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TVD Live Shots: Foo Fighters, Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz at Fenway Park, 7/22

BOSTON, MA | The Foo Fighters truly stepped up to the plate during their two night showcase at the iconic Fenway Park on July 21–22. Full of energy and heart, the Foos made the most of their New England visit, which was full of surprises and special guests—particularly on night two when the band welcomed Eagles front man Joe Walsh to the stage to play “Rocky Mountain Way.” “Nothing like ending a song and have Joe Walsh say, ‘Thank you! That was fun!’” Dave Grohl said.

The band opened with favorites including “All My Life” and “Learn to Fly” as well as “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” and Boston anthem “Dirty Water” both with a backup vocal quartet headed by Grohl’s daughter Violet. A special switch up brought Grohl back to the drums and Taylor Hawkins to vocals singing Queen’s “Under Pressure,” ending with a brief drum fill of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”—a hat tip to all those fans that came to the show in Nirvana shirts.

“You get what you get, you don’t get upset,” said Grohl as it began to downpour during the middle of a song, coincidently titled “Sunday Rain,” off of their current album. Fans wearing jerseys, reading “Foo Fighters” in RedSox script, didn’t seem to mind.

Heather and her daughter Grace Steinert (above) traveled from Milwaukee to Yawkee Way, more than 1,000 miles to stand a mere few feet away from a band that they have cherished together for years. “She’s been playing their songs since I was in the womb,” said Grace. “I’ve loved them for the longest time. There are some songs she plays it’s like why do I know this song? It’s because I’ve been listening to them since I was two. It’s unbelievable to be here—you can reach out and they are right there. It’s so cool.”

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TVD Live Shots: Weezer and the Pixies at Xfinity Center, 7/17

MANSFIELD, MA | Rivers Cuomo was literally ready to “bless the rains,” (their new single’s homage to Toto’s hit) down at Xfinity Center on Tuesday night. But even torrential rains didn’t stop long time Weezer fans from showing up to rock with their favorite band. Devotees wearing shirts that read “Weezer ‘til I Die,” kind of said it all.

In a recent press release, the band shared that there is nothing like a summer trek across the country and welcomed the Pixies and Sleigh Bells on their current tour across the U.S. “…we’ve been on plenty of [tours] dating all the way back to 1994, when we opened for the legendary UK band Lush, driving around in an old conversion van named Betsy. So much has changed since those days but the main thing that’s changed about a Weezer concert is that they’ve sounded better and better, and have been more and more full of fans. This coming summer will be no exception.”

A large curtain dropped to reveal the band on what looked like the set of Arnold’s on Happy Days, paying tribute to the video of the beloved Weezer hit, “Buddy Holly.” Cuomo also played homage by sweating it out in his own Buddy Holly sweater and signature frames.

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TVD Live Shots:
Hall & Oates and Train
at the Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA, 6/7

PHOTOS: LAURA KILGUS JENKINS AND CHRIS JENKINS | Moments before coming out on stage, energy built as familiar images of hit vinyl record labels showcasing their most famous singles were displayed vibrantly on the large illuminated backdrop. “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on my List,” “I Can’t go for that”—an exciting sample of what was to come. Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall & John Oates entered the open air amphitheater, kicking off their New England show with “Maneater,” “Out of Touch,” and “Say it Isn’t So.” The duo pulled at both guitar strings and heart-strings showcasing songs that have truly been the soundtrack of the lives of the thousands present.

In the midst of their North American summer tour, co-headlining with fellow award-winning hit makers Train, Hall & Oates had fans singing along to a song showcase from dozens of albums at their show Thursday, June 7, at Xfinity Center outside of Boston.

Along with so many favorites from a nearly 50 yearlong musical career, they took the stage with something fresh as well. Ahead of this momentous summer tour, Hall & Oates and Train together released the single “Philly Forget Me Not.” The new track marks the first time Hall & Oates have released a new song in over 15 years, since “Do It For Love” in 2002.

The show featured full sets from the three artists, but mid set Hall & Oates welcomed Train frontman Pat Monahan back on stage to treat the audience to a performance of the new song, which had fans of every generation on their feet—some playfully paying homage to their musical idols with wigs and ’80s throwback mustaches. The new song is a salute to Hall’s hometown. “This song pretty much describes my feeling about Philly, my music home,” said Hall.

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TVD Live Shots: Lucius
at the Columbus Theater, Providence, 3/17

Lucius played a sold out show at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI Saturday night. Originally a space for vaudeville and silent films, the recently renovated theatre is now host to today’s inspired musicmakers, such as Lucius. Led by voices of the wigged wonders, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the show featured fan favorites such as “Go Home,” “Tempest,” and even a few special covers including “Right Down the Line,” a Gerry Rafferty hit.

Laessig shared that it is through the power of collaboration and coming together with not only the band, but with the audience, that has made something so positive and greater than themselves. “That’s what we do everyday when we sing together, we create a third voice that’s it’s own thing and we write songs that are two hearts and two minds giving plenty of perspective to each other,” she said.

Wolfe added that in their 13 year-long journey of working together as a band, their consistent hope is that whether listeners need hope, humor, or something bittersweet, that they bring that home with them and turn it into something positive.

“Our greatest hope and dream is that you will take something from this moment that we are all sharing, whatever it is that you need to take from this, to go out into your everyday lives and pay it forward to something positive to your neighbor or someone you are passing on the street. That’s what we need. It’s a crazy time right now and as trite and repetitive as it might sound, we need love and we need joy,” said Wolfe.

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TVD Live: Sara Evans
at the Palace Theatre, Albany, 2/15

In a partnership with Country Music Television, ACM, and CMA Award winning country music artist Sara Evans took the stage at Albany’s Palace Theatre Thursday, February 15 as part of the Next Women of Country: All The Love Tour. The Palace is one of 15 shows in her coast to coast travels featuring artists RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr.

“We’re doing this tour because there ain’t enough country women on the radio,” said Evans smiling. “I grew up singing country music from the age of four years old and I’ve built my entire life around it so I’m so incredibly grateful that you’re here tonight.”

The tour recently kicked off in New York City, where Shorr (“Fight Like A Girl,” “Two Hands”), who opened the show, got to see her name in Time Square for the first time. “It was amazing,” she said. “I’m so excited to be here with these amazing, inspirational girls and to do something I care a lot about and that’s women supporting other women.”

RaeLynn whose current singles include “Lonely Call,” and “Love Triangle” shared that her first album WildHorse, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Albums chart. “Only a few females have done that, one of those is Shania Twain—I can die a happy girl,” she said. “I’m so honored to be a woman in country music right now.”

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