Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Geoff Tate's Queensryche at the Coach House with Cry Wolf Opening, April 2013

Geoff Tate's Queensryche, at the Coach House, with Cry Wolf Opening, April 2013 April 2013 -- Ok , I have to share my amazing night with you all. -- -- My friend and his kick ass rock band were chosen (Woohoo) to open for Geoff Tate’s Queensryche tonight at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. And because I am so loved, he put me on the list so I gassed up, and was on my way. I had never been to the Coach House before but had heard good things about it and knew they had good concerts there. That place is insane, it was packed to the brim and it’s all long tables that seat 10(?), and you sit wherever, and they have a full menu. No standing, except in the back row (single file) , well I found a big table with a single guy at it, big hairy nice guy named Richard. Biker looking. He was real cool, we hung and talked while waiting. Oh and the place is packed as I said, and a couple walks up to our table and asks to have the extra seats, and who is it? but David Maldonado the Great Flamenco Guitarist. I know him because he’s jammed with Dilana before. So that was way cool too. -- -- Cry Wolf hits the stage, they were all so stoked and pumped to be there opening for Queensryche, as was I. Congrats guys. They sounded great and I finally got to hear their female singer, she sounded fabulous. But, I do have to add that, that place plays the music intensely loud and in doing so, they drowned out the lyrics.  . The drummer Chris was off the hook, and he has the biggest freakin grin the whole time he’s up there, life is definitely good in his shoes right now. ****Pic of Chris Moore, the drummer for Cry Wolf ******** The next band came on, The Voodoos, they sounded pretty tight. All of the members, for being so young ( looked 18-21) , had a real good sync. They sounded a bit like 80’s hair band and punk. Again the sound there wasn’t impressive to me, so I am definitely going to look them up online to really hear them, because I can tell they are worth it. Ok now to the Grand Finale. Geoff Tate’s Queensryche. During the first 2 acts I was off to the side wall at a table, but during a smoke break I met a lady who was right up front, and told me she had an empty seat and to come on up. So I went up when Queensryche came on. , their setlist, listed below. Well the WHOLE place was a sit down place. What the heck is up with that anyway? Why do you hold a rock concert and then tell people they must stay seated during the show? That is as wrong as it can be. Well I always find the one spot, ask anyone. My seat was at the foot of the stairs that all of the band members came down, so I was 1 foot away from each of them as they came down, and that includes Rudy Sarzo too. I was one of 3 that were standing in the whole place besides the back wall. The lady in front of me, told me to move up next to her. End seat at foot of stage. Yeah babay. ( It happened to be Queensryche personal photographer, and her and I shared the space as she moved around. ) . So I got center stage more or less, side stage, at the foot of their stairs. And if you’ve ever been with me to a concert , you know how I dance. I am a hippie, hand dancing , grooving kind of girl. I was wearing a butterfly top which was great because it’s like having skirts on my arms and boy did they dance. So at one point about 3 songs in, Geoff Tate comes down the stairs for a breather and a drink and comes right at me and holds out his hand to shake mine, I pulled his hand up and gave it a soft kiss as I looked up at him, then he pulled me in and gave me a big Geoff Tate “sweaty” hug. (Oh yeah!!!) and in return he got a real good , heart to heart , 2 armed Spyder hug, he loved it and held on. Damn that was great. Then he went back on stage. I feel pretty special at this point ya know. So I am dancing away with the now 3 girls by my side (still the only ones in whole place, bunch o fuddy duddies, I swear.) . Silent Lucidity comes on, and I am in my own little heaven now on this one. During one of the acoustic parts, I have my eyes closed and I am just dancing with my arms and hands swaying and dancing like a Grateful Dead hippie chick, and I open my eyes and look up and there is Geoff Tate right in front of me dancing just like me with a wink and a big old smile. He gave me a thumbs up ( I think that’s what he did) , So again I feel pretty freakin special and am so happy that I touched him as well. The guard at my side kept watching and smiling at me, I noticed while I danced, so I tried to get to stay afterwards for the meet and greet, but to no avail. I know if I could have gotten Geoffs attention before they booted me , he would have let me stay, or at least given me some more loving. Ahh well, I am happy, what a night. And HUGE THANKS TO Chris Moore, the kickass drummer for Cry Wolf for hooking a girl up, you made my night, week, month and maybe more. I owe you a big one, Hmm I may have some ideas.  xoxoxo Love you P.S. Let me add that Geoff Tate was a very humble person from beginning to end, to the staff, his bandmates and his audience. I say this because I know he has a lot of haters out in the world right now since the break up of the original Queensryche, and I am sad that it is all going down the way it is. But I can tell you, Geoff Tate’s Queensryche was a bad ass band. Hopefully they can work it out, to both call themselves Queensryche, but Geoff’s name in front of his, so we can tell the difference. I will still see both bands too. I have no hate for any of them. XOXOX Peace Out and Rock On, SpyderRogue -- -- Here is the link to the picture album of all of the images i was able to take at the show. ---(copy and paste in above address bar if not 1 click like I wish/hope it is/was. :) .) - http://s299.photobucket.com/user/Puck3553/library/Spyder%20Stash/Queensryche%20Geoff%20Tates%20Coach%20House%20Apr%202013 --- http://s299.photobucket.com/user/Puck3553/library/Spyder%20Stash/Queensryche%20Geoff%20Tates%20Coach%20House%20Apr%202013... -- -- 1. 'Operation: Mindcrime' 1. I Remember Now (Queensrÿche cover) 2. Anarchy-X (Queensrÿche cover) 3. Revolution Calling (Queensrÿche cover) 4. Operation: Mindcrime (Queensrÿche cover) 5. Speak (Queensrÿche cover) 6. Drum Solo 7. Spreading the Disease (Queensrÿche cover) 8. The Mission (Queensrÿche cover) 9. Suite Sister Mary (Queensrÿche cover) 10. The Needle Lies (Queensrÿche cover) 11. Electric Requiem (Queensrÿche cover) 12. Breaking the Silence (Queensrÿche cover) 13. I Don't Believe in Love (Queensrÿche cover) 14. Waiting for 22 (Queensrÿche cover) 15. My Empty Room (Queensrÿche cover) 16. Eyes of a Stranger (Queensrÿche cover) 17. Encore: 17. Silent Lucidity (Queensrÿche cover) 18. Best I Can (Queensrÿche cover) 19. I'm American (Queensrÿche cover) 20. Jet City Woman (Queensrÿche cover) 21. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath cover) 22. Empire (Queensrÿche cover) http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/geoff-tates-queensryche/2013/the-coach-house-san-juan-capistrano-ca-3bd8c41c.html P.S.S. If anyone wants to be so kind as to tell me why/how to make my blog look more appetizingly viewable. I type it all out in Word first and it looks pretty, then I copy/paste to here, and the final product is all of these words all squished together. Hence the dashes in there on occasion, to show you can take a breath between paragraphs. :) Thank you for any help.