||[03 Apr 2005|12:21pm]
Well, I saw Don for the first time last Saturday in Cerritos, and I must say it was AMAZING. Just incredible. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but I'll post a review taken from his official site & my comments will follow. =)
( reviewCollapse )
He completely blew me away. He came out there and DID NOT STOP for over two hours. It didn't seem like he wanted to go away. I sure didn't.
In the beginning, he said, "we'll even do a Madonna song," which seems like an old joke but it was still cute. The "Madonna song" was terriffic, it was at least thirteen minutes and he made us sing along. The 'reprise' mentioned in the review was after the original song finished, he said, "let's all sing the first verse again!" and we went right into it, followed with a few more choruses. I was afraid that was the end, but it wasn't, and I was thrilled. "Fashion Victim" and "Addicted to Black," which followed, were great. He then did "Headroom" which lead seamlessly into my favorite, "Dreidel." Dreidel was a lot different than the album version, as it followed the rock-y Headroom, so it was a little more rock 'n' roll. His country songs were great too, the other guitarist was really something. Tony Migliore was great, too, he's been with Don for who knows how many years and he is an AMAZING pianist. Pounded it all night long.
The most surprising segment was the blues. Don didn't change guitars the whole night, but the three Josh White songs sounded incredible. He was pickin' the blues on that guitar as loud as any electric. I'd never really heard him play in this style before and it added a whole new aspect to the show. He covered just about every classic genre.
-He started off with "Maybe Baby," as the review said, and then before he went into "Fools' Paradise" he said, "I can play as many Buddy Holly songs as I want!" and seemed very proud of himself. Very cute. =)
-During "La La Love You", the line when he sings "...and this lover and the way I feeeeeeeeel," instead of having "feel" being an incredibly high note as it was on the record, he lowered it a lot but held it for god knows how long. He can really sing. I was surprised he didn't do "Since I Don't Have You," but I guess the show was tiring enough. =P
-Before his blues segment he talked a lot about New Rochelle and the woods next to his home, and talked about the TV shows being shot there, how it was the sort of east-coast Hollywood.
I'll try and look for some pictures online.
Oh, I also got a DVD of him they were selling--the "Starry Starry Night" PBS show. I think it was in 2001. I haven't had time to watch it yet, but when I do I'll tell you all about it. Anyone else have it?
Even a week later, I am still amazed. I hope to see him again. =D
Oh, also found an article written before the concert:
I like this quote.
"It's all a matter of being tuned in to life. To me, songwriting is a visceral art form, not an intellectual one. Things occur, certain things at certain times, and you just go with it. It's like a sense of karma, with jags where you're involved." He pauses. "Life is like a kaleidoscope, twisting the tube, shaking the broken glass, trying to interpret the new forms, what it all means."