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Raul Malo
City Winery
January 29th

In my family, I’m the vulture of culture, and usually dictate which movies and concerts we go to.  My wife excels at other things – like being beautiful and being an amazing cook, and even being funnier than I.  So it came with great shock and awe shucks that she turned me onto an incredible singer/songwriter that I never had the pleasure of hearing of, and hearing in general.  Ears, meet Raul Malo – a Cuban-American whose influences are wide-ranged, and whose voice is so grand and marvelous that it sends chills down my ears, to my spine and into my heart, where it hugs and tugs, and warms it song after song

We caught Mr Malo at the intimate City Winery, where all he brought was an acoustic guitar and that singular soul-shaking voice.  My oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!  It didn’t matter what he was singing, from his own solo catalog, to tunes from his band the Mavericks – it all ROCKED.  But where things really really REALLLY ROCKED were the covers her covered – doing justice and then some to the likes of Willie Nelson, SinatraHarry NilssonRoy Orbison and The Hollies.  I want to hear him cover every song ever!!!  EVER!!!!!!!  

Sign me up for mas Malo, por favor!

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Wild Man Best

Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band
Café Carlyle
December 14th

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Sometimes you have to make your own New York dreams come true, and sometimes that means taking a Brinks truck to your bank, and unloading your savings account to see Woody Allen play the clarinet with his jazz buddies, at one of his Monday shows at the chez shwanky Café Carlyle.  You know this place was crazy chezy swanky cause there’s a ‘é’ in the venue’s name

And?????????????  It was worth EVERY penny (although the money you’re additional forced to spend on food would have been better used for 26 trips to Wendy’s, although the shrimp cocktail was off the heeeeezy) – to sit in a VERY intimate room (a napkin’s toss away from the Woodman, at any seat) and listen to the 80 year old geezer kick the jazzy ballistics

It’s a once in a lifetime experience you should experience if a) you love Woody and b) love the music often featured in his movies and c) want to sit in a room with Woody Allen 

May he live to be 80000000000000000!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOODY ALLEN = WILD MAN BEST!!!!! #OnlyInNewYork #BucketList #AlvySinger #JazzInMyPants

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Feels Like The First Time

I Want My ‘80s Concert
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
November 6th

May I interest you this?

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too late – you already missed it!!

yep, you missed THE show of 2015, THE show of the 80s, and perhaps THE best show I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

no, it wasn’t life-changing, like seeing Simon & Garfunkel was, but it was LIFE-BEYOND-AMAZINGNINGINGING!!!!!!!

we’re a culture of greatest hits, and not deep cuts, and who wants to see a full Flock of Seagulls concert, when you can hear them play juss ‘I Ran’ + their 2nd best song, and then get off stage so you can hear the next 80s act play their 2 or 3 best known tunes

this happened, and I lived to tell about it, but more importantly, I lived to ROCK OUT TO IT!!!

MTV VJ Martha Quinn MCed the whole thing – and hearing her voice was like hearing the voice of MTV’s Jesus’ Mary!!!!

Then on came Tiffany.  Can you guess what song she played????  

YEP!!  WE WERE NO LONGER ALONE!!!!!!!!

TIFFANY!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert

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and then instead of playing another one of her other hits, she was like, I’m gonna play an 80s fav of her own…

SWEET CHILD O’ MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and then good ole raspy-voiced Tone Lōc comes out, and guess what he plays besides ‘Funky Cold Medina’?  

TONE-LOC!!!!!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert

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YEP!

and then THE GUY FROM FLOCK OF SEAGULLS PLAYED THAT 80s SONG WE ALL FLOCK TO!!!!

THE GUY FROM FLOCK OF SEAGULLS!!!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert

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BOOOM – check hearing that live off of my music bucketlist!!!!!!!

and then Run-DMC came out and got tricky, and then was like, I don’t need Run or Jam Master Jay (RIP) or Aerosmith, cause I got Dee Snider in da house and we are going to

DMC and DEE SNIDER!!!!!!!!!! #WalkThisWay #IWantMy80sConcert

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WALK DIS WAY

TALK DIS WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Man, this thing muss slow down at some point, right?

NOPE!

On comes still sweet Debbie Gibson who makes dreams a reality!!!

DEBBIE FCUKING GIBSON!!!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert #OnlyInMyReality

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wait, is this show gonna ever stop being awesomesss???

NOPE!

on comes Howard Jones – the dude with a forgettable name, but unforgettable music. YOU KNOW THESE TUNES!!!!

HOWARD FCUKING JONES!!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert #WoahOhOooohOhOhOoohOhOh

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woah oh ooooh oh oh oooh oh oh!!!!!!!!!!!

and no, I wasn’t a big Twisted Sister guy.  they freaked me out man.  even their cameo in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure wigged me out, but there’s no denying they rock – HARD – and everyone WILL take it – even if the only sister in attendance was Dee Snider!!!

DEE FCUKING SNIDER!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert #ITookIt

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MAN, THAT WAS MAD RAD!!!

and hey, how bout we throw Lou Gramm of Foreigner on stage to put a big ole cherry on top of this delicious bomb-ass cake?????????

LOU FCUKING GRAMMMMMM!!!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert #HeShowedMe

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He wants to know what love is?  IT’S THE PEOPLE HEARING HIS AMAZING MUSICS AND SINGING IT RIGHT BACK AT HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dear lord was that some show.  How do you end something like that?  Well, you bring ALL of them folks back on stage (although Tone and DMC somehow skipped the end) and have them sing that Journey song everyone loves to sing together

EVERYONE (minus Tone and DMC) ARE JOURNEY-MEN!!!!!! #IWantMy80sConcert #BestConcertEver (maybe/probably)

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I MEAN WHERE ELSE YOU GONNA SEE DEE SNIDER SLIGHTLY STANDING IN THE WAY OF TIFFANY AND DEBBIE GIBSON ROCKING OUT MAD HARD YO??????????????

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and who needs these people’s backing bands to back them up, when they rocked out with the greatest 80s cover band going…

Jessie’s Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

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not sure how the show did $$$$-wise, but awesome-wise – it was BEYOND THUNDERDOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I pray they do another one of these, cause I need to hear ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me’) by Simple Minds + 1 more of their songs, and then have them get off the stage so I can hear A-ha ‘Take On Me’ + 1 more song and then make way for Young MC to quickly ‘Bust A Move’

Nostalgia never dies – as long as we don’t let it die

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ALWAYS Trust A Big Butt AND A Smile

Bell Biv DeVoe
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 24th

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We all make tough decisions in life – like – should I eat more pizza?  should I beatoff less?  should I stop loving the sports teams that tear out my heart season after season?

But the best decisions in life are the easy ones, like – should I go see Bell Biv DeVoe in concert, even if they only play for barely an hour and the only song I really want to hear is ‘Poison’????  (I think you can see where this one’s going)

Bell Biv DeVoe’s ‘Poison’ was like the greatestestestest, mos illestest, mos jamminiest song on the Bar Mitzvah circuit of 1990.  In fact, I won the cassingle at a Bar Mitzvah!!! CASSINGLE!!!!!!!!!!

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And that music video, OH that MUSIC VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I do them dance moves and hand gestures in my sleep!!!!!!

Sure, BBD had other songs, but really, all they had (beyond their New Edition upbringing) was ‘Poison’.  Poison, p-p-p-p-Poison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course I was going to hear this song sung live in life, at least once!

I mean, ‘Poison’ doesn’t turn 25 years old every year!!!!!!

and of course I was gonna lose my fcukin shit!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Setlist – Do Me! / (some other BBD songs) / (a few New Edition hits) / Poison

 

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It Really Really Really Could Happen (And It Did!!!)

Blur
Madison Square Garden
October 23rd

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The above pic is all you need to know about how much Blur enjoyed playing Madison Square Garden for the first time ever!!!

The pic below is all you need to know about how me and the crew enjoyed RAWKING out to Blur playing Madison Square Garden for the first time ever*!!!!!

*although Damon played MSG before with Gorillaz

Classic crew. Blur revealed!

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Setlist – Go Out / There’s No Other Way / Lonesome Street / Badhead / End of a Century / Ghost Ship / Coffee & TV / Out of Time / Country Sad Ballad Man / Beetlebum / Thought I Was a Spaceman / Trimm Trabb / Tender / Parklife / Song 2 / To the End / This Is a Low

EncoreStereotypes / Girls & Boys / For Tomorrow / The Universal

and I know #BadHead #GoodHead #Blur #ModernLifeIsAwesome

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so where does the show rank?  probably the 2nd best Blur show I’ve seen, right behind the 2009 Hyde Park gig, and ahead of the Bowery show, which was really a 1/2 a Blur show (no Rowntree, and Graham wasn’t in the band)  

What about Damon shows?  Too hard to compare, juss ultra blessed he makes many kinds of musics and tours these musics in whatever form they is in

perv-iously on Damon shows…

Grahamer Rodeo – Damon @ Irving

Where’s North From Here? – Gorillaz @ MSG

Hyde & Seek – Blur @ Hyde Park

Thighs By Thighswest Day 2- The Good, The Bad & The Queen @ Webster Hall

Shaun Ryder Cup My Balls of Noodles – Gorillaz @ The Apollo Part 2

Things To Dee And So* – Gorillaz @ The Apollo Part 1

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