LDB Master Series #341
Out of my 7,000+ shows and radio broadcasts, I have many concerts that were special for some reasons: the setlist, the
musicians, the venue or unexpected events. These are the ones I'd like to propose you. Most of these come from my
cassettes collection, so they will be released at a slower pace than my Master Series! But you won't be disappointed!
I will try to gather the most unusual things I have in my collection and, as always, your feedback and comments will be my
reward for all the work involved in this project.
DO NOT share this music on mp3, just convert it for your own use. Sharing mp3 is the right way to make me stop sharing
Finally, some notes about your truly ldb: I have been a fan of live music since I was 9 years old (that is where
I attended my very first show, a PFM/De Andr� gig at Milano's Palalido) and my first taped show was at 11 using
a crappy portable cassette player with embedded microphone. I become more serious about taping in 1983 when I
started to record every show. In 1991 I acquired my first Sony Professional and in 2000 I moved to MiniDisc to
finally settle on R-09 in early 2008.
I have attended over 500 shows in my career. Most of them were taped but for others bad luck struck and I could not
record it: on top of my mind there's a Paul McCartney show in 1993 in Milano where I was caught by the security or
Porcupine Tree in Roma in March 1999 when the DAT machine would seem to work but listening back to the tape there
would just be a long bunch of silence. Or during a Y.Malmsteen show where I got so annoyed that I left halfway
through the show and erased the tape and finally on a PFM show in Milano in 2007 where I had to leave before the
encore because the baby-sitter had to leave early that evening. Some other times I was very close not to tape or
had to do it in extremely difficult situations: for the four Peter Gabriel shows at Earls Court in 1987 security
was checking tapers with metal detector; at the David Gilmour comeback show in London in 2001 at RFH I had the
security guy sitting next to me but I managed to tape the show without checking one single time my MiniDisc!
There was a time I was travelling anywhere in Europe to see shows, especially if there was no touring in Italy: I
remember Rush in Paris in 1992 when the trio did not even know what Italy was. I have seen shows at stadiums
(Genesis at Wembley) and in places with 30 people (Porcupine Tree in Milano in 1997); bands that would later
become huge (Pearl Jam in a free show for 150 people) and masters of jazz (Miles Davis or Sarah Vaughan). Shows
I will never forget (Pink Floyd at Versailles castle) and some I would rather forget (no comment...).
I truly believe that live music is what keeps music alive, what make us enjoying it together, what allow us to
have deep feelings and transmit it to others. Studio records are nowadays 'commodities': you can buy online as
anonymous wav files and listen in your iPod or at home. Live music will always imply an effort to buy the tix,
travel to the venue, see the show, think about it when coming back home.
PAT METHENY GROUP
June 12, 2002
01.Last Train Home
02.(Go) Get It
06.As It Is
08.The Gathering Sky /
09.Antonio Sanchez drums solo
13.Pat Speaks & Band Intro
16.On Her Way
17.Into The Dream
18.Are You Going With Me?
19.Bright Size Life
20.Roots of Coincidence
21.A Map Of The World / In Her Family
XX.Song For Bilbao
Lineage: Aiwa microphone CM-30a > Sony Minidisc MZ-R55 > Audigy Soundblaster > HD > SoundForge 7.0 > CD Wave >
FLAC Frontend (level 6)
Pat Metheny - guitars
Lyle Mays - piano, keyboards
Steve Rodby - bass
Antonio Sanchez - drums
Richard Bona - electric bass, backing vocals, guitar
Cuong Vu - trumpet, backing vocals
I don�t think this one has ever circulated but there are not so many shows from the 2002 tour around, so I thought I
would give a go. I have some clear images about this show, the main one being asleep on the floor of the Palavobis
towards the end of the show. And, before you can blame me, it was not because I was bored by the music but simply
because I was tired after a week of almost no sleeping because of work.
Another thing I clearly remembered was that at the beginning of the show I had a seat at the back of the hall but pretty
in front of the stage. The sound was good but unfortunately I had to deal with people talking during the music, which
was even more disturbing during the first couple of tracks. During Phase Dance I decided to move down to the floor.
The concert started at about 9.15 PM and at one point it reached the 2,5 hours marks and the band had not exited yet for
encores! I was really exhausted and during the last track I recorded I was asleep holding the microphone. It was almost
midnight and I had to get up early the following morning so I decided to leave. I don�t know what else the band played,
but normally they were closing the set with Minuano and Bilbao.
Of course I regret not being able to record the whole thing and among the 550+ shows I attended, it very rarely happened
for me to leave before the end. Last time I was very close to quit was during this year�s Marillion appearance in Milano
at the Alcatraz: I was sweating because of the fever and outside it was nearly snowing...I was sooo sick. Also I had to
wake up the following day at 4.30 AM to catch my flight to Paris. But at the end I stayed. For GYBE in Paris a couple
of years ago I was so pissed about the music that I left after 30 minutes. But these are only very few examples.
In any case the recording is very enjoyable. Not 100% sure about the setlist...