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Peaking In Tongues

David Byrne
Kings Theatre
September 17

There are some things (musically) you want so bad, that you’ll take it any way you can get it.  I want a Led Zeppelin reunion, and I will never get one, but at least I saw Robert Plant solo.  The next thing I want (besides an ABBA reunion, which I also won’t get, but hey, I did once see Benny Andersson play in a London park!) is a Talking Heads reunion, and that aint never happening, ever.  And so you go for the next best thing, but for some reason, I never thought to see David Byrne play live

My bad, cause he good, SO GOOD.  Excellent.  Brilliant.  Amazing.  Astounding.  Show of the year.  Show of the decade.  Probably.  Check back with me in 2019 or 2020 or 2021 (hard to remember when a decade ends).  But seriously – the show that David Byrne and his marching band (no time for standing still) put on is a real beauty pageant – and the winner is the viewer/listener!  WOW.  Bless you David.  You even made your current work sound juss as vital as the stuff we all came to hear.  Timely!  Timeless!   Thank you for your time!

But, c’mon, no love for Little Creatures?  How do you not end a show with ‘Road To Nowhere‘? (or begin a show with it?)  And what of the most underloved, but perhaps greatest soundtrack of ALL TIME – True Stories?  Next time around?  Yay or nay, count me in, cause with you, we’re on a road to somewhere!

Setlist – Here / Lazy / I Zimbra / Slippery People / I Should Watch TV / Dog’s Mind / Everybody’s Coming to My House / This Must Be the Place / Once in a Lifetime / Doing the Right Thing / Toe Jam / Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) / I Dance Like This / Bullet / Every Day Is a Miracle / Like Humans Do / Blind / Burning Down the House

Encore – Dancing Together / The Great Curve

2nd EncoreHell You Talmbout (Janelle Monáe cover)

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Apple To The Corps

Paul McCartney owns the René Magritte painting Le Jeu de Morre (The Game of Mora), which became the inspiration behind The Beatles’ Apple Corps logo

 

In my garden at Cavendish Avenue, which was a 100-year-old house I’d bought, Robert [Fraser] was a frequent visitor. One day he got hold of a Magritte he thought I’d love. Being Robert, he would just get it and bring it. I was out in the garden with some friends. I think I was filming Mary Hopkin with a film crew, just getting her to sing live in the garden, with bees and flies buzzing around, high summer. We were in the long grass, very beautiful, very country-like. We were out in the garden and Robert didn’t want to interrupt, so when we went back in the big door from the garden to the living room, there on the table he’d just propped up this little Magritte. It was of a green apple. That became the basis of the Apple logo. Across the painting Magritte had written in that beautiful handwriting of his ‘Au Revoir’. And Robert had split. I thought that was the coolest thing anyone’s ever done with me. When I saw it, I just thought: ‘Robert’. Nobody else could have done that. Of course we’d settle the bill later. He wouldn’t hit me with a bill.‘ [ITP 20: Le Jeu de Morre by Rene Magritte, 1966; the Apple Corp. Logo, 1967]

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Found Our Way Through The Lost Years & Now The Day Brings It All Here

Beck
Madison Square Garden
July 19

A lot can happen in a month.  One could say, ‘I don’t really need to see Beck again for awhile‘ and then weeks later be like, um, I’m a fool, so can we re-define ‘awhile’ to mean ‘NOW’ and get on with it???  THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED!!!! 

For some reason I was over Beck.  Last saw him in 2013.  Then time slipped.  His last album was snoozy (and somehow won THE Grammy).  I didn’t want snoozy, I wanted a Midnite Vulture redux! 

Then right around July 4th, Live Nation, probably looking to shrug off sluggish ticket sales for Beck’s first ever MSG headlining show, offered ‘all in’ tickets for $25.  How could I resist?  You can barely get into anything at MSG for less than $50!  I was in!  Oh wait what, Beck released a new album last fall and I didn’t know about it or chose to ignore it?  Well, I better get on this sh!t STAT, and to my surprise – IT WAS THE ANSWER TO ALL MY PRAYERS – MIDNITE VULTURES REDUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Beck’s Colors album is FANTASTIC, and super fun, and I want it to be my BFFive-ever!!  

And the show at MSG that he was having trouble filling?  Enough fans filled the seats, and if there was any emptiness in the Garden, Beck overfilled it with the rock and pop circumstance I’ve always known and loved.  And I still love it.  He still gots it.  And I still gots it for him!!  (why do I keep forgetting these things?)

But seriously Beck, why do you got such hate-tations on Mutations?  You haven’t played ‘Cold Brains’ live since 2006, and ‘Nobody’s Fault But My Own’ since 2005????!!!  Enuff with the Snooze Changes and Snoozing Phases – and never forget your BEST quiet work!!!  I’m not asking for Mutations 2, but juss for you to give some live love to the album that showed us your TRUE colors, but if we’re hear to ask for things, I’ll certainly take Midnite Vultures 3 – with all the pan flute you can flute at us!!!

Setlist – Devils Haircut / The New Pollution / Mixed Bizness / Up All Night / Wow / Qué Onda Güero / Think I’m in Love > I Feel Love (Donna Summer cover) / l’m So Free / Dear Life (with Britt Daniel) / I Turn My Camera On (Spoon cover with Britt Daniel) / Girl Dreams (with Jenny Lewis) / Lost Cause / Blue Moon / Dreams / Girl /
Colors / Loser / E-Pro

Encore – Where It’s At > Can I Kick It > Good Times > See No Evil > I’m Waiting for the Man > Taking It to the Streets > Once In A Lifetime > In the Air (medley) / One Foot in the Grave / Where It’s At

@Beck – best pan flute since #Zamfir

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Them & I Are Rock & Roll

U2
Madison Square Garden
June 25

Congrats U2 – you are now tied for first – for the band I have seen the most in concert!!!  But I feel like you will soon leave Beck and Moby behind in the dust for good, cause I don’t really need to see Beck again for awhile, and Moby rarely tours anymore 

U2 + me = US3!!!

Last night’s MSG show was of course a great one (and very similar to the one back in 2015), as the lads dropped 8 rounds of love from their pretty damn good Songs Of Experience album!  And finally, Achtung‘s ‘Acrobat’!  But dude, how’d we get stuck with ‘All Because of You’ instead of ‘Gloria’?  How are those even swappable night after night?  Not even in the same league, bro! 

Anywho, the real setlist is below below, but after seeing these guys 10 times, I kinda now have my own dream setlist, and it goes like this…

Thighmaster’s Dream U2 Setlist

  • Zoo Station
  • Even Better Than The Real Thing
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Lady With The Spinning Head
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • Zooropa
  • Numb
  • Paint It Black (Rolling Stones cover)
  • The Blackout
  • Magnificent
  • Beautiful Day
  • Elevation
  • Vertigo
  • Volcano > American Soul
  • Raised By Wolves
  • Seconds
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • New Year’s Day
  • Stories For Boys
  • I Will Follow
  • Gloria
  • Van Diemen’s Land > In God’s Country

Encore

  • The Miracle of Joey Ramone
  • Desire
  • Get Out of Your Own Way

Second Encore

  • A Sort of Homecoming
  • Bad
  • Pride (In The Name of Love)
  • Ordinary Love
  • With Or Without You
  • Where The Streets Have No Name

yes, I left out ‘One’, on purpose!

you can listen to the setlist as a playlist it here (without the Experience songs or ‘Ordinary Love’)

MSG 6/25 Setlist – Love Is All We Have Left / The Blackout / Lights of Home / I Will Follow / All Because of You / Beautiful Day / The Ocean / Iris (Hold Me Close) / Cedarwood Road / Sunday Bloody Sunday / Until the End of the World / Elevation / Vertigo / Desire / Acrobat / You’re the Best Thing About Me / Staring at the Sun / Pride (In the Name of Love) / Get Out of Your Own Way / American Soul / City of Blinding Lights

Encore – One / Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way / 13 (There Is a Light)

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