E. from San Francisco Bay Area, Rio Vista, California
SAW BLONDIE AND ELVIS CONCORD PAVILION CALIFORNIA
These are great bands, and Elvis and Deborah can still sing, Blondie’s musicians are first rate, and she’s charming as is possible to be... it was a thrill to see Blondie live (I was front row—I could hear off-mic that Elvis Costello still has his phenomenal voice). The trouble IS more or less just as these other reviews state: the sound was absolutely awful — particularly for Costello’s amazing band —so very loud, distorted bass, distorted almost everything that shouldn’t have been. This was an Elvis Costello show: wonderful musicians accompanying him, performing some of the finest rock songs ever written, but being fed through an atrocious sound mix. Or something. This was my one live concert this year, and two legendary acts, but my wife wanted to leave two numbers before the encore, she went out and I hung in the back of the seating area of the venue, trying to figure out what was wrong with the sound. By then my ears needed a rest. We still love you, though, Mr. Costello.
Kevin from Colchester CT
HORRIBLE SOUND BOARD WORK.
My wife is a great fan of Elvis and she was looking forward to hearing him. We had excellent seats. The volume was so high and distorted you could not hear the vocals of Elvis or the backup singers. We listened to maybe 5 songs and had enough and walked out. We were not lonely because many others were walking out.
LMarkoya from Hartford, Connecticut
BLONDIE WAS BETTER THAN EXPECTED, ELVIS WAS WAY TOO LOUD AND MIX SO BAD IT WAS HORRIBLE
Both Elvis and Debbie Harry have aged and a few bumps in the road are expected, but what the hell was the arena thinking with Elvis's setup...did they not do a soundcheck? At least 15% of the arena left after a few songs because not only did they unnecessarily double the volume for Elvis Costello, but the mix was so bad you could not articulate ANYTHING Everyone should get their money back
Jan Dicker from Newtown, CT
ELVIS! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!
Sound was way too loud and distorted. He seemed to rush through the set list and you could barely make out any words. Even his most recognized songs sounded awful. “Alison” a true classic was mixed with Smokey Robinson’s Tracks of My Tears. Huh? Why not play the original toned way down. Such a shame. Don’t waste your money. I have seen other groups such as Springsteen play without the sound issue. Why wasn’t that checked? People didn’t even stay for his encore. Guess their eardrums couldn’t take it any longer!
Stacey from nyc from New York, New York
Agree with other reviews. I love them both, especially Elvis, but beyond their peak. Blondie played for too long. Set would be better with 5 strong songs. The feedback and distortion during Elvis’ performance was awful. I also was not a fan of the new arrangements, the over-powering ‘back up singers’ and the emphasis on fast, hard rocking songs. Missed the beautiful lyrics and soulful vocals I love.
C. Brickhaus from Hartford, Connecticut
Travelled up from NYC to catch this show, and it was a major disappointment due to the horrible, amateurish sound mix. We had "great seats" (right behind the sound & light boards), but we were assaulted by a thudding, sludgy, cavernous mix that made it sound like the kick drum was the lead instrument. These are not hip-hop bands , and they shouldn't have been mixed that way, either. The distressing part is that no one tried to correct the sound at all during the course of the evening, and, yes - many were leaving during the course of the show. It was my first time at this theatre, and DEFINITELY my last. Drove home feeling like I just threw away a lot of time & a bit of money. In a just world, everyone deserved a refund.
Joe B from Boston, Massachusetts
THE SOUND AT THIS VENUE IS ATROCIOUS
Blondie was great. Good show. Was pleasantly surprised. Sound mix was acceptable. Elvis played every song I wished he would play. Now if I could have heard him ? it would have made it much more pleasurable. From what I did hear ? The man clearly couldn't hear himself either as he was off pitch for 80% of the show. The bass and drums overpowered everything. His guitar was a joke in the mix. The same thing happened to me when I saw Styx there last year so it is clearly a venue issue. Will not return to the venue, which is too bad as it is a great setting and location to see a show. This venue will begin to suffer atrophy if they keep this up. No one is going to want to pay that kind of money for a less than professional sound mix or show.
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