Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Night Two

Posted by The G on October 31, 2009 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

All photos by G.

Last night, at the first of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, my mind was blown with seeing some amazing artists performing some amazing duets.  Tonight, my head exploded!  Because there is so much to absorb, please settle for an abbreviated review and a few pictures.

Over the course of a much shorter show (4 hours instead of 6), history was made again.  Tom Hanks introduced the show and first act Jerry Lee Lewis (who sang Great Balls of Fire).  Aretha Franklin then took the stage and sang New York, New York plus Respect and then was joined on stage by Annie Lennox for Chain of Fools.  Lenny Kravitz then joined for Think.  Jeff Beck played some killer guitar next and was joined on stage by Sting and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.  Beck finished off his set with an amazing instrumental version of A Day In The Life by The Beatles.  Metallica went on next and they were joined by Lou Reed (for Sweet Jane and White Light/White Heat); Ozzy Ozbourne for Paranoid and Ray Davies of the Kinks for You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night.  Before exiting, a killer rendition of Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy and Metallica’s own Enter Sandman was played.  Finally, U2 took the stage and played Vertigo, Beautiful Day before being joined by the biggest surprises of the night – Bruce Springsteen (for I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For).  Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and U2 played Because The Night, but did several takes to get the lyrics right.  The Black Eyed Peas joined next for a medley of Mysterious Ways and Where is The Love.  The Peas exited the stage but Fergie stayed and started singing the opening bars to Gimmie Shelter, the Rolling Stones classic.  All of a sudden, Mick Jagger emerged to sing the song!  They also did U2’s Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.  It was a night of magic!

UPDATE:  Here’s the set list:

Jerry Lee Lewis:
Great Balls of Fire

Aretha Franklin:
Baby, I Love You
Don’t Play That Song
Make Them Hear You

Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox:
Chain of Fools

Aretha Franklin:
New York, New York

Aretha Franklin and Lenny Kravitz:
Think

Aretha Franklin:
Respect

Jeff Beck:
Drown in My Own Tears

Jeff Beck and Sting:
People Get Ready

Jeff Beck:
Freeway Boogie
Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers

Buddy Guy with Jeff Beck:
Let Me Love You

Jeff Beck:
Big Block
Rice Pudding

Billy Gibbons and Jeff Beck:
Rough Boy

Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons:
Foxy Lady

Jeff Beck:
A Day in the Life

Metallica:
For Whom the Bell Tolls
One
Turn the Page

Metallica and Lou Reed:
Sweet Jane
White Light/ White Heat

Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne:
Iron Man
Paranoid

Metallica and Ray Davies:
You Really Got Me
All Day and All of the Night

Metallica:
Stone Cold Crazy
Enter Sandman

U2
Vertigo
Magnificent

U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith with Roy Bittan:
Because the Night

U2 and Bruce Springsteen with Roy Bittan:
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 and Black Eyed Peas:
Mysterious Ways/Where Is the Love/One

U2, Mick Jagger, Fergie and Will.i.am:
Gimme Shelter

U2 and Mick Jagger:
Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

U2:
Beautiful Day

A severely edited version of the show will air on HBO in November, but for now, some pictures after the jump.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Night One

Posted by The G on October 30, 2009 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

All photos by G.

What can you say about a 6 hour concert where you see Jerry Lee Lewis (performing Great Balls of Fire), Crosby Stills and Nash (perform with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor), Simon and Garfunkel (performing You Can Call Me Al, Bridge over Troubled Water, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson, The Sounds of Silence and also performing with David Crosby and Graham Nash), Stevie Wonder (performing Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours, Higher Ground, Living for the City before being joined on stage by Smokey Robinson – performing Tracks of My Tears, and with Sting – performing Roxanne, and also solo performing Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel – getting so choked up, the entire Madison Square Garden was crying), BB King (performing The Thrill is Gone) and Bruce Springsteen (performing w/ Sam Moore singing Soul Man, Darlene Love singing Da Do Run Run, with John Fogarty singing Pretty Woman and Proud Mary and with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine performing The Clash’s London Calling, plus solo doing The Ghost of Tom Joad)?  INSANELY HISTORIC NIGHT!

Here’s a few pix to whet your appetite until next month when a highlights show of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary is aired on HBO.  After the jump.

Update:  Here’s the full setlist:

Jerry Lee Lewis :
Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Woodstock
Marrakech Express
Almost Cut My Hair

Bonnie Raitt with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
Love Has No Pride

Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Midnight Rider

Jackson Browne with Crosby, Stills and Nash:
The Pretender

James Taylor with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
Mexico

 

Crosby, Stills and Nash with James Taylor:
Love the One You’re With

Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Rock and Roll Woman

Crosby, Stills and Nash with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor:
Teach Your Children

Paul Simon:
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
You Can Call Me Al

Dion DiMucci with Paul Simon:
The Wanderer

Paul Simon with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
Here Comes the Sun

Paul Simon:
Late in the Evening

Little Anthony and the Imperials:
Two People in the World

Simon and Garfunkel:

The Sounds of Silence
Mrs. Robinson/Not Fade Away
The Boxer
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Cecilia

Stevie Wonder:

Blowin in the Wind
Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
I Was Made To Love You
For Once in My Life
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
Boogie On Reggae Woman

Smokey Robinson with Stevie Wonder:
The Tracks of My Tears

John Legend with Stevie Wonder:
Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)

Stevie Wonder with John Legend:
The Way You Make Me Feel

B.B. King with Stevie Wonder:
The Thrill Is Gone

Stevie Wonder:
Living for the City

Stevie Wonder and Sting:
Higher Ground/Roxanne

Stevie Wonder with Jeff Beck:
Superstition

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
10th Avenue Freeze-Out

Sam Moore with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
Hold On I’m Comin
Soul Man

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Tom Morello:
The Ghost of Tom Joad

John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
Fortunate Son
Proud Mary
Oh. Pretty Woman

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
Jungleland

Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
A Fine, Fine Boy
Da Doo Ron Ron

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Tom Morello:
London Calling
Badlands

Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
You May Be Right
Only the Good Die Young
New York State of Mind
Born To Run

Darlene Love, John Fogerty, Tom Morello, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Peter Wolf and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

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Baja Fresh opens in New York!

Posted by The G on October 29, 2009 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Baja Fresh located at 1441 Broadway.  Now open!

Baja Fresh located at 1441 Broadway. Now open!

Good news for California transplants (like myself) in New York.  Baja Fresh has opened two locations in Manhattan.  The first is located at 465 Lexington Avenue (Between 45th and 46th) and the other is located at 1441 Broadway (Between 40th and 41st).

If you don’t know their menu, they have delicious healthier and fastish Mexican food than most places.  The New York branches are a bit more expensive than their California locations, but the food is great and worth every penny.

This is It

Posted by The G on October 28, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

This is It?

This is It?

After getting back from seeing This is It, it seems there are many more questions than answers on the tragic story of Michael Jackson.  The footage culled from the performances leading up to the shows that never were show Michael Jackson not as a drug addict, but a musical perfectionist trying to put on the greatest show ever known to man.  He appeared happy and in good spirits in every scene.  On top of that, he appeared to be a truly nice person. You would almost never know this was the same person who was taking near lethal doses of anesthetics regularly.  In one scene, when the levels in his ear monitors were not right, rather than snap into a diva tantrum, he told the people to fix the problem and then said “I love you” to them for helping to get it right.

Vocally, Michael Jackson sounded great on ballads such as “Human Nature,” and on every song, he danced his ass off.  His voice sounded pretty shot in numbers such as “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Beat It,” but it’s undeniable, the man could still dance.  The moves were as fresh as they were in the 80s and 90s.  It’s hard to believe that hours after some of the footage in the movie, Michael Jackson would be dead.

Knowing that he would die, the movie gives you that feeling you had when you first heard the news.  I sat through the movie thinking that he is still very much alive.  If you are a Michael Jackson fan, this movie is a great document of the final performances of a true legend.

Let it simmer.

Museum of Sex

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All photos by G.

Sex Sex Sex!

Sex Sex Sex!

The other day, I went to the Museum of Sex in New York.  Should you come?  See some NSFCMP (not safe for closed-minded people) pix after the jump.

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