Reviews: Willie Nile, Ariana Grande, Johnny Marr, Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Rush

Check out these reviews of recent shows, including Willie Nile in Springfield, Mass, Ariana Grande in Tampa, Fla., Johnny Marr in New Zealand, Foo Fighters in New York and Rush in Calgary.

Willie Nile in Springfield, Mass. – “Nile worships at the alter of rock ’n’ roll, the real ‘three chords and the truth’ variety and as he would say backstage after the show, he has found his band.” – The Republican/ Moorhouse

Captured for posterity in Springfield, Mass., via a photo taken by Sue Ford

Ariana Grande in Tampa – “All night, Grande floated on and off stage in spectacularly divalike fashion, blowing kisses from a gondola of clouds on ‘Be My Baby’ and descending from a sparkling chandelier on ‘Right There.’ – Tampa Bay Times/ Cridlin

Johnny Marr in New Zealand – “At 51, Marr still looks every inch the rock star; lean, with a fine head of hair and the ability to pull off the kind of guitar-throwing pose that would look silly coming from anyone without his mesmerising dexterity.” – New Zealand Herald/Chris Reed

Foo Fighters in New York – “Overall, Foo Fighters are still able to rock and they delivered a killer concert at Citi Field in New York, proving that they are iconic artists in their field. Their energy was infectious, and they are worth seeing live.” – Digital Journal/Markos Papadatos

Photo: Greg Allen/Invision/AP
Of the Foo Fighters at Citi Field in New York.

Fall Out Boy in Columbus, Ohio – “Fall Out Boy charged out of the gate with thunderous versions of ‘Sugar,’ ‘We’re Goin’ Down’ and ‘Irresistible.’ If you like it loud, you were in your element.” – The Columbus Dispatch/Gary Budzak

Rush In Calgary – “The best was yet to come: Set two opened with an the onscreen parody ‘No Country For Old Hens,’ before the still-lethal aging rockers and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame-ers bludgeoned the crowd with ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Camera Eye’ from ‘81s Moving Pictures, as well as ‘Spirit Of The Radio’ from ‘Permanent Waves’ (1980).” – Calgary Sun/Gerry Krochak