Wow!! Area 2 is a multi-faceted extravaganza of extreme sports and music intertwined to usher in a bright new era, and the future of the rock concert is destined for something bigger. I can see it in my dreams, the mega-festivals of the future. Burning Man, the super bowl, concerts with 1,000 bands and fifty stages all rolled into the inevitable mega festivals of the future, roving cities of madness and mayhem. Sounds crazy, but so did all of the theories that have come to pass as history. David Bowie, a man of many expressions and just as many musical variations throughout an illustrious career in rock and roll. A breaker of the taboo, constantly expanding the musical horizons, a genius of the utmost absurdity, and positively one of my favorite creature of rock and roll's dementia. Oh, how dapper the man looked as he stepped from stage left amidst the glow of radiant smiles and abundant applause. The crowd was a mixture of old rock and rollers mostly there to see David Bowie and a younger crowd with their sights set on Moby. I do believe there was even a large faction of the crowd that was hell bent for the pleasure of both of these strange oddities.
I'm here to tell you that , despite utter amazement and a five out of five rocks rating for the band and artist known as Moby, Bowie stole the show. No doubt about it, a veteran performer and bona fide rock star took the stage with flowing grace and a larger than life presence. From there it was all eyes on Bowie as he delved into the past and reeled out "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes." I got caught in the moment and can't recall the next couple of songs, but they were all phenomenal. He played a little music from each of his timely deviations and put together a quite pleasing set list that left only a few quirky desires. We were certainly witness to "Fame," "Fashion," and "Heroes," all in one day, not necessarily in that order, pun intended. The night was quite on the right track as far as this Bowie fan was concerned. Then, things cooled of with a little of the less weird and more pop styled bowie era as he sung anthems that speak for a generation, "China Girl" and "Let's Dance." Then, to my complete horror he was gone in to the wings, I was still hoping for a little more... of you know, that Bowie shock treatment. I was slightly appeased as he did return from the wings to entreat us with an encore that rocked us out of this world and into that of "Ziggy Stardust."
Moby headlined the festival here at Shoreline, but I think they have been trading the spot back and forth. Don't be late, this festival has a lot to see and hear, so next year come early and bring your adventure shoes. I know absolutely none of the songs that Moby does, but for you devout Moby fans I grabbed the set list from the stage. The show was a freak show of the highest degree as Moby has a sound best described as funky "Electronica." His band is comprised of a latin style percussionist from Peru and a traditional drummer that happens to hail from the bay area, local boy makes good!!! He also has a string section he calls the G2's, three girls that wail on strings. Then there's Greta, the bass goddess, R.J. the DJ, and Diana the alto queen. Moby plays guitar, keyboards and sings with chaotic precision as a sound like no other emerges from the amplifiers and each song allows for alarming new disturbances. An electric mix leaning into every genre of music known to man: funk, blues, gospel, rock, techno, house, rap, heavy metal, industrial, and new age. Moby is a great guitar player with some nice signature licks that define his contribution to a band of conceptual brilliance. Like I said, a five rocks approval rating and this band is worth your concert dollar. If you want something different than what you are used to, this is it. Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
COUNTING CROWS DEF LEPPARD CHER THE OTHER ONES AEROSMITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS PAUL McCARTNEY SANTANA SHERYL CROW TESLA JAY-Z AND 311 OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002 DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2 THE WHO JACKSON
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MIDNIGHT OIL MT. AIRE 2002 BIG HEAD TODD CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG BUSH AND DEFAULT INCUBUS BLUES TRAVELER LINKIN PARK IN
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE LINKIN PARK & P.O.D. CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
FUEL & SALIVA AEROSMITH 2002 STEVIE NICKS THE
AEROSMITH 2001 BLINK 182 THE STRINGCHEESE INCIDENT OZZFEST 2001 BAD COMPANY LINKIN PARK OZZFEST 2000 MARILYN
MEGADETH TED NUGENT
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
THIRD EYE BLINDSUMMER
YES THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000 THE B.B. KING
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT JOE WALSH
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNGREUNION TOUR 2000 NYE
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOM PETTY
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