Nickelback, Daughtry, and Shaman’s Harvest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Atlanta

Thousands of people packed the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Wednesday, August 2, to rock out for hours. Nickelback is joined on their Feed the Machine tour by Daughtry (a band fronted by Chris Daughtry, former fourth place finisher on American Idol in 2006) and Shaman’s Harvest. Everyone was treated to a variety of rock genres.

Shaman’s Harvest a post-grunge band from Jefferson City, Missouri fronted by Nathan Hunt kicked off the night. The band just released a new album, Red Hands Black Deeds, on July 28 of this year and performed multiple songs off the album in their set. They also performed songs off of their 2015 album Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns.

Daughtry began their set with “Go Down,” one of their new tracks at the end of their 2016 hits album It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far. The band had the crowd on their feet for most of their set. Before performing “Life After You,” Chris told the story about how he got the song. Chad Kroeger, the lead singer of Nickelback, called him when Chris was on tour with Bon Jovi and said that he had wrote a song that was perfect for Daughtry, but Chris wasn’t initially interested. After Chad said he was going to give the song to Keith Urban, Chris decided to give the song a shot and ended up writing the bridge for the song and putting it on his second album Leave This Town. During the set, Chris also performed a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” saying that all artists have songs that they wish they had wrote themselves and this was one of his. The band also played a new song “Back Bone,” which will be on the band’s fifth studio album. The band closed out their 11-song set with two of their hits “September” and “Over You” off of their first two albums.

Finally, Nickelback took the stage, kicking off their portion of the Feed the Machine tour with “Feed the Machine” off their newest album. Their set nineteen song set included songs from all across the band’s catalogue. Chris Daughtry joined the Nickelback on stage to perform the band’s hit “Savin’ Me.” When performing “Rockstar,” the band invited two fans onto stage to try to sing the song karaoke style with the band. The band also did a karaoke style of “Hotel California” by The Eagles, having the crowd sing the lyrics while the band performed the track. The band closed out their set with a two song encore performance of “Gotta Be Somebody” and “Burn it to the Ground.”

If you missed the show, you can see Nickelback and Daughtry throughout the country on their remaining tour dates this summer. Visit the Nickelback’s official website for ticket information.

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Live Review: RUSH at VZW Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Ga

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL BRADLEY

RUSH brought it’s 40th anniversary tour (R40) to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia on May 26, 2015 and took the stage shortly after 8:00 p.m.

The afternoon had been filled with thunderstorms and torrential downpours that left the lawn-seating area soaked and the parking lots covered with mud. Every major weather report was calling for serious thunderstorms and rain throughout the night, but just minutes before the lights went down at the venue the rain came to a complete stop. The capacity crowd of 12,000 RUSH fans must have all made a bargain with the heavens, because the rain never returned during the three hour concert, and the only thunder was from the audience as it regularly roared its approval of RUSH’s performance.

GALLERY #1 – RUSH AT VZW AMPHITHEATRE – 5/26/15 

The R40 concert began with an animated video that captured the history of the band’s career, hairstyles, wardrobes, major events, and sense of humor. At the end of the video, the animated versions of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson walked past a road sign that read “Atlanta: Land of Fried Wonder.” Moments later, the real life versions of the band members appeared onstage and began the night off with “The Anarchist” and “Clockwork Angels” off of their 2012 album Clockwork Angels.

The three hour concert was broken up into three separate segments, almost every song followed by one from a previous album. It was as if the amphitheater was caught in a temporal vortex, slowly winding back the clock of RUSH’s history. To go along with the de-evolution of the musical library, the band’s crew came out onto the stage throughout the show dressed in red coveralls matching the ones on the cover of the 1981 album Moving Pictures. Each time the crew came out, they changed a piece of the set so that it too appeared to be traveling backwards in time. Slowly the steampunk/sci-fi themed set changed into a theme that matched the band’s 1990s stage dressing, complete with fake washing machines and a large stack of Marshall amplifiers.

GALLERY #2- RUSH AT VZW AMPHITHEATRE – 5/26/15 

By the end of the first set the band had played “Headlong Flight,” “Far Cry,” “The Main Monkey Business,” “One Little Victory,” “Animate,” “Roll The Bones,” Distant Early Warning,” and “Subdivisions.” Geddy announced a short break so they could catch their breath and disappeared from the stage for the intermission. During that time, the Moving Pictures crew changed the set again, replacing Neil Peart’s drum set with a black and red 2112 themed kit. Ten minutes later, a blooper reel began playing on the screens and RUSH took the stage for the second time.

The second set continued the pattern of de-evolving both the music and set pieces. The stacks of amplifiers on stage began getting smaller and smaller, until Alex and Geddy each had one amp propped up on a chair behind them. The songs during the second part of the night included “Tom Sawyer,” “Red Barchetta,” “The Spirit of Radio,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres – Prelude,” “Cygnus X-1 Book One – The Voyage: Part 1,” Neil’s drum solo, “Cygnus X-1 Book One – The Voyage: Part 3,” “Closer To The Heart,” “Xanadu,” and “2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx/Presentation/Grand Finale.”

GALLERY #3- RUSH AT VZW AMPHITHEATRE – 5/26/15 

The encore of the show brought the last four songs of the evening, choice selections from the band’s first three albums, Caress of Steel, Fly by Night, and the band’s eponymous debut album. With a farewell and a closing video of the band returning backstage, the night came to a close on a high, if bittersweet note.

Before the tour began, Geddy Lee spoke of how R40 was quite likely the band’s final big tour. With Neil Peart wanting to spend more time with his family, and all of the members now in their 60s, the big tours simply are becoming more unrealistic for them to continue. That said, never say never. The R40 tour may not be a final farewell, but if it is, RUSH is going out in style and showing that they haven’t lost a step in the 40 years they’ve been playing together.

If you are a RUSH fan, then you must not miss this concert. The band is at the top of their game, playing some of their most popular songs as well as rotating in tracks that they have not played live in a very long time. If the May 26th show was any indicator for the rest of the tour, then the R40 tour will be the hottest ticket of the summer.

RUSH’s R40 tour continues this summer. Tickets and more tour dates can be found at the band’s official website.

Emmylou Harris opened for The Avett Brothers on night one of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre two night residency

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

 

“When I started out, I was a solo folk singer who wanted to Joan Baez. I realized I couldn’t be Joan because she was already taken, so I had to find my own way.” – Emmylou Harris

This is what country is supposed to be like, in all its glory. With a bluegrass folk vibe, the Grammy winning artist, 13 and counting, Emmylou Harris shined as she opened for The Avett Brothers on their first night of a two night residency at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday July 24. It was truly the perfect musical pairing having these two acts share the same stage.

 

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

“What a beautiful evening it is, perfect weather – no rain.” Emmylou Harris exclaimed to the eagerly happy audience.

With the epitome of graciousness, Harris exclaimed in a generous tone “Rodney said he wrote it for me,” as she introduced her ever popular “Even Cowboys Gets The Blues.” There’s a touch of sadness and a heart ache to the edge of Harris’ voice that melds so wonderfully with the steel guitar, especially when she sang “Michelangelo,” “Prayer in Open D” and “Green Pastures.”

 

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

 

The Americana, folk loving Avett Brothers took the Verizon Wireless stage full of so much vigor for the 24-song set list. It’s hard to imagine that anyone person, more or less an entire band, could contain the levels of pure, unadulterated vitality and fun as they leaped across the stage while pouring their hearts out with each song.

The Avett Brothers started the night off with “Satan Pulls The Strings” followed by “Talk of Indolence,” “Die Die Die,” “Shame,” “Skin and Bones,” “Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane” and “Traveling Song.” By far on of the most touching and honest moments of the night was when they performed “Rejects in the Attic,” a bittersweet ode to former love and the strife to reclaim parts of one’s self that no longer exist.

The Avett Brothers continued with “Live and Die,” “Go to Sleep,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (The Carter Family Cover), “Salvation Song,” “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise,” “Find My Love,” “ I Would Be Sad,” “Let Myself Live,” “Salina,” “Tania,” “Tin Man,” “Paul Newman vs. The Demons,” “Laundry Room,” “I Killed Sally’s Lover,” “Slight Figure of Speech” and ended the night with “Open-Ended Life.”

 

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

For me this was the perfect accompaniment of honoring the roots of country with Emmylou Harris, while providing the taste of Americana fused Folk with The Avett Brothers. It was truly a pleasure to see both acts share the stage and provide two sets of meaningful music that touched everyone, as fans slowed danced with their partners to children being introduced to something other than contemporary top forty. It was a pleasure to dance and sing along with an overflowing Amphitheatre of fans.

 

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Gallery: Ray LaMontagne ‘Supernova’ Tour at Verizon Wireless Amphtheatre

Ray LaMontagne 'Supernova' Tour

Ray LaMontagne ‘Supernova’ Tour

 

Ray LaMontagne brought his Supernova Tour to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday July 18 to lighten up a cool, rainy evening with the odorous sounds of his tender voice. The Belle Brigade opened the show and would provide as the backing band for LaMontagne’s set; but it was the pleasurable experience of Jenny Lewis that was both sweet and touching as her tunes carried seamlessly throughout the Amphitheatre with a carefree air to them.

 

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