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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Blog Archive » U2 – No Line On The Horizon
    the album is called Magnificent This is classic U2 for the 21st century with soaring guitar work from The Edge Something that struck me about No Line On The Horizon is how well crafted the bass lines are Try listening to the album on your car stereo and you ll hear what I mean Big props to Adam Clayton The title track appears in it s ambient form and not as the guitar driven version I wrote about in an earlier post I could totally imagine No Line On The Horizon being played as the second song in the set after Get on Your Boots a song that works much better live than on the album as can be seen from the various performances over the past month just do a search on YouTube for U2 Get on Your Boots Echo I ll Go Crazy if I Don t Go Crazy Tonight is the only song I haven t really gotten the hang of but I do have a feeling that once they start playing it live it will grow just like Get on Your Boots The most experimental piece is called Fez Being Born It sounds like a natural progression from the work on Achtung Baby Needless to say it is one of the best tracks on the album The song starts with a one minute intro that samples the Let me in the sound line from Get on Your Boots I predict that this will be used as the intro for the tour Finally I would like to mention second to last song Breathe which has already been performed a couple of times by U2 on the promo tour This is a catchy up tempo rocker with great lyrical and vocal work from Bono U2 has released an album that sonically falls somewhere in the experimental space after Pop The fact that the members of U2 spent the past 2 years of their lives making such a different album shows that they still really care about their craft Next time around I would be interested to hear how a different producer would take on U2 I would love it if they rekindled their relationship with Rick Rubin and continued the work they started with Window in the Skies from the U218 compilation But for now go buy No Line On The Horizon you won t be disappointed Favorite tracks Magnificent Breathe and Fez Being Born Written by Daniel Posted in Music Musings 5 Responses to U2 No Line On The Horizon Irma says 2009 03 03 at 20 32 WOW GREAT review I think Breathe is definitely my favorite especially after hearing W2 perform it live last week but DYING to hear it straight from U2 Now all we have to do is wait for the big tour announcement EEEEE Brock says 2009 03 03 at 20 33 Great review Daniel I ve listened about 5 times now and it does better each time I know U2 albums

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Blog Archive » U2 – No Line on the Horizon Radio Premiere
    London 2008 11 30 Main It Might Get Loud U2 No Line on the Horizon Radio Premiere 2009 02 13 Irish radio station RTE 2XM premiered the title track from U2 s upcoming album No Line on the Horizon yesterday From what I understand there will be 3 versions available This was the punk ish sounding version that was played There is some confusion as to what version will be on the album Judging by the 30 second clips that Walmart put up last week it seems it s the ambient version that will be the opening track However I ve heard many people say it will be this upbeat version that RTE played yesterday anyway after hearing the song in full I am feeling very excited about the upcoming album Just like in the first single Get on Your Boots The Edge is using a fuzz sound for the main riff Could it possibly be the Electro Harmonix POG that has been seen in pictures of U2 in the studio No Line on the Horizon sounds much more original than Get on Your Boots like nothing you ve heard before which is a nice treat following two rather generic albums That being said it still has some classic U2 trademarks like the use of delay and The Edge s shimmer effect The third version of No Line on the Horizon is a remix by Will I Am I don t know how I feel about that Written by Daniel Posted in Music Musings 2 Responses to U2 No Line on the Horizon Radio Premiere Irma says 2009 02 13 at 23 20 So far I like this single best Better than Get on Your Boots It s going to be so cool live HeatherJ says 2009 02 15 at

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Blog Archive » 2008 Must-Have Albums
    s the chance to hear Jack White backed by a complete rhythm section Consolers of the Lonely is more rock n roll than it s predecessor 2006 s Broken Boy Soldiers Opening track Consoler of the Lonely has White and co lead singer Brendan Benson trading lyrics plus an awesome solo by White You Don t Understand Me is a wonderful ballad where Jack gets to show off his piano skills Just like Viva La Vida this is an album that needs time to grow and once it does it is just brilliant Favorite tracks Consoler of the Lonely and Carolina Drama The Script And my Newcomer of the Year Award goes to The Script This Irish three piece have released a great pop rock album with some reggeae influences most notably in first single We Cry Singer Danny O Donoghue s lyrics are great with Before the Worst being a favorite of mine Danny has a unique style blending some pseudo rapping with great melodies Rusty Halo and the haunting The End Where I Begin are excellent up tempo songs that come across great live see my review of The Script from last Monday Favorite tracks Before the Worst and The End Where I Begin Written by Daniel Posted in Music Musings 8 Responses to 2008 Must Have Albums wit says 2009 02 23 at 06 18 I agree with everything you just said except the Raconteurs I just can t get into them But then again I m not much of a White Stripes fan I can t get into bands that try hard to sound like they re not trying hard Does that make sense Irma says 2009 02 23 at 09 59 Excellent list I agree with you on every single one of those In fact I m sitting here wondering I don t have any of those CDs except for the Script loaded onto my iPhone yet I like that you listed favorite tracks too I wonder If I ll do a list like this on illoluv as well I think my choices will be similar to yours but I think I would have to have Veronica Maggio diverting from the rock theme on my list Not sure though It d take some thinking HeatherJ says 2009 02 23 at 11 55 I think you forgot this album Spaced Out Very Best Of Nimoy Shatner Daniel says 2009 02 23 at 21 45 HeatherJ My apologies I can t believe I was so negligent Irma Thanks Yes do your own list it would be fun to see what you come up with Wit Yeah I know what you mean when I first heard The White Stripes I just didn t get them but they really grew on me and now I can t get enough of them I just think it s great how they sort of reinvented the blues for a new generation But I can totally see how people don t them Jack

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Blog Archive » The White Stripes On Conan’s Last Night
    Report John Frusciante The Empyrean Main 2008 Must Have Albums The White Stripes On Conan s Last Night 2009 02 21 The White Stripes did indeed end up being the musical guest on the last show of Late Night with Conan O Brien yesterday Jack and a pregnant Meg performed We re Going to Be Friends both playing guitars and singing It was a very cool and bluesy version of the song According to an article in Rolling Stone yesterday We re Going to Be Friends is one of Conan s favorite White Stripes songs Do check out that article for the story on how Conan came to be friends with The White Stripes Now my only question is given Meg s current state when will we see a new White Stripes album Check out We re Going to Be Friends on Conan Written by Daniel Posted in Music Musings 2 Responses to The White Stripes On Conan s Last Night HeatherJ says 2009 02 22 at 08 38 We ll try to get the episode soon We ve been so behind on Conan and now he s gone Irma says 2009 02 22 at 16 05 She certainly looked

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Blog Archive » John Frusciante – The Empyrean
    and Roll Report The Script Nalen Stockholm Sweden 2009 02 16 Main The White Stripes On Conan s Last Night John Frusciante The Empyrean 2009 02 19 Since the Red Hot Chili Peppers are on an extended hiatus guitarist John Frusciante has just released a new solo album entitled The Empyrean John is a very gifted songwriter and guitarist who writes amazing music but don t expect his solo stuff to sound like RHCP Frusciante s solo stuff is much more laid back and ambient In 2004 he released 6 albums within a year no that s not a misprint My two favorite Frusciante albums are Shadows Collide With People and Inside of Emptiness Be sure to check out the songs Carvel and Look On Anyway here s a clip of the song Unreachable from The Empyrean I really quite like it it has a killer guitar solo John Frusciante Unreachable Written by Daniel Posted in Music Musings One Response to John Frusciante The Empyrean Irma says 2009 02 19 at 22 52 He s a nut Albeit a talented one The Chili Peppers wouldn t be the Chili Peppers without him As we all know from the Dave Navarro

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Concert Reviews
    to Midnight by Iron Maiden Joe and his band took the stage and launched straight in to The Ballad of John Henry This autobiographical story of heartbreak is probably my favorite Joe Bonamassa song so it was the perfect start to the show Joe was playing a double neck guitar and for the solo he was using a Moog Theremin and delay to create some astonishing feedback Although he chose not to speak very much Joe was great at interacting with the audience He mentioed how they d been coming to Stockholm for the past 4 5 years and how he was enjoying starting the tour here Everything about the concert was great but two songs that really stand out in my mind are Happier Times and Blue and Evil I really love the haunting sound of Happier Times and the Kashmir esque synthesizer arrangement for Blue and Evil Another highlight was when they played Sloe Gin This is such a powerful song that builds from a very subtle beginning to a soaring solo at the end Right as Joe was about to start the solo he turned around to face his amps and held up his right arm doing the devil horn sign I was wondering if this was perhaps an homage to the recently departed Ronnie James Dio who came up with this classic moniker used by heavy metal fans all over the world Joe did write on Facebook earlier in the week how he d opened up for Dio about ten years ago and how Dio had been very kind and given him advice about the music business If you look through the pictures below you can actually see Joe doing the devil horn sign and also in the video of Sloe Gin that my wife filmed But the absolute coolest moment of the night was when Joe was left alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar and played an amazing ten minute version of Woke Up Dreaming The only drawback was the drunk in the audience who kept shouting nonsense during the quieter parts If you watch the amazing video that my wife filmed you can actually see Joe shushing the dude For the encore Joe played a powerful version of Bird on a Wire followed by what I consider one of the best concert finales I ve ever seen a ten minute jam of the ZZ Top classic Just Got Paid topped off with the main riff from Dazed and Confused that got the entire audience on its feet Wonder if I should make the drive down to Gothenburg in October to see Mr Bonamassa once more Be sure to check out the pictures and videos below All credit goes to my wife Irma who did a great job of capturing this amazing show Setlist Start 20 19 01 The Ballad of John Henry 02 Last Kiss 03 So Many Roads 04 So It s Like That 05 If Heartaches Were Nickels 06 Further on up the Road 07 Sloe Gin 08 Lonesome Road Blues 09 Happier Times 10 Blue and Evil 11 Three Times a Fool 12 Blues Deluxe 13 Young Man Blues 14 Woke Up Dreaming 15 Django Mountain Time Encore 16 Bird on a Wire 17 Just Got Paid End 22 21 Pictures Click on an image to enlarge it Videos Written by Daniel 12 Comments Lady Gaga Globen Stockholm 2010 05 07 2010 05 08 Posted in Concert Reviews Jump to Setlist w video links Pictures I woke up at 5 30 this morning from a terrible cramp in my leg The reason all the jumping at the Lady Gaga concert in Stockholm last night The missus and I have seen both Madonna and Kylie and both of us thought that Lady Gaga had them beat The concert started with Dance In The Dark with Gaga s silhouette projected on the curtain covering the stage Surprising song to start with I had thought Just Dance would open the show But when she did play it as song number three the crowd went nuts Gaga played the intro to Just Dance on a keyboard that was mounted in the hood of a futuristic looking Rolls Royce on stage We were standing about halfway down the arena on the floor and we had a great view For once there weren t so many tall people in the audience the benefit of seeing an artist with a lot of young female fans For The Fame Gaga played a futuristic bass keyboard instrument which made me think of the strange creations Matt Bellamy from Muse use on stage LoveGame was next which is probably my favorite Lady Gaga song She brought out her disco stick a much larger version than what I ve seen in early performances It had a spotlight that she used to shine on the audience Gaga refers to her fans as little monsters and kept urging everyone to hold up their arms while shaping their hands into claws We kept doing that the whole concert and it was tons of fun like a disco version of the heavy metal sign For Money Honey Lady Gaga came up through the floor playing a keytar and she played a really cool intro solo Throughout the concert I counted a total of 17 costume changes if you count every time she would alter her costume with a mask etc Because of all the costume changes there were a lot of downtime between songs while they would play remixes over the PA and show short video installations of Lady Gaga on the curtain Telephone was one of the major highlights of the night which she performed in a studded leather bikini I think this is the first concert where I ve seen someone play a harp on stage The choreography for Telephone was awesome as most people have already seen from the music video There was catwalk from the stage that went out to

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog
    see below this review New Year s Day was next keeping the energy going Bono introduced the band and after he introduced Larry he led the audience in the double time clapping that I enjoy so much This was followed by Get on Your Boots and Magnificent in my opinion the only songs I care to hear from No Line on The Horizon The highlight of the show for the both of us was when they played Elevation We ve wanted to hear that one live so bad ever since we got the Boston Live DVD back in 2001 It was so much fun to sing along to the chorus while jumping up and down Even The Edge was jumping like a mad man for the last chorus I was very happy to hear Until the End of the World which is one of my all time favorite U2 songs Bono was playing the devil Judas on one of the bridges above the crowd while the saintly Mr The Edge worked his heavenly guitar magic from the other bridge The song ended with the two deities attempting to touch fingers across the bridges evoking Michelangelo s Creation of Adam Oh and the song sounded awesome too After the always wonderful I Still Haven t Found What I m Looking For U2 played the new song North Star The whole song was basically just Bono and The Edge with that classic U2 guitar sound from the previous song Next up was Glastonbury which the band wrote for their subsequently cancelled Glastonbury gig 2010 A very good up tempo rocker with a great riff and an awesome solo from The Edge It sort of felt like he was channeling Hendrix for a while Personally I think the new songs are miles ahead of their latest release No Line on The Horizon with the exception of Magnificent Let s hope that when the new songs are released they will stay in this raw form lock up Eno and Lanois and let Steve Lillywhite take full control for a change I really enjoy that they keep playing In A Little While It s such a great song and it s nice to hear one of the less famous songs from All That You Can t Leave Behind Miss Sarajevo was just fantastic I got goose bumps when Bono sang the opera part Vertigo was great as always To me it was a treat to get both Elevation and Vertigo in one show It was fun to see that they kept the remix version of I ll Go Crazy If I Don t Go Crazy Tonight in the set This was also the song when we got to see all band members up close Adam The Edge and Larry all came by right in front of us Bono ended the song by singing a verse of Discothèque over the beat very nice indeed and perhaps an indicator that the song will join the set in the near future The encore was pretty much identical to the Gothenburg shows It was funny to hear Bono struggle with the feedback of his Gretsch Irish Falcon during his beautiful version of Amazing Grace One gave me chills as always that s one powerful song Ultra Violet Light My Way with Bono in his laser jacket and steering wheel microphone is just fantastic For Moment of Surrender Bono asked everyone to turn on their cellphone lights which made for a beautiful backdrop to the stage making it look as if the band was surrounded by the milky way Bono ended the song with a rather confused singalong that no one understood which he proceeded to laugh off The band seemed very pleased with the show and back slaps were exchanged Both Adam and The Edge came up to the mike to say thanks And to the tune of Rocket Man the band left the stage and the best U2 concert that I have seen so far was over I thought that Bono s voice was fantastic he sang much better than last year and he also seemed to be much more in to the show as did the rest of the band Thank you U2 Setlist from u2gigs com Start 21 20 01 Return Of The Stingray Guitar 02 Beautiful Day 03 New Year s Day 04 Get On Your Boots 05 Magnificent 06 Mysterious Ways 07 Elevation 08 Until The End Of The World 09 I Still Haven t Found What I m Looking For 10 North Star 11 Glastonbury 12 In A Little While 13 Miss Sarajevo 14 City Of Blinding Lights 15 Vertigo Teenage Kicks snippet 16 I ll Go Crazy If I Don t Go Crazy Tonight Discothèque snippet 17 Sunday Bloody Sunday 18 MLK 19 Walk On You ll Never Walk Alone snippet Encore 20 One 21 Amazing Grace snippet Where The Streets Have No Name 22 Ultra Violet Light My Way 23 With Or Without You 24 Moment of Surrender End 23 25 Pictures Written by Daniel 3 Comments Kiss Stockholm Stadion Stockholm 2010 06 12 2010 06 13 Posted in Concert Reviews Jump to Setlist Pictures Videos With Kiss you know what you ll get and that s both good and bad Since the first time I saw them in 1996 up until now I think they ve used the same stage for their outdoor shows The setlist changes somewhat with each tour but all the gimmicks are the same Paul flies out in the audience on a zip wire Gene flies up in the rafters and Tommy shoots fireworks from his guitar Oh and Eric s drumkit raises off the stage floor like a spaceship And every time Kiss plays in Sweden Paul uses the phrase Jag gillar din rumpa I like your ass Wonder if he has a notebook with phrases for each country they go to that he memorizes before the show When we got to the stadium the

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  • Rock Revival – Daniel’s Music Blog » Blog Archive » The White Stripes Reunite on Conan
    on Conan 2009 02 15 The White Stripes are supposedly scheduled to perform on the last episode of Late Night With Conan O Brien on Feb 20th Jack and Meg have a long standing relationship with Conan having once been the musical guest for a whole week in 2003 and they even featured Conan in the video for The Denial Twist Now I ve heard rumors saying that it s only Jack White who will appear on Feb 20th but if it is indeed both Jack and Meg it will be their first performance together since 2007 Get your VCR s ready people Written by Daniel Posted in Music Musings 4 Responses to The White Stripes Reunite on Conan Irma says 2009 02 16 at 00 06 Who has a VCR anymore I really hope it s both It would be great if Meg finally got over her stage anxiety HeatherJ says 2009 02 16 at 09 33 Is Feb 20 the last Conan Show I didn t realize it was so soon Måns says 2009 02 16 at 14 37 Oh yes I ll get my VCR ready As soon as I ve connected my steam engine to the

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