Jun 29, 2008

STEVIE NICKS "Gold Dust Woman" Enchants Jones Beach : Saturday 6/28/08 Concert Review

I have loved Stevie Nicks since I was a kid back in her Fleetwood Mac days. Through the years going beyond her beauty and ultimate rock queen looks & image, I have gotten deeper & deeper into her music. If your a fan you would enjoy her concerts beyond the music. She gives you a sense of warmth, as if she is singing directly to you. She acknowledges her fans and appreciates the support. She surely loves what shes doing and enjoys singing for her faithful.

Stevie did another fantastic performance last night, on the next to last night of her 2008 summer tour. Although this was another lame Jones Beach crowd,Stevie made up for them & I made the best of it. Looking through my binoculars most of the night standing & dancing on my own. I like to refer to this crowd as "the lazy butt living room crowd". They seem to be more interested in sitting down & watching the video screens rather than the stage. Just as if they were snug in their little homes on their couches.

Funny how time has passed and we have all gotten older, now it seems her favorite crowd pleaser is "Edge of 17" even more than her Fleetwood Mac songs.Although "Gold Dust Woman' & "Silver Springs" seem to still wow them beyond anything else.

To me the best songs of the night were of course "Rhiannon"(with a great piano solo introduction as the song started out slowed down & mellowed then breaking into its original form after the first verse). "Outside the Rain" which cleverly faded into "Dreams" & "Gold Dust Woman". I also was surprised by "How Still My Love" an oldie favorite of mine off the 1981 Bella Donna album.

Stevie's voice was as perfect as ever as her vocals rose above the waters of Jones beach's ocean as a siren in the dark. She looks as beautiful as ever although she has gained a little weight. She wore her black boots and black long skirt, switching between a black & gold shawls. For the finale she came out in all white as "the white winged dove" sang "Edge of 17". She did her classic twirls a few times and her classic Stevie poses & moves.

The back up singers did a fantastic job as usual. They were long time Stevie back ups going all the way back to her first solo album; the beautiful brunette Sharon Celani, Stevie's sister in law Lori Perry Nicks & a younger blond singer. The band was led by classic rocker Waddy Wachtel on lead guitar as he has done on many of Stevie's tours.There was also guitarist Carlos Rios, a bassist , drummer, keyboard player (Scott Plunkett), piano player (Ricky Peterson) & Stevie's long time percussionist Lenny Castro. The band rocked. They especially kicked ass doing a rendition of Led Zeppelin's Rock & Roll which Stevie wailed on.
She also covered a Dave Matthews song " Crash Into Me". (I never got this guy, he was just a lame GenX hero because they had nothing else musically to look up to, I tried to like him but as I said, I don't get him) & a Bob Seger tune "Face the Promise". She closed her show with a tune that always makes me cry,"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You" which was sung as to a video backdrop of troops in the war. Always an emotional, song it caps off a perfect evening. Bravo Stevie a perfect 10 performance, thanks.

Set List:
Stand Back
Outside the Rain
If Anyone Falls in Love
Crash into Me
Fall from Grace
Face the Promise
Gold Dust Woman
How Still My Love
Edge of Seventeen
Rock and Roll
Has Anyone Ever -Written Anything for -You

Jun 26, 2008


Ringo Starr is doing his 10th go around with an All Star Band. As Ringo says " Everyone on the stage is a star in their own right". As usual it was a fantastic show, with professional fantastic quality of musicianship on stage sharing the spotlight & backing each other up.Bands who have been together for years are not as tight as these pros are. In the middle of it all is a Beatle, the man who has been through it all, done it all, and is still having a great time doing it again. Ringo is his usual cool self, making jokes, laughing and singing through out the show. Then he gets behind the drums and becomes a serious legendary drummer. I can't help thinking to myself during "Act Naturally"- he played this with the Beatles at Shea Stadium. When he does the Beatles oldie "Boys" ( because as Ringo says; he wants to do it because he likes it) I can't help to think, he did this on the Beatles outrageous 1964/ 1965 Tours. Is this classic stuff or what!! After Ringo introduces the band his classic intro for himself is the now classic- "What's My name?" as all of the sold out Radio City Music Hall shouts back - RINGO!!!!
The latest version of the All Stars includes : Billy Squire, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Colin Hay from Men at Work, Hamish Stewart of The Average White Band & Paul McCartney's 1990s band, & Greg Bissonet also on drums. Maybe you wouldn't want to see these guys do a whole solo show but put them all together and you got one hell of a show. Personally I think Edgar Winter stole the show from the rest of the All Stars, playing keyboards, saxophone, & percussion. The big tall white haired Texan claims to be the man who invented the strap on keyboard, because he didn't like being couped up behind all those keyboards. For the last number special guest Levon Helm formerly of the Band (fully recovered from his illness) came out and played drums .

Ringo mixed up a bit this time and played few different songs of his own. A special reat for me was besides his usual Beatles classics he threw in "What Goes On" from Rubber Soul. He also threw in some songs off his last couple of albums over the past few years including his latest "Liverpool 8". All in all it was a great show. Ringo sounds great,looks even better , and as usual has a good time without taking anything too serious, putting us all in a good mood. Its hard to Imagine on each tour a crowd favorite is always "Yellow Submarine'. picture a bunch of grown ups at a sold out Radio City all standing up singing "Yellow Submarine" and shouting with Ringo "Sky of Blue, Sea of Green". I wouldn't believe it myself if I didnt witness it and how much fun it is. Thanks for all the great music Ringo, "Carry that weight, a long time".

This was one of six NY area appearances, including Mohegan Sun Casino, Westbury L.I., PNC Arts Center, Taj Mahal Atlantic City, and last weeks Bethel Woods show which had to be canceled due to an equipment truck breaking down at the Canadian border after a Niagara Falls show.

RINGO STARR & his ALL STAR BAND SET LIST- Radio City Music Hall NY Tuesday June 24th, 2008.
It Don't Come Easy-Ringo
What Goes On -Ringo
Memphis In Your Mind -Ringo
Lonely Is the Night -Billy Squire
Free Ride -Edgar Winter
Down Under -Colin Hay
Dream Weaver -Gary Wright
Boys -Ringo
Pick Up the Pieces -Hamish Stewart
Liverpool 8 -Ringo
Act Naturally -Ringo
Yellow Submarine -Ringo
Are You Looking At Me (acoustic)- Colin Hay
In the Dark (acoustic) -Billy Squire
Frankenstein- Edgar Winter
Never Without You (dedicated & written for George Harrison)-Ringo
Choose Love -Ringo
The Stroke -Billy Squire
Work to Do -Hamish Stewart
I Wanna Be Your Man- Ringo
Love Is Alive -Ringo
Who Can It Be Now- Colin Hay
Photograph- Ringo
Oh My My- Ringo
With A Little Help From My Friends -Ringo
Give Peace A Chance- Ringo

Jun 3, 2008

The EAGLES Fly High - Concert Review - Saturday Night at Madison Square Garden

It was an older crowd that started out mellow for the third sell out night of the Eagles shows at Madison Square Garden this past Saturday. By the second set they were pretty much all on their feet singing & dancing away, as the Eagles rocked New York and put on a hell of a show.

They played well over 3 1/2 hours up until the midnight hour with an short intermission sandwiched in the middle. The band was decked out in black suits with white shirts and black ties. A long time gone from their early California hippie days playing behind Linda Ronstat.

After five number one songs, six number one albums, (two of which are in the top ten of all time best sellers), sucessful solo careers, television acting appearances, and massive sell out concert tours they have become distinguished Eagles, total pros totally on top of their game. There was the pop, rock, love songs of Don Henley, who's diverse musical talents had him playing drums, bongos, and guitars, to the counrty rock style of Glen Frey who also served as the bands M.C. and played both acoustic & electric guitars as well as some piano.

Then the mellow love songs of the long haired Timothy B. Schmidt who besides singing so smoothly also plays a mean bass. He got huge ovations as has become quite the popular Eagle. Together as a whole the harmonies were sensational. All the lead vocals and back ups sounded perfect, and the shows sound as a whole was clear & crisp.

But it was Joe Walsh who stole the show. Walsh quietly played guitar and only did two songs during the first set. A new tune and The Long Run's "In the City", complete with a video of New York City street scenes playing behind him.

By the second set he was on fire playing exceptional leads and jaming to his old James Gang hits "Walk Away" & "Funk 49", then his solo hits "Lifes Been Good" & "Rocky Mountain Way". The crowd loved him, singing along to his every word, as he got the biggest ovations of the night. His guitar playing was masterful. For "Life's Been Good" the video monitors showed old pictures of Joe & the Eagles in their long hair partying days. Walsh wore a helmet with a camera on top of it for a segment called "Helmet Cam". He ran around each part of the stage and filmed the crowd as they were shown live on the large video screens. Awesome. During the encores he played the elctronic straw through the guitar for the leads on "Rocky Mountain Way". Again Awesome!!-Better than the way we had!

The Eagles are promoting a new album "Long Road Out Of Eden" which has sold four million copies since its 2007 release. It has some of the classic Eagles sound to it and is thier first studio album since "The Long Run" in 1979. They started out the show with four new songs and began the second set with two new songs. Maybe a few to many for us who wanted more of the classics.

There also were five other musicians on stage with them plus a horn section. 2 keyboardist, another drummer when Henley wasnt drumming, a piano player and guitarist Stewart Smith who on tour replaces former Eagle Don Felder who was fired in 2001.

The Eagles are definatley worth the price of admission , and lets hope we dont have to wait for Hell to Freeze Over again to get another tour. There are so many other tunes they have to play live because there wasnt enough time for them this tour.

SET LIST: How Long (Frey) new song
Busy Being Fabulous (Henley) new song
I Dont Wanna Hear No More (Schmidt) new
Guilty of the Crime (Walsh) new song
Hotel California (Henley)
Peaceful Easy Feeling (Frey)
I Can't Tell You Why (Schmidt)
Witchy Woman (Henley)
Lying Eyes (Frey) -one of my all time favorites
Boys of Summer (solo Henley)
In the City (Walsh)
The Long Run (Henley)


Acoustic Set- Waiting in the Weeds (Henley)
No More Cloudy Days (Frey) - new songs
Love Will Keep Us Alive (Schmidt)
Take it to the Limit (Frey)
Long Road Out of Eden (Henley)
Walk Away (Walsh)- henley back on drums
One of These Night (Henley)
Lifes Been Good (Walsh with Hemet Cam) crowd singin every word
Dirty Laundry (Henley solo) this has become a huge crowd favorite- henley on lead mic
Funk 49 (Walsh) great cartoon video of walsh underwater playing guitar with the fishes
Heartache Tonight (Henley) (a huge hit in my 8th grade summer) crowd all up singin & dancing
Life in The Fast Lane (Henley)(one of my favs & the old theme song of life) crowd still up roaring!

1st Encore: Rocky Mountain Way (Walsh with straw thru the guitar)
All She Wants to Do is Dance (Henley solo) crowd up dancin & singin

2nd Encore: Take It Easy (Frey) another biggie with the crowd
Desperado (henley) wows 'em