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Frampton Comes Alive As Joel Stays Alive!

Billy Joel
Madison Square Garden
May 9

Happy 70th Birthday Billy Joel!  YOU ARE THE PIANO MAN!!!  Well, there’s Elton and Stevie and other dudes who tickle the ivories as well or better, but this night was all about you – and seeing Frampton play the two songs I’ve needed to hear Frampton come alive to, which means now I don’t need to see Frampton solo.  So thanks for being born Billiam, and on reaching 70, and of course for playing my favorite ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ (unlike last time when I saw him). 


SetlistBig Shot / My Life / Vienna / The Longest Time / The Downeaster Alexa / The Entertainer (The Lion Sleeps Tonight / Runaround Sue / Sherry intro) / Don’t Ask Me Why / Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones cover) / Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones cover) / Keeping the Faith / New York State of Mind (with Alexa Ray Joel) / She’s Always a Woman / Allentown / Show Me the Way (Peter Frampton cover with Frampton) / Baby, I Love Your Way
(Peter Frampton cover with Frampton) / Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) / I Go to Extremes / Sometimes a Fantasy / Only the Good Die Young / The River of Dreams / Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover With Mike DelGuidice on vocals) / Scenes From an Italian Restaurant / Piano Man

EncoreWe Didn’t Start the Fire / Uptown Girl / It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me / You May Be Right (with Peter Frampton)



We Keep Dancing On Our Own

Madison Square Garden
March 8

This is all you need to know about Robyn’s show at MSG…

they say – you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here, and the kids, well, they kept the dance party going outside of MSG because they didn’t want to go home or stop dancing or stop singing or stop partying or stop Robyning…

SetlistSend to Robin Immediately / Honey / Indestructible / Hang With Me / Beach2k20 / Ever Again / Be Mine! / Because It’s in the Music / Between the Lines / Love Is Free / Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do / Dancing on My Own / Missing U / Call Your Girlfriend

Encore – Trust Me / Stars 4-Ever / With Every Heartbeat

Second Encore – Human Being / Who Do You Love?

but no love for the Röyksopp collabs ‘Do It Again’ or ‘The Girl And The Robot’???


The Long Goodbye

Elton John
Madison Square Garden
October 18

Elton’s saying that this is his final tour (one that has dates that stretch into 2020)!!!!  BUT YOU CAN’T STOP NOW ELTON!!! (although you’re allowed to do whatever the fcuk you want!)

What a perfect show.  Just as amazing as when I first saw him in 2013, but with even more feeling – and pizzazz – and an incredible piano shaped stage!   You made Thursday night alright for fighting ROCKING!!!  

But no ‘Pinball Wizard‘?  Or ‘Lady D’Arbanville‘????  I know, I know – this is all hits – not all hits by other dudes that you may actually do better than their originals!!

But you’re still standing, even though you do a lot of sitting.  Long may you stand AND sit!!!

Thank you Elton

Setlist – Bennie and the Jets / All the Girls Love Alice / I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues / Border Song / Tiny Dancer / Philadelphia Freedom / Indian Sunset / Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) / Take Me to the Pilot / Someone Saved My Life Tonight / Levon / Candle in the Wind / Funeral for a Friend-Love Lies Bleeding / Burn Down the Mission / Believe / Daniel / Sad Songs (Say So Much) / Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me / The Bitch Is Back / I’m Still Standing / Crocodile Rock / Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

Encore – Your Song / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road



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

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

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


  • 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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