November has been a great month for San Francisco live music, and we’ve been there for some of the highlights. The month kicked off to a great start, with Pixies and Weezer announcing a North American tour – call it 90’s-rock-heroes-a-palooza – in the summer of 2018. Spread over various dates from June to nearly mid-August, the tour’s date in San Francisco is August 7th next year.
Along with a surely-original slate of Christmas singles that were released (we kid – we love them really), we had reason to lift our heads to the new year with the announcement of a U.S. tour from blues-rock supergroup the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, in support of their new album Barefoot in the Head. The tour is set to conclude right here in San Francisco, with a three-night stint at The Fillmore on Dec. 14, 15, and 16; so mark the date now.
Trans awareness week, and the International Trans Day of Remembrance, were marked in sobering, joyous style by local favorite Annie Bacon, who announced a new live video, shot in 360 degrees and performed with Ramon Rodriguez, of the song “Gallatin Pike”, as a tribute to local transgender legend Nicole McRory. Find it on YouTube and enjoy the sight of musicianship in the round, and in an elevator.
Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher set the stage at The Warfield on fire (figuratively speaking, we’re happy to say), giving America its due after a long time away. Covering over the memory of his boycott of the stage at the height of Oasis’ American tour in 1994, Liam gave the city his trademark swagger and some old-fashioned audience participation for the encore. Given a toss-up between “Wonderwall” and “Live Forever,” the crowd picked “Wonderwall”; turns out everyone can play it, but no-one can give it the soulful, broken-glass snarl Gallagher can.
The Fillmore was another San Francisco music venue that had a fabulous run this November, with Vintage Trouble making a stop at the space around mid-November and blowing up the place with an epic performance to a crowd that was equal to the music.
This was a month for the classics: Metallica’s Master of Puppets was re-released, while Stone Temple Pilots revealed their new lead singer, X-Factor contestant Jeff Gutt, in the tragic aftermath of the loss of both original lead singer Scott Weiland, and lead singer until 2015, Chester Bennington. Having had time to regroup, the band released their new song “Meadow”, and it’s a winner; the sound of an old group just getting more mature, not going off-key. More releases and announcements poured in, with Tove Lo releasing a new album, Blue Lips, and Panic! At the Disco announcing that All My Friends We’re Glorious, a 21-track live album recorded on the band’s recent Death Of A Bachelor Tour, would be available on Dec. 15.
With November having been such a great month, we’re suited up and ready for a great holiday season, including the prospect of tickets for Taylor Swift’s show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara next May 12, which will go on sale on Dec. 13; a perfect little pre-holiday workout. Enjoy the month!