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He Didn’t Start The Fire

Billy Joel
Madison Square Garden
February 18th

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This was only the 2nd time I’ve seen BJ.  The first was on his River of Dreams tour at the Capital Centre in 1993 (one of these two shows)

He played ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ then

He didn’t last night

I’d consider that single omission a waste of an entire evening

JFGAY BLOWN AWAY WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO SAY?????

BUT it wasn’t, cause even if Billy Joel looks like an old mole, he’s still got it!!  And you can tell he’s really enjoying his monthly MSG residency.  He even is semi-sorta letting his fans dictate some his set – asking them to choose between two songs to play, by cheering their choice!  

AND he loves ‘Tush’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WHO DOESN’T???????????????

Setlist

Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) / Pressure / Say Goodbye to Hollywood / The Stranger / Vienna / Summer, Highland Falls / The Entertainer / The Downeaster Alexa / Zanzibar / Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) / New York State Of Mind / Allentown / I’ve Been Working On The Railroad (Instrumental) / My Life / Sometimes a Fantasy / She’s Always a Woman / Don’t Ask Me Why / The River of Dreams (with ZZ Top ‘Tush’ interlude) / Scenes From an Italian Restaurant / Piano Man

Encore - Uptown Girl / It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me / You May Be Right / Only The Good Die Young

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Orb Bits

Kenny Loggins poses for a portrait during the cover session for his album Keep the Fire

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January 22, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. photo by Ed Caraeff

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A Quest Called Vibes

Jack White
Madison Square Garden
January 30th

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Last time we saw Jack White ROCK out MSG, it was 2007, and the girl with the bouncy boobs was bouncing her boobs behind him, AND IT KICKED THE FCUKING BALL AND THE BISCUITLISTICS!!!!!!!!  They were two kids, playing to 18k people, and they somehow were able to own a building that’s built for giant acts.  Sure, at the time, they were a big act, but 6 years prior, they were playing the tiny Bowery Ballroom, a place better suited for their raw sound.  But Jack White’s sound now and forever knows no bounds.  ‘Seven Nation Army’ has become a sports stadium rally call, and now, Jack White can fill any sized venue to match those calls

Meg White is still sorely missed, but Jack, 7ish years later, has really done an amazing job to fill her (boobie) void.  Sure, having a full band helps, and at times, his band adds TOO much sound to Jack’s music, but they follow his lead, and we’d follow him anywhere he goes, cause it’s always steady as he goes.  His latest MSG set perfectly blended Stripes tunes with the stronger selections of his solo work + enough of the other side-project ditties (juss like his Roseland show of 3 years ago), but the larger venue made everything seem even larger, more vital.  Having Q-Tip come out to help didn’t hurt neither.  In fact, it cleaned and opened our ears even mo!  [editor’s note – we haven’t used a Q-Tip since 2009]

Setlist

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground / High Ball Stepper /Lazaretto / Hotel Yorba / Temporary Ground / Cannon / Broken Boy Soldier / Cannon / Love Interruption / We’re Going to Be Friends / Three Women / Black Math (intro only to) Top Yourself / Ball and Biscuit

Encore - That Black Bat Licorice (with Q-Tip) / Excursions (with Q-Tip) / Sixteen Saltines / Astro / Steady, As She Goes / Would You Fight for My Love? / Just One Drink / Blunderbuss / Seven Nation Army

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Thighs Wide Music 2014

somehow I got back into (newish) music this year.  I blame the Robyn Pandora station!!!  they made me remember that women singers are the bestest!!   annnnnnnnywho, here’s my year with music…

 

Spotifly A$$ Al Bumz

 

EP Ki-Yay, motherfcuker!

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Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again

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Dear Lord, What Took Us So Long To Shoot Up?

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Lorde’s Pure Heroine

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Lana Del Ray ALL DAY

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all her musics

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Tunses For Toonces

 

‘K-Scope’ – Phil Manzanera | ‘Subdivisions’ – Rush‘Love In Every Moment’ – t.A.T.u.  | ‘Do It Again’ – Röyksopp & Robyn |  ‘Wolves’ – Marnie | ‘Computerized’ – Daft Punk and Jay Z | ‘Marilyn Monroe’ – Pharrell | ‘Team’ – Lorde | ‘Closer’ – Tegan and Sara | ‘Habit (Stay High)’ – Tove Lo | ‘Would You Fight For My Love?’ – Jack White | ‘Tomorrow Never Lies’ – Pulp | ‘Stumblin’ In’ – Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro  | ‘You Are My Sunshine’ – Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens | ‘Mr Tembo’ – Damon Albarn | ‘Come On Down To My Boat’ – Every Mothers Son 

[d-lode all in one handy zip!!!!!]

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They Lives!

Paul Simon & Sting @ Madison Square Garden

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 29th Induction Ceremony @ Barclays Center

Frankie Valli & ‘The Four Seasons’ @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Damon Albarn @ Irving Plaza

Robyn & Röyksopp JBL @ Live at Pier 97

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers + Steve Winwood @ Madison Square Garden

Lorde United @ Palace Theatre

Lily Allen @ Terminal 5

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam @ Wang Theatre

Smokey Robinson @ Barclays Center

 

Take That! And This!

Check Your Head Checked

stripes!!!!!!!!!

never 5get Jimmy McBride – Boston Cab Driver – MTV Gabber

MEG WHITE LIVES!!!

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BADBYE :(

bye bye love

bye bye hammer time

bye bye ear raider

paul revere

bye bye tree hugger

bye bye Hair poster maker!!!

bye bye Shaggy DJ

casey kasem

bye bye you saxy mutherfucker

bye bye creamy third

things we like bruce

&

bye bye friend helper

joe cocker

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and here’s what we stuffed in the past

’13
’12
’11
’10
’09
’08
’07
’06
’05
’04
’03

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I Don’t Second That Emotion

Smokey Robinson
Barclays Center
December 11th

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It’s no miracle that Smokey Robinson STILL sounds like good ol’ Smokey Robinson (or that he can rock a green outfit from neck to toe AND look simply amazing), but it is a absolute sin that I walked away from his concert dissatisfied. Yes, he played the sure-fire hits, and yes, they sounded great, but he only played 14 tunes in total, and 3 were shortened into a quickie Temptations medley. Where was ‘Shop Around’ or ‘Going To A Go Go’ or ‘Mickey’s Monkey’? Smokey was too busy padding time with pointless stories and jokes that a 6 year old could make. How could such a gifted writer have no gift for gab? And even if he did, why bother when there’s plenty more music he could have done sung? How could a Smokey Robinson concert not be amazing? That’s like an anti-miracle. And how could he have written the song ‘Love Bath’? It’s so gross that I need to take a hate shower after hearing it

SetlistBeing With You / I Second That Emotion / You Really Got a Hold on Me / Quiet Storm / Ooh Baby Baby / Temptations Medley – The Way You Do the Things You Do / Get Ready / My Girl / The Tears of a Clown / Fly Me to the Moon (Kaye Ballard cover) / Love Bath / That Place / The Tracks of My Tears / Cruisin’

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