Complaints From Concert Fans, Music Critic

Jim Abbott

They also are very humble, truly nice young men.” Hey, I think they can sing, too! Common ground. Pictures: Oktoberfest in Germany An Il Volo fan from Germany attempted to catch me in an elaborate online deception because the time stamp on my blog post was “6:15 p.m. EDT.” He wrote that if I had been there, I would have noticed that “this huge theatre was quite full,” not the sea of empty seats that I actually saw in the lower bowl. A glimpse inside my job: That time stamp reflects the hour that I prepared the online framework for my review that contains links to related content, online keywords and other technical data. Because that process takes a few minutes and access to our internal online system is tenuous on a wireless connection, I prepare the empty shell in advance. It saves time on a tight deadline at the end of the night. At the arena, I write the review as a Word document on a laptop during the show, then copy it into the prepared file to be posted on the Soundboard blog. I haven’t figured out a way to write about a show without being there, but I’m sure someone at our company is working on it. Hey, I appreciate the passion of concert fans, even when they don’t agree with me. I’ll be out again on Friday to review alternative R&B act The Weeknd at Hard Rock Live. Strange as it sounds, a positive concert review doesn’t absolve the critic from hearing it from disappointed fans. I offered praise of country legend Loretta Lynn for performing with three broken ribs recently at the Peabody in Daytona Beach. Yeah, she had a few shaky moments and I would have enjoyed watching her for more than 65 minutes, but I still enjoyed it.

‘Metallica: Through the Never’ review: Concert film should stick to songs

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames Foster Theater. A reflection on the career of the Rolling Stones and their impact on rock and roll music. The conference will feature a screening of ABKCO films Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 (2012, 64 minutes), an interview with singer Merry Clayton, the voice on Gimme Shelter; and additional presentations. Tickets are $25 ($10 lunch voucher included) and are available through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office. Rock Hall Members can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 30. General public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Admission to the Museum is free with the purchase of a conference ticket.

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Related Stories ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ review: Go back for seconds “What the f— was that?” someone screamed at the end of my screening of “Metallica: Through the Never.” It’s an excellent question. It could be argued that “Metallica: Through the Never” is a concert film, one that uses vigorous close-ups and swooping camera moves to give us a more-primo-than-primo seat at a 90-minute set by the head-bangers who have been at the top of their field for three decades. Metallica’s music is not my thing, but the camerawork is so fluid and the musicianship on display is so impressive that they triumph over the dopey, Pink Floyd knock-off, death-and-destruction stagecraft that threatens to overwhelm the songs. I was also amused to note that, like Beyonce, singer James Hetfield enjoys costume changes. (Unlike her, he has a belt made of bullets.) Unfortunately, there’s also the “Through the Never” part of the title, which is a side story intercut with the concert sequences. Dane DeHaan plays a roadie who is sent on a mission during a show, only to encounter a goony vision of urban apocalypse, complete with a riderless horse and an ax-wielding death merchant. He dies, is reborn and returns in time for the encore. The sequences are surreal, which is sort of intriguing, but they add nothing to the concert footage. In fact, if you add up all of the time to devoted to them, the scenes take away time during which Metallica could have treated fans to a couple more songs. “METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER” Starring: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dane DeHaan Rated: R, for violence and language Should you go? If you’re a fan, be prepare to be bewildered (and skip the IMAX, but try to find a theater that will play it loud). **-1/2

Argenta Concert Series rings in three years at the University; first concert Friday

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Atapine, cello professor and co-artistic director of the Argenta Concert Series , said the series fulfills a need in the community for chamber music. In collaboration with Park, assistant professor of piano, the University’s Argenta Trio has expanded its regular three-concert season to an eight-performance concert series. “The whole idea behind the series is to bring to Reno some of the top musicians around the country and world,” Atapine said. “I have always been extremely passionate about chamber music because it’s a small amount of people, and it’s very intimate.” Also this season, the University’s Argenta Trio will return for two performances, each featuring works by composers from Nevada. The grand finale of the season will feature a visit by two titans of the classical music world, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Finckel is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, and jointly, they are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Associated with the concert series are workshops and master classes taught by the guest artists. Students had the unique opportunity to learn from Neubauer who provided instruction during a master’s class the day before the concert. “We are providing even more collaborations with distinguished world artists who interact with our students and community, increasing our presence in the world of classical music.” As world-renowned artists and exciting, new performances descend onto campus, the University also welcomes a new physical backdrop with renovations to the School of the Arts’ Church Fine Arts Building. ” Act One ” is the name given to the first phase of the University’s plans for renovation and expansion of School of the Arts performance and art spaces in the Church Fine Arts building. Specifically, Act One refers to the remodel of the Nell J. Redfield Proscenium Theatre, with upgrades to lighting, sound and electrical rigging systems, modernization of the stage and seating venue, introduction of raked seating and hydraulic stage lifts, creation of an interior control booth, and a 6,000 square-foot expansion of the scene shop. Act One also includes the remodeling of Church Fine Arts’ Front Door Gallery and the creation of an atrium entrance on Virginia Street. The $4 million modernization project at the building has received major support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation and the Edna B. and Bruno Benna Foundation.