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Ray LaMontagne Reviews

ConcertsIndie & RockSoul Rnb

Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 48



4.0 star rating Tom from New Haven, Connecticut


Ray is amazing. Dude is a wonderful talent. Would have been 5 stars if the opening act was decent, but she set a poor tone to start the evening.

2.0 star rating Dana from Nashville, Tennessee


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 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,, I won't do it again.

2.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating SK from Boston, Massachusetts


This is my first time seeing Ray Lamontagne and I had been looking forward to this concert very much. I downloaded the new album and hoped that some of the songs that seemed very loud were at a minimum. This was not the case and as previous reviewers remarked, it was really loud with lots of screeching. I understand that new material should be played and this would have been okay but it didn't come off well in this setting and just hurt my ears. Such a Simple Things and It's Always Been You were just beautiful and truly moving and I take these moments with me as small nuggets of the concert. These moments were few and far between. Unfortunately as well, was the audience. We sat two rows ahead of an group that incessantly talked, laughed and paid no attention to the looks being thrown their way or the concert. His voice on the songs that were not drowned out in electric guitar and loud singing was beautiful but I can't count this concert among my favorites.

2.0 star rating Dihlon McManne from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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!

2.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating from Boston, Massachusetts


My 1st time seeing Ray live - and I was so excited! Although I did enjoy his talent and performance - I absolutely felt jipped at being denied the experience of all the songs HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF TO US BY. I realize artists grow and evolve and get sick and tired of the same ole same ole ... and I'm not saying I'm not interested in what they are currently working on ... but any artist should understand, and respect that their work is intimate. They built relationships when they put themselves out to the masses, whether they wish to or not. So what? You pull us in, we become fans and support your work and in return our wants and desires don't matter? Kind of like pulling out that little black dress that caught your partner's attention way back when - it still means something. I will definitely rethink spending my money when it's clear my experience is not as equally important. Sad.


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