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Ray LaMontagne Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 60



2.0 star rating from Boston, Massachusetts


My 1st time seeing Ray live - and I was so excited! Although I did enjoy his talent and performance - I absolutely felt jipped at being denied the experience of all the songs HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF TO US BY. I realize artists grow and evolve and get sick and tired of the same ole same ole ... and I'm not saying I'm not interested in what they are currently working on ... but any artist should understand, and respect that their work is intimate. They built relationships when they put themselves out to the masses, whether they wish to or not. So what? You pull us in, we become fans and support your work and in return our wants and desires don't matter? Kind of like pulling out that little black dress that caught your partner's attention way back when - it still means something. I will definitely rethink spending my money when it's clear my experience is not as equally important. Sad.

2.0 star rating Brett Crowley from Nashville, Tennessee


I’ve been a huge fan of Ray’s for years and had been looking forward to this concert for weeks. This concert had zero resemblance of the Ray Lamontagne that I know. It felt more like a bad Pink Floyd show. Not impressed with his new direction. Everyone around us felt the same way and several people left the concert early! He definitely didn’t play to his audience. He avoided all of the hits that built his fan base!

2.0 star rating Margaret from San Francisco, California


One of my all time favorite musicians and least favorite performers. Mr. LaMontagne should refrain from touring. He hates people, hates his fans and thinks he is better than everyone. While performing in Berkeley, he never once addressed the audience or thanked his opening band. As a matter of fact, he never looked up from under his hat. I am not only disappointed but I’m boycotting listening to his music ever again. It’s no longer art for me. It’s self-indulgence. It would be classier of him to be grateful to his fans

2.0 star rating LRosy from Phoenix, Arizona


If we wanted to hear Black Sabbath, we would’ve bought a ticket to Black Sabbath. Ray...we want to hear your soulful side. We won’t be back.

2.0 star rating Mark Schaefer from Phoenix, Arizona


While I appreciate Ray Lamontagne's music, my wife is a much bigger fan and I purchased the tickets as a treat for her. We both left a little disappointed as the concert did seem a bit self indulgent. Perhaps Ray misses the point he's an entertainer and performer as much as a musician. I understand he wants to play and promote new music but how does it hurt to sprinkle in some of his older songs as well as some interaction with the audience. May make the audience more receptive to the new stuff. It wasn't bad but certainly likely not worth the $$ and lost sleep on a weeknight.

2.0 star rating Rich from San Francisco, California


Went last night 6/1/18. Beautiful venue and weather. Of course Ray is talented and his voice is unique but he failed on many fronts. First, he failed to thank his opening act. Second, he failed to address the audience, bring us in, build raport. FInally, he failed to play Trouble, You are the Best Thing, Let it be Me, Jolene and others big hits. The crowd begged for it but he delivered none of them. In fact, at one point, in response a Jolene request, he responded, "haven't you heard that enough?" Um, Ray, the answer is no. All of the people i spoke with after the show were sorely disappointed as well. Van Morrison acts this way often in concert but he can get away with it as his songs and music are superior to Ray and he will usually play his hits. Ray did not give the people what they wanted - a personal touch, gratitude, and the songs we all wanted to hear. I suspect half th audience would not return if he cam back in a year. Adios Ray.

2.0 star rating DW from Denver, Colorado


It might be stage fright, but who knows, Ray needs to be coached by a performer who can teach him the basic skills of relating to your audience. Here are some ideas, Greet your audience, introduce yourself, introduce the song you are singing, respond when the audience claps and cheers for you, don't just turn around and grab a guitar from a roadie, don't tune on stage, tell everyone you love playing for them, These are basic skills anyone can do them, Ray has an amazing voice but his show was non existent and there was zero showmanship. A real snooze fest, especially for first timers who were brought by a fan, but don't know Ray or his music. I am a fan of his recorded music, I will never attend another live performance unless he ups his game and decides to enter the arena of the "entertainer".

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