Roo from Denver, Colorado
RAY, OUR ATTENTION SPANS HAVE CHANGED
Dear Ray: I doubt that you read reviews, and I think that's awesome for you as an artist. I have a suggestion, though, for you as a performer. Try to think of the bulk of today's concert goers as overgrown toddlers who need constant stimulus (audience interaction, movement on the stage, a hit or two, dance-able beats, ear-splitting volume, looking up from under the hat), or they will get bored and act out by yelling over you and playing with toys at inappropriate times. To wit: lots of your fans paying way more attention to each other and their phones than to you. In turn, the ones actually trying to listen to your new stuff, digging it or not- the non-hits, the slllllowwww quiet stuff, the lengthy Floyd-tribute jams complete with groovy zoomy camera shot of your guitarist's swingin' hairdo- will get frustrated. Either with the puzzling performance choices or with their seatmates. That's kind of how the crowd at your Red Rocks show felt. Bored and frustrated, and needing a nap.
James S. from League City, Tx.
I have been a fan of Ray's music for years and was looking forward to his concert at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland (a great venue, by the way), however, I must say I left his concert feeling disappointed. Ray did not play the songs that made me fall in love with his music. Songs like "For the Summer", "Winter Birds", "Be Here Now", Beg Steal or Borrow", Gossip in the Grain" were no where to be heard. Ray seemed intent on playing rock 'n roll and chose to ignore his great ballads. I like rock as much as the next person (my wife and I were fortunate enough to get to see Tom Petty on his last tour before he passed away) but come on Ray, throw in a few of your fans favorites.
Jim from Charlotte, North Carolina
RAY WAS GREAT ...AUDIENCE HORRIBLE
Love the new music Ray. Love the older stuff as well. We had great seats and were surrounded by people having loud social media parties had to stand and let people by every few minutes. Couldn’t even begin to actually enjoy the concert. Felt so bad for the performers. May be my last live concert.
Dana from Nashville, Tennessee
HE'S SUCH A GREAT MUSICIAN, SUCH A TERRIBLE CONCERT TO GO TO
I love his music but had heard bad things about his stage presence...I was SO SAD to learn that those reviews were completely correct. Long story short, I still LOVE his music, his deepness, and the resonance, but I will NEVER go to a concert of his EVER again and the worst part is that I now have trouble enjoying his music on Pandora or Spotify as much as I did before...it is forever marred by his stage presence. I have honestly never experienced this before. Usually music I haven't loved on the radio has made me change my mind when seeing live...opposite in Ray's case and it's the only case I've run across. He is one of the most arrogant musicians I have ever watched and seems completely annoyed to be there, has no engagement, doesn't even give the slightest care what the audience is there to hear, and thinks that he is so great that no one should speak a word while he is playing. I come from a music family and music is social as well, so...no, I won't do it again.
DeeDee from Denver, Colorado
RED ROCKS 7-10-18
Concert was a big disappointment. He failed to thank the opening act ( which was much better & I'm seeing them tomorrow nite ), no audience engagement other than to announce this was the last concert of his tour, and only played 1 radio popular song - rest were left out. Instead was an electictric guitar rock tribute to Pink Floyd-type songs no one was familiar with...not the top acoustic songs we paid to hear. No wonder the audience chattered throughout the music and eagerly left before the last song...not worth waiting for the encore. Only plus was time spent with friends in beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre... but his performance left me apologizing to my friends for spending $80 on such a poor show. RLM just got booted from my playlist.
Dihlon McManne from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
RAY LAMONTAGNE - HEINZ HALL, PITTSBURGH
I've been a fan since his first album and have appreciated his artistry, lyricism, voice and musicianship. I couldn't have been more dissapointed in this particular performance. I'm not sure if it was the awful sound mix of his engineers (Heinz Hall has great acoustics) but I couldn't make out most of his lyrics and rarely could hear his unique voice. His band is top notch and loved their jams but Ray's vocals were completely lost. It also wouldn't hurt to toss in a few songs from his previous work, most other musicians do out of respect to their fans. And please Ray, learn to be a bit more welcoming toward you audience. We're the ones who buy and play your music and help to make you successful. Have some gratitude!
Paul from Boston, Massachusetts
This was our first Ray gig. 1-2 times we were teased into thinking we’d get a steady flow of his beautiful soul. Every time our expectations were lost on music that didn’t really fit what we had come to expect. A brilliant singer and musician with no interest in giving fans what they wanted. We had great seats, near the front of the arena. I’ve never seen so many people leave before the end! I left feeling that he really didn’t try, or care about who was in front of him.
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