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4/19/11 Robert Plant and Band of Joy - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

For me, Tuesday night was a very special show. I brought my wife and my two brothers, one of whom was visiting from Taiwan. I had seen several of the Page/Plant shows back in 95-98, but none of them had ever seen any portion of the Zeppelin quartet.

I've been listening to the new album quite a bit lately and like it a lot. I have a ton of respect for artists who have had ridiculously successful careers in bands and have continued to evolve in the art. My two most recent Schnitz concerts featured the best two examples of this: Robert Plant and David Byrne.

We really enjoyed the new takes on the Zeppelin songs. A deep, slow, and soulful "Black Dog," an out-of-left-field "Black Country Woman," and a rockin' "Ramble On" were our highlights for the old classics. As for the Band of Joy songs, "Angel Dance" and "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" were particularly well-played. I also enjoyed being exposed to Darrell Scott who has a tremendous voice. And of course, Patty Griffin is completely captivating with her gorgeous voice. The a capella "And We Bid You Goodnight" was a graceful and beautiful way to cap off the show.

I would agree that the sound quality was not at all what I've come to expect from the Schnitz. Also in the lower balcony, the sound was often so loud that we couldn't make out the different notes. The most pleasant parts of the show were easily the quieter, acoustic moments. The final song of the encore, "And We Bid You Goodnight" was beautifully done in that space. I hope that the Band of Joy sound crew and the Schnitz keep the sound issues in mind in the future.

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WSP 6/29/10 Eugene Review
This was the first Widespread show I've seen since fall 2007 in Seattle. I've only seen them 6-7 times over the years, but have always really enjoyed their shows.  All in all, a great time.  I mean, how can you go wrong with a great group of friends making the 24-hour mission down to Eugene for a mid-week party. 

That said, it wasn't my favorite Panic show.  The first set felt pretty tame, though I enjoyed the Space Wrangler opener and the Thin Air.  The second set was certainly better and the party had progressed some in the crowd.  Highlights for me were definitely the Second Skin and Diner - a really great Diner!  They seemed to capture some energy during those songs that I couldn't grasp during much of the rest of the show.  Jimmy seemed to stay mostly within the confines of the songs and never really let loose as he had during their '07 PNW shows.   

Ended the night by finding a hobbit door in our hotel that led to an awesome basketball court.  Nothing quite beats playin' some post-show hoops with your slightly inebriated friends. 

06/29/10 Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
Set I: Space Wrangler, Tall Boy, Can't Get High, Tortured Artist, Thin Air (Smells like Mississippi)> Blackout Blues, Angels on High, Party At Your Mama's House> Ribs And Whiskey, Cotton Was King
Set II: Proving Ground, Walkin' (For Your Love)> Bear's Gone Fishin', Rebirtha, Second Skin, Diner, Imitation Leather Shoes, Contentment Blues, Action Man
Encore: Dirty Side Down, Wondering

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