ENTERTAINMENT INSEITZ - Porcupine Tree tears up Detroit with performance at Majestic Theatre

This column almost never happened. Every single person at my house has had the stomach flu in the past few days. Trust me, it was not pretty. And on top of that, my eldest daughter has the chicken pox to go along with the flu.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

This column almost never happened.

Every single person at my house has had the stomach flu in the past few days. Trust me, it was not pretty. And on top of that, my eldest daughter has the chicken pox to go along with the flu.

But on to entertainment news.

Last Wednesday, Keith Ridge and I traveled to Detroit's Majestic Theatre to see progressive rockers Porcupine Tree.

Porcupine Tree delivered a top-notch show just as it did a couple weeks ago at the House of Blues in Cleveland.

PT broke out a couple different songs this time, adding "Mellotron Scratch" and "A Smart Kid" to the set list, which were nice surprises.

The Majestic was simply an old theater with the seats removed. It must have been about 1,000 degrees in there.

Porcupine Tree is touring in support of its new disc, "Fear of a Blank Planet."

The band again played the entire new album at the Detroit show, but this time placed the songs intermittently throughout the set list, instead of opening the concert with the entire album, as they did in Cleveland.

The Majestic is located on Woodward Avenue.

The venue Web site says the Majestic is located right in the middle of one of Detroit's cultural centers, complete with fine dining, etc. whatever.

The end of Woodward Avenue by the lake looked quite nice. The further we drove down Woodward the more interesting it became.

To say the Majestic is in the middle of a cultural center is like saying my house is a mansion. I'll just leave it at that.

This Saturday, my wife and I are headed to Clarkston, Mich., north of Detroit, and the DTE Energy Music Theatre. That's where Chris Isaak and Stevie Nicks are playing.

I saw Isaak is playing about an hour and Nicks is performing for about an hour and 40 minutes. The weather is supposed to be nice Saturday so our lawn seats hopefully were a good bet.

In other news, we made it out to the Star View Saturday to see "Shrek the Third" and "Blades of Glory."

"Shrek the Third" was disappointing. The movie didn't have the wit the first two did. It seemed they tried to give airtime to all the different star voices and before you knew it, the movie was finished. I thought the story was weak.

"Blades of Glory" was silly, but funny. You can't have any expectations when watching a Will Ferrell movie. It almost fell into the, it's-so-stupid-it's-funny category.