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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 I used to like you more before seeing you live. from Hershey, Pennsylvania


Obviously we went for the music, which sounded beautiful and sultry coming from Ray...but the lights were down the ENTIRE time and we could NOT see him at ALL (come on, how do you connect with that?), and when he spoke all of 3 times, he whispered to where you could barely hear him. It's apparent that he does NOT like performing for others and should reconsider being on tour before having fans spend a ton to see pretty much nothing. Disappointing, Ray.

2.0 star rating Rich C from Boston, Massachusetts


Simply put, it doesn't appear Ray was a concert goer before he got famous. If he had been, he would understand why his concerts come up short. I have seen thousands of concerts. I first saw Ray in a bookstore 20 years ago, then a small club, then a small theater, then a large theater. This last time we had average seats, about half way back. While people in the crowd were chattering, it still wasn't as bad as some other Ray shows I have seen. Ray should understand that whispering and turning the volume down to 3 does not work in a theater in front of thousands of people. He should also understand that when you get 3,000 people in a room that serves alcohol on a Friday night, that you are unreasonable to expect everyone to be quiet. While it might be sad, it is reality. When he spoke in the mike, he was whispering, and the same for singing. It just doesn't work! On top of that, the couldn't even see his face due to the hat pulled down tight and the way the lighting was set up. Why do we even come to "see" him in concert? Why cant he just turn it up? We came to his show to see him, and hear him. Those are the two expectations, and he dropped the ball. I love his music, but apparently he does not care about the fans that support him over all these years. I will stick to the albums in my own listening environment. Disappointing.

1.0 star rating Gigi and John from Minneapolis, Minnesota


The venue is so special at the State Theatre. We were 8 rows from stage and could not hear first 3 songs. It was just Ray and his Wilco sidekick with guitars and an occasional harmonica. No band. He did one hit song and the rest felt like a living room performance. Most people left about 6 songs in. The audience started talking and looking at their phones. We were so disappointed because we love Ray's music. We will never buy to see him live again. Don’t recommend it and only gave one star because I could not give zero.

1.0 star rating Joan from Madison, Wisconsin


I love Ray's soulful songs, at which he is masterful. His new music with the harder rock sound do not suit his voice. His growling fades out, there are no sharp edges in the delivery. He would not be famous with this set. I was disappointed - no duets, no banter, no joy. The venue is wonderful, but people feed free to talk during the performance. I wondered if that is all the time or just because of this show.

1.0 star rating Dave Trewhitt from Kansas City, Missouri


Like the rest of the reviews say, Ray obviously doesn't care about his fan base which will be dwindling quickly if he can't give them the hits along with his new stuff. (which is really good but rocks out) Hope he figures it out before his fans totally abandon him....

1.0 star rating Jay Rogers from Red Rocks - Denver, Colorado


A beautiful night at Red Rocks but did not enjoy the show at all. It was not at all what we expected or why I paid the money for the tickets. I wont go to another of his shows. It was like two different artist on stage...when he pulled out the acoustic guitar it was wonderful but then the electric screaming guitar and the psychedelic light show was like a completely different show. I have never left a show early because i generally like all live music but this was too much. Truly a disappointing experience. I wont ever go to another of his concerts.

1.0 star rating from Madison, Wisconsin


Saw in Madison, WI and he didn’t play a single song we knew. A lot of money spent on tickets and will never go to another Ray LaMontagne show again.

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