Category Archives: Concerts

Taylor Swift Concert – 8th July 2009

The first of our Stampede concerts started with Taylor Swift, who was supported by Kellie Pickler.
Video footage, not the clearest, but you get the idea!

Kellie Pickler – California

Kellie Pickler – Red High Heels

Taylor Swift – He Belongs To Me

Taylor Swift – Teardrops On My Guitar

Taylor Swift – Love Story


Kenny Rogers

Everyone has to see a country legend at some point in their lives. For us it was Kenny Rogers who put on a Hits & Christmas Concert at the Saddledome in late November. We feared that the Christmas part of the show might be on the cheesy side but it was very well done and a really good fun night. Enjoy some of the photos and a video from the evening.
Apart from the time he spends hiding behind the lamp-post, this clip is quite amusing:

Johnny Reid

Toby’s fantastic performance (see post below) was followed by Johnny Reid a few nights later. This time, the location was the 1000 seat Chrome Room of the Deerfoot Inn & Casino. Johnny is originally from Scotland and has a strong Scottish accent. During the show, he did a segment where he essentially told jokes for 15 minutes. We were surprised that the Canadian audience could understand him, but to their credit, they managed to hang in there although there was a smattering of “what did he say?” comments and consequently delayed laughing, going on in the row behind us!

As a performer, like Toby, he is absolutely excellent – a very talented man!

If you’d like to hear one of Johnny’s hits, click on the play symbol in the picture below

Toby Keith – What a Performer

A few weeks ago, we went to see Toby Keith in concert at the Pengrowth Saddledome. We have only just got around to adding some footage and some photos. We saw him once before, some years ago, in Florida and so knew we would enjoy ourselves. All we can say is, he is a fantastic entertainer and if you like his music, his is a show that should definitely not be missed!If you don’t know his music, maybe you’d like to hear some of what he sang at the concert…

Like that? How about this one…

Although, on both occasions we have seen Toby live, we have left a little deafened, (temporarily of course!), it is well worth it!


Diamonds Are Forever

We recently had the opportunity to go see Neil Diamond in concert at the Pengrowth Saddledome.As the write up about him on Wikipedia indicates…
…he has now been in the business for 50 years. It showed in the best possible way. He was a superb performer. He connected really well with the audience, who quite clearly, loved the guy to bits.Jan said “listening to him makes me feel like a little girl at home with Mum and Dad and my sisters, listening to him on the radio” and that was spot on.We were delighted to see a crowd that ranged in age from teen to what must have been seventy plus and the advanced years were absolutely no bar to the latter group jumping up and dancing to tunes they loved from their youth. However, it was the rendition of Sweet Caroline that brought the house down. Everyone and we mean ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE joined in, either dancing and singing or just singing along. Have a look and listen for yourselves. The thunder type noise you hear during the applause at the end of the first rendition was the stamping of feet (we hear that frequently at the Pengrowth Saddledome but have never encountered it at another concert arena to date). Whether it was the stamping or not that persuaded him, we don’t know, but he sang the song a second time (also, we think, a first for us at the many, many concerts we have been to over the years). Enjoy.J&E

James Taylor

On Sunday night, 13th July, we returned to the Pengrowth Saddledome once more. On the final night of the 2008 Calgary Stampede, we went along to see one of Eamonn’s favourite singer/songwriters, James Taylor.

Instead of taking the train into Calgary, this time we decided to drive to the Stampede grounds where the Saddledome is situated. Here’s a shot of the route in as you get pretty close to the park…

We parked up in the back streets away from the grounds and walked up and over the hill towards them. At the brow of the hill, we got a great view of the Saddledome with downtown Calgary behind it…The crowds were gathering in the Rodeo and Chuckwagon stadium for the final night of competition…Now 60 years old, Taylor remains an extremely talented performer but what struck us was his easy-going charm as he participated in banter with the crowd and as he told stories about some of the songs he was singing.Here’s a couple of decent web links for information about James Taylor…
He plays with some well renowed musicians. On this particular evening, he had Steve Gadd on drums, a name Eamonn immediately recognised given his past work with Steely Dan (one of Eamonn’s all time favourite bands)…
and Michael Landau on guitar…

…and the rest of the band and vocalists weren’t too shabby either!

His rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend” was excellent (click on the play symbol in the picture below)…He didn’t let the crowd down when they would shout out asking for other classics like “Fire and Rain”, “Carolina in my Mind”, “Country Road” and here, “Sweet Baby James”…He split the concert into two sets, the first of an hour and the second being about an hour and a quarter. Among the songs featured in the second set were “Shower The People”…

…and “Your Smiling Face”.The concert rounded off with a superb rendition of “How Sweet It Is”, which, unfortunately, we don’t have any coverage of. In short, it was a couple of hours (and some) of musical perfection that will live in the memory for years to come. As we strolled back to the car, we stopped and took one final shot of the Saddledome…


Sugarland & Miranda Lambert

Following our visit to the Pengrowth Saddledome on Thursday 10th, we returned the next evening to watch two country acts.

First up was Miranda Lambert who hails from Longview, Texas.
We first saw Miranda in concert a couple of years back when she was the support act for the great George Strait. You could tell she was talented but it was good to see how much her confidence and presence on stage has grown since then.
Interestingly, for many support acts, the crowd don’t bother getting into their seats and just mill about, chatting. However, it was a sign of her growing stature that the vast majority of the evening’s attendees were sat waiting and ready for Miranda’s arrival. Indeed, her latest album, which she wrote the bulk of the songs for, has recently won the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year Award. Miranda’s first album was called Kerosene and this is the title track from it…
Later, she sung a much more countrified ditty about the curious North American penchant for alcohol prohibition, called “Dry Town”. It’s a catchy little tune from her latest album. Here’s the lyrics went down really well with the crowd and got everyone in the mood for the main act of the evening, Sugarland.

Originally a trio, the band has operated as a duo for the past couple of years and they are quickly becoming one of the most popular country acts in North America.
The singer is Jennifer Nettles……and her cohort is Kristian Bush.
The crowd were eager for their arrival and they kicked off with what was their debut single back in 2004, called “Baby Girl”…

Later, they sang their current single, “All I Want To Do”, from their new album which is due to be released shortly…

Towards the end of the concert, Jennifer and Kristian engaged in an unusual spot of audience participation…It was an extremely entertaining concert and Jennifer has an excellent voice. We would definitely pay to see them again.J&E

The Judds

On Thursday night, we had a walk through the Calgary Stampede grounds on our way to the Pengrowth Saddledome to go and see a concert by The Judds, a mother/daughter combo that had many big hits back in the 1980’s. The duo stopped performing and touring together in 1991 when the mother, Naomi (now 62), was diagnosed with Hepatitis, which forced her to retire. The daughter, Wynona, has gone on to enjoy an extremely successful solo career in country music.

The concert was one of only 3 they are doing in 2008 and they are the first ones they have done together since 1991, so it was a very special occasion and the crowd responded very well to them. Indeed, the crowd were extremely tuneful, as you might hear in the video clip below.

In our view, it is Wynona who is the special talent. She has a tremendously powerful voice and uses it well. Naomi would chip in with some commentary and some harmonies but left the bulk of the singing to her daughter.  Here’s a couple of pics from the show…


Naomi…Both together…And here is some video footage from the concert. Here, they are singing one of Jan’s all time favourite songs, “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)”. Barely a dry eye in the house!Here’s the lyrics…

It was an excellent night out and is going to be followed up both tonight (Friday) and on Sunday, with further concerts by Sugarland and James Taylor.