Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez, Jan. 22, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez, Jan. 22, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez’s music does not tell us to move on, to leave the past behind. It tells us that there is no choice.

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If this gig at London’s Cafe Oto is anything to go by, we should be hearing the People Band for a long time to come.

Danny Elfman and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Danny Elfman and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’: Shows I’ll Never Forget

A spectacular live reinterpretation of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ found composer Danny Elfman staging a partial on-stage Oingo Boingo reunion, as well.

Heart, Sept. 17, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Heart, Sept. 17, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

This was an excellent night for rock ‘n roll, which saw Ann Wilson in near-perfect voice, so key to Heart hitting its stride in concert.

Kitty La Roar with Nick Shankland + Benet McLean, Oct. 8, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Kitty La Roar with Nick Shankland + Benet McLean, Oct. 8, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

How things have changed since my last Kitty La Roar gig. Paired now with Nick Shankland and Benet McLean, she has an even greater depth.

Yes, Aug. 12, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 12, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Sherwood had huge shoes to fill as he replaced the late bassist Chris Squire for Yes’ Aug. 12, 2015 stop at Pier 6 in Baltimore.

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

It had been 35 years since I’d seen the quintessential prog-rockers Yes, led by the recently departed Chris Squire. They didn’t disappoint.

David Crosby, June 12, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

David Crosby, June 12, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

His shows with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills are where the money is. But David Crosby, alone and acoustic, now that was something special.

Joe Ely, May 23, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Joe Ely, May 23, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Rivers, highways, coyotes, border crossings, and the wide night sky all played a part in Joe Ely’s resonant Lone Star travelogue.

Davey Payne, Terry Day, Neil Charles + others, May 13, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Davey Payne, Terry Day, Neil Charles + others, May 13, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

New musical combinations can offer incredibly special moments. As Davey Payne, Terry Day and others performed, I realized: This was such an evening.