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.
from Boston, Massachusetts
WHAT A BUMMER.
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.
Brett Crowley from Nashville, Tennessee
I’ve been a huge fan of Ray’s for years and had been looking forward to this concert for weeks. This concert had zero resemblance of the Ray Lamontagne that I know. It felt more like a bad Pink Floyd show. Not impressed with his new direction. Everyone around us felt the same way and several people left the concert early! He definitely didn’t play to his audience. He avoided all of the hits that built his fan base!
Margaret from San Francisco, California
One of my all time favorite musicians and least favorite performers. Mr. LaMontagne should refrain from touring. He hates people, hates his fans and thinks he is better than everyone. While performing in Berkeley, he never once addressed the audience or thanked his opening band. As a matter of fact, he never looked up from under his hat. I am not only disappointed but I’m boycotting listening to his music ever again. It’s no longer art for me. It’s self-indulgence. It would be classier of him to be grateful to his fans
LRosy from Phoenix, Arizona
If we wanted to hear Black Sabbath, we would’ve bought a ticket to Black Sabbath. Ray...we want to hear your soulful side. We won’t be back.
Mark Schaefer from Phoenix, Arizona
SEEMED A BIT SELF-INDULGENT
While I appreciate Ray Lamontagne's music, my wife is a much bigger fan and I purchased the tickets as a treat for her. We both left a little disappointed as the concert did seem a bit self indulgent. Perhaps Ray misses the point he's an entertainer and performer as much as a musician. I understand he wants to play and promote new music but how does it hurt to sprinkle in some of his older songs as well as some interaction with the audience. May make the audience more receptive to the new stuff. It wasn't bad but certainly likely not worth the $$ and lost sleep on a weeknight.
Rich from San Francisco, California
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT
Went last night 6/1/18. Beautiful venue and weather. Of course Ray is talented and his voice is unique but he failed on many fronts. First, he failed to thank his opening act. Second, he failed to address the audience, bring us in, build raport. FInally, he failed to play Trouble, You are the Best Thing, Let it be Me, Jolene and others big hits. The crowd begged for it but he delivered none of them. In fact, at one point, in response a Jolene request, he responded, "haven't you heard that enough?" Um, Ray, the answer is no. All of the people i spoke with after the show were sorely disappointed as well. Van Morrison acts this way often in concert but he can get away with it as his songs and music are superior to Ray and he will usually play his hits. Ray did not give the people what they wanted - a personal touch, gratitude, and the songs we all wanted to hear. I suspect half th audience would not return if he cam back in a year. Adios Ray.
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