Bring on the rock

The concerts I go to are an odd mix of local, national and international acts, running the gamut of genres. But aside from likely seeing neo-folkie Dar Williams at the 9:30 Club Saturday, the next month is nothing but major rock shows:

9/30/05 Coldplay Nissan Pavilion
Since I first saw them in 2001, they’ve blossomed into a major rock band, and the new CD is stellar. Just watched the DVD of their 2003 tour on Sunday, and I’m psyched because I haven’t seen a full show from these guys, though they were great at the HFStival in May. Last outdoor show of the year – projected weather for Friday high 70, low 48 (brrr). We’ll be bringing jackets.
Looking forward to:
In My Place
Fix You

10/8/05 Paul McCartney MCI Center
While the new CD is his best in a while (and the four new songs he’s playing live are excellent choices), the tour features the following songs which have never been played live in the USA:
For No One
I’ll Follow The Sun
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Good Day Sunshine
I’ve Got A Feeling
Helter Skelter

‘Nuff said.

10/16/05 Queen plus Paul Rodgers Continental Airlines Arena
No, Paul Rodgers is not Freddie Mercury, but no one could even try. I thought it was a fine idea to bring another legend and one of their contemporaries up on stage with them. They’ve released a live CD of a show from last spring in England, and it’s amazing. I saw Brian May once before, and it’s still one of my favorite shows ever. I’ve been hoping to see Brian with Roger Taylor for some time now, and this is easily my most anticipated show of the year. Too bad we have to go to Jersey to see it.
Must sees:
I Want To Break Free
A Kind Of Magic
I Want It All

10/20/05 U2 MCI Center
I saw the Elevation tour there, and these guys put on quite a show. Can’t wait to see the new songs as well.
Best of show:
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
With Or Without You

11/2/05 Queens Of The Stone Age/Nine Inch Nails MCI Center
Don’t know if QOTSA can compare to the last time I saw them (with Dave Grohl on drums), but I think they’ll be good. NIN is the treat here – I’m addicted to the video for “Only” these days. New CD definitely has some rockers, as opposed to the last one, and it should be a sweet show.
QOTSA must haves:
In My Head
No One Knows

NIN faves:
March of the Pigs
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole