by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
The weather outside will be frightful, but the music inside is going to be very delightful. The live music calendar in the weeks and months ahead here in Seattle is already looking awesome, and expect more shows to be announced soon. Here are 10 concerts not to miss this fall/winter.
September 30, Showbox SoDo
Whether he likes girls or boys (or both), the most interesting thing about Moby is which direction he's headed next. We do know he's headed to Seattle in one week to give a featured performance at the upcoming Decibel Festival. Moby, who interviewed with Seattle Gay News two years ago, is an electronic music pioneer and worldwide phenomenon, therefore he needs to be seen. Fingers crossed he throws 'Honey' into the mix. (This show was originally scheduled for the Paramount Theatre. Tickets sold for that venue will be honored.)
October 6, Moore Theatre
Interview alert: Andy Bell, September 30 issue
Moved to a bigger venue, next month's Erasure concert at the Moore Theatre proves this electronic-pop duo hasn't outgrown their popularity. Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have been collaborating for over 25 years and show no signs of wearing down. Among the pair's long list of smash singles, of which you're guaranteed to hear and dance to next weekend: 'Chains of Love,' 'Oh L'amour,' 'Love to Hate You,' 'A Little Respect,' 'Ship of Fools,' and a remake of Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill.'
October 12, The Crocodile
They could pass for grandchildren of the Beach Boys, but these fine young men are making a name for themselves without comparisons. The Drums, billed as a trio yet sometimes a quintet, have a SoCal vibe, even though they hail from Brooklyn. The band splashed on the scene with last year's self-titled debut, which included 'Let's Go Surfing,' and quickly released a follow-up, 2011's Portamento, one of my personal favorite albums of the summer. I have a feeling The Drums are going to be a blast at The Crocodile in October!
Robyn (City Arts Fest)
October 20, Paramount Theatre
Her first appearance in Seattle since last year's whopper of a show at Neumos, Robyn moves to a larger space at the Paramount Theatre next month for a performance that highlights the 2011 City Arts Fest. What I didn't like about her previous concert was a slower-than-expected version of 'With Every Heartbeat,' a track from 2008's self-titled album. Still, the show was great and she pulled out all of her big guns, from 'Konichiwa Bitches' to 'Dancing On My Own' to 'Cobrastyle.' Whatever she does at the Paramount, consider it dance-worthy.
October 21, Key Arena
Get your '80s on three times in one night. Pop-rock bands Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger are set to jam, one right after the other, at Key Arena in October to a crowd that will lean heavily late 30s to early 50s - save room for a mullet or two. It'll be like karaoke, but you'll actually be singing along to the actual band. 'Urgent,' 'Jukebox Hero,' 'Feels Like the First Time,' 'Cold as Ice,' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' are Foreigner's biggest hits, while 'Don't Stop Believin',' 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),' 'Open Arms,' and 'Who's Crying Now' put Journey on the map. Night Ranger's claim to fame is 'Don't Tell Me You Love Me.'
Death Cab for Cutie
October 22, Key Arena
What could arguably be the Seattle band's best recording to date, Codes and Keys represents another step of maturity for Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr, collectively known as Death Cab for Cutie. They've spent much of 2011 on the road, but we have the opportunity to welcome them back home when the rock quartet descends to Key Arena in late October. DCFC's recent set lists have been a mixed bag of goodies, which spells good news for those wanting to hear cuts from Plans or Transatlanticism.
October 28, WaMu Theater
Widely considered the world's hottest DJ, Dutch-born Tiesto is huge - really huge. He's one of a very small group of electronic performers who can pack an entire arena, so filling WaMu Theater in late October should be a piece of cake, especially this being his only Northwest appearance. Easy on the eyes and brilliant on the turntables, Tiesto has Gay fans in all corners of the globe. He may not return for a few years, although he seems to enjoy coming back to Seattle, so get your techno fix just before Halloween.
October 29, WaMu Theater
To no one's surprise (least of all fellow musicians and music industry peeps), Rob Halford came out publicly in 1998. But some fans were caught off-guard. After all, the Judas Priest frontman has one of the most masculine voices in metal music. Songs like 'You've Got Another Thing Comin',' 'Breaking the Law,' 'Electric Eye,' and 'Heading Out to the Highway' are not for the wimpy, and only Halford can do them justice. This is Judas Priest's farewell tour, so the group's performance next month at WaMu is the last chance to see and hear them perform live in Seattle.
December 5, Paramount Theatre
Sting achieved superstardom twice, both as a member of '80s rock band The Police and as a pop solo artist shortly thereafter. The British singer-songwriter embarks on an intimate outing this fall/winter, playing mid-size theaters across the country on his 'Back to Bass Tour,' delivering him to the Paramount Theatre in early December. Songs from his vast catalog almost assured to be on his set list include 'Englishman in New York,' 'Roxanne,' 'Brand New Day,' 'Desert Rose,' and 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.' Sting's tour coincides with the release of Sting: 25 Years, a greatest-hits package with remastered CDs, previously unreleased live DVD, rare photos, complete lyrics, and commentary by the artist.
December 17, Paramount Theatre
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, returns to Seattle for a one-night performance sure to provide warmth in chilly mid-December. The 15-time Grammy winner has a lot of material to choose from, and high on everyone's wish list are 'Fly Me to the Moon,' 'The Lady is a Tramp,' 'The Very Thought of You,' and 'I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face.' Here's hoping the international jazz-pop icon sings anything from Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, such as 'When Do the Bells Ring for Me.' This promises to be a very memorable evening with the one and only Tony Bennett.
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