbed a ticket for him and made plans for him to come to town for the concert.

This show was part of the Power To Believe tour. The album and tour featured some incredible musicians:

  • Robert Fripp – guitar, mastering, production
  • Adrian Belew – guitar, vocals, lyrics
  • Pat Mastelotto – electronic drumming, hybrid acoustic
  • Trey Gunn – Warr guitar

I had seen Adrian Belew perform with David Bowie, and he was amazing, so I was looking forward to seeing him again. And as a guitarist, I was really psyched to see the legendary Robert Fripp.

The concert was somewhat short, but the quality of the music made up for that. Technically, they were as impressive as I expected them to be. Fripp was a little strange, and occasionally would walk off stage for reasons unknown, but he always returned and stoically ripped through his scales.

The only thing that was a little disappointing for me was that the song choice was limited to three albums:   The Power to Believe, The ConstruKction of Light, and THRAK. I really thought they would do at least one song from Discipline, and I would have loved to see them play “21st Century Schizoid Man,” but alas—Fripp plays what Fripp wants to play. Anyway, it was still a killer show. Here’s the setlist.

Setlist:

  • The ConstruKction of Light
  • ProzaKc Blues
  • The Power to Believe I: A Cappella
  • Level Five
  • Eyes Wide Open
  • EleKtriK
  • Happy With What You Have to Be Happy With
  • The Power to Believe II: Power Circle
  • Facts of Life
  • The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum
  • Dangerous Curves
  • Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part IV)

Encore:

  • The Power to Believe III: Deception of the Thrush
  • VROOOM
  • Dinosaur

David Bowie: 4/27/1990

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David Bowie! I almost don’t need to say anything more, do I?

This is my ticket stub from the one and only time I got to see Bowie live. It was on the Sound and Vision tour which featured the great Adrian Belew on guitar. The show in Miami was the first stop on the North American tour and it was nothing short of mind-blowing.

I went with my then girlfriend Joyce. We had decent seats with a great view of the stage. Bowie opened with “Space Oddity” and it was one classic hit after another for the entire show.

The tour was being promoted as the last time Bowie would be pulling from his older catalog of music, and although I really liked Tin Machine and Bowie’s other later works, it is still the older music that really speaks to me. Some of the songs that really stood out for me were “Life on Mars,” “TVC15,” “Ziggy Stardust,” and “Ashes to Ashes.” But without a doubt, for me anyway, the high point was the last song of the encore, which might be my favorite Bowie song of all time: “Panic in Detroit.” Wow – I’m getting chills just thinking about it. My mind was definitely warped by the end of this concert.

I never had another chance to see Bowie, and it does not seem like I will. I would definitely have paid to see him again, even if he was not doing all the older hits which comprised this concert. He was one of the great rock and roll stars, and I feel really fortunate to have seen him live.

“Ziggy plaaaaaaaaayed, guitaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!”