August Brown of the LA Times was on hand for Scott Weiland’s holiday concert at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday night (December 7), where the Stone Temple Pilots singer performed songs from his ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ album.
Brown said “it might have been the most surreal night of music in Los Angeles all year”, adding that “the absolute straight-facedness of the set gave it a stratospheric level of bizarre.” Read more and watch a highlight clip of his ‘Winter Wonderland’ performance below.
David Malitz of the Washington Post was on hand for Hole’s concert at the 9:30 Club in DC on Sunday, in a performance he dubbed a disaster from the band’s troubled frontwoman Courtney Love. “It was an astonishingly and agonizingly awful performance that had a few fleeting moments of redeeming musical value,” Malitz writes. “Song titles, lyrics, guitar chords – Love remembered only some of them, and infrequently.”
When Courtney wasn’t messing up her lyrics, being on the receiving end of explitives of the steadily evaporating crowd, doing her encore topless, or rambling about celebrities, she was being filmed on an iPhone by an assistant, who was on stage the entire show. “Not on the side of the stage. Not filming a few songs. The entire show, onstage, often directly in front of Love,” Malitz clarified. “The singer naturally played to the camera more than her fans. She preened, she constantly sang in its direction, she looked like she was trying to seduce it.” Read more.
Shawn Jam Hill of the Ottawa Citizen was on hand for Them Crooked Vultures’ concert at Scotiabank Place in Ontario on Thursday (May 13), where he said John Paul Jones stole the show:
From the moment TCV took the stage, before a note was struck, some 3,000 grunge-loving rawkers stood, as if on cue, to give JPJ the standing ovation he so righteously deserved. “Let’s get goin'”, enthused ringleader/guitar/vox slayer Josh Homme (Kyuss, QOTSA) as the applause faded out. The band leaned into the languid burner No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, JPJ busted out a futuristic bass hybrid and uber-skinsman Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foos) amped up the pounding psychedelics.
The entire review at ottawacitizen.com has since been removed.
Andrew Kerr of Spinner was on hand for the Hole show at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on Monday night, where mainwoman Courtney Love’s interaction with the crowd was apparently more entertaining than the band’s live set. “Songs became mere distractions, obstacles to overcome before the next outpouring,” Kerr writes. “Before lurching into new album title-track ‘Nobody’s Daughter’, the rocker declared, ‘I really hate men, fu**ing men … All they want is to fu** you then turn you into a pizza.” The full review at spinner.com has since been removed.
Dan Wootton of News of the World reviewed U2’s new album ‘No Line On The Horizon’, giving the veteran Irish rock act positive marks for their twelfth studio album, which comes out March 3rd. “Overall, the band have made an effort to tone down their usual big rock sound for something a little bit more bluesy,” Wootton writes. “But there are still loads of great moments — like The Edge’s cracking guitar. Magnificent will end up a No1 hit and yet another trademark U2 stadium anthem.”
The full story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.
Victoria Newton of The Sun has a track-by-track review of The Killers’ new album ‘Sam’s Town’, which she gave an 8 out of 10, but said wasn’t quite as good as their 2004 debut ‘Hot Fuss’. The review at thesun.co.uk has since been archived.
Simon Cosyns reviewed Pearl Jam’s new self-titled album, which he was happy wasn’t like their previous efforts which he termed “relentlessly bleak, oddly detached.” Cosyns writes, “In all, this raging album proves Pearl Jam can be a relevant, vital force in 2006… something I didn’t think possible before hearing these 13 tracks.” The full review at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.
Louise Compton of The Sun was on hand for Pearl Jam’s first UK show in six years at London’s famed Astoria. Compton writes, “Launching straight into ‘Worldwide Suicide’, from their forthcoming album, frontman Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready unleashed the band’s trademark sound with full force. It wasn’t long before they were cranking out classics from the group’s 1991 album ‘Ten’ – a major highlight was ‘Even Flow’, which was unimaginably powerful live.” Read more.
This past Tuesday (April 11), Buckcherry’s tour rolled into Irving Plaza in New York City. For a full review of the show, which also included opening acts Joker Five Speed and Rock n Roll Soldiers, click here.
Victoria Newton of The Sun was on hand for the Arctic Monkeys’ gig in Los Angeles Wednesday night, where frontman Alex Turner ignored California’s underaged drinking laws. She writes, “The band’s debut album, ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’, entered the Billboard Charts at number 24 last week. But the crowd were chanting the songs as if they were at a football match. And they looked like they were going to charge the stage when the intro to ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dance-floor’ started. The usually sedate LA crowd, who normally only bob their heads politely to indie music, were soon whipped up into a frenzy.” The full story at thesun.co.uk has since been archived.