Well, since Greg’s going to take a little hiatus, I’ll try and fill this space with some of my rants and ramblings. Be warned, I don’t do political rants and I generally have very little to say that will change your life. However, I’ll do my best to do a little virtual dance for you and try to keep you entertained. If you don’t like it, too bad. We’ll start out this journey with a concert review from last week, and probably follow it up with a movie review from this past weekend. Oh, and since I always write to music, today’s article is brought to you by tracks off the new Johnny Cash album “American IV: The Man Comes Around”. This album will be released tomorrow, and is basically 15 covers of popular songs from the past few decades. I highly recommend you listen to the cover of NIN’s “Hurt” and try not to feel sadness in your heart. Needless to say, I will be in line with a copy of this one tomorrow.
Monday, February 24th, Billy Joel and Elton John made the stop in Houston on their Face 2 Face tour. This tour has been going on and off for almost two years, heading overseas and up and down the US coasts. Just to tell you there’s bias here, I’m a huge fan of both musicians, and had never seen either in concert before. Needless to say, the day tickets went on sale I was as giddy as a schoolgirl. Unfortunately, about 20,000 other people were giddy as well, since I wound up in the nosebleed section of the Compaq Center. No problem, at least I’m inside the walls. The stage setup is very simplistic, and doesn’t have a thousand video screens or pyro sets. The half hour strikes, and the lights go down. The floor of the stage opens up, and two grand pianos rise from the floor. The two come out to simple spotlights, and start playing with no fanfare. They play three songs, during which Billy Joel gets more and more aggrivated at his stool and mic stand not cooperating with him. After the initial three songs, Billy leaves and his piano is shuttled away under the stage.
Elton John then goes on a tear, playing a decent hour and a half set, covering many of his old favorites as well as a couple tracks off his new album. While watching this aged popstar, I can definately see where people were saying that he puts more soul into his live performances than his studio tracks. He had a tendancy to throw some funky blues riffs into songs that I used to consider pretty sterile. He closes his set with a 10 minute version of “Rocket Man” which draws the crowd into it. The stage goes dark as they reconfigure, and out comes Billy for his set.