Eric Addington

Good Week For Music

The past few days have been full of music, and I love it. Last Saturday I saw La Guitarra with Patty Larkin, Sharon Isben, and Kaki King. It's a celebration of women guitarists and it was really a great show. I was able to catch Queen + Paul Rodgers last Sunday night at the Xcel Energy center in St. Paul. It was really a fun show. Thanks to McNally Smith College of Music, I was able to sit about 7 feet from the side of the stage. I tried to shake Paul Rodgers' hand several times, but he wasn't interested. In any case, it was a great evening. I love Queen. They have so many amazing songs, and they played many of them that night. They also did some old Free and Bad Company tunes. Then, yesterday I had the opportunity to see Vital Information play. It was incredible to say the least. Steve Smith, drummer for Journey, Tom Coster, keyboards for Santana, Frank Gambale, legendary jazz guitarist and Baron Browne, bassist with Bill Frissell among others. What a line up. These guys were smoking. I was absolutely blown away. Seeing Frank Gambale play guitar is definitely one of the most memorable live performances I've seen. Watching Queen + Paul Rodgers and Vital Information made me want to lock up in a room and practice non-stop and quit all together simultaneously. There is such an amazing amount of music out there, and this week was a good one for me. I was able to see three excellent and completely different shows all within a few days of each other. It's been inspiring to say the least.