So I went to a lot of shows in 2016…

What a year! In 2016, I went to a lot of shows and events. I saw some of my favorites several times and somehow looking at the list and memories, I’m taken aback at how incredible it was. There were also many shows I wanted to go to, but for one reason or another, I wasn’t able to. Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy more shows and experiences in 2017.

I’ve got pics & videos for most of these shows on Instagram… check them out! 

Some of the highlights for me included:

  • Adele at STAPLES Center… I mean, it’s Adele! I first saw her at Hotel Cafe in 2008, before “19” was released and it was amazing seeing her again. She also acknowledged me during the set, which was awesome!
  • Alicia Keys at The Troubadour… yes, Alicia Keys in the intimate Troubadour. It was a secret show where she previewed songs from her album “Here,” which was months away from being released. Best part of the show was that no cell phones were allowed, I was able to enjoy the night without trying to capture it. Here’s my full review!
  • Britney Spears! I was basically front row (for work) during Britney’s set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and it was awesome seeing her perform her medley of hits. G-Eazy also showed up, which is always a win. (G-Eazy also reposted my pic from the set, which is extra cool).
  • Bastille! Bastille! Bastille! Bastille! – I was super lucky to see the guys play 3 times, and even attended a screening of “Help Me Chase Those Seconds” at the GRAMMY Museum. Best of all, I was able to see them soundcheck at Kimmel, surprisingly, I kept my cool and didn’t fanboy as the band walked right past me. Work perk for sure!
  • Panic! At The Disco – I saw them twice this year, once at Kimmel and again at the taping of their “Artists Den” episode. At Kimmel, I got to see them do “Thong Song” with Sisqo.. I mean, “Thong Song” and Sisqo! I missed them at the iHeartRadio Village – I wouldn’t make it back to the venue for work, I was bummed. But sharing a flight back to LA with the guys was awesome, and an even better story.
  • Jack Garratt! His live show is ridonkulous. I was all up in my feels the two times I saw him.. I was at the front of the pit and it was a life-changing moment. Seriously, if you haven’t seen him live, you’re failing at life.
  • twenty one pilots – These guys are one of the best LIVE bands around. I’ve seen them several times and was able to see the twice this year. The stunned the crowd at the iHeartRadio Festival, and they did it without their signature “Trees” closing stunt! I wish they had done it to show the audience what they’re truly capable of. I also saw them play to a soldout crowd at The Forum, where they were on planks a few times, and Tyler disappeared into the audience several times, and even ran over us in a hamster-ball. Always an amazing show. I left the pit drenched in sweat… most of which was not mine. I call that a success. It was also great meeting the guys again before the show – I really dig Tyler and Josh, and stoked for all their success this year! Check out my full review + pics/vids!
  • Aurora – she’s another artists that I discovered this year and was able to experience her live show three times. She’s simply otherworldly and you NEED to see her when she’s in a city near you.
  • OneRepublic – I love these dudes. I got to see them three times – never a full-headlining show, but they’re always amazing. At all three shows, Ryan played “Apologize” with an incredible piano intro and I lost my shit each time. True story.
  • Sia! She’s incredible! I was floored by her set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and then I saw her at Hollywood Bowl and it was beyond incredible. Her voice just gets to me. And she sang “Breathe Me,” and I nearly sobbed.
  • Years & Years rocked The Fonda this year, and I went alone and just sang and danced the night away. I had such a great time and really enjoy their show, especially in a more intimate venue. And Olly’s got some killer dance moves – I want him to be my spirit animal.

And a few more… cuz seeing live music is simply the best.

  • Calum Scott – I’m so excited for 2017 and Calum Scott. I saw him at The Troubadour, and was BLOWN AWAY. I mean, his voice is stellar. His lyrics and songs are next level goodness. I was stuck trying to enjoy the moment and also record all of it so I can replay it while I wait for him to drop his album. Seriously, some of the songs/lyrics moved me immensely.
  • morgxn – I saw morgxn twice last year and can’t wait to hear more from him in 2017. I was OBSESSED with his songs, and since they were electro-synth pop songs, I wasn’t sure if he’d be good live.. but man, I was wrong. His voice is ace! He does a cover of The Cure’s “Boy’s Don’t Cry” that is a show-stopper and nearly made me cry. So good.
  • Troye Sivan! I kept missing him and I was able to see him at the iHeartRadio Village, and really really need to see a full show from him.
  • Wrabel – I’ve never seen an opening act get a standing ovation at The Greek until I saw Wrabel open for Andy Grammer & Gavin DeGraw this summer. It was a much deserved standing ovation and he’s one to watch in 2017 for sure!

And here’s the full-ish list…

 

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Show Review: twenty one pilots at The Forum for Emotional Roadshow

When it comes to live bands, I don’t think there’s any band better than twenty one pilots. I’ve seen the duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, play several shows, ranging from intimate acoustic sessions, theaters small and large, and headline massive arenas. And they never cease to amaze me with the intensity of the show. I bet they leave the show exhausted every night as they leave it all on the stage. I had the opportunity to meet the guys backstage and help out with a quick interview, and they were as calm, collected, and super chill. Safe to say they haven’t changed much in the past few years.

Their fans match their intensity, singing along to every single lyrics as though their life depends on it. And in some ways, given the heavy and dark subject matter in songs like “Addict with a Pen,” “Holding On To You,” and “Guns for Hands,” twenty one pilots have probably played an important role for many fans.

“… And now I just sit in silence…” – @twentyonepilots. 🙌🏻

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And I completely get it. The first time I saw and met the guys was more than two years ago, and I’ve been a massive fan of their music and the messages in their lyrics. More importantly, I see how intensely their fans react and how passionate they are about the band. This is a band that has worked and toured tirelessly for the past few years, and is finally having “mainstream success” and it’s amazing to watch.

Last Saturday, the band played their headlining show at The Forum. The place was packed with adoring fans. Of course, I was in the pit and managed to make it near the front of the pit, and the experience was as intense as I’ve ever experienced at a show. I left thoroughly soaked in sweat, the majority of which was not mine, and it was incredibly, cathartic even.

I really like the bands latest album, Blurryface, which is having tremendous success at the moment, but their debut album (or albums) are the songs and moments I look forward to. The songs from Vessel and their indie releases are quintessentials and get the best reactions and make for a better live show. Regardless, these guys are phenomenal live! You really need to experience it.. even watching their few moments I captured on my iPhone are ugh… .I just want to go back and be at that show every night.

A few notes and moments I recall and need to share… and yes, I was in the pit having a blast and didn’t bother taking notes, sorry (not sorry).

The theatricality of the show was out of this world. Tyler, akin to a magician, disappeared several times throughout the set only to appear in different parts of the stadium mere moments later. I had seen him do this in smaller venues, and he was able to pull this feat in the massive venue like The Forum.

New to this tour was the zorb (that’s what they’re called right… the inflatable balloons you crawl into, right?). Tyler jumped into the inflatable balloon and ran across the audience like a manic hamster! It was incredible to see from the pit. He ran right over me, and I sadly hit the stop button and didn’t capture the entire thing on video. I may post it on Instagram at a later date.

As seen in the above videos, the guys really like to get involved with fans in the show. During “Holding On To You” (one of my faves) Tyler jumped on top of the audience and sang the first verse while being held up by the crowd.

Not to be left out of the stage antics, drummer Josh hoisted himself on a platform atop this adoring fans during “The Ride” for an epic drum solo. This is just way too cool!

If you’re ever been to a twenty one pilots show, you know it’s a tradition that they close with an epic drum off with “Trees.” But this is twenty one pilots – they don’t just drum on stage – they drum on platforms on top of the fans! It’s one of my favorite songs from them, and it’s a defining moment and perfect closure to an incredible set. 

Man, I really love this band! I can’t wait to see them again! 

Have you seen twenty one pilots before? Let me know!

I’d love to hear about your experience and connection with the band and their music!

Leave a comment or tweet me!

#BEASTMODE. @joshuadun last night. 🤘🏻 #twentyonepilots #ers2015

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20 Songs You Need To Hear Right Now

I’ve been bad. I’ve been busy and have been neglecting this blog, and most importantly, I haven’t been sharing all the amazing music I’ve been listening to, sorry!.

Here’s a quick recap of 20 songs I’ve been loving this month, and have been selfishly holding onto… I hope you discover and enjoy a few new songs!

  • “Better Love” by Hozier
  • “Heathens” by twenty one pilots
  • “Gold” by Kiiara
  • “You Don’t Know Love” by Olly Murs
  • “Life Itself” by Glass Animals
  • “Charlemagne” by Blossoms
  • “love you with the lights on” by morgxn
  • “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes
  • “False Alarm” by Matoma & Becky Hill
  • “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo
  • “i hate u, i love you” by gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien
  • “I Remember” by AlunaGeorge
  • “Tears” by Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson
  • “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez
  • “Are We Ready? (Wreck)” by Two Door Cinema Club
  • “Tilted” by Christine and the Queens
  • “Capsize” by FRENSHIP and Emily Warren
  • “Alarm” by Anne-Marie
  • “Back to the Wall” by Greyson Chance
  • “Closer” by Ferras

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