Big acts roll through Tacoma Dome

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Tacoma Dome shows are in full swing after the recent remodel. Twenty One Pilots’ Bandito Tour played there on Friday, Nov. 16. Multi-instrumentalist Max Frost’s one man show and Aaron Bruno’s rocking AWOLNATION opened up the concert for Twenty One Pilots at a sold out, 19,000 capacity crowd of screaming teens, parents and lovers of these satisfying popular progressive sounds. You can break down the rock or hip hop genres into alternative, electro, indie, dance, or rap-rock all you want; this was just plain good music that brought a smile to this writer’s face. To see teens listening to music that an older audience would appreciate and enjoy is reassuring. Good music is just that – good music.

Grammy Award winning best pop duo Twenty One Pilots is a two-piece band with vocalist Tyler Joseph playing piano, bass and ukulele and Josh Dun on drums. The tour for the duo’s fifth studio album, “Trench and the Bandito,” was a full stage production of lights, sky bridges, elevated drum stands and a second stage. The show started out in the dark with Joseph robed and carrying a torch. As the show broke out, both performers were masked and a broken down car that was on fire in the background. The power of Twenty One Pilots’ two-person show was impressive, with full-area sound assisted by backing tracks, costumes, lights and stage configurations along with the engagement of screaming young fans. It all made for a memory that will be talked for a long time to come.

Fleetwood Mac, Nov. 17

A reconfigured Fleetwood Mac (without Lindsey Buckingham) performed at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, Nov 17. Last month the band and Buckingham parted ways after he tried to postpone the tour to November 2019. Fleetwood Mac invited Crowded House’s front man Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, former guitarist of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, to join the band. It worked!

The resonating harmonies of Finn’s vocals with those of Stevie Nicks had great chemistry. Meanwhile, Campbell’s veteran guitar playing was flawlessly delivered as the band played gems selected from the vast catalog of Fleetwood Mac’s songs, much to the satisfaction of longtime fans.

Included in the set list was “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” a hit from Finn’s days with Crowded House. There was also a performance of “Free Falling” in tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Fleetwood Mac originals like “Black Magic Woman” (in which Campbell nailed the guitar riffs) and “Oh Well” were crowd hits.

And what would a Fleetwood Mac show be without a long drum solo from rock n’ roll royalty Mick Fleetwood himself, done during the course of an 18-minute version of “World Turning?”

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