Post by maxwellperfect on Aug 24, 2017 17:03:16 GMT
Review: Deep Purple, 8-18-17, Cynthia Woods Pavilion at The Woodlands, TX
I found my seat just as Alice Cooper & band kicked off their set. If Edgar Winter played, I must have missed his set completely; traffic was a beast getting into Houston. Yes, Alice still looks like a Dickensian ghoul, and yes he still does the guillotine bit, and Nurse Rozetta, a blow up doll, a ragdoll ballerina and a king-sized Frankenstein monster (Eddie moonlighting?) appear throughout the show. I've never been a huge fan, but it was fun hearing tunes like "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Billion Dollar Babies" and I was especially impressed that they did a full, long version of "Halo of Flies." Alice's drummer does this cool thing where he flips over his drum sticks repeatedly while playing a steady beat. Encore was "School's Out" with a verse of "Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 2" thrown in. The audience was really into it.
Deep Purple came out and played "Highway Star" as their opener, just like I was desperately hoping they would. Ian Gillan can still hit most of the high notes, Ian Paice is still a monster on the kit, and Roger Glover...well he's still Roger, driving things along while the keyboards and guitar take the spotlight. Steve Morse had a short, tasteful solo showcase on a tribute to Jon Lord, and generally tore up the fretboard through the night. The new keyboardist, Don Airey won over the crowd with a long solo segment, including playing a bit of a Mozart piano sonata. At that point, I realized that someone NEEDS to bring back heavy organ into hard rock. They played most of the hits, with the notable exception of "Woman from Tokyo." My only complaint was that it seemed kind of a short, perfunctory show. They could have given the hardcore fans a few more deep cuts, I felt. The crowd had considerably thinned by the time they finished up with "Hush," which I didn't mind, 'cause I was able to move to a move to a better seat, away from that annoying girl in the Black Sabbath shirt who was standing up and blocking my view every time they played a song she liked!
8/4 38 Special/The outlaws Clearfield, PA at the fair:
After a 6.5 hour drive to get to Clearfield we checked in, got some food and then hit up Uber. Made it to the fair with a little bit of time before the gates opened. Was hoping to have time to check out the fair, but I wanted to get in when the gates for the concert grounds opened. Had some time to get several beers and then came the Outlaws. (4 dollar drafts which seemed to have about 1% alcohol in them.) My first time seeing them and they rocked it big time. I hope to see them again with a full set. They played about 8 or 9 songs if I remember correctly.
And then came the rain. And it came down hard for the next 2 hours. There was talk that 38 special would not be able to play. But after all that waiting, the rain finally stopped and they got on and played basically a full set. Maybe a few songs cut but that's fine. The usual hits were played and another amazing performance. I've seen them about a dozen times so it was nothing new to me. Then after the fair came the real fun. I launched Uber and it said "no cars available". Kept trying, and same thing. Called the local taxi company that I looked up and no answer. Only one other cab company in the area was 25 miles away. So we proceeded to do a 2.5 mile walk back to the hotel which took at least an hour I don't really remember. But overall the show itself made it worthwhile regardless of the rain and having to walk and all that.
8/5 Queensryche/Kix/Autograph Clearfield, PA at the fair:
This time got there a little bit earlier. Thankfully the legs held up from the night before. Checked out some of the food stands and another local band that played a mix of some oldies, and some other rock hits and then it was off to the concert grounds.
Autograph was really good. Not my first time seeing them. Most people only know the "Turn up the Radio" song but they have a bunch of other great stuff they played. The new songs were really good. They played a good 45 minutes.
Next up was Kix. Another band I'd seen over a dozen times so there was nothing new but a great set that they played for about an hour.
Next was Queensryche and they kicked some serious ass as always. Ofcourse there's so many great songs they can't play them all, but overall they played mostly what I wanted to hear. The good thing was the weather was perfect on this night. And the concert grounds was all standing if you have general so you can get up front as close as you wanted. It was a big crowd but not overly crazy because a lot of people opted to get the bleacher seats. But anyways, overall a great weekend. I hope to go back there next year.
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Post by shelfintheroom1017 on Aug 25, 2017 11:47:43 GMT
Cool, that sounds like a fun time, glad you enjoyed it despite the rain the first night, and glad to see you're using Uber too, I love it, so much easier and cheaper than taking a cab.. and regarding the 'no cars available' thing, that might have happened because you were in a rural, isolated area.. Usually when I use it in the city the car comes within a few minutes