Review: Lindsey Buckingham live at Town Hall, NYC

Posted by The G on September 28, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham

If you were not at Lindsey Buckingham‘s show at Town Hall in New York on September 27, 2011, you missed something special.  Lindsey Buckingham seems to get better with age as he still makes amazing music and when he performs live, he sets the bar a little higher for the definition of the word “amazing.”  In his nearly 2 hour set, Lindsey Buckingham ran the gamut of his career playing songs from his early days in Fleetwood Mac to his recent album “Seeds We Sow.”  He began the show with a 5 song acoustic set that included “Trouble,” “Go Insane,” “Big Love,” and “Never Going Back Again.”  The show could have ended at that point and you would have gotten your moneys’ worth, but the show was just beginning.  Lindsey Buckingham’s voice was absolutely flawless and when he sang in his whispered voice, you could hear a pin drop in the theater.  After nearly every song, Lindsey received a standing ovation.

Lindsey Buckingham

Guitar God Lindsey Buckingham.

For those like myself that came to hear the new material, Lindsey delivered.  For those that wanted to hear his Fleetwood Mac hits, Lindsey delivered.  For those like myself that wanted to watch him play some of the best guitar you’ll ever see in your life, Lindsey delivered.  My favorite song of the night is always the same – “I’m So Afraid.”  The guitar solo in the middle of the song is beyond words.  There are several videos of “I’m So Afraid” that have been officially released and I urge you to track them down if you want to have your mind blown.  After you see that, imagine that experiencing that solo in person!  That is what rock and roll is all about.  I loved hearing two tracks (“All My Sorrows” and “Turn it On”) off his criminally underrated 1992 solo album “Out Of The Cradle.”  Lindsey’s released 3 solo albums in the last few years and I think that “Under The Skin,” “Gift of Screws” and “Seeds we Sow” are sort of like the best triple album that you’ve ever heard.  The songs fit together so perfectly from acoustic tracks to fast rockers.  Mixing the songs in amongst Fleetwood Mac classics like “Tusk,” “Second Hand News” and “Go Your Own Way” was great.

Lindsey talked about the differences between making music with Fleetwood Mac and solo, comparing the two worlds to big versus low-budget films.  I will support him no matter what because I’ve seen him in concert at least 10 times (both with an without the Mac) and I’ve never been disappointed once.  Lindsey always gives it all he’s got and it shows in the performance.  I left the show, like so many other people did, unable to say much more than “wow!  That was incredible.”  Thanks for giving New York 2 hours of your greatness Lindsey!

See the set list after the jump.

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Vanessa Paradis’ First Concert In The USA – A Review

Posted by The G on February 17, 2011 under G Reviews | 6 Comments to Read

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Vanessa Paradis

I’ve been a fan of French actress/singer Vanessa Paradis since her self-titled 1992 album was released in the United States.  The record was produced by Lenny Kravitz and all 10 songs on it are perfection.  19 years later, Vanessa Paradis (who is now best known as the mother of Johnny Depp’s children) announced her first shows ever performed in the US.  The first of her two dates was February 16, 2010 at Town Hall in New York.  The second takes place in a few days in Los Angeles.  The night started off on a disappointing note for me as Vanessa arrived to her first ever concert in this country with her head down and didn’t look up or acknowledge fans as she entered the building.  More on her exit in a few moments.  As hard as that is to get over for someone like me who not only goes to a concert to see a performance but is also very curious as to how the stars treat their fans, I’ve liked her music for too long to let that get the best of me.

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis may not have the best vocal range on the planet, but her signature style of crooning in both French and English was in full force tonight.  Her voice sounds angelic and her performance was sexy as hell!  She looked and sounded amazing and though the show was not sold out, the audience showed Vanessa that we do not want another 19 years to pass before she plays live for us again!  Her outfits were very well decorated and as she shimmied to the music, I could not help but think – Johnny Depp is a lucky man!  I am not familiar with all of her music, but off her self-titled album, she played “Sunday Mondays” and “Be My Baby” (my favorite track off that record) with totally different arrangements.  She also performed covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Sam Cooke’s “What A Wonderful World.”  Other notable songs were “Joe Le Taxi,” “Marilyn and John,” “Maxou,” “Dis Lui Toi Que Je T’aime” and “Tandem,” which were both written by Serge Gainsbourg.

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

As I said before, the crowd went wild and Vanessa Paradis came back for two encores (totalling 5 songs).  She told the crowd many times how great it was to be playing for us and how thankful she was to be performing.  Knowing that she was not in the slightest bit friendly on the way in, I thought she might be in a better mood after her triumphant show.  I was wrong.  She exited the theater with Johnny Depp and neither one of them even looked up.  They made a bee-line to their car and ignored everyone.  That is extra disappointing because Johnny Depp is usually extremely nice and I was the only person out in the crowd with the import single to “Sunday Mondays” hopeful for a signature.  While I enjoyed the performance a lot, I cannot help but feel that Vanessa’s love for the audience was completely disingenuous.

See two more pictures of Vanessa Paradis after the jump.

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