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Bil working on this palm tree Hawkins' Review
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
An Albuquerque Journal review.
i want to thank all the people in front of me and apologize to those behind me.
this is going to be one of the unique shows of the tour, because something happened to spooner. Neil didn't say what, only that spooner was in the hospital in santa fe. during the introduction of the entire band, Neil tipped his hat and applauded to the empty piano setup... ended up that everyone was picking up the "missing pieces" of spooner's musical fill-ins. end result was lots of extra harmonica & guitar-work from both Neil and ben.
highlights according to bil...
this venue just opened in july so some of the kinks are getting worked out. like: is drinking a brew on the tailgate of the truck "open container"... that's what we were doing while tegan & sara were on stage, so i have no report on them -- couldn't hear them from 250' away in the parking lot. but i definitely heard chrissie come out as we were walking in.
nerdy structural engineer rant mode on:
swinging the panels behind the stage with uncontrolled abandon creates cyclic forces on the aluminum structure that could bring them down on the stage. watch out for that! a little movement was alright, i guess, but it still became a distraction
then stopped to walk to the piano for a very "real", emotional...
first encore: cowgirl -- on ol black. i didn't know the setlist so this was a splendid surprise. i counted seven distinct guitar solos. must have lasted 20 minutes.
second encore: mmm -- on ol black, i think?? at first i felt this was an odd pick for the closer. but i was still singing it as i drove through the canyon home at 1:30. i couldn't help but smile...
he didn't play albuquerque... he has played it each of the times before, so maybe it got too old for him. how many other folkies can attach themselves to a song though...
at times it seemed that duck was either not able to relate to where Neil was headed, or just felt out of synch. seemed to apologize too many times after a good jaunt out into the unknown...
the ladies looked very FINE... and sounded even better !
lots of the general populous walked away a bit stunned at the lack of familiarity of the tunes. i have a warped theory here: Neil has done shows where he came out and soloed then brought out the "concept band/portion" of the show. so let's say that you take last season's solo tour as the first part of a split-show (including the "hits" that "they" know and love) and this year's tour as as the "concept" portion of that split-show -- its "all one show!" it seems like Neil has maintained that theme. i know that is a stretch, don't flame me...
looking forward to many years of listening to this show !
(more reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)