Concert Report by Gregg V. MSG at 4th & B, San Diego, CA, U.S.A. June 14, 2009 Added on 06/16/2009
Hi Ritchie, Great show last night at the 4th&B.It was a long night because of 2 local bands then Doug Doppler opening. There was a good size crowd to see Gary and Michael reunited. It looked like a flashback from 1984 with Michael in his jeans and leather jacket and Gary up front. The band sounded great and everyone seemed to be having a good time on stage. Same setlist as the other shows. I was hoping they would play But I Want More like the last time they were here. Just to hear Lost Horizons and Cry for the Nations was worth the ticket price alone.
Concert Report by Dirk MSG at 4th & B, San Diego, CA, U.S.A. June 14, 2009 Added on 06/16/2009
Yes, I did attend the MSG Show on Sunday Night June 14th in San Diego and was glad that I did - Michael is in his best form since 10 years ago! 4th & B is a great venue and was probably (only) about half-full - plenty of room to move around, have some beers, and still get your place at the front of the stage. There were a couple of warm-up Bands before Doug Doppler came-on - Man, that guy can play! Our only complaint is that he needs a proper Band behind him - visually, it's pretty tough to watch one person on-stage giving 110%, but playing to a backing track... conjures-up images of Britney Spears doing her lip-syncing routine, ha! Anyway, MSG came-on a little later than we expected, but well worth the wait - the setlist is pretty much the same each night, but no complaints there, fantastic to hear "Lost Horizons" again! It seems that Michael has (finally) found his tone with the Dean and Marshall set-up - it was fantastic to hear all the notes, sustain and bends played perfectly. Gary Barden also did a great job - he seems to have settled-into a lower register which fits his voice (better) and he is not over-extending himself live. On the other hand, I think Rev Jones should try and mellow-out a little bit: for someone who has that much talent, he comes-across like a cartoon character - he is very hard to take seriously and is quite a distraction from the music. Both Pete Holmes and Wayne Findlay were rock-solid as ever - they are really the ones holding-down the music to allow Michael the freedom to soar. The Band did a few encores: coming-out for "Gypsy Lady" and "Rock Bottom" - and then one more time for "Doctor Doctor". Schenker looked healthy and (genuinely) happy to be on-stage - if he keeps going in this direction, then I think we can expect (at least) another solid 10 years of music from Der Meister!