Must Have Prince Bootleg: “Diamonds & Pearls: Beginnings”

Posted by The G on October 26, 2015 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Diamonds and Pearls

Diamonds and Pearls

While the lamestream mainstream media was reporting on Prince reinstating his Instagram account, the real Prince news item of the day went unnoticed: an early incarnation of his 1991 classic album “Diamonds and Pearls” has leaked, and in perfect sound quality! I’ll get to the differences in a little bit, but can we just take a moment to completely lose our minds at how awesome this is! For decades, Prince fans have wondered how these things make their way out of Prince’s legendary vault, and we could speculate for days without a clear answer since reporters never directly ask Prince this million dollar question. One thing you should know if you are just a casual Prince fan: the man has had a 30+ year career and has released over 40 albums under his own name, has written the lyrics and words for another 20 albums for his “proteges,” has toured the world tirelessly throughout his career, sometimes performing as many as 3 shows a day (with completely different set lists) and never stops recording!  At his Minneapolis recording complex, Paisley Park, a library of music known to die-hards as “The Vault” exists, and is rumored to contain thousands of unreleased songs.  THOUSANDS!  The average number of songs an artist releases in a 30 year career usually averages around 300, and this means that Prince is sitting on at least 700 songs that the world will never get to hear.  That’s several 30 year careers worth of music if you don’t want to do the math!  Whoa!  Luckily for die-hards, songs mysteriously escape the vault from time to time, and many of the tracks are as vital as anything he has officially released.  The creativity of this man is something of an anomaly, and that is something that is rarely celebrated in the press, and frankly should be mentioned in every article about him from now until eternity.

“Diamonds and Pearls,” The 13th studio album released by Prince on October 1, 1991 featured the debut of his new band, the New Power Generation.  For the first time, Prince included a backing singer (Rosie Gaines) and a rapper (Tony M.) in the official band lineup.  While Rosie Gaines was a perfect compliment to Prince’s voice, fans and critics did not feel the same way about Tony M.  Prince’s 1980s “golden period” where basically every song he released was amazing, had started to wain, and Prince, for the first time in his career – up to that point – decided to follow a trend rather than set it.  The result was an album that featured some brilliant tracks along side some cringe-worthy rap performances by both Prince and Tony M.  Over the years, the Prince fan community has learned to love all the songs on the record, except “Jughead” which aside from his current output ranks as one of the worst songs he’s ever released.  Meanwhile, in November of 1990, his box office bomb “Graffiti Bridge” had just been released and Prince submitted the first incarnation of one of his final classic albums.  The bootleg “Diamonds and Pearls: Beginnings” features not only a vastly different track list, but every version of every song that eventually got released was dramatically changed.  So this is what you will hear when you track this amazing bootleg down (read: please don’t come asking me for it!)

  1. Something Funky This House Comes.  The officially released album opens with the spiritually charged “Thunder,” but before that song was included, the album was set to open with the rap-heavy “Something Funky This House Comes.”  Tony M. introduces each member of the band and gives them a chance to “do their thing.”  A bold move for Prince to sparsely appear on the opening song, but eventually he changed his mind completely and the track remains unreleased officially to this day.
  2. Daddy Pop.  The song also sits as the second track on the officially released album, but this version is dramatically different.  It features different vocals and the end rap verse by Tony M. is cut out completely in favor of an instrumental break down. The song shows off Prince’s bad-assery (not a word), where he plays the role of “Daddy Pop,” the funkiest man in the land who has “grooves and grooves up on the shelf,” (the first lyric to acknowledge the Vault).  He also basically tell the competition to kiss his ass with the cut lyric, “Oh yeah, I turn the other cheek/ Swing… oops and miss / See this, kiss it!”  Rosie Gaines is utilized greatly for the first time in her brief stint with the NPG as she plays off Prince towards the end, but all of that was cut from the final version. Personally, I think this version is much better than the officially released version.
  3. Walk Don’t Walk. Not that much different than the officially released version, other than it’s a little more stripped down, and perhaps mixed differently.
  4. Schoolyard. This song is Prince as his nastiest.  Taking the view point of a 16 year old kid who is trying to get laid for the first time, it’s perhaps a little more true to life than we all know as around that time, Prince had met his future first wife, Mayte, who was 16 at the time of their meeting.  Not only is the song funky, but the lyrics are the tongue-in-cheek Prince that is very absent from his recent output.  Only Prince could have and get away with a chorus that contains the refrain “Schoolyard / Schoolyard / Gettin’ it on in the Schoolyard.”  The first verse finds Prince fantasizing about his dream girl and when he hangs out with her and his friends, they sit too close in the car and with each turn “Carrie fell in my lap / He asked me where I wanted to / I said “yeah right, like you need a map!”  The second verse finds the botched seduction with Prince getting turned down in favor of his girl getting stoned.  “I said “Carrie, do you wanna dance?” / She said “mmm hmm, yeah, like later man.  First let me smoke this weed.” / “I said “Damn!  My cologne ain’t sayin’ shit if this is what she needs.”  The bridge comes around and Prince finally gets laid.  “Now boys and girls for the graphic part / Close your ears if you ain’t got a nasty heart.”  He continues by slipping a condom on and having premature ejaculation!  “Take a glove and fill it with hot baby lotion and slip it on / Pull it tight / That’s what Carrie was like / 1 stroke and I was done.”  Despite being super funky, the song got shelved and has been circulating in sub-par sound quality among die-hards for 20 years – until now!  He could never release a song like this now, because a Bill Cosby-like investigation of sex with underage girls would surely come up (and maybe it should?  Just sayin’).
  5. Diamonds and Pearls.  One of the big hits off the album, after all these years, it comes a huge surprise to hear a Prince-only version of the song.  The officially released version features Rosie Gaines mirroring Prince’s lyrics and she has her big solo in the middle of the song when she sings “D to the I to the A to the M / O to the N to the D to the Pearls of Love.”  This version features music only during that part and your brain will still hear Rosie when that part comes on.  I’d also like to take this time to give a shout out to the video, where during this part, Prince jumps off a couch and does the splits.  BAD ASS!
  6. Strollin‘.  Again, not much different than the officially released version, but a slightly different mix.  What was great about this song was that Prince showed the world that he could master any style of music from rock to funk and light jazz, in this case, often all in the same album.  Not many people did that then, and certainly not that many people do it now.  That’s yet another reason Prince is so great!
  7. Interlude (Joyful Sound).  This has been circulating as part of an early mix of “Willing and Able” among fans, and it’s basically just a false start and stop to the next track.
  8. Willing and Able.  Prince and the NPG take you to church with this song as Tommy Barbarella’s organ is featured prominently.  The officially released version featured backing vocals by The Steeles, giving the song an extra gospel vibe, but this version features only Prince on vocals.  The Tony M. rap verse at the end of the song is also absent and instead we hear that organ solo I previously mentioned.
  9. Insatiable.  This is the jewel in the crown of this set as this version of the sexy single is dramatically different.  The music is more sparse, to give it a late night jam feeling, and while the vocals on the verses and chorus are the same, the second verse was cut out of the officially released version (despite the lyrics appearing in the CD booklet).  As the song discusses Prince’s insatiable appetite for sex, he also talks about filming his lover for their tryst and as you hear the song, you will submit to any request Prince makes of you!  The ad-libbing at the end of the song is quite different too, and Prince admits that he’s had too much wine, perhaps the only time in his entire catalog he’s admitted that he is wasted.  An interesting historical document even if Prince’s ballads aren’t your thing.
  10. Money Don’t Matter 2Night.  The mix is different, but otherwise the politically charged track is the same.
  11. Horny Pony.  The track was eventually scrapped to make room for the hit song “Gett Off,” and later became the b-side to “Cream,” which was not on the first draft of this album!  A bootleg version that is different than the b-side version has circulated among collectors for many years, and this version is different to that one!  Gotta love Prince!  It is closer to the bootleg version than the b-side version, with different lyrics than the one that got released, but this version is more stripped back and is a lot funkier than both other versions.
  12. Live 4 Love.  The final track on both this and the officially released version of “Diamonds and Pearls.”  This version is slightly different from the original version that has been in circulation and much different to the officially released version.  The lyrics are much more sleepy sounding, versus the released version that finds Prince asserting the lyrics much more forcefully.  The robotic intro is gone from this version and once again Tony M.’s rap verse is nowhere to be found.  The lyrics are also a lot different in several places and the song is about 1 minute shorter than the track that saw the light of day in 1991.

As you listen to this bootleg, you hear a whole different side to Prince, and again, the things he decided to throw away are often better than the best tracks from artists which we shall not name!  It’s really remarkable.  While the casual fan probably cannot comprehend how prolific this man is, die-hards across the world are simultaneously losing their minds as another puzzle piece of the genius known as Prince is revealed.

 

Photos: Saturday Night Live – The Exhibit

Posted by The G on August 19, 2015 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Weekend Update Desk - SNL Exhibit

Weekend Update Desk – SNL Exhibit

It’s hard to believe that the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year on the air in 2015.  A major retrospective exhibit was put together to honor this milestone, and naturally, it’s in New York.  Entitled SNL – The Exhibition, if you have ever been a fan of the show, you are sure to get your money’s worth as you will be taken through the process of putting the show together, see all kinds of cool ephemera from the 40 years of the show as well as major set pieces and costumes of a lot of the most beloved characters.

Bass O Matic

A display case featuring many SNL commercial parodies including Super Bass O Matic and Colon Blow

Before I leave you to enjoy a lot of pictures from the exhibit, let me say that you will be reminded of the brilliance of the show and you will laugh out loud as you relive clips from some of the funniest moments of the shows illustrious history.  The exhibit will take about an hour to go through it all and you are allowed to take non-flash photos of all of the items and you can even sit on the actual “Wayne’s World” set or the Weekend Update anchor desk (but they charge an extra fee for that one), plus there is a gift shop (which you exit through – ha!), so you can buy your loved ones SNL-themed merch if that floats your boat.

And now, live from According2g.com…. It’s Saturday Night… the exhibit!

SNL (Good for photo ops!)

SNL (Good for photo ops!)

Church Lady Costume

Church Lady Costume

Coneheads Mask

Coneheads Mask

Dick in a Box costume

Dick in a Box costume

SNL Costumes including Barry Gibb costume, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, Opera Man, Coneheads

SNL Costumes including Barry Gibb costume, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, Opera Man, Coneheads

 

Baby Spanx / Oops!  I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers

Baby Spanx / Oops! I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers

Eddie Murphy Buckwheat Costume - SNL Exhibit

Eddie Murphy Buckwheat Costume – SNL Exhibit

G on the Wayne's World Set

G on the Wayne’s World Set.  Photo by Gail.

Gilly Costume - SNL Exhibit

Gilly Costume – SNL Exhibit

Celebrity Jeopardy Set

Celebrity Jeopardy Set

Cast Member Photos of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players

Cast Member Photos of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players

Layout of the hosts and musical guests for the 1993 season.

Layout of the hosts and musical guests for the 1993 season.

Click to enlarge so you can see the list of amazing musical guests that were on in the 1993 season.  One of my only complaints of the exhibit was they were very light on the music guest ephemera.  Aside from a Lady Gaga costume and mini TV screens that showed some performance highlights from each season (but positioned in a way you couldn’t really watch them for too long), there was almost nothing of the historical music performances that took place on the show.

The Opening Monologue Stage

The Opening Monologue Stage

Stuart Smalley

Stuart Smalley

The Control Room

The Control Room

Wayne and Garth Costumes - SNL Exhibit

Wayne and Garth Costumes – SNL Exhibit

Turd Furguson

Turd Furguson (Photo by Gail)

SNL Merch

SNL Merch

The Merch!

The Merch!

SNL Exhibit

SNL Exhibit

The Saturday Night Live exhibit is showing through the end of 2015 at 417 5th Avenue in Manhattan (between 37th and 38th Street).  You can probably find cheaper tickets than the suggested price on the official website if you do a little googling.  These pictures are just a sample of what is on display, so if you are an SNL fanatic, do not miss this exhibit!

5 Observations from Culture Club at the Beacon (Night One)

Posted by The G on July 28, 2015 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos and words by G.

Boy George of Culture Club

Boy George of Culture Club

1980s music titans Culture Club are back.  They slayed New York last night, July 27, 2015, with the first of two sold out shows at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.  Here are 5 things I observed at the show:

Boy George of Culture Club

Boy George of Culture Club

1. Culture Club have so many great songs!  When I arrived at the Beacon Theatre, a DJ was spinning 1980s music remixed with modern beats, which set the mood for an incredibly good time.  At the stroke of 8:30, Boy George, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay and Jon Moss, better known as Culture Club, hit the stage.  A video montage of Culture Club’s highs and lows preceded the band coming out and then they pummeled the crowd with hit after hit.  If you had the pleasure to be alive when these songs came out, you remember that these tracks were so massive, the radio all but played them to death.  When you see songs as beloved as these performed in a large concert hall, the enthusiasm of the crowd makes you fall in love with them all over again.

Roy Hay and Boy George

Roy Hay and Boy George

Kicking off with “Church of the Poison Mind,” the entire night was a giant sing-a-long, with the audience losing its mind during classic tracks such as “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “It’s a Miracle,” “Miss Me Blind,” “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “Move Away,” fan favorite “Black Money,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” and the song that the audience went the most bonkers over, “Karma Chameleon.”  Two of Boy George’s solo hits, covers of “Everything I Own and “The Crying Game” were also played to much adulation from the crowd.  David Bowie’s “Starman,” which was included on Culture Club’s first reunion album in 2001, closed out the show. But the night was not all nostalgia, Culture Club is working on a new record and 6 songs were aired, including the self reflective “Like I Used To,” “Different Man,” “Let Somebody Love You,” and their latest single “More Than Silence.”

Boy George of Culture Club

Boy George of Culture Club

2. Culture Club’s music transports you back to a time where things were not disposable.  As Boy George pointed out on stage, the world is finally starting to get its first taste of sexual equality and this was the world Boy George has wanted to create and live in since the onset of his career.  When you think of how far we’ve come since Culture Club debuted in 1982, you realize how many barriers were broken down by this band.  How many other bands do you know that were multi-racial, straight, had an extremely outspoken, openly gay lead singer and had crossover appeal throughout the world?  Not many!  Boy George has always been uncompromising in his stance on being yourself under any circumstance and not giving a fuck what anyone thinks of you.  In a time where you faced much more persecution from your peers and the media for being flamboyant, out and proud than you do today, gay culture owes a huge debt of gratitude to Boy George for never backing down.

Boy George

Boy George

3. Culture Club shows still attract a widely diverse audience.  I’ve seen the band together and Boy George solo on many occasions, and you will rarely find a more diverse crowd.  Last night, you could readily find young and old people, gay, straight and of all races and that is a great thing.  I think the audience had a collective realization of all these things I said after “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” was played and the ovation after the song went on for several minutes and Boy George even had to tell the audience to stop cheering because he was about to get emotional from the outpouring of love.

Roy Hay and Mikey Craig

Roy Hay and Mikey Craig

4. Culture Club has aged really well.  From the songs still sounding amazing, to the fact that the band looks great and well preserved, Culture Club may have only had a few hit albums, but they left a permanent mark in music history.  Boy George famously had drug and legal problems for many years and not only was he in good shape physically, he also sounded great.  His voice is a little huskier than it used to be, but he can still hit the notes and he still lets you have it with his witty onstage banter, his numerous costume changes and his “it quality” as a performer.

Boy George

Boy George

5. I would be remiss if I didn’t get up on my soap box to complain about the excessive amount of selfie and picture taking that went on.  I am guilty of taking photos as much as the next person, but there is one slight difference – I use an actual camera (which is cheaper than an iPhone and light and compact to carry around) and I bring this up because I do not have to block other people’s views to take my pictures.  What exactly are the people doing with all these photos and videos they are taking?  Certainly not blogging about them for a worldwide audience to read!  Cell phone photos come out much worse than camera photos.  Also, they are much more obtrusive and people literally don’t seem to care at all about anyone around them, because the only way to get a photo is to hold the device over your head, which blocks the view of EVERYONE behind you.  Take as many photos as you like and I don’t care if you watch the entire show through the back of your phone – but PLEASE PAY ATTENTION to your surroundings!!!!!  So many times in the show, Boy George came over to our side to serenade us and his face was cock blocked by everyone around me holding up their fucking phones and even worse, their giant iPads!!!  Boy George complained about this during his last solo tour and I wish he would have said something about it last night because it’s plain excessive – and it’s happening at every concert I go to, and as I go to a lot of shows, it’s starting to become a deal breaker for me.

Boy George

Boy George

The irony is that many of the concert goers should know better because when this music came out, it was not a digital age and we actually had to live in the moment and experience the concert.  I guess some nostalgia is conveniently forgotten.

Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig of Culture Club

Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig of Culture Club

The setlist was:

Church of the Poison Mind / It’s A Miracle / I’ll Tumble 4 Ya / Let Somebody Love You / Everything I Own / Like I Used To / Move Away / Black Money / Victims / Human Zoo / Time (Clock of the Heart) / Different Man / Miss Me Blind / I Just Want To Be Loved / The Crying Game / Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? / More Than Silence

Encore:

Crowd Sing-a-Long of Karma Chameleon / Runaway Train / Karma Chameleon

2nd Encore:

Starman

Boy George

Boy George

Boy George - He's a star, man!

Boy George – He’s a star, man!

Review: Billy Idol live at Pier 97 in New York

Posted by The G on June 1, 2015 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Photos and Words by G.

Steve Stevens and Billy Idol!

Steve Stevens and Billy Idol!

Billy Idol and his guitarist Steve Stevens are rock gods!  On May 29, 2015, they played an outdoor concert on Pier 97 in New York and it rocked so hard!  I’ve seen Billy Idol perform a few times over the years (including earlier in 2015 at the Beacon Theatre – but there is no review because I was on a blog hiatus) and Billy Idol never disappoints.

On a blue highway.... Billy Idol!

On a blue highway…. Billy Idol!

If you know little of Billy Idol’s history, he’s been performing for nearly 40 years, which in and of itself is an amazing accomplishment.  There was a period of time where he was a major drug addict and he was nearly killed in a horrible motorcycle accident where he was not expected to ever walk again, let alone perform.  I mention these things because Billy Idol showed no signs of being anything other than a rock god for the duration of his performance.

Billy Idol!

Billy Idol!

Before I discuss how great Billy Idol looked and sounded, let me paint a picture of the scene.  Pier 97 is located at 55th Street and the West Side Highway, and what that means to non-New Yorkers, is that you have a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline in the background as you watch the concert.

"The Vibe"

“The Vibe”

New York suffered a punishing winter, and the weather has just started to get nice, so being able to be outdoors and not freezing your ass off is such a treat and during the Billy Idol concert, the weather was absolutely perfect.  The show kicked off with “Postcards from the Past,” a track from Billy Idol’s latest album “Kings and Queens of the Underground,” his first new album in almost 10 years.  “Cradle of Love” was next and from then on, he had the audience in the palm of his hand.  His signature moves of jumping around, “the snarl,” and fist pumping were present throughout the show and it drove the audience wild!

Billy Idol!

Billy Idol!

Because Billy Idol’s songs were played to death on the radio in the 80s, you sort of forget how great they sound when you have a concert full of people singing along to his songs and how many times, the songs lend themselves perfectly to crowd participation.  For example, hearing the whole of Pier 97 shout out “FLESH!  FLESH FOR FANTASY!” at every chorus during that song along with Billy gives me chills thinking about it.  Or during “Rebel Yell,” when the crowd shouts out “More! More! More!  Woooooooowwwwww!” or during “White Wedding” when the audience sings “It’s a nice day to…. STAAAAAART AGAAAAINNNNN!” is also chill inducing.  During “Dancing With Myself,” at every chorus, Billy Idol said “If I had a chance, I’d ask NEW YORK to dance,” and if people hadn’t completely lost their minds by that point in the show, that sure did it.  He also changed the lyrics of his cover of The Doors’ “LA Woman” to “New York Woman.”

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol gave many shout outs to New York, where he said that a lot of his hit songs were written here.  He thanked the audience for “making my life so fucking great” and he also thanked his long time guitarist Steve Stevens for the same thing.  Steve Stevens is a killer on guitar and he was given several guitar solos whereby he slayed the crowd!

Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens plays the guitar so effortlessly, that you could not help but watch him in awe as he shredded his guitar.  During a lengthy solo, he was playing fast and slow which lead to the inevitable opening notes of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and after a few seconds, he looked at the audience and shook his head no as if it was too cheesy to play that song and then he went back to his solo and scorched the guitar.  He also slayed during his solos on songs like “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Rebel Yell” and during “White Wedding,” the track started off acoustically before transforming into the rockin’ version we all know and love by the second chorus.

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

The show closed with Billy Idol’s famous cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Mony Mony” and as always, it featured the in between lyrics crowd chants of “Hey Motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!”  The show was about all you could ask for when it comes to the setlist as he dug deep in his back catalog all the way back to the Generation X days (with “Ready Steady Go!”), and he played the majority of his hits, with the exception of “Catch my Fall,” “To Be A Lover,” and “Don’t Need A Gun.”  Perhaps he will resurrect those great songs for his next tour?  If you have ever loved a Billy Idol song, and how could you not?, you should make sure you see him live the next time he comes to your city, because he and Steve Stevens are true rock gods!!!

I’d like to give a shout-out to Bar 9 for hooking me up with tickets.  Thanks so much, I had a blast!

Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

The setlist was:

Postcards from the Past / Cradle of Love / Can’t Break Me Down / Dancing With Myself / Flesh For Fantasy / Save Me Now / Ready Steady Go / Sweet Sixteen / Eyes Without a Face / LA Woman (Doors cover) / Steve Stevens Guitar Solo / Whiskey and Pills / Blue Highway / Rebel Yell

Encore:  White Wedding / Drum Solo / Mony Mony (Tommy James and the Shondells Cover)

The May 29, 2015 sunset

The May 29, 2015 sunset

10 Observations from The Who at 50 Concert at Barclays Center

Posted by The G on May 27, 2015 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

Photos and words by G.

Roger Daltrey of The Who

Roger Daltrey of The Who

The Who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band by touring and I popped my Who cherry by seeing them perform at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 26, 2015.  As someone who has seen nearly all living rock and roll legends in concert, I felt I owed it to myself to go check out The Who and here are 10 things I observed while watching their show:

The Who!

The Who!

1. Despite being down two (of 4) original members (RIP John Entwistle and Keith Moon), the two that are left – Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend – may be both 70 but they rocked and rocked hard for 2 solid hours with no intermission.

The Who!

The Who!

2. The visuals that showed on the screens behind The Who were amazing.  Every song had a different trippy pattern and many times, the screens showed highlights of The Who’s amazing 50 year career.

Pete Townsend

Pete Townshend

3. While Pete Townshend did not smash any guitars, he did his signature move where he swings his arm in a circular motion while jammin’ out.  Seeing him do that move throughout the show (as well as watching Roger Daltrey swing his microphone) are so iconic that it was definitely a show highlight.   On the subject of Pete Townshend, he told a lot of funny stories in between songs and poked fun at how old he and Roger are.

Barclays Center

Barclays Center

4. Despite being in the dreaded Brooklyn, Barclays Center is a really nice venue.  The people that work there are always super friendly.  The site lines are pretty good unless you have nosebleed seats, in which case, if you have a fear of heights, you will definitely be freaked out.  Pete Townshend also gave Brooklyn a nice little dig when he said “it’s good to be back in New York, even if it is Brooklyn.”

Joan Jett

Joan Jett

5. The ticket said 7:30 pm, and they were not kidding.  At 7:30, opener Joan Jett and the Blackhearts promptly took the stage.  Joan Jett was great!  She did an 11 song set that included “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Crimson and Clover,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Light of Day,” and “Cherry Bomb.”  Hearing the audience participate in mass sing-a-longs of these tracks was awesome and it was a great taste of what to come when The Who took the stage.  As a side note, I think that Joan and I might have been the only gays in the entire building, so I am glad we represented!  Also, in between Joan Jett’s set (hey, it rhymes) and The Who, the screens showed a visual history of The Who’s career and they mentioned that Joan Jett recorded her first album at The Who’s studio and she didn’t have any money at the time so she promised to pay back the money (and she did) and also included a Who cover as the b-side of her first single.

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey

6. Like with Joan Jett, The Who have so many classic songs, that even if you think you are sick of them, they sound amazing when an arena full of people are singing them in unison.  Some examples of the massive hits played were “Who Are You,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and “Eminence Front.”

The Who!

The Who!

7. The Who didn’t just play the same old boring setlist (which from my research looks like it varies a little bit for each show).  They packed the set with hits, but they also played some lesser known tracks such as the mini-opera “A Quick One (While He’s Away),” “Slip Kid,” “Bargain,” “Sparks,” “Join Together,” and “I’m One.”

No Marijuana Smoking

No Marijuana Smoking

8. Roger Daltrey got a ration of shit recently for complaining that people were smoking pot too close to the stage.  To not look like such an asshole, before the concert, the above message was shown to the audience explaining that the smoke bothers Roger’s voice and if compromised, the show could be canceled.  Roger also addressed this on stage, which made a lot of people roll their eyes. Seems a little on the douchey side, but the message was redeemed when they offered an alternative – “eat one of them funny cakes instead.”

The Who at Barclays

The Who at Barclays

9. The Who mentioned numerous times before, during and after the show that proceeds from selected tour ephemera would be donated to help children fight cancer.  Pretty commendable because most merch proceeds from big bands go into building another wing for their mansions.

Keep Calm and Listen to The Who

Keep Calm and Listen to The Who

10. To think that The Who have been performing some of these songs for 50 years is so impressive.  They found a way to breathe new life into their older material and as a result, this did not come across as a sad version of a formerly great band.  Instead, they rocked harder than many bands who weren’t even born when The Who had their last hit song.  If The Who come to your city, should you see them?  You better, you better, you bet!

Joan Jett’s set list was:

Bad Reputation / Cherry Bomb / Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) / You Drive Me Wild / Light of Day / Love is Pain / The French Song / Different / I Love Rock and Roll / Crimson & Clover / I Hate Myself For Loving You

 

 

The Who’s set list was:

I Can’t Explain / The Seeker / Who Are You / The Kids Are Alright / I Can See For Miles / My Generation / Behind Blue Eyes / Slip Kid / Bargain / Join Together / You Better You Bet / I’m One / Love, Reign O’er Me / Eminence Front / A Quick One (While He’s Away) / Amazing Journey (with “Captain Walker” snippet from “Overture”) / Sparks / Pinball Wizard / See Me, Feel Me / Baba o’Riley / Won’t Get Fooled Again

 

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