Hard-working journalists give you the lowdown on recent concerts, including Mötley Crüe in Baltimore, Kacey Musgraves in Atlanta, AC/DC in E. Rutherford, The Weeknd in Toronto, Shania Twain in San Diego and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts in Roanoke.
iHeartRadio Music Festival, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
September 19, 2004
Mötley Crüe @ Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. – “The show itself was dominated by fire and smoke. Each note-punctuating flame was hot enough for the audience to feel a wave of heat, though few seemed to mind the potential hazards that this brought to a venue in desperate need of modernization.” – The Baltimore Sun / Jay Trucker
Kacey Musgraves @ Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. – “Musgraves will always be a smidgen too edgy and too much of a maverick to kowtow to the trappings that shove an artist into arena-sized superstardom.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Melissa Ruggieri
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.
May 3, 2015
AC/DC @ MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. – “As always, the show hit a highlight in Angus Young’s 10-minute cadenza in ‘Let There Be Rock.’ At 60, he has lost none of his dexterity or velocity. The solo showcased his influence of classical music, transposed to the thickness and weight of rock ’n roll.” – New York Daily News / Jim Farber
The Weeknd @ the Mod Club in Toronto – “The crowd lost it when he briefly detoured with Drake’s ‘Crew Love’ (which he initially contributed vocals to) and sang along intensely to his hit ballad ‘Earned It’ from the film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Tesfaye’s impressive falsetto effortlessly gliding into stratospheric octaves.” – Toronto Star / Nick Krewen
Shania Twain @ Valley View Casino Center in San Diego – “Opening with the romping, stomping ‘Rock This Country,’ she rose from beneath the stage on a hydraulic lift and proceeded to deliver the song from 30 or so feet above the stage. Her once-brown hair now blond and impeccably coiffed, Twain wore a black fringe jacket, a glittering Rolling Stones mini dress, black short shorts, thigh-high black boots and red sunglasses.” – The San Diego Union-Tribune / George Varga
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
April 15, 2015
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts In Roanoke – “’Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),’ ‘Light of Day,’ ‘I Love Rock 'N' Roll,’ ‘Crimson and Clover’ and ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’ kept the crowd engaged, a near perfect time capsule of Jett's career and launching pads for audience singalongs.” – The Roanoke Times / Tad Dickens