Tag Archives: Bridgestone Arena

The Who Hits 50 @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / May 11, 2015

How about taking a look at the current status of the four key British Invasion bands from the 60s: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who. When it comes to creating new music, Paul McCartney is perhaps the only one from this bunch that regularly issues new music. (His choice though of […]

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / May 11, 2015

Seeing Joan Jett and her Blackhearts open for The Who at the Bridgestone may go down as the most pleasant surprise of my musical year. Song after song, Joan and her band rocked the Arena with crisp-and fresh sounding renderings of every recording of hers that you almost forget about. (How could I have not […]

Arcade Fire @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / May 1, 2014

After Arcade Fire sold out the Ryman in a flash in 2010, I had no doubt that their next visit to Music City would find them at the Arena. Such was the case on this recent spring night. The pre-show advertising asked fans to attend in formal attire—some did, but as expected, most did not. […]

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / April 17, 2014

Since seeing Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play live for the first time in 1975 at New York City’s Bottom Line night club, he and the band have taken up significant space in my life. In addition to attending shows (tonight was #57), the space devoted in my study to Springsteen studio and […]

Kings of Leon @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / February 7, 2014

Back in the days when they played up close and personal at small clubs like the Exit/In, home town boys Kings of Leon developed a strong dedicated local fan base. Serious music fans hung with them even after they graduated to larger rooms like the Ryman. The Kings moved further up the venue ladder to […]

The Avett Brothers @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / May 18, 2013

Even though they had already played the Bridgestone Arena to a packed house back in October 2011, it is still quite surprising to me that North Carolina’s Avett Brothers have a big enough local fan base to play a venue this size. The sold-out audience of about 15,000 fans filled the place. (The upper nose-bleed […]