Paul Simon, Set List, MGM Grand 5/29/11

Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What Tour, May 29th, 2011

Foxwoods MGM Grand Theater

  • Superior band
  • Excellent percussion
  • Wonderful harmonic fusion

Set List
1. Boy in the Bubble
2. Dazzling Blue
3. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
4. So Beautiful or So What
5. Vietnam by Jimmy Cliff
6. Mother & Child Reunion
7. That Was Your Mother
8. Hearts and Bones
9. Mystery Train
10. Slip Slidin’ Away
11. Rewrite
12. Peace Like A River
13. The Obvious Child
14. The Only Living Boy in NY
15. Love is Eternal Sacred Light
16. Father and Daughter
17. Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes
18. Gumboots

19. Sounds of Silence
20. Kodachrome
21. Gone at Last
22. Here Comes the Sun
23. Late in the Evening

2nd Encore
24. Still Crazy After All These Years

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Gil Scott-Heron, Winter in America

Mourning the late, great Gil Scott-Heron this morning, adding my Sunday prayers to the blessing of the ascension of his soul.

Gil Scott-Heron was insightful and visionary. He saw the world through a very introspective lens he admirably shared with us through the vision of his poetry and music. I especially loved his collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson. They were very in tune with the ecology. When I was a weekend disk jockey at Fairfield University on WVOF-FM 1974-1975 I played the Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson recording Winter In America often on my show. I leaned heavily on “H²Ogate Blues”, as I was very anti-Nixon as a liberal Democrat who worked on the McGovern campaign.


When Gil Scott-Heron re-released Winter In Americain 1998  it contained four bonus tracks, three of which were live recordings. Posted out of deep respect for our environmental poet is “Winter In America“, recorded live at the Wax Museum in 1982.

It has been a season collectively of frozen aspirations, frozen hopes – Gil Scott Heron, Winter in America

Peace Go With You, Brother.

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Gil Scott-Heron, Bluesologist Joins the Light

Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
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I awoke this morning to learn that Gil Scott-Heron, one of my heroes died yesterday afternoon. I am stunned and feel this incredible sense of loss. His poetry and voice spoke to me on such deep, profound levels.

Chuck D said it best in his tribute Tweet, “RIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of you. And to those that don’t know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize.”

No one told it like it was like Gil Scott-Heron. He expressed much of what we knew to be true. I was 18 in 1970 when Small Talk at 125th and Lennox  was playing on WBAI-FM. I was growing up in a city housing project. Gil Scott-Heron spoke to my soul with accuracy and depth. Gil Scott-Heron epitomized my existence with stark honesty through powerful poems as “Whitey on the Moon”, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, “The Bottle” and “We Beg Your Pardon”.

My favorite line by Gil Scott-Heron is, “We Beg Your Pardon America, Because the Pardon You Gave This Time Was Not Yours to Give.”

God rest your poetic soul Gil Scott-Heron, your legacy lives on in all of us, until we meet you in the light.

Paul Simon 5/29/2011 Foxwoods MGM Grand

We’re getting pumped for the Paul Simon concert, Sunday night at Foxwoods Casino‘s MGM Grand Theater. Nice part its late in the evening and the next day is Memorial Day!

Here’s a video of Paul Simon playing “The Afterlife” from his new album, So Beautiful or So What. Just love the feel of this song and the variety of instruments used to accent it.

You got to fill out a form first, then you wait in the line….

Throw Down Some Lizard King – Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers, Ridgefield, Ct.

Ridgefield Playhouse
May 25th, 2011, 
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Manzarek-Rogers Band – Keyboards: Ray ManzarekGuitar: Roy RogersBass: Steve Evans, Drums: Kevin Hayes

I chose the title for this concert review because Ray Manzarek was having fun telling us that the night before in Massachusetts a young female fan yelled to him, “Are you gonna throw down some Lizard King?” Ray was tickled by the vernacular and interpreted this to mean is the Manzarek-Rogers Band going to play some Doors songs? Trust me the Manzarek-Rogers band did throw down with blues lizard king gusto!

The main purpose of the evening was to introduce the audience to the just released recording, Translucent Blues. 10 of the 13 songs played were from the new album*. I love the feel of this literature music that I call “Poetic Blues”.

Hearing the songs played live by the four person band opened up new interpretations of the poetic lyrics juxtaposed against the blues backdrop. The poetry came across with eloquence, it never sounded forced. Ray Manzarek’s narrative voice is pure beat poetry phrasing. Ray Manzarek’s longtime friendship and collaborations with Micheal McClure provides an additional rounding of the experience. The song “Kick” (Lyrics by Michael McClure) articulates the demon hell of kicking cocaine addiction

“Without McClure’s roar there would have been no Sixties.” — Dennis Hopper

The Manzarek-Rogers band did strong justice to two poems by Jim Carroll (the Basketball Diaries), “Tension” about living in an insane asylum and “Hurricane” which is a rocking blues number with a memorable chorus.

East Coast, got a hurricane

West Coast, got the same

High, high wind and the heavy rain…

(Jim Carroll Music – ASCAP)

Roy Rogers is an interesting, versatile guitarist to witness and study. He plays a double-neck guitar with ease, using a pick on his right hand and a glass slide on his left pinky. His command of the guitar is stellar. I loved his slide guitar playing, it was very rhythmic. His dexterity is second to none.

He guides the band in interesting directions. Roy played a guitar that Ray Manzarek nicknamed a “Derringer” on one of the three songs Roy Rogers wrote for Translucent Blues entitled “Blues in My Shoes”. Roy Rogers also wrote “Those Hits Just Keep On Comin'” and “As You Leave”. Roy Rogers collaborated on several of the other tracks and his production sense is strongly felt throughout the CD.

The Manzarek-Rogers band was tight. I loved how they pushed the beat with dedicated commitment of purpose.

Ray Manzarek took time during the evening to hold an open Q&A. My favorite question was about the infamous Doors concert in New Haven, which took place at the New Haven Arena on December 9, 1967 (The Doors song “Peace Frog” with the famous lyric, “Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven”). Ray shared his recollections about that evening. He explained how Jim Morrison was maced in the face in a dressing room shower by a New Haven cop. How wrong that was and how mistaken the New Haven cop was to do that. It was instrumental to hear Ray’s first hand account of that historic evening and how unjust the New Haven Police were that night.

Ray Manzarek then played “The Crystal Ship” solo for us on his Kurzweil PC 88 keyboard. The song as an instrumental is commanding in its breadth and scope. A beautiful, haunting rendition that really stays with you.

My favorite song of the night was River of Madness, a song based on lyrics that Warren Zevon had entrusted to Ray Manzarek six months before he died. The collaboration team of Stephen Gordon, David Gionfriddo, and Roy Rogers takes Zevon’s River of Madness to a passionate crescendo. Then you are swept away by the flood in LA.

There was a CD signing after the show. This turned out perfect as I collect signed CD covers. It was genuine to meet Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers in person. Here is how they signed my copy of Translucent Blues.

Set List
1. Hurricane*
2. Fives & Ones*
3. Game of Skill*
4. Patron Saint of Pain (Written by Donna Johnston)
5. Kick*
6. Those Hits Just Keep On Comin’*
7. The Crystal Ship
8. Tension*
9. Greenhouse Blues*
10. Blues in My Shoes*
11. New Dodge City Blues*
12. River of Madness*

Riders on the Storm
For Jim Morrison

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Let’s Get The Chambers Brothers Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

A video by Dylan Chambers, son of Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers that he created to help get The Chambers Brothers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lets support The Chambers Brothers getting inducted into the Hall. They deserve this honor.

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