Musical Tastes Over Time – The Formative Years

As I approach my 50th birthday I thought it would be a good time to take a retrospective look at my musical tastes through my lifetime.

As I get to know my teammates at work too it’s been interesting to see what trends they have noticed. Of course, my real friends perspective is fascinating too though I have been part of these trends for years & in most cases our tastes have been very similar to begin with.

So let’s start at the beginning or at least the prequel to my main musical preferences – the 1980s.

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I Could “Do This Every Night” – Danko Jones Road Trip

In post #2 of this two part series here are some snaps and the highlights of the Talvi Festivaali that took place in Kuopio and Joensuu in February 2017.

Almost 2 years ago to the day Danko Jones were promoting their latest album, Fire Music, on a boat cruising between Finland and Estonia. This time around another new album, Wild Cat and a new mini-festival with even more suitable stable mates – Backyard Babies and Hardcore Superstar.


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My Top 3 Albums of 2016

In what has been a somewhat eclectic year for me for music selecting my top 3 albums should not be too hard. Since Last FM really fucked up their service last year though, I cannot show what my most played tracks or albums are.

However, my top LPs are mostly by female-fronted bands and my tastes don’t appear to have wavered much since last year.


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The Greatest Show on Earth – II

I thought it would be hard for Nightwish to top their Ratina gig last year supporting their “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” album but again this was a overwhelming experience. I cannot give these guys enough credit for what was a fantastic performance and show.


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The Gathering

After skipping Delain’s first visit to Finland I finally got to see one of my “Bucket list” bands and I’ve got to say – they were magnificent.

For various reasons I missed Delain’s debut at Tuska earlier this year but I really wanted to see them live and this was second only to Nightwish in terms of living up to expectations.

Band shots

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Another Rocking Day Out at Himos

Following on from the success of Linkin Park last year, Himos hosted Nightwish and supports in what turned out to be an even greater show on Earth.

This post covers the whole day, the venue, the bands, the food, transportation and the vibes surrounding the event.


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