Yeah, he can definitely rock out when he wants to. He can also put you to sleep. That’s not a bad thing, unless it’s 11:00pm and you have to drive home after the concert and work the next day.
I bought my tickets for this concert the moment they became available during the pre-sale, and my seat was darn near across the street. How did all those people get tickets before me? Did they all win them on WTTS? Bah.
Despite the bad seats, I still enjoyed the concert immensely. He opened with a vamped-up version of Peaceful Valley, replacing violins with electric guitars that sounded almost Floyd-ish. He played songs from nearly all of his albums, with the usual exception of Rock N Roll and Love is Hell. That means there were songs from Heartbreaker, Gold, Demolition, Jacksonville City Nights, Cold Roses, 29, and his new one Easy Tiger (of which he played at least half the album).
My favorite by far was Mockingbird. It’s amazing how many different ways he interprets the studio versions of his songs. Both Mockingbird and Everybody Knows were sped up with extra instrumental sections and choruses. Let It Ride had no piano, which I did not expect, but I still enjoyed.
Rounding out my favorite song performances of his concert are The Sun Also Sets, Cold Roses, and Goodnight Rose. He played a new song I had never heard before, and it was amazing. Lots of sound and a good jam song.
The best part of last night was how much he talked to us and interacted with the crowd. He cracked jokes, made fun of inconsiderate people in the crowd, and told us about his adventures in Circle Centre mall just prior to the concert. He seemed to be in a great mood, and it really showed throughout his performance.
I’ve heard mixed reactions to past performances of his, namely The Vogue, so while I would say go see him at any cost, I think I need to attend a few more concerts to find out about his apparent inconsistent nature. I can assure you that it will be an interesting show no matter what.