Check out what scribes thought of The Weeknd’s performance in Tampa, Ian Anderson in St. Albans, acoustic Squeeze in Troy, Muse in Oakland, Miley Cyrus in Vancouver and Kylie Minogue in London.
The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
November 7, 2015
The Weeknd at Amalia Arena in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 17 – “He made 'em sing. He made 'em scream. He likely made a few of 'em tug their collars in discomfort as he promised to do unspeakable things to their bodies.” – Jay Cridlin/Tampa Bay Times/Tampa.com
Ian Anderson @ St. Albans Cathedral in St. Albans, England, Dec. 11 – “Listening to him sing and play the flute, I was left wondering, ‘how can something sound so soothing, yet be so uplifting?’” – Debbie White/The Herts Advertiser
Squeeze (acoustic) @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, N.Y., Dec. 16 – “Playing with an exaggerated vision of a youthful, shared bedroom as the stage’s backdrop, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford literally rolled out of separate beds, had a spot of tea and played the first few numbers in their jammies. The cozy setting made sense in that Tilbrook and Difford’s songwriting tends to populate the chamber part of pop, placing the listener in specific locales – parlors at tea-time, seaside resorts, pubs at closing time – for tunes about intimate, personal moments.” – Gary Hahn/Times Union
Muse @ Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Dec. 15 – “Muse strongly connected with the big crowd, charming the 14,000-plus fans with fun singalongs, excellent musicianship and a strong set list during a show that lasted just shy of two hours. In the end, those were the things that truly mattered – far more than whatever special effects did/didn't work.” – Jim Harrington/San Jose Mercury News
Performing at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Ill.
November 19, 2015
Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 14 – “From the onset you knew it was going to be a weird one. For about 10 minutes the Dead Petz (a.k.a. Oklahoma psych rock favourites The Flaming Lips) made noise, band leader Wayne Coyne setting off streamers and bringing out a big inflatable DO IT-shaped balloon.” – Francois Marchand/The Vancouver Sun
Kylie Minogue @ Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Dec. 11 – “Thousands of coloured balloons cascaded down during the finale of Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. After the sensory battering, the cold dark night air of Kensington was something of a relief. But job done. Minogue had delivered Christmas.” – James Hall/The Telegraph