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Full Bridge Fever

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
+ Steve Winwood

Madison Square Garden
September 10th

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It is without question (and without much explanation needed) that Tom Petty AND Steve Winwood are both rAWESOME in concert. Free Fallin’??? Running Down A Dream??? Cover of the Byrds’ So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star??????????????? REFUGEE?????????? HIGHER LOVE???? BRING ME A HIGHER LOVE!!!!!!! But we aren’t going to waste any more space on their stellar performances. Cause I’m here to talk about the amazingness that is MSG’s Skybridge seating area. They like skybox seats, but ANYONE can buy em. And here’s what they got – less people, less lines, endless room – room to boogie, to get up and walk around, stretch ye legs, and to boogie. SO MUCH ROOM TO BOOGIE. Normal seats are for lamewads. Skybridge seats are for AWESOMEWADDDDS!!!!! Dude, once you go skybridge, you never go any other kind of bridge EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Setlist

Steve Winwood – I’m a Man / Them Changes / Can’t Find My Way Home / Medicated Goo / Low Spark of High Heeled Boys / Empty Pages / Higher Love / Dear Mr. Fantasy / Gimme Some Lovin’

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star / Mary Jane’s Last Dance / American Dream Plan B / Into the Great Wide Open / Forgotten Man / I Won’t Back Down / Free Fallin’ / A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me) / U Get Me High / Rebels / Two Gunslingers / Yer So Bad / Learning to Fly / Shadow People / I Should Have Known It / Refugee / Runnin’ Down a Dream

Encore – You Wreck Me / (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone / American Girl

ps – Full Moon Fever is one of the fcuking greatestestesest albums ever

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d’Amour Outlandos

Paul Simon & Sting
Madison Square Garden
March 6th

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I love me some Paul Simon.  Sting, not so much.  I love the Police, and a smattering of Gordon Sumner’s solo work (I used to be obsessed with the song and video for ‘All This Time’), but most of his stuff is too stuffy, and slow, and boring.  Saw Stingster reunite with the Policemen in 2007, and wasn’t exactly blown away.  Then briefly again, when he joined Stevie Wonder for two songs at the 25th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary Concert.  That performance fared better in my mind, cause it wasn’t all about him, and cause Stevie Wonder if the f$%king greatestestest.  And Sting fared even betterer when he teamed up with Paul Simon for this special tour, and tried his best to be Simon’s Garfunkel and sometime Garfunkel’s Simon, although I still don’t get why Simon won’t juss reteam with Garfunkel and blow everyone’s ears and minds.  Sting should stick to doing Police covers, and Simon covers.  His take on ‘America’ > ‘Fields of Gold’ or any of that other ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzsnooozefest stuff

Setlist – Brand New Day / Boy in the Bubble / Fields of Gold / Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic / Englishman in New York / I Hung My Head / Driven to Tears / Walking on the Moon / Mother and Child Reunion / Fragile / America / Message in a Bottle / The Hounds of Winter / They Dance Alone / Roxanne / Desert Rose / The Boxer 

Encore – Bridge Over Troubled Water / Every Breath You Take / Late in the Evening 

Encore 2 – When Will I Be Loved? (The Everly Brothers cover)

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Elton John
Madison Square Garden
December 4th

Elton John In Concert - New York, New York

Dude, he’s still standing, cause HELLO, yellow brick AWESOME!!!  He rocketed it, man!!!!  He saved my ears that night, cause Wednesday’s alright for fighting AND rocking, and for freedom from Philadelphia and everywhere!!  What about Lennie and the Mets???  NO FCUKING WAY, CAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT BENNY AND THE JETS!!!  The moon didn’t do up on him, cause the bitch was front AND back, and I guess that’s why he would never get the booos.  He’s the one, like a lighter in the win.  Hold me closer Tony Danza.  Dude, it was fcuking ELTON JOHN!!!!!  AND HE IS LESS GAY THAN YOU ARE!!!!!

SetlistFuneral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding / Bennie and the Jets / Candle in the Wind / Grey Seal / Levon / Tiny Dancer / Holiday Inn / Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters / Believe / Philadelphia Freedom / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) / Hey Ahab / I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues / The One / Oceans Away / Someone Saved My Life Tonight / Sad Songs (Say So Much) / All the Girls Love Alice / Home Again / Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me / I’m Still Standing / The Bitch Is Back / Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘n Roll) / Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

EncoreYour Song / Crocodile Rock

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Leonard Part 7

Leonard Cohen
Madison Square Garden
December 18th

Oh Leonard.  You did it again.  And it was JUST as amazings as the first time, but now it was the second time.  Your voice was still gravelly, but it was still like silk gravel!!  Most incredible thing about Leonard Cohen?  He’s 78 and gets down on his knees more than a 24 hour hooker who never takes a vacation.  Lenny, you wearing knee pads or did you get robo-knee implants?  Wanna be the running back for the Jets?  Second most incredible thing about Leonard Cohen?  He may be Dustin Hoffman

 

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Where’s North From Here?

Gorillaz
Madison Square Garden
Rocktober 8th

Damon Albarn was once simply known as the frontman for the Brit-pop band called Blur, who were popular worldwide, but moderately successful in our neck of the shore (unless you count the amount of times ‘Song 2′ has been used in adverts and other stuffs).  Then something happened, something moist incredible: Albarn and his flatmate, renowned animator Jamie Hewlett,  cooked up an idea to make a virtual cartoon band, a Banana Splits meets a hodge-pudge of every musical style conceivable, that could possibly conquer this brave new world

Three albums later, the latest landing at #2 on the US Charts (with the other two within the top 20!), and the furthest thought is that the new world conquerers Gorillaz are a joke.  The combination of Albarn’s voice and vision, Hewlett’s visuals, ingenious producers (first Dan the Automator, then with Danger Mouse, and then Albarn alone!),  a large array of rappers (Del The Funky Homosapien, De La Soul, that dude from the Pharcyde), worldclass world musicians (Buena Vista Social Clubber Ibrahim Ferrer), and long loved, but lately ignored legends (Ike Turner, Bobby Womack) has equaled and continued to equal nothing short of brilliance.  People from the future (we pity you) will look back at marvel at these talents collaborating on what each album has become: a once in a lifetime opportunity, which will stand the test of time

Damon Albarn had finally cracked America, and we were better for it.  The Gorillaz’ first tour in 2002 was a rawkin, yet curious hocus pocus act, featuring incredible theatrics and toons, but left many a concertgoer befuddled and remote from the musicians, since they played the entire show behind a sheet in silhoutte.  Then came the landmark residency shows in Manchester and at the famed Apollo Theater, but 10 masterful shows in total isn’t really reaching your entire audience.  That was a mistake Albarn & Co wouldn’t let happen again, as their latest jaunt to support Plastic Beach is a global one, including multiple stops all over our country

And so, how is the show?  Uh, we saw Roger Waters’ can’t miss Wall show earlier in the week, and our early collected thoughts have the Plastic Beach extravaganza topping it!  Yes!!!!!!!  Sure, the other stops won’t include Lou Reed, Mos Def or Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori reprising her Noodle ways, but that won’t make the show any less memorable or can’t can’t can’t can’t miss.  This show cannot be missed cause this show will never exist as it is again.  Ferrer, Turner and Dennis Hopper are all dead, and can no longer monkey around with Albarn on stage.  We hope and pray for the long life of Bobby Womack, but lettuce juss say you won’t be able to here him belt out ‘Stylo’ in 30 years time.  Also, how often will Clashers Mick Jones and Paul Simonon play together again, and with Albarn, and with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble!!!!  O M GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blur was never big enough to play Madison Square Garden, and probably never will (booooooooo!!  although we’re glad we saw em at Hyde Park last summer), but the Gorillaz are, and they did, and even if the show wasn’t sold out, they owned the place and everyone’s attention in it.  Sure, not everyone was digging Def’s ‘Sweepstakes’ entry, but as we left da Garden, heading to the usual White Castle afterparty, people couldn’t help but shout ‘SWEEEEEEPSTAKES!!!!!!!!!’  We’re still screaming it

Gawd bless you Damon Albarn.  Now figure out a way to get Graham, Alex and Dave to the Garden Party

setlist

Orchestral Intro
Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach
19/2000 (with Miho Hatori)
Last Living Souls
Stylo (with Bobby Womack)
On Melancholy Hill
Rhinestone Eyes
Superfast Jellyfish (with De La Soul)
Tomorrow Comes Today
Some Kind of Nature (with Lou Reed)
Empire Ants (with Yukimi Nagano)
Dirty Harry (with Bootie Brown)
El Mañana
White Flag (with Bashy)
To Binge (with Yukimi Nagano)
DARE (with Rosie Wilson)
Glitter Freeze
Sweepstakes (with Mos Def)
Plastic Beach

Encore
Cloud of Unknowing (with Bobby Womack)
Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul)
Clint Eastwood (with Bashy)
Don’t Get Lost In Heaven
Demon Days

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+ watch the Gorillaz’ 44 minute triumph on Live On Letterman

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