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Rock bands, fans get comfortable at ballpark

There are 57 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 4, 2007, titled Rock bands, fans get comfortable at ballpark. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Three bands that rode high when Victory Field opened in 1996 christened the minor-league baseball stadium as a rock 'n' roll venue Saturday night.

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Jason

Louisville, KY

#1 Aug 5, 2007
I was there...this concert sucked. Collective Soul was decent, Live a little better, Counting Crows was simply awful. They didn't play most of their "hits" that people actually know. Sadly, Mr. Jones was hardly recognizable. If Adam Duritz is tired of that song, he should stop touring. Most people I saw and heard were very disappointed. BOOOOOOO!
TMW

Florence, KY

#2 Aug 5, 2007
That's it? I thought this was going to be a concert review.

I'm not sure how Live appeared sluggish when they were in fact high energy and I'm not sure how you would know they were "self-conscious" (Can you say overused cliche from the average concert reviewer?). I'm not a huge Live fan but Ed's vocals were pitch perfect and they covered the gamut of emotion from ballad to intense rock, not to mention an outstanding rendition of the classic "Walk the Line".

Collective Soul stole the show in terms of tight musicianship with an outstanding lead guitar effort from a young man who 4 years ago was their guitar tech.

Counting Crows should have been the opening band as their biggest fan happens to be their lead singer. There you go, 5 minutes worth of thought and I didn't even get paid for it.
Jeff Purdy

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Aug 5, 2007
Collective Soul's roster of songs is a far cry from "creatice scraps" Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Mr. Lundquist must not have heard many of there songs.
Jason IS RIGHT

Redford, MI

#4 Aug 5, 2007
The show sucked. Live was good. Counting Crows was awful and I'm am/was a huge fan.
Joe Garrison

Greenwood, IN

#5 Aug 5, 2007
Ok so, from where I was sitting. Collective Soul's lead singer was stoned/drunk out of his mind. When he took his glasses off it was the scariest drugged out eyes I have ever seen. Counting Crows were terribly boring...even some of there long time die hard fans didn't even want to stay until the end. Counting Crows lead singer didn't even sing most of his songs, possibly because he has one of the worst voices in rock music, he just talked through them...and could they possibly have dragged those songs on for any longer.

Live stole the show. They were highly energetic and Ed Kowalczyk still has one of the most powerful and unique voices in the last 20 years of rock music.

The best part of Collective Soul was when Rowland stopped doing his Mick Jaggar dance impressions to call out a couple of idiots in the audience for fighting.

Live was by far the most talented and impressive band of the night. no question.
Jeremy

Milton, IN

#6 Aug 5, 2007
This review was very accurate. Through the mannerisms of the band members, you could tell they were somewhat surprised and thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play to such an enthused crowd. Personally, I was a little disappointed by the set list that Counting Crows chose, but overall this was a good concert and a better atmosphere than that soon to be condominium complex in Noblesville.
special ed

Covington, KY

#7 Aug 5, 2007
I too laughed at the "review" of this concert. Saw Counting Crows years ago at (then) Deer Creek and kind of had the same feeling about them then as they are now: Their biggest fan is Duritz, and the rest of us know it.Glad we didn't waste our money on this one.
Whoever decided that Counting Crows was a headliner never saw that concert with Wallflowers way back when.
Wesley Duke Sapp

Carmel, IN

#8 Aug 5, 2007
There were some great concerts/festivals in Indy at Bush Stadium in the 1970's. Three of them three summers in a row with acts ranging from Argent to Chuck Berry to Fleetwood Mac to Glass Harp to Larry Coryell's 11th House to ZZ Top (maybe even Atomic Rooster and definitely ane Irish, 3-piece outfit called Skid Row.) Like Savoy Brown, the Indianapolis Indians seem to know how to "Let it Rock."
cwebb

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Aug 5, 2007
hey, lundquist!+LiVE+ was sluggish? i have never seen a sluggish +LiVE+ show. They blew the Crows off the stage. Adam is a great songwriter, but the Crows should have been backing +LiVE+ like they have before. Kowalczyk and the boys from York put on a tremendous, hard-driving show that was as powerful as any i have ever seen. the only piece the author had correct was the intemperance from the field. collective soul played a great set as well. i was standing right on the fence and felt like the Crows were reading me a bedtime story or something. they were horribly boring.+LiVE+ is the best live show on earth!

TMW

Since: Aug 07

Florence, KY

#11 Aug 5, 2007
Jeremy wrote:
This review was very accurate. Through the mannerisms of the band members, you could tell they were somewhat surprised and thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play to such an enthused crowd. Personally, I was a little disappointed by the set list that Counting Crows chose, but overall this was a good concert and a better atmosphere than that soon to be condominium complex in Noblesville.
How is it the band was "somewhat surprised and thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play to such an enthused crowd"? This entire tour has been played to similar-sized crowds. The crowd was enthused, but that was because of the quality of the show they were and have been playing on the entire tour. I agree the first two bands seemed to absolutely enjoy the show but that does nothing to support this absolutely lazy concert review from the IndyStar. I also agree about the concert venue, good choice.
live music fan

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Aug 5, 2007
If you weren't there for the nature of a live performance - then I can't help you. I thought the show was great, didn't hear all of my favorites, but had fun nonetheless. If you want to only hear "your" favorites...play your mp3 playlist.
>>>>>>>
for those that enjoyed the show, here are the setlists:
>>>>>>>
Collective Soul: Why, Part 2; Gel; Heavy; December; Precious Declaration; The World I Know; Hollywood (ac-dc: thunderstruck/tnt); Shine; (45 minute set)>>>>>> >>>>

Live: All Over You; The River; Selling The Drama; Mirror Song; Where Do We Go From Here?; Stood Up For Love; I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash); Wings; Dolphin's Cry; I Alone; Heaven; Lightning Crashes;
Lakini's Juice; (1 hour set)>>>>>> >>>

Counting Crows: Washington Square;
Have You Seen Me Lately?; Catapult;
Mr. Jones; Colorblind; Mercury; All My Friends; Recovering The Satellites; Ghost Train; Hard Candy; A Long December; Hangin' Around; encore: Meet On The Ledge (Fairport Convention); Holiday In Spain; (1 hour, 20 minute set)>>>>>> >>>>>>

ski>>>>rock on!
Scott

Redford, MI

#13 Aug 5, 2007
With due respect to Mr. Lindquist, here's another take on the concert - one doubtlessly less literate but perhaps a bit more grounded in reality.
1)Collective Soul was great fun. The band seemed to enjoy being there and really won the crowd over with a non-musical moment: the lead singer broke up a fight in the audience exactly the way any good dad would... by telling them to "cut that ***t out RIGHT NOW! I mean it." Then he asked security to let the combatants stay, as long as they stayed seperate.
2)If Live seemed out of place, it was only because they seemed to treat the show like a show, rather than a trip down memory lane. The singer and players sounded terrific and moved with the energy of headliners. I guess the intensity could have put the above reviewer off, but to us it seemed a welcome departure from the headliners...
3)...Counting Crows, who sounded great until Adam Duritz insisted on showing the audience just how bored he is with his own original arrangements. While it must indeed get dull to sing the same songs the same way for 15 years, it would have been nice if he'd at least treat the fans to a straight version of at least ONE of the band's big hits. Pander to us a bit, please. Sorry. I guess I wanted to sing along with Long December or Mr. Jones or Rain King or... something. Instead we mainly got a weird spoken-word-meets-improv-meets -drunken-ramble.
But I may be wrong.
muleber

Greenfield, IN

#14 Aug 5, 2007
Jeff Purdy wrote:
Collective Soul's roster of songs is a far cry from "creatice scraps" Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Mr. Lundquist must not have heard many of there songs.
Lindqiust is the worst music/concert reviewer on the planet. How he still has a job with the Star is beyond me. He must work awfully cheap.
Scott S -plainfield

United States

#15 Aug 5, 2007
I thought the concert was good. First time for me with all three bands. Collective Soul was fun and while I wasn't as familiar with LIVE's music, I enjoyed their show. The Crows were about what I expected,that it would have alot of "non-hits", but interesting versions. Indianapolis Star where is the review for Snow Patrol from Friday? Great Show.

Since: Jul 07

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Aug 5, 2007
did he say they let people smoke on the field? I wouldnt have expected that!

thanks "live music fan" for the setlists.

I think I would have been happy with Crows setlist. dont you people realize that the artist has the right to do his songs the way he feels like doing them? the last time I saw CC was when they opened for John Mayer and they were amazing. and they DIDNT do Mr. Jones. arent you people sick and tired of that song yet?!

from the comments Ive heard here and the setlist provided, it sounds to me like what CC usually do. I totally would have appreciated it. Duritz is a poet and no matter how he chooses to sing or ramble his lyrics to me is pure art. I dont go to a live show to sing along. I go to witness the music!
GoColts

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Aug 5, 2007
I thought the show was good- great venue (except for the butt heads). Anyone who has ever been to a Counting Crows concert KNOWS that they don't stick to the exact beat/words from the album- if you wanted to hear that, stay at home and listen to the CD!
ACJ

Lima, OH

#18 Aug 5, 2007
Let me guess...born, raised and have never left the "great" state if Indiana. Maybe you would have been singing a different tune had John Mellencamp and Adam Duritz performed together.
Projektyle

Newport, KY

#19 Aug 5, 2007
Personally, I thought it was one of the best shows I have seen. I wasn't really familiar with Collective Soul, but I enjoyed their stuff; LiVE was a treat (I am not a fan, but don't dislike them). Counting Crows was exactly what I wanted - some older stuff that was done with a new arrangement, something new, and some changes to what I can listen to anytime I want to by dropping a CD in the player. If you want to go to a singalong, get your deck and invite a bunch of friends over (and ship me the ticket price). These guys are artists, and the way to be an artist is to actually perform (not just do the same thing night after night). They aren't technicians, after all. I sat through the rain, and would have sat there another hour if CC decided to play that long.
dude

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Aug 5, 2007
ACJ wrote:
Let me guess...born, raised and have never left the "great" state if Indiana. Maybe you would have been singing a different tune had John Mellencamp and Adam Duritz performed together.
Wow! Almost a coherent thought put to words. Almost!

Since: Dec 06

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#21 Aug 5, 2007
I really wanted to go to this only to see Live. However, I wasn't going to pay close to or over 60 bucks (I forget the amount) a ticket to see two crappy bands and one great one. Oh well.

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