Zappa.com

The Official Frank Zappa Messageboards
It is currently Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:28 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 110 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:40 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:55 pm
Posts: 2233
Plook wrote:
I got orchastra pit seats at the Greek twice due to that policy

The Greek is a nice venue.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:12 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:48 pm
Posts: 19520
Location: Somewhere in time
downer mydnyte wrote:
Plook wrote:
I got orchastra pit seats at the Greek twice due to that policy

The Greek is a nice venue.


Never sat worse than row 7 for Todd at the Greek, good times... :D


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:36 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:18 pm
Posts: 3042
Location: Between the Badges
It was a retrospective of various favs. I had a great time. I was hoping for him to throw in some of "State", but not this time.

Image

Here's the setlist:
Real Man
Love of the Common Man
Buffalo Grass
Kind Hearted Woman Blues
Determination
Lucky Guy
Can We Still Be Friends
Espresso
Love is the Answer
It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
Lost Horizon
Flaw
Soul Brother
Im So Proud / Oohh Baby Baby / I Want You
Hawking
I Saw the Light
Courage
Drive
Couldn't I Just Tell You
Hello Its Me

It was a small combo, but not the tight punch of the One Long Year tour. This was loose and likely put together on the assumption that not much effort would be required to make it work. TR is usually loose in the attitude of his performance and this was no exception, especially for the first several tunes, up to about Lucky Guy, when things started to really click as a group. Its a very short song, but they included a segment where the bass and guitar play with the chords in sinister sustaining pads. Harmonically, it was beautiful.
After Buffalo Grass he commented that the reason he doesn't take requests is that he never would have got to play that song!
Before "Flaw", TR said that he hopes no one made the poor judgement of bringing a child to the show. There was a 10 year old boy 2 seats over from us. TR said that a year of 2 ago, he had made a comment about Romney after which a woman had to be escorted from the building. He did a hilarious impression of her ranting and raving. He had brought up the story because of the "motherfucker" line in Flaw. I thought he might have had a new verse for "Jesse", but no luck. So, having told everyone that they shouldn't have brought their children, he said that anyone born after Frank Zappa (died) maybe should go to the bathroom about now. Is this the only show he mentions FZ on this tour or is it a regular thing? I'm curious. I know he's covered "America Drinks" before, so I'm hoping for more.
As for the band, I've always loved hearing Kasim. Imo, he's the greatest backing vocalist alive. Hearing them play Hawking was impressive. I'm used to hearing that tune with the big band with multiple vocalists. Here its just 4 guys and still a lush, expansive piece.
Determination included a rare Kasim Bass Solo. It was punchy, plucky and a great little flash in the pan. It was over before I realized just how rarely we get to hear Kasim's bass featured.
John Ferenzik was good as ever, but a bit weird too. He played one of those guitars that is also a synth, so he was playing some keyboard parts at times. For the most part, it worked, but for others, it sounded like the shoes were too tight.
Prairie Prince was as solid as expected.
Drive was near the end and wobbly at parts, but it built up energy and really got me going.
Todd played very little guitar, a solo here and there, only playing rhythm on "I Saw the Light" while JF played the solo part.
At one point in the show, he talked about the Ringo All Starr tour and told us how Ringo disappears in the middle of every show to let others perform, while he goes and eats a potato. So to act in-kind, for this show, he had someone come out with a stool (Nice looking stool, he says, especially at my age), a small table and a bowl of fruit, in case he wanted a nosh during the show. The banana turned out to be a shaker:
Image

_________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Don't Be Stupid Unless You Want To


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:54 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:48 pm
Posts: 19520
Location: Somewhere in time
Great review Arkay, I would have loved to have seen that show... :smoke:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:55 pm
Posts: 2233
The Forum Killed Arkay wrote:
Im So Proud / Oohh Baby Baby / I Want You

Is this Impressions/Smokey Robinson/Dylan?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:30 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2002 3:23 am
Posts: 3178
Location: Chicago, IL
downer mydnyte wrote:
The Forum Killed Arkay wrote:
Im So Proud / Oohh Baby Baby / I Want You

Is this Impressions/Smokey Robinson/Dylan?


Part of that medley...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIJ8_JUrj5E

_________________
Current favorite new (to me!) spin: Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
(Wondering why it took this long for me to recognize her genius!)

Latest Fischer's Flicker press release
I Am Entertainment Magazine - 3.5/4 stars - REVIEW
Image Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:40 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:18 pm
Posts: 3042
Location: Between the Badges
I'll assume that you are right about the Impressions, I think you are right about Smokey Robinson, and I'm sure that "I Want You" is Marvin Gaye. Great to think of Dylan ending a soul medley! :)

_________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Don't Be Stupid Unless You Want To


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:49 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:55 pm
Posts: 2233
The Forum Killed Arkay wrote:
Great to think of Dylan ending a soul medley


I knew it was too good to be true.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:25 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:18 pm
Posts: 3042
Location: Between the Badges
Todd's got a new project. He's teaming up with some electronic music guys named Hans-Peter Lindstrøm & Emil Nikolaisen. Dunno how it'll work, but try to say it out loud 5 times fast - Rundgren/Lindstrøm/Nikolaisen.

http://www.gratefulweb.com/articles/todd-rundgren-teams-up-lindstrom-emil-nikolaisen-new-album

_________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Don't Be Stupid Unless You Want To


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:02 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:18 pm
Posts: 3042
Location: Between the Badges
Happy Todd Rundgren Appreciation Day!

(Unfortunately, it looks like The Internet forgot to appreciate TR this year. The most recent link on google is from last year https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=to ... iation+day )

_________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Don't Be Stupid Unless You Want To


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 110 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group