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Author: Subject: Buddy Guy and BB King at the United Palace Theater Review

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  posted on 2/13/2010 at 10:10 AM
I went to see Buddy Guy and BB King at the United Palace – the ABB venue in March – on February 12th. (KW urged me to go, when I said that I was afraid that Buddy Guy would only talk and would not play. She was right; I was wrong. But …………………………………….)

Buddy Guy came on first and played for an hour. He did play. The smoke was coming off his guitar. Anything you have ever heard about his live concerts does not do them justice.
Here is his set list – with apologies for not getting some titles right.

Down, Down, Down
Hoochie Coochie Man
Lover Man
She’s 19 Years Old
Feels Like Rain
I Just Wanna Make Love To You
Crazy About You
Damn Right I Got the Blues
Skin Deep -- a great song on his new cd, I think. Go out and buy it.
I’m Going Down (with long walk out into the audience to much appreciation from the crowd)
Boom, Boom, Boom/Strange Brew

One funny point. In Hoochie Coochie Man, he sang one verse and waited for the crowd for the second. The first time the audience was tepid. He stopped and said something like ‘in Tokyo last week, they knew every word’. With loud laughter from the crowd he had us in his hands the rest of his set.

He can play loud, play quiet, play psychedelic, play the blues. See this man play.

Well, with respect for BB King, who is 84 years old and overweight, with diabetes, bad knees, hard of hearing, and with bad memory, what a waste.

First, here is his set list – with apologies for not getting some titles right.
Horns instrumental
Guitar/horns instrumental
I Need You
Every Day I Have the Blues
I Don’t Need No One Else
See That My Grave is Kept Clean
When Love Came to Town
Better Off Dead
Instrumental
Over thirty minutes of talking
Rock Me/The Thrill Is Gone

He has a cooking band; the four horn players are great. They played up through “Instrumental’ and BB rarely took a lick. Then the horn players walked off and I should have walked out. He sat and talked about being old for 30 minutes. He then did some quick licks and it was over. What a disappointment. Buy his records. Get some of his live concerts from the past.

Here is a final note about the United Palace Theater where the ABB play next month. It is an old theater and to my untrained eye looks very similar in size and shape to the Beacon. I sat dead center directly underneath where the balcony begins. The sound was great. One word for out of towners. Take the A train to 175th street and walk one block east. It is a perfectly safe neighborhood. It will probably be more fun to park downtown, eat downtown, and then take the subway up; it takes 20 minutes from 42nd Street. Going back late at night, the A train runs local and so it is over 30 minutes to get back downtown.


[Edited on 2/14/2010 by greggreg]

 

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  posted on 2/14/2010 at 08:52 AM
thanks
 
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