Game of Thrones...in Concert?

Having never seen a single episode of the show, it’s hard for us to imagine what to expect from the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience coming to The Garden on 3/6.

According to the Garden website, the audience will have “an immersive music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before…giving fans a chance to “immerse themselves in the Game of Thrones universe through the breathtaking score created by Ramin Djawadi.”

So even if you can’t tell Tyrion Lannister from Tormund Giantsbane, you might have a great time just watching the spectacle of it all. Tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50.

 

From the Rat to Broadway to HOB

It’s a long way from playing the now-defunct Kenmore Square punk club The Rathskellar , locally known as The Rat, to headlining a show at the House of Blues, but then again when you are a musician who has gone from ska/punk classics like Roxanne to writing you own Broadway musical (The Last Ship) anything is possible.

Of course, we’re talking about the one and only Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting. The 66-year old musician is still making news. Last year he did a tour with Peter Gabriel ad released a solo album, 57th and 9th, a record that critics are hailing as Sting’s return to rock.

Fan will likely get a bit of Sting’s many musical moods when he plays the House of Blues on March 8.

A Supreme Entertainer

It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. With an unprecedented 12 number-one hits, including five in a row – “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Stop, In The Name Of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again” – The Supremes set the precedent for super group success. Since then, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.

To this day Wilson continues to tour under the moniker of Mary Wilson of The Original Supremes, and has performed for handfuls of celebrities and politicians all over the world, including The Clintons at The White House and Britian's Queen Mother.

In 1988, The Supremes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which Wilson personally accepted.

 

Mary Wilson will be at Scullers Jazz Club on Friday, March 3. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets are $60-$110.

What's in a Name: The Flaming Lips

Their bio page on their website says it all: The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983.

Well…not really. Calling the Flaming Lips a band is an understatement, especially their live shows where they’re closer to being a communal experience with fans than anything else this side of a Grateful Dead show.

If you need more explanation, the bio goes on to say, “Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles", "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical".”

As for the live show, “They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience.”

Like we said, an experience not to be missed.

The Flaming Lips play The House of Blues on Feb. 3.

The One, The Only, The Legendary John Doe

Legendary X front man John Doe will perform at Club Passim on Monday, February 27 at 7 PM. On this tour, Doe will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest album, The Westerner, along with selections from his entire career.

John Doe was born in 1977 when he arrived in Los Angeles. His previous life in Tennessee, Wisconsin & Baltimore was a great & fertile time but new music and social changes led him to events that created a life in art.

With Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake, he continues to tour with X celebrating 40 years of relevant and inventive punk rock music, and as a solo artist. He has recorded ten solo records with numerous renowned singers and musicians including Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards and Greg Liesz.

Doe met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop in November 1976 and he started working with Billy Zoom around the same time. When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977, the line up was complete.

They released six studio records, five or six singles and one live record from 1978-1993. Five of X’s records have been re-issued along with two compilations. In 2009 the film was included in the Sundance UCLA Archive of greatest films of all time. They appeared several times on American Bandstand, Solid Gold and David Letterman. As one of the last original punk rock bands standing, they continue to tour.

John Doe has appeared in over 50 films and television productions, with some of his most notable roles in Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell. He continues to act these days but more sporadically as his touring schedule has become more demanding.

Other musical side projects include work with the Knitters, Jill Sobule and The Sadies. He continues to write poetry and has even taught workshops from time to time. He currently lives north of San Francisco, California.

Recently, John was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for the audiobook version of Under The Big Black Sun, along with Tome DeSavia, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt.

John Doe will perform at Club Passim on Monday, February 27 at 7 PM. For more information about John Doe, visit www.thejohndoe.com.