Show Review & Photos: A reassembled Le Tigre bring their captivating dance-punk energy to a devoted fanbase at The Paramount Theatre

Le Tigre @ the Paramount – 7/6/23
Show Review & Photos by Alex Crick

Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna

Almost two decades have passed since Le Tigre last illuminated a Seattle stage. While the world has forged ahead, the dance-punk beats of Le Tigre remain as invigorating as ever. Comprising a trio – Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and JD Samson – the band graced the Paramount Theatre, delivering an unforgettable evening of dance-infused feminist rock.

This sold-out performance featured fans of all ages united in spirited harmony, singing along with fervor to every word of tracks like “My My Metrocard” and “T.K.O.” The eagerly awaited reunion exceeded all expectations, as Hanna’s inexhaustible vitality illuminated the stage, her dance moves syncing with the band’s exuberant melodies. Some songs like 2001’s “Get Off the Internet,” where Hannah encourages people to stop posting online and take to the streets to fight right-wing fascism felt even more relevant in the social-media era than when they were originally written.

As the night unfolded, the audience was treated to a diverse selection from the band’s quartet of albums, featuring songs such as “Mediocrity Rules,” “Shred A,” & “Hot Topic.” One of the evenings highlights occurred during “What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes,” when the group popped offstage, casted off their street clothes and reappeared on stage clad in synchronized black and white checkered and striped outfits. As you can imagine the crowd went wild!

Spanning 17 songs, the band’s setlist encompassed tracks from all four albums, culminating in a two-song encore. The encore included the modernist narrative of “Phanta” and fan-favorite “Decapitation.” Even as the band call it a night, a multitude of young fans lingered by the barricade, imploring the stage hands for any set-lists, broken drumstick, or guitar pick that the band may have left behind. Who can blame them, this may be the band’s final Seattle performance until the 2030s. Hopefully the band had as much fun as the fans did and will be back in Seattle sooner rather than later.

Le Tigre – photos by Alex Crick

Photos: Rod Stewart delivers an unforgettable evening at the Climate Pledge Arena

Rod Stewart w/ Cheap Trick @ Climate Pledge Arena – 8/11/23
Photos by Alex Crick

Rod Stewart poses with a band member during his performance at The Climate Pledge Arena

Rod Stewart performing at The Climate Pledge Arena – photo by Alex Crick

Rod Stewart – all photos by Alex Crick

Rod Stewart, a renowned English vocalist and songwriter, has graced the stage intermittently since the 1970s. Now 78, he showcased his ability to captivate the audience, delivering an electrifying performance during his latest global tour at the Climate Pledge Arena

The iconic rock and roll group, Cheap Trick, took the stage as the opening act for Rod Stewart.

Cheap Trick – all photos by Alex Crick

Show Review & Photos: Andrea Bocelli @ Climate Pledge Arena

Andrea Bocelli @ Climate Pledge Arena – 5/14/23
Show Review & Photos by John Rudolph

Andrea Bocelli killed it for a fashionable audience at Climate Pledge Arena on Mother’s Day 2023. 

To say the performance was heavenly would be an understatement! Bocelli’s voice soared with clarity and elegance that few artists can match. The symphony warmed us up with the classically dramatic “O Fortuna.” This piece was so powerful that I expected to see knights invade Climate Pledge Arena.  Bocelli was joined on the stage by Isabel Leonard to perform a masterful rendition of “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici.” 

I love it when performers transport the audience to a different time and space.  Bocelli and Leonard did just that.  It sounds cliché’ to use phrases like “Out of Body” but that is exactly what it was. Isabel Leonard’s voice, timbre, and control were so precise, that it was hard to comprehend.  

Edward Parks joined Bocelli on Carmen‘s “Habanera.” Parks’ rich tones were easily a match for Bocelli’s clear voice.  At one point, they held a note that seemed to last forever. Parks’ deep, rich voice grabbed the soul of the fans, and they were such willing participants.  

What can be said about the orchestra and the choir? They never missed a beat. The show would not have been the same with a lesser orchestra.   

After a 20-minute intermission, the orchestra slowly took the stage, playing a Harry Potter medley with strings, horns, and percussion that took us on a journey through a mysterious forest. The conductor sometimes encouraged the audience to clap in time with the orchestra.   

Bocelli joined the orchestra on stage in a blue jacket and wished the mothers in the audience a happy Mother’s Day. While singing “Mamma” during his Mother’s Day celebration, the backdrop visually changed to a black and white photos of Sophia Loren and other mothers. The images of mothers included US WWII G.I.s in WWII, ending with a beautiful photo of Bocelli and “mamma” Andrea Bocelli. 

The choir joined Bocelli singing “Funiculì, funiculà,” with images of Italy playing on the back screen. Sexy male and female Flamenco dancers entered the stage on opposite sides dancing dramatically until they embraced on stage left as the light changed to red.

Bocelli and Amy Manford sang a sexy as-hell duet “Maria” while an elegant female Ballet dancer danced with a partner. At the end of “Maria”, the Ballerina placed her head on Bocelli’s shoulder romantically.  Manford and Bocelli sang “Tonight” from West Side Story.  

Zucchero Fornaciari sang “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker in a way that would have made Cocker proud.  His gravelly voice matched his appearance. The crowd loved it. Zucchero then started singing in Italian. 

Zucchero brought out an acoustic guitar signing with Bocelli, the ballerina joining them.  The crowd began clapping in time with them. As Zucchero and Bocelli sang, the fans lit their phone lights like fireflies or stars. A tribute to Luciano Pavarotti appeared on the backdrop.  

As you can imagine, this show at Climate Pledge Arena was a major sensory overload of greatness. Right when I thought I saw everything I could handle, Bocelli sang one of my favorite songs, “Nessun Dorma.” I just love that song and Bocelli was perfect like he was all night.  It was truly a wonderful experience.  

Show Preview: beabadoobee @ the Paramount – 8/11

Show Preview: beabadoobee @ the Paramount – 8/11

beabadoobee – photo by Jacob Erland

Filipino-English singer/songwriter beabadoobee makes an appearance this Friday to headline the Paramount! Born Beatrice Kristi Ilejay Laus (hey, Beatrices of the world unite! It’s Princess Beatrice’s birthday today, coincidentally, she of one of the best birthdates ever: 8/8/88) beabadoobee got a tremendous nod this year as an opener of Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour. Her second album, Beatopia, helped lead to spots at Glastonbury and Coachella, as well as additional festival. She also worked with the 1975’s Matt Healy and George Daniel on the album, which makes her even extra fabulous in my book. Check out her latest single “the way things go” and its video (hit the photo below for that)!

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Show Review & Photos: Bidding adieu, George Clinton delivered funk to the masses one last time.

George Clinton @ the Paramount Theatre – 7/30/23
Review & Photos by Alex Crick

In just a single night, a man can experience an entire lifetime. This sentiment seems to perfectly encapsulate George Clinton’s remarkable journey over the past six decades. Touring the world countless times, he has shared his infectious grooves with audiences far and wide. From his modest doo-wap beginnings to earning the title “Father of Funk,” George Clinton’s existence has been synonymous with the stage. However, this chapter is drawing to a close, as he graced The Paramount Theatre with a final performance on his nationwide farewell tour.

George Clinton energizing a packed house at The Paramount Theatre.

Despite being 82 years old, George Clinton’s energy showed no sign of slowing down as he sang, danced, and grooved alongside his band, the Parliament Funkadelic. Functioning as both a lead singer and a dynamic band leader, he guided the ensemble through a setlist that could have easily constituted a greatest hits compilation. The evening kicked off with the aptly chosen track from 1975, “Get Off Your Ass and Jam.” And indeed, that’s precisely what he did. Donning a captain’s hat and a resplendent sequined coat, he jammed harmoniously with the band, whose members were often half his age.

George Clinton performing with the Parliament Funkadelic.

The night pressed on, delivering iconic hits like “One Nation Under Groove,” “Flashlight,” and, naturally, “Give Up the Funk.” The performance was punctuated by spirited renditions of “Atomic Dog” and the soulful “Maggot Brain.” Throughout the night, George Clinton encouraged various members of his entourage to embark on solo improvisations. This not only showcased the individual talents of these artists but also offered the audience a glimpse into the forthcoming generation of musicians. The only thing that could have enhanced the evening was the legendary Mothership, a psychedelic, smoke-filled silver spaceship that featured prominently during ’70’s era shows. While it might not have been part of this evening, it’s well preserved, like Clinton’s timeless music as part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.

The show concluded, seamlessly weaving itself into the rich tapestry of George Clinton’s extensive and storied history. As he embarks on his retirement from touring, his absence will undoubtedly be deeply felt and missed

George Clinton @ the Paramount Theatre – all photos by Alex Crick