Rock legend Roger Daltrey accompanied by members of The Who and the Boston Pops Orchestra put on the complete performance of The Who’s 1969 rock opera “Tommy” at the Tanglewood Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA.
Pete Townshend is taking a year off but Daltrey said he just did not want to do that. He said performing kept his voice from suffering and that too much time off and his voice would not be the same. But holding onto the familiar sound of Townshend during the vocals was Simon Townshend, Pete Townshend’s brother. Besides sounding amazingly like Pete he plays with the group and this night he sang some of the lyrics Pete would normally deliver, but Daltrey took on most of the wide array of characters in the opera.
The rest of the band consisted of Frank Simes on guitar, Scott Devour on drums and Jon Button on bass.
This performance kicked off the 2018 summer season at Tanglewood and also the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the launching of the rock opera “Tommy.”
Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating Bernstein starting with this edition of “Tommy.” Surprisingly Bernstein was a great supporter of this rock opera. I found this out at the performance during a conversation with David Knowle Edwards a writer for the Berkshire Edge.
Here is some background courtesy of Edwards. “Following a performance of “Tommy” at the Fillmore East in 1969, the Who’s lead guitarist and songwriter, Pete Townshend, received Leonard Bernstein’s effusive praise in person, straight from the maestro’s mouth:”
“Leonard Bernstein came with his daughter,” recalls Townshend (in various published interviews). “And he was incredibly excited. He grabbed me by the shoulder, shook me and said, ‘Pete! Do you realize what you’ve done?’ He was so passionate! … Of course, what he was talking about was that I was going the next step in what he had done with ‘West Side Story,’ which was creating a popular song cycle, a musical that was really rooted in street culture.”
The Boston Pops with conductor Keith Levenson joined Roger Daltrey to give the audience a fantastic night of music and even some of his famous microphone twirling. Daltrey’s voice was strong and he gave the audience an energetic and enthusiastic performance. The crowd was on their feet throughout the final few numbers showing their appreciation for the band and the Boston Pops with a long standing ovation.
The audience never took their seats as “Tommy” concluded. The encore songs were “Who Are You” and “Baba O’Riley.” During “Baba O’Riley” Katie Jacoby, a violin soloist, took center stage and gave a rousing ending to the song that had the entire crowd cheering.
Daltrey then ended the night with “Always Heading Home” off his newest album release “As Long As I Have You.” This release is Daltrey’s first solo album in 25 years and he is completely happy with the finished product.
Proceeds from the night’s sales of Daltrey’s new CD “As Long As I Have You” went to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust. Also, one dollar from every ticket sold on The Who’s current North American Tour is being donated to Teen Cancer America. A project Daltrey is very much involved in and raises money for the charity whenever possible.
This was a historic concert that won’t be forgotten. Daltrey’s voice was strong and the band excellent. The addition of the magnificent playing from the Boston Pops made for a magical night. If you get the chance to catch this show don’t hesitate. It’s not a combination that will happen often if ever again. Different venues will have other orchestras backing Daltrey but if they perform anywhere near as well as the Boston Pops it is well worth seeing. This was a perfect pairing of talents on a beautiful summer night.
It’s a Boy
The Hawker (Eyesight to the Blind)
The Acid Queen
Do You Think It’s Alright?
There’s a Doctor I’ve Found
Go to the Mirror!
Tommy Can You Hear Me?
Smash the Mirror
Tommy’s Holiday Camp
We’re Not Gonna Take It
See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You
Who Are You
Always Heading Home
Greenwich Concours d’Elegance
June 2-3, 2018
Greenwich Connecticut was buzzing with activity this weekend with the 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. The annual event draws attendees from all over the world for a glimpse of some of the rarest of the rare in the automotive industry and is a Northeastern USA must see for many automobile aficionados and collectors.
The 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winners!
International Best of Show Sport was the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti of Scuderia N.E.
International Best of Show Elegance was the 1935 SS1 Tourer belonging to Colin Seid and Richard Annis.
American Best of Show Elegance was the 1934 Packard Convertible Victoria of Judge Joseph & Margie Cassini, III.
Saturday was the Concours Americana featuring domestic autos and motorcycles. Warm and sunny skies made a perfect day for the crowds of admirers to enjoy the various vintage auto and motorcycles. Saturday included a ring of American and Foreign modern supercars.
Sunday was the International Concours with rings full of Jaguars, Ferraris, Bentleys, MG’s, Triumphs and numerous other makes and models. There was something for every taste.
It was a beautiful weekend for a rare gathering of Briggs Cunningham automobiles highlighted at this year’s Greenwich Concours. It was an amazing feat to gather so many of the autos in one place for the show. There were 37 original Briggs Cunningham autos produced. Out of the 37 that were made there are now only 35 survivors. The owners of the 35 survivors were invited by the Greenwich Concours officials and 33 of those attended the event. I don’t think this milestone will be repeated anytime soon.
For instance one couple Larry and Jan Pfitzenmaier brought their Cunningham C-4R 2,500 miles from Arizona not sure if the weather would cooperate but taking the chance anyway in order to attend this largest gathering of Cunninghams. Theirs is the last of the 4 continuation C-4Rs completed. It served as the test mule for the other 3. The original 331 Hemi V8 has been rebuilt to 350HP.
There was a variety of different Cunninghams, from convertibles and coupes to Corvettes as well as a 1962 Maserati Tipo 151 straight in from racing at Monaco two weeks ago. Jay Leno entered his 1953 Cunningham C3. It was an amazing sight to seen them lined up along the waterfront gleaming in the sun.
The 12 metre America’s Cup yacht Columbia, which Briggs Cunningham was the winning skipper of in the 1958 America’s Cup, was at the Delamar Hotel docks next to the concours grounds. Charter guests enjoyed sailing on the Long Island sound off of Greenwich.
Bonhams returned to Greenwich, CT for its twelfth annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction on Sunday, June 3rd. Greenwich being less than an hour from New York City drew a large crowd for it’s weekend of premier offerings from barn finds and automobilia to totally restored rare gleaming and historically significant autos. There was also an opportunity to bid on one of two dozen cars from the late Carroll Shelby’s personal collection.
The weekend was outstanding and a complete success, it’s a wrap until next year. This is an event not to be missed.
Blues and Bayous Tour
May 27, 2018
John Fogerty, one of the greats in rock music, was at Mohegan Sun on Memorial Day weekend to both put on a great show and also remind us what Memorial Day is about. The Blues and Bayous Tour features Fogerty and his band and ZZ Top in a killer combo evening.
Fogerty started the night with “Travelin’ Band” the band was energetic and immediately engaged the arena full of fans. They then launched into “Hey Tonight.” Many Creedence Clearwater Revival songs were performed during the night along with some of Fogerty’s solo songs from his 1985 album “Old Man Down the Road.”
Fogerty has always been outspoken about on his respect for veterans but his dislike for war. He spoke of how we don’t treat our Veterans who complete their service with the honor they deserve before singing “Love and War,” a tune he co-wrote last year with country singer Brad Paisley. The song is a reflection of America’s treatment of those who serve the country.
A New Orleans medley tribute for the city dear to his heart was performed and he sang Rockin’ Sidney’s “My Toot Toot,” Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” and Gary “U.S.” Bond’s “New Orleans”. This ended with a New Orleans style parade through the audience as Steve Robinson, Ethan Chilton and Nathan Collins on horns played “When the Saints Go Marching In” while flashy purple, green and gold costumed band members strutted though the audience.
Fogerty’s son Shane is in the band and he was joined by Fogerty’s other son Tyler for the songs “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Psycho.” Together they also have their own band called “Hardy Har” in the Los Angeles area.
They ended the set with the encore of “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary.”
After the conclusion of Fogerty’s set ZZ Top took the stage to finish off the evening. While they were on they celebrated Fogerty’s 73rd birthday coming up the following day with a birthday cake complete with lit candles and “Happy Birthday” sung by the band and audience. It was fitting that a man who has spent much of his life on tour celebrated his birthday onstage during a concert.
Having seen Fogerty in concert a few times it’s always a very enjoyable night and his energy is unwavering. It was a great concert and I would go again.
Travelin’ Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)
Hey Tonight (CCR song)
Rock and Roll Girls
Who’ll Stop the Rain (CCR song)
Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard cover) (with Hearty Har)
Psycho (The Sonics cover) (With Hearty Har)
Up Around the Bend (CCR song)
Love and War (Brad Paisley cover)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
Keep On Chooglin’ (CCR song)
Born on the Bayou (CCR song)
My Toot Toot (Rockin’ Sidney cover)
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Hank Williams cover)
New Orleans (Gary “U.S.” Bonds cover)(with ‘When the Saints Go… more )
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (CCR song)
Down on the Corner (CCR song)
The Old Man Down the Road
Fortunate Son (CCR song)
Bad Moon Rising (CCR song)
Proud Mary (CCR song)
Jackson Browne invigorated the crowd at the Providence Performing Arts Center as he and his band delighted the audience with his large catalog of songs including some of his hits and a few lesser known selections.
Playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center is a treat in itself. The newly completed renovations of the 1928 theater are enough to take your breath away. The 3100 seat venue is the second largest theater of its kind in the country. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also ranked by Pollstar as one of the Top Venues in the world.
The interior of the PPAC is filled with art deco lighting and gold leaf decorating the walls and ceiling. So much time and heart has gone into restoring the theater to it’s early 20th century glory and it clearly shows. You’re treated to a marvelous experience by attending any show at the venue. They even went so far as laying carpet that’s an exact reproduction of the original carpeting throughout. The original main chandelier in the theater was lost to time so the board went to a local trade school and had a new one designed that was a close replica but keeping a bit of the school’s individual style.
The staff is rightfully proud of the center and very helpful to all patrons. I really can’t say anything but kudos to the entire staff and management of the Providence Performing Arts Center for providing a world class experience and the acoustics are marvelous.
Browne, Chavonne Stewart and Althea Mills made the best of those acoustics. Stewart and Mills have been backing him for many years and they harmonize beautifully together. Accompanied by his band they began with “Before the Deluge” followed by “Some Bridges.”
A sign of the times and a reflection on society and his always political nature Browne sang “The Long Way Around” after discussing the sad effects of the Parkland shooting that is still so fresh in everyone’s mind.
They did perform “Doctor My Eyes” and “You Love the Thunder.” These timeless classics never get old and no one is ever tired of hearing them live. It’s actually not a Browne concert to some fans unless these songs are trotted out. The audience knew every word and made sure Browne and the band heard that.
“These Days,” a reflective song that seems even more so now that Browne is 69 and like many others of this generation ponders over the things he’s accomplished as well as those he never managed to attain. Even though the song was written years ago it seems more fitting now.
A couple of my personal favorites showing foot stomping fun side of Browne were “Somebody’s Baby” followed by “Redneck Friend.” He’s as versatile as they come and shows that with the different types and tempos he plays during the show.
Browne sang the hits “The Pretender,” followed by “Running on Empty” which had the audience on their feet and they never sat down right through the encore songs “Take it Easy” and “Our Lady of the Well.”
Vonda Shepard opened the show and put on a wonderful performance. She is clearly talented and very strong vocally. Shepard played beautifully on the piano and I can think of no one else to better lead into Jackson Browne than Shepard. I would go to see her as a main act.
Before the Deluge
The Long Way Around (Talked about the Parkland shooting)
You Love the Thunder
Lives in the Balance
Doctor My Eyes
In the Shape of A Heart
Your Bright Baby Blues
Just Say Yeah
World in Motion
Running on Empty
Take It Easy (Eagles cover)
Our Lady of the Well
Eric Burdon and the Animals performed a great concert at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium. The sold out mostly baby boomer generation crowd were treated to a little slice of the past. Part of the British Invasion that hit the airwaves in 1964 Eric Burdon still brings his blues rooted soul filled music to an eager crowd who stood and applauded his arrival on the stage following the intro notes of “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick,” played by his band The Animals.
The Animals are a new younger version of the Animals with Rubén Salinas on Saxophone, Evan Mackey on Trombone, Johnzo West on Guitar, Justin Andres on Bass, Davey Allen on Keyboards and Dustin Koester on Drums. The entire band played a great set and were a good accompaniment to Burdon.
As Burdon took the stage the band immediately launched into the hit song “Spill the Wine.” Burdon crooned through it with his hand gestures honed over decades of performing the song live. It was a good choice as the crowd knew it well. “Spill the Wine” is one of those songs that is impossible not to know if you listened the radio in the 70’s when he was with the band War and still it’s on the air on Classic Rock stations worldwide to this day. For a man on the eve of his 77th birthday he hasn’t lost his stage presence and was a crowd pleaser.
On “In the Pines” Burdon gave the audience a soulful performance followed by a memorable rendition of “Bring it on Home to Me.”
The Animals hits “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and the classic “House of the Rising Sun” had the audience singing along. There was a standing ovation for the band as they completed these songs.
Burdon’s known over the years for his R&B style didn’t sway from that genre. He performed “Monterey” and “It’s My Life.” Both of those a classic and he performed them solidly.
The Encore for the evening was “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” one of the British Invasions greatest hits. It was also a song voted as one of the most memorable songs of the 60’s by veterans who served in Vietnam. This was followed by “It’s My Life” and ending the night was “Hold On, I’m Coming” a Sam & Dave cover.
Then it was time for Burdon and the Animals to pack it up and move on to New York to celebrate his 77th birthday with another concert and a full house of fans. All in all it was a fun night with one of the greats of the British Invasion. If you do get the chance to take in this show, don’t miss the opportunity.
Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon & War cover)
When I Was Young / Inside Looking Out
Bo Diddley Special (Eric Burdon song)
In the Pines (traditional cover)
Don’t Bring Me Down (The Animals cover)
Mama Told Me Not to Come (Randy Newman cover)
Bring It On Home to Me (Sam Cooke cover)
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone cover)
The House of the Rising Sun
We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals cover)
It’s My Life (The Animals cover)
Hold On, I’m Comin’ (Sam & Dave cover)