Category: Concert Reviews

A Ledgend Appears in Salt Lake and Shows Why He is a Ledgend

Tonight I saw a legend perform. I don’t really throw that word around a lot, but tonight it hits the nail right on the head.

  1. 29 U.S. #1 singles
  2. He has written over fifty top ten hits
  3. Guinness Book of Records as the most successful composer of all time.

I was very excited for this show. Paul McCartney in his first ever Utah performance. And Perform he did. He isn’t just a singer, He isn’t just an amazing bassist, he isn’t just an amazing song writer, keyboardist or guitarist. At the end of the night you know he is a PERFORMER first and foremost. (and he is loving every minute of it) Paul has no financial worries, nothing to prove, and no real reason he needs to perform other than he loves it. It was very clear by his smile and attitude he was there because he loves performing for all of his fans.

A couple additional facts … He played almost 3 hours. (3 serious hours too) He played bass, guitar, piano, ukulele and sang. He told stories about the songs and times he has had. He kept +25,00 people captivated the entire time … oh yeah, and he is almost 70. I have to be honest here … if i am able to keep 3 people interested for 10 minutes while I eat stewed prunes at 70 well I am going to start wondering where my Emmy Award is.

In today’s day and age of celebrities (and your run of the mill person as well) egos totally out of control … (LeBron and ‘The Decision’, I promise I tried to leave basketball out of this) being so out of control, it was great to see someone just have an absolute blast doing what he does best. I also guessed he would play ‘Yesterday’ as one of the first song for the encore which was just wonderful. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law came with us and we were all blown away by what we had seen. Just an absolutely wonderful night. If he wasn’t already Knighted I would have done it tonight on the queens behalf. He is right up there with Lancelot, Sir Bedivere, and Sir Galahad.

Thanks for giving Utah a shot Paul. WE loved it.



P.S. Those of us awho are a bit taller than the norm … we, or at least I feel bad when I am standing in front of you at a concert. I wish you had eaten more veggies and drank more milk like I had when I was a kid. But I am sorry.
P.S.S. While I kind of have your attention I would appreciate a visit to www.darrenottley.com and let me know what you think. It is my portfolio site. XOXOXO

Local area man gives his blog one last chan

So here we are again. So this blog is going to take a turn towards concert reviews, but don’t worry devout fan base (all 3 of you) there will still be plenty of complaining and thoughts on how the world needs to change.

So the last show I went to was an acoustic performance by Gene Loves Jezebel. There were 3 bands that opened and one of them sounded in the relm of Sisters of Mercy. (Nice!) The other 2 quite forgettable except the 2 man band (1 guy yelling and one guy practicing his fine tuned skillz on pressing play on itunes) the singer was hitting himself with a hammer in the head. I am assuming the hammer was from the Nerf construction collection or the guy had a big old honkin metal plate in his head. … ok that has been covered … back to Gene

Michael Aston

Where does he get those wonderful scarves?

So Gene Loves Jezebel is still only touring with one of the Astons which was the same in 2002 when I saw them last in Denver. It was Michael and a guitarist. (His name was Swat or something like that) Anyway the guitarist was really talented although he seemed to try to take over the show. One loud fan (let’s call him Darth Maul) yelled out something along the lines of “It’s Gene Loves Jezebel … not Gene and some DB Guitarist” 🙂

Michaels voice still sounds amazing. One of the songs I really wanted to hear was ‘Cow’ which they played the first song. He played some of the other hits, Desire and heartache but left off some big ones as well. He did get roped into a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ which was pretty cool. Never would have guessed that was coming up.

All in all it was a fun show and had a great turn out of friends which was great. I would suggest in the future maybe not have the opening band go on after midnight on a Monday since some of us (mainly just the group I was with 😉 ) have jobs and have to get up early for the next day.
“What you get is what you see … Shhhuuu Khaaaa …. Desire!

Neon Trees – Local Band – Worldwide Talent!

Utah band done good!So the Neon Trees are finally getting the air play to so very much deserve. I had the opportunity back when I was school to help out with the audio for their record release party. It was fun getting everything together but I was blow away by how good they were. This band took control of Velour and had the crowd going crazy from the first song. I bought there album and a live demo album they had recorded the night before. I have always had Neon Trees on the Ipod ever since. Go check them out if they come to your neck of the woods. You won’t be disappointed my friends.

(I don’t know who took the picture but I love it. If someone knows please let me know so I can credit them. Well done!)