Daily Archives: December 5, 2016

93.3’s Not So Silent Night at the FirstBank Center

Check out our photos of the night above. 2. Empire of the Sun, Kaleo, The Strumbellas, JR JR and Denver’s own 888 performed. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

93.3’s Not So Silent Night rocked through Broomfield’s FirstBank Center on Friday, Dec. BROOMFIELD, CO – DECEMBER 2: Empire of the Sun performs during Channel 93.3’s Not So Silent Night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado on December 2, 2016.

On soapbox and stompbox, Jim James shakes the Paramount Theatre

“Love one another,” James implored The Paramount after the band took a bow before they filed out. Sure, it’s a giddy mix of rock, funk and soul — basically jams for people who otherwise hate jam bands — and pulls you into the moment like good dance music should. We’ve all seen “Black Mirror.”
Thankfully, James chose to press a more immediate concern throughout Saturday. His songs are moralizing tales from the new age, written from a combination juice bar/yoga studio on a hill. “New Life” and “Down on the Bottom” from his Marcus Mumford-featuring project The New Basement Tapes were in good faith, a come down for both the crowd and the soapbox in the band’s five-song encore. And yet, the show ended on a high. “I know you’re just doing your job,” he said to an overzealous security guard who was policing the crowd to the point of distraction, asking him to ease up. 3, 2016. “Eternally Even” was purposefully released in the final weeks of the election cycle — “If you don’t vote it’s on you not me,” one verse advises —  but in these weeks after the presidential dust has settled, it came off as a dark “I told you so.”
At what was basically a jam show in instrumental interludes and audience, who were refreshingly more interested in swaying to James than nabbing a fuzzy photo of him, it could have amounted to bad vibes. Photos by Michael McGrath. It was typical of James, who takes great ownership of his audience in his songwriting and live shows. Yeah, yeah. In the wake of what looks to be one of the elections of a lifetime, James’ message was clear, even if its timing was puzzling. Omnipotent bandleader, ominious preacher, watchful guardian — My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James took on more than your average frontman Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre. Between beats, though, James can’t resist tacking up “stay woke” reminders that can stop your head banging dead in its tracks. James and his band started their set partway through “Same Old Lie,” a heavily psychedelic and heavy-handed indictment of the political status quo from his latest album, “Eternally Even.” The open-your-eyes intent of its chorus — “It’s the same, it’s the same, it’s the same old lie” — was pounded home further when the band swung around to reprise the song not once, but twice later in the night, in different tempos and with different tacks while James prowled the edge of the stage, poking the front row’s upheld index fingers like a rock ‘n roll E.T. Jim James performs at The Paramount Theater on Dec. But that’s the caveat of the music Jim James is making right now. (That is, when they don’t remind you of Jaden Smith tweets, like the mid-set run at “True Nature”: “Plain as day / black as night / you do what you can / will future generations ever understand?”)
It’s less glaring on his older, melody-forward material, which he back-loaded his set with. “I used the state of the art / technology / supposed to make for better living  / are we better human beings?” he asks on “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.),” the lead single from his last album which he used to close Saturday night’s show. By the time he threw his drummer a stage-clearing solo on “Dear One,” which was bathed in a fruity pebbles assortment of color lights, the show had clicked back into a wavy party, loose and carefree as the frizz of hair trailing behind James’ ’70s-glam sunglasses. The relatively few guitar solos he offered up effortlessly punctuated the songs they sprung out of. About a third of the way through the show, James stopped between songs to intervene in a fracas on the fringe of stage right. His simplest and final instruction on the otherwise silent stage, it, at least, had a chance to stick.

Guns N’ Roses announces tour, Denver show

From our review by former music editor Ricardo Baca:
Metal — even pop-metal — is a young man’s game. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Nope, “Chinese Democracy” did not kill Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose, lead vocalist of Guns N’ Roses performs during their concert in Bangalore, India, Friday, Dec. (The second-biggest surprise? His “Welcome to the Jungle” was fierce and fiery with him nailing everything down to the “na-na-na-na-na-na-na-knees, knees.” His “It’s So Easy” showed off his singular lower register, which is even more iconic than his screeching, upper-register howl. The band will play Commerce City’s FirstBank Center on August 2, 2017. He was just another frontman.) As Rose flew through an odd three-pack of “Appetite” jams early in the set, he barely missed a step. The band will come through the Colorado venue on August 2. The ’80s rockers have announced a slew of new shows in their Not In This Lifetime Tour, including a stadium show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Brownstone” was proof that Rose is comfortable with his current line-up, which included multiple guitarists and a total of seven other musicians on the stage. Guns N’ Roses last played Colorado in December 2011 with a show at the FirstBank Center. 10. That said, Rose’s voice was mostly intact — the biggest surprise of the night. And a funky “Mr. Tickets go on sale Dec. 7, 2012. No rock-star antics. More ticket information will be shared as it becomes available.

Justin Bieber announces 2017 stadium tour, Denver concert

Bieber’s plays his U.S. The announcement comes just days after Bieber wrapped the European leg of his Purpose Tour, which brought him to Denver’s Pepsi Center on April 4. The Justin Bieber Stadium Experience will grace Denver’s Sports Authority Field on August 12, 2017. 6 at 10 a.m. Watch this space for more info. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Just when you thought it was safe to put your Purpose Tour merch in storage, Justin Bieber is back. Tickets go on sale December 10 to the general public via aeglive.com. Battalions of flipping ninja back-up dancers literally shoot out of the stage, an area ridden with pyrotechnic flare-ups, a treadmill and for the finale, a waterfall-fed reflection pool. From our review of that:
From a pure performance standpoint, Bieber and his crew provide a double-barrel barrage of sensory overload. If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to live inside of a music video, the Purpose tour is for you. Ticket pricing was not available at press time. An Amex cardholder pre-sale will kick off on Dec. DENVER, CO – APRIL 4: Justin Bieber performs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on April 4, 2016. Between these set pieces, laser rainbows cut through the crowd in mesmerizing symmetry. show of 2016 on New Year’s Eve in Miami Beach. Like in so many music videos, every person here is striking and talented and seemingly unaware that they’re constantly a fudged break-dance away from getting burned by raining sparks, or falling off of a trampoline suspended over a veritable lion’s den of fans. The 22-year-old pop star has announced a new stadium tour for summer 2017, including a Colorado date.