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One Nation Under (Yusuf) Islam

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam 
Beacon Theatre
September 20th, 2016

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We saw Cat return to form(/American soil, on his first official North American tour since 1976!) in Boston back in the winter of 2014, and it was an unforgettable night filled with much wisdom, soul, and incredible music.  We had only one want after that night – to see him again, mainly cause he didn’t play ‘Matthew & Son‘ (my favorite Cat song that isn’t ‘Lady D’Arbanville‘, which he hasn’t played since… 1976!)

Well, the opportunity arose and we seized it, and Mr Cat/Yusuf/Amazing came thru with his end of the bargain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡MATTHEW AND SON!!!!!!! bless you @yusufcatstevens

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not only that – but he took a little dig at Tears For Fears while playing it, for their song ‘Mad World’ sounding quite like his ‘Matthew & Son’ – mouthing ‘I think it’s kind of funny, I think it’s kind of strange, yes I think it’s kind of funny, that this sounds the same!‘  YOU FCUKING GO CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 2014 tour’s name was ‘Peace Train…Late Again’, as in, he’s still be riding that train, but that train and its conductor was a little past due at its American stations.  Well, this year’s tour is called ‘A Cat’s Attic: 50 Year Anniversary Acoustic Tour’, and with less explaining about his absence this time around, he played the true troubadour, taking us on his musical life story with his 60s catalog as its soundtrack.  The cuts he dropped were a bit deeper than when we saw him before, and luckily he didn’t bother with the tunes on his last album, which were in heavy rotation on that 2014 jaunt

In these uncertain times, it’s wonderful that we can take solace in a musical genius who promotes peace, love and understanding, and so happens to be a Muslim.  The (probably not very Muslim) crowd was with Cat/Yusuf from start to finish.  The world would be a better place if it was with Cat/Yusuf’s music and its message from here on out.  Never too late to board the peace train.  WOOT! WOOT!!

Here’s hoping the next tour is called ‘I Want To Be Your Man/Lady D’Arbanville’.  And if so, that tour – oh you tour – you will be my fill, yes, you will be my fill

Set 1 – Lilywhite / Don’t Be Shy / America (Leonard Bernstein song) / Up on the Roof (Carole King cover) / Love Me Do (The Beatles cover) / Here Comes My Baby / I Love My Dog / Matthew & Son / Blackness of the Night / A Bad Night / Trouble / Katmandu / I Wish, I Wish / Miles From Nowhere / On the Road to Findout

Set 2 – Tea for the Tillerman / Sad Lisa / If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out / Into White / Father and Son / The Wind / How Can I Tell You / Sitting / The Boy With a Moon and Star on His Head / Angelsea / Oh Very Young / Novim’s Nightmare / People Get Ready (The Impressions cover) / Be What You Must / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone cover) / Maybe There’s a World -> All You Need Is Love / Peace Train

Encore  – Wild World / Moonshadow / Morning Has Broken

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In Like Lynne

Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O.
Radio City Music Hall
September 18th, 2016

E.L. FCUKING O.!!!!!!! they bring no one down. not even BRUCE!!!

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Dude, they did NOT bring ANYONE down.  Not him or her, or even Bruce.  They brought everyone UP!!!  The only thing Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O. brought down was the HOUSE!!!  bi the gay, what IS E.L.O. without Jeff Lynne anywaysz? 

Man, what a fcuking show.  It was ELECTRIC!!  There were LIGHTS!!! And, woah, how rad was that ORCHESTRA!!!  Truth in advertising!  18 songs came and went in a cool 90 minutes, but I was ready for more!

They didn’t even tackle a lot of the hits on their greatest hits, which I used as my homework for the past few months, but you want to leave your fans wanting more, right??

Hard to say I was even a fan a few months ago (most of my Jeff Lynne love came from his work as a Traveling Wilbury), but after doing that homework, I was like – woah, I know ALL these songs, and they’re ALL amazing!

You probably don’t even think you’re a fan either, but what you don’t know is that you are.  You either grew up with this music or you’ve had it shoved into your ears over the past decade  

Remember this VW Beetle ad?  

Now you do, and now you remember how awesome that ad was, and how much of a fan you are of that song, which means you’re a fan of E.L.O.  They may not have sold a single VW bug without ‘Mr. Blue Sky’!!!

or what about the trailer for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind??? 

THAT WAS SUCH A FCUKING AWESOME TRAILER, remember?  And the trailer is kinda how I remember the movie, and it probably wouldn’t be as re-memorable without E.L.O.!!  YOU LOVE E.L.O.!!!

E.L.O.?  More like E.L.F(ucking).O.!!!!!!!!!!

Setlist – Tightrope / Evil Woman / Showdown / All Over the World / Livin’ Thing / When I Was a Boy / Rockaria! / 10538 Overture / Secret Messages / Can’t Get It Out of My Head / Shine a Little Love / Wild West Hero / Telephone Line / Turn to Stone / Sweet Talkin’ Woman / Don’t Bring Me Down / Mr. Blue Sky

Encore – Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)

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Still Moving Is Still To Me

Willie Nelson
Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
September 13th, 2016

Willie Nelson was always on my mind, but never high on my list of artists to see, not matter how high him or I have been in the past.  But I recently realized that he’s 83 years old, and although I can envision him on the road again and again until he’s 803, I don’t think he (or I) will make it that far, and so of course I had to see him before he enviably goes up yonder.  Plus, you never know – if you happen to catch his last show ever, you get to roll him up and smoke his dead body!  Sick, yes, but I didn’t write those lyrics – he did, and I bet in his will, he really wants his ashes smoked!

Anywho, the dude certainly looks like an 83-year-old dude (although he has forever looked like a dude in his 70s, even during in the 1980s!), but he still plays the guitar like he was a 53-year-old, and he STILL sounds like he did when he was 32!!!!  INCREDIBLE!!!!

This man is a national treasure, a country music spelunker doling out troves of down home Americana, decade after decade.  Do your civic and patriotic duty, see him in concert, and roll one up and smoke your own, before he dies

Setlist – Whiskey River / Still Is Still Moving to Me / Beer for My Horses (Toby Keith cover) / Good Hearted Woman (Waylon Jennings cover) / Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Ed Bruce cover) / Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground / On the Road Again / Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover) / Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms / Funny How Time Slips Away / Crazy / It’s My Life / Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin cover) / Me and Paul / If You Got the Money / Down Yonder /  Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Hank Williams cover) / Hey Good Lookin'(Hank Williams cover) / Move It On Over (Hank Williams cover) / Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael cover) / It’s All Going to Pot (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard cover) / Bloody Mary Morning / Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die / I’ll Fly Away

 

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From Newark With Amor

Pitbull
Prudential Center
August 13th, 2016

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Prior to July, I didn’t know much about Pitbull, other than he was a guy who always wore sunglasses, had women draped all over him 24/7, said ‘yeahhhhhhh’ a lot, and was a man who probably never wore a pair of shorts.  Then the wife comes along and says we should go see him live.  And why not – Groupon provided a cheap in, and I guess it would be fun, and who doesn’t like to have fun, right???

And as with all concerts I attend – I do my due diligence and brush up before a show – cause what’s the point of seeing a show if you’re not prepared to hear what you’re going to hear???  And to my surprise – the guy has some banging-a$$ tunes.  So what if his bangers are mad-banging cause the heavily lifting is mostly done by the guest vocalists he has employed – running the gamut from Marc Anthony to Ke$ha to Christina Aguilera to Enrique Iglesias to Chris Brown to Ne-Yo to Usher to T-Pain (I’m surprised he hasn’t dueted with Tony Bennett!  Guess Lady Gaga’s got him locked up in her basement or something)

But these songs are great (they are!), and his fans LOVE them, and L-O-V-E to hear them live (I hadn’t been to a show where people stand the entire time in ages… but then again, I mainly see concerts involving 80 year olds, both on stage and in the audience).  And Mr Worldwide (Pitbull) loves his fans – playing the ever-willing hype man to his own songs, while a cadre of hotties happily gyrate next to him on stage (as everyone happily watches/gyrates in their seats).  The entire presentation (with no encore!) was truly spectacular – a visual feast that feels like you’re watching an endless James Bond opening credits sequence, with Mr 305 acting more like Mr 007!!

Setlist (may be missing a song in the middle) – Don’t Stop the Party / Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) / The Anthem / Rain Over Me / Sube Las Manos Pa’ Arriba / Hotel Room Service / Fireball / Shake / I Like It / DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love / Time of Our Lives / Feel This Moment / Timber / Give Me Everything

BUT, he didn’t play my new most favorite song ever – ‘Bon Bon’.  ¡El bastardo!  Guess I’ll have to wait for the next time he comes to town/Groupon!

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This Guy Was In The Beatles

Paul McCartney
MetLife Stadium
August 7th, 2016

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This guy was in the Beatles.  Let me rephrase that…

THIS FCUKING GUY WAS IN THE FCUKING BEATLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You should probably go see him if you haven’t, cause he was in The Beatles.  This was my 3rd time seeing this guy who was in The Beatles, but wish it was my 3,3333,333333333th time  Dumb me  

What’s really nice of this guy from the Beatles is how this tour’s setlist is varied from the previous tour’s setlist, when I last saw the Beatles guy tour, so I’ve been SOOOO blessed to hear SOOO many Beatles songs sung live by a Beatle (and also happy not hear ‘The Long and Winding Road’ again).  And you know what, this Beatles’ post-Beatle output is pretty fcuking prolific too.  And on this tour, he even dug up some deep deep deep cuts! Like TEMPORARY SECRETARY!!

McCartney breaking out the deep cuts like 'Temporary Secretary', but what about 'Spies Like Us'????

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Time is not eternal.  Paul is alive, but won’t always be.  One day ‘Paul Is Dead’ will ring true, and then none of us will be able to see and hear this Beatle perform live.  I don’t even want think about it. A world without this Beatle?? I only want to think about seeing this Beatle again.  And again.  AND AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SetlistA Hard Day’s Night / Save Us / Can’t Buy Me Love / Letting Go / Temporary Secretary / Let Me Roll It (followed by ‘Foxy Lady’ jam) / I’ve Got a Feeling / My Valentine / Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five / Here, There and Everywhere / Maybe I’m Amazed / We Can Work It Out / In Spite of All the Danger / You Won’t See Me / Love Me Do / And I Love Her / Blackbird / Here Today / Queenie Eye / New / The Fool on the Hill / Lady Madonna / FourFiveSeconds / Eleanor Rigby / Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! / Something / Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Band on the Run / Back in the U.S.S.R. / Let It Be / Live and Let Die / Hey Jude

EncoreYesterday / Hi, Hi, Hi / Birthday / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End

yeah, nice show their Paul – you Beatle you – but how come you’ve NEVER played ‘Spies Like Us’ in concert, everr???????

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