Bublé, Bono, Styx: The guys reflect on the best concerts they’ve ever been to

Taking a break from the bleak news about Russia’s ever-increasing power and the continuing mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Glenn, Pat, Stu, and Jeffy reminisced about some of the best concerts they have ever seen – and how much more affordable ticket prices were in the ’80s.

The guys all agreed that Michael Bublé puts on one of the best shows they have ever seen.

“[What’s the] best concert you have ever seen,” Glenn asked the group on radio this morning. “Michael Bublé. He's the best for me.”

Another one of Glenn’s favorites is the Brian Setzer Orchestra. In fact, Glenn shared the details of a chance encounter with Brian a few years ago.

"I would love to see a Brian Setzer. Is he still touring? He is fantastic,” Glenn said. “I had my brush with Brian Setzer. We were in Nashville for the Country Music Awards two or three years ago… I have a picture of him someplace.”

It just so happened that Glenn and Tania ended up in the same elevator as Brian and his wife. While Glenn, who was a huge fan of Brian, was afraid that he “probably hates my guts,” it turned out to be quite the opposite.

“We were going now to our seats and… I see this elevator and I see Brian Setzer and his wife at the elevator… Brian looks over and kind of does this double take,” Glenn explained. “And he's like, ‘Hey, Glenn’… I'm like, ‘Hey,’ and just being so awkward and shake his hand and meet his wife and introduce my wife… And his wife said, ‘Could I be really rude? Could I get a picture?’”

“I said, ‘Sure!’ So the four of us took this picture backstage,” he continued. “And I said, ‘I'm just really shocked.’ And Brian said, ‘Why?’ I said, 'I just assume everybody hate me, especially with any talent in music.' He said, ‘No. Love you’… He is really a great concert. Great concert.”

Pat’s favorite concert, meanwhile, comes from a slightly different genre.

“The best of all time: Styx, Paradise Theater Tour, 1981,” Pat said. “They sang Grand Illusion at the Paradise Theater Tour, which was just an extra added plus for me… I was actually 20 and it was Boston.”

Stu specifically remembered spending $80 on U2 tickets for one of their shows in Foxboro, Massachusetts, which seemed like a lot of money at the time. Given how much concert tickets cost now, however, it was actually a bargain.

“I remember seeing U2 at Foxboro, so like a stadium show. They spent like $9 trillion on the tour… This was when I was young, so I didn't spend money on getting good tickets ever, and we got good tickets," Stu said. "They were in the front row in the second section… It was pretty amazing. And this is in the peak of U2. That was pretty amazing,” Stu said. “I still love U2… To me it [felt like] $800,000, but I think [the tickets were] $80.”

Glenn, who was never a U2 fan, has found himself warming up to Bono in recent years.

“I hated U2… [but] I really like Bono now. Especially after that speech he gave. Here's a guy who believes something his whole life, worked hard his whole life, and then [admitted], you know, that's the wrong direction,” Glenn concluded. “He's an honest guy, but that doesn't necessarily make me want to spend however much money to see his concert.”

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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