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Thursday
Feb232017

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience @ United Center

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience feat. Ramin Djawadi
Where: United Center
When: February 22nd, 2017
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Heavy on atmosphere and overloaded with theatrics, TV and film composer Ramin Djawadi brought the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to the United Center in Chicago last night and it did not disappoint.  In full disclosure, your ever-so-honest reviewer has only seen one episode of the show and that single episode is the pilot.  In spite of that, the music of the show has always been a point of interest even for those who aren’t religious viewers of the HBO hit.  It’s medieval, it’s dark, and it’s also as richly layered as, say, a Nine Inch Nails album – only with organic instruments instead of electronics.  As I am a sucker for a big production, it seemed unquestionable that this would be something that had to be seen with my own two eyes.

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Thursday
Jun252015

U2 @ United Center

U2
Where: United Center
When: June 24th, 2015
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

If there is one lesson learned walking away from U2’s opening of a five night stint at the United Center this evening, it’s that U2 is more than just Bono (and his signature sunglasses). Like many monumental rock bands of the last several decades, the frontman often becomes the band to a lot of people.  Until tonight, I was one of those people.  After witnessing U2 perform to an arena the size of the United Center, however, the way the band functions as a unit while still managing to make every person feel like they have a front row seat, is really a sight to behold.  Before this evening, I was more of an old school U2 fan — I grew up with their first few albums and, of course, The Joshua Tree made a huge impact on the music aficionado in me upon its release — but the Innocence + Experience show was immersive and captivating enough to inspire me to really dig into their last ten years’ worth of material.

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