This is not you father's Beacon Theater anymore...
OK... first of all... I have to say... I have been going to shows for the last Forty Years. I can honestly say, I have Never been disappointed... ever. The Brothers always deliver... Yeah, there were nights and days where I maybe didn't hear something I hoped I would, or someone was too spaced out to play well, or I had a rash or something, but all and all... I have always basically been thrilled to be in the same zip code as these guys.
Last night, Tuesday night at The Beacon... I have to say I was a little... OK with the show. First of all, Let's take a look at the New Beacon Theater. What was wrong with old Beacon Theater? Did anyone really mind sticking to the floors every now and then? Was the place lit so bright that we actually cared that it hadn't been painted in only God knows how long? I went there to hear music... pure and simple.
The Gendarmerie... what the hell is going on with these people? Do they have a clue as to who the audience is? These people don't leave you alone for a five minutes. You raise a camera they are in you face, you light up a smoke... and now they throw you out of the place. You can't walk more than ten feet without some new Ged recipient asking you to see your ticket. I don't know about you, but I just think these people should be... Not Seen and Not Heard. All I need them to do, is find my freaking seat and leave me alone! I paid a small fortune to sit in the second row last night, and all night long I had this guy with his walkie talkie in my face. You would have thought Duane himself was going to walk into the joint, and these guys were doing security. My suggestion... if these people have to stand right in front of me all night and play CIA... then at least hire little people, so their heads are never higher then stage level.
This is the saddest part... Last night was the first time in forty years I've seen The Brothers without a buzz... What! Yes, again every time someone lit up... The Gestapo was right there harassing the hell out of you and everyone around you. That blew... Big. I went to the theater with a couple of fatties, and came home with a couple of fatties. That Is Just Wrong!
Maybe it's time bands start opening their own venues, hire their own people?
There is no shortage of bands touring, and I'm sure you could keep these venues packed all year long, especially if their fans could come and enjoy the show, like they did in the good old days? I have to say, last night felt like it was closer to seeing The Jonas Brothers... at a Midwest mall on Saturday afternoon...
The Band... Hello Greg... Don't want to disturb you, but... What do you think about sitting in with these guys for a couple of tunes? It seemed like Greg was asleep at the wheel last night... I didn't get the feeling there was a fire burning in him. Mumbling, coming in late... Damn even the guys were looking at him like... Hello... Greg?
All in all... It was a "good" show... There isn't a tune I don't ever want to hear... And the boys came out and laid it down... Not really one of the best shows I ever seen, but I certainly... I hope it was the worst.
Sheryl Crow... Delicious... What else can you say? I'd share my last "Silver Dollar" with her anytime... The other guests... Just OK.
All in all... I'd have to say, the highlight of the show for me was hanging out in front of the theater with "The Kid Fom Brooklyn.com" for a while. He was beautiful! I'd be interested in hearing "his" review of the show... Alright... That's it for me... The Road Goes On Forever... We'll getum next time...
Added: Wednesday, March 18, 2009