Live Shows

Want to know about the shows by legacy and new classic artists currently or recently on tour as well as what went down at festivals and annual or onetime special musical events? Our reviewers report on what they heard and saw.

Tedeschi Trucks Shine at Rainy Jazz Fest

Biblical rains severely impacted Jazz Fest 2016’s second weekend but our reviewer was still able to enjoy Neil Young, NOLA supergroup Raw Oyster Cult, too. Many classic rock legends were washed out

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Van Morrison Wows at Jazz Fest

Van the Man shone at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Pearl Jam + Chili Peppers rocked. Steely Dan + Michael McDonald evoked yawns.

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Graham Parker Displays His Tender Side

GP brought his Duo tour with longtime bandmate Brinsley Schwarz to NYC and performed a career retrospective of his songs including several overlooked gems

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Bryan Adams Concert Wins Fans’ Hearts and Voices

The onetime hitmaker and ’80s MTV favorite delivered the rock plus meaning and emotion to an enthusiastic crowd of fans

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Steve Miller Explores His Roots in Special NYC Show

In a concert at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Steve Miller reached back to his blues, jazz and classic pop influences.

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The Who Triumph at MSG

The band’s farewell tour arrived (finally) in Manhattan. Our reviewer notes, happily, that Roger Daltrey hit all the high notes

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Bruce Springsteen Proves He Was Born to Age Well

The River tour concert review: Even at retirement age, The Boss and his band command the Boston stage. “Pretty much as good as it gets.”

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Lights Up NYC Stage

It was a triumphant night for Jeff Lynne and ELO as they played to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at NYC’s Irving Plaza.

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Who’s The Greatest?

Are The Who worth seeing on their Hits 50 tour? BCB Editor Rob Patterson calls it a bargain at any price, the best rock’n’roll concert he’s ever seen – powerful, thrilling and utterly magnificent if not a truly transcendental. Yep, they’re that great and more.

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Hey, Bitch, She’s Madonna

Our writer Jim Sullivan may not be a fan of Madonna’s music. But he knows an entertaining concert when he sees one, and her latest tour is just that.

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