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I Couldn’t Live Without Your Music

Petula Clark
Sony Hall
November 6

With the sweet sweet sweet sounds of Petula Clark, I would NEVER sleep in the subway, and you shouldn’t sleep on her and her continuing brilliance either!

Just a week til she turns 86(!!!!), the grand lady showed all the geriatrics and me at Sony Hall that she STILL has the golden pipes, swinging and swaying us thru her groovy and classy back catalog, including tackling a handful of choice covers by the likes of John and Paul, Steve Winwood, Andrew Lloyd Webber x 2 and Peggy Lee

Clark’s fantastic performance had an air of sophistication to it, like spending a refined evening with a chanteuse in a dimly lit basement club, exactly outlined in her 1965 hit…

I know a place where the music is fine
And the lights are always low
I know a place where we can go
At the door there’s a man who will greet you
Then you go downstairs to some tables and chairs
Soon I’m sure you’ll be tappin’ your feet
Because the beat is the greatest there
All around there are girls and boys
It’s a swingin’ place, a cellar full of noise
It’s got an atmosphere of its own somehow
You gotta come along right now ’cause I tell you


Wherever Petula is – that is the place I want to know, and be at!  THANK YOU PETULA!!

Setlist* – You and I > Meant To Be / Don’t Sleep in the Subway / Fever (Peggy Lee cover) / Who Am I > Colour My World / Look to the Rainbow / How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / While You See A Chance (Steve Winwood cover) / My Love / With One Look (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) / Blackbird (The Beatles cover) / Imagine (John Lennon cover) / I Know a Place > Sign of the Times / From Now On / 60’s Medley (Round Every Corner>Call Me>Don’t Give Up>The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener) / This is My Song (Charlie Chaplin cover) / Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) / Living For Today / I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love / Downtown / Rainbow

*to the best of my memory


Can Buy A Thrill

Steely Dan
Beacon Theatre
October 30

Best In Peace Walter Becker. Forgive me that I never saw the Dan live while you were still in it, but Doctor Funkenstein – Donald Fagen & co totally kicked out all the jams, on ‘Greatest Hits’ nite, and it was just a pure joy  

Setlist – Hallelujah Time / Bodhisattva / Hey Nineteen / Black Friday / Aja / Green Earrings / Bad Sneakers / Kid Charlemagne / Maxine / Gaucho / Keep That Same Old Feeling (The Crusaders cover) / Peg / Rikki Don’t Lose That Number / Josie / My Old School / Reelin’ In the Years

Encore – Pretzel Logic / A Man Ain’t Supposed to Cry (Joe Williams cover)


The Long Goodbye

Elton John
Madison Square Garden
October 18

Elton’s saying that this is his final tour (one that has dates that stretch into 2020)!!!!  BUT YOU CAN’T STOP NOW ELTON!!! (although you’re allowed to do whatever the fcuk you want!)

What a perfect show.  Just as amazing as when I first saw him in 2013, but with even more feeling – and pizzazz – and an incredible piano shaped stage!   You made Thursday night alright for fighting ROCKING!!!  

But no ‘Pinball Wizard‘?  Or ‘Lady D’Arbanville‘????  I know, I know – this is all hits – not all hits by other dudes that you may actually do better than their originals!!

But you’re still standing, even though you do a lot of sitting.  Long may you stand AND sit!!!

Thank you Elton

Setlist – Bennie and the Jets / All the Girls Love Alice / I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues / Border Song / Tiny Dancer / Philadelphia Freedom / Indian Sunset / Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) / Take Me to the Pilot / Someone Saved My Life Tonight / Levon / Candle in the Wind / Funeral for a Friend-Love Lies Bleeding / Burn Down the Mission / Believe / Daniel / Sad Songs (Say So Much) / Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me / The Bitch Is Back / I’m Still Standing / Crocodile Rock / Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

Encore – Your Song / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road



Maroon 5
Madison Square Garden
October 15

I wore maroon pants to a Maroon 5 concert.  And what happened?  A jolly good show!!!!!

But no (girl like) Cardi B?  Guess we’ll have to wait for the Super Bowl, where perhaps Mick Jagger can make his own moves next to Adam Levine

Setlist – What Lovers Do / Payphone / This Love / Misery / Sunday Morning / Animals / One More Night / Cold / Maps / Harder to Breathe / Don’t Wanna Know / Love Somebody / Wait / Makes Me Wonder / Rock With You (Michael Jackson cover) / Moves Like Jagger

Encore – Forever Young (Alphaville cover) / Girls Like You / She Will Be Loved / Sugar

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