Vacation is over. Great Blue Heron started it off, ages ago, it feels like now. That was excellent, despite rain during sets by Big Leg Emma and Donna the Buffalo. Loved Alison Pipitone; she’s like a cross between Patti Smith and Lucinda Williams.
Walter Trout killed at 8 Great Tuesdays, soldiering on bravely and splendidly despite broken ribs he sustained in a fall. He probably could have canceled, but I’m glad he didn’t: He showed a crowd of 6,000 why he’s one of the great guitarists of our time.
I also saw a movie (“Pacific Rim”) and Richard Boler’s “The Bad Haircut”; hit the beach and chilled for like one day.
First day back, there’s news: Live Nation says that Rascal Flatts and the Band Perry will team up on Oct. 17 at the Erie Insurance Arena. That’s the first announced concert for the remodeled arena, which will feature a larger capacity that should hopefully bring in bigger names.
On-sale information will be coming soon, but that’s a strong country twin bill. Want to get psyched?
You can see a clip of Rascal Flatts playing “These Days” at a Kentucky show here.
Pearl Jam will open a fall tour at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Oct. 11, then play Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on Oct. 12. Tickets for both go on sale July 27 (at Ticketmaster for Pittsburgh; through www.tickets.com for Buffalo).
I’ll add a few more updates in the next few days.