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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 08:30 AM
Sure did have a wonderful time at last night’s Hippie Fest show in Long Island. The auidience, while mostly Baby Boomers, had some much younger (20- 30 somethings) mixed in, and they seemed to be having just as much fun. Some folks in “costume”, with tye dye shirts, and love beads, but mostly folks who are now “Plain Clothed Hippies”.

In the spirit of a concert from the Fifties, each of the six acts rushed on the stage, did their four or five greatest hits, and was gone in a flash. More than anything, you could blame that on the 11PM curfew that exists at the venue.

Some of the highlights were….

Flo and Eddie, aka The Turtles. They really charmed the audience with their humor as well as their songs. “In the 60s, we did lots of drugs….hash, pot, acid. We still do lots of drugs to this day, Zocor, Lipitor, Nexium, and there’s little blue pill my wife likes me to take. Yeah, when we were young, we spent a lot of money trying to kill ourselves, now we spend a lot of money trying to stay alive!”.

When they sang their songs, it was so much fun to sing along. Really enjoyed their set.

Jack Bruce just plain stole the show. He looks a bit frail, although the smile on his face tells you he feels good. He strutted around the stage, with a big smile. He hasn’t lost any skills with the bass guitar, clearly playing like it was Cream’s farewell concerts in 1969. His voice is clear, and hits the high notes pretty well. He closed with White Room, and completely brought the house down. Long Island was rockin’ and rolling, and the floor was shaking. Jack was the highlight of the show.

Eric Burdon closed the show, and gave us some familiar Animals hits. His best number was Sky Pilot, which I was pleasantly surprised to hear. It was not a commercial success, but the crowd recognized it right away. The night closed with House of the Rising Sun, which he was alble to sing well, although a few notes were just out of range these days. That didn’t spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the music, and they left the stage to thunderous applause.

We had so much fun that I will do this again next year.

Mitch

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 09:47 AM
Who played guitar for Jack Bruce, and what did you think of him (or her) on White Room or other songs that have a "signature" guitar sound?

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:12 AM
Most of the night's artists did not have their own bands. They relied on the "House Band" ( except Eric Bourdon, who travels with "The New Animals"), which was fronted by a guitarist named Godfrey Townsend. I just Googled his name, and while he has his own career, he seems to specialize in backing classic rock artists who need a band for a show.

He plays guitar, and sings back up for the featured artist. The band was pretty good, although they were mostly trying to sound like each featured artist's band. As far as when Jack Bruce played, Townsend did a good job of covering Clapton's guitar parts. No doubt however that it wasn't EC. The nature of the job required him to imitate rather than play as himself, which he did well. Very much like a good studio musician, and I admire those guys quite a bit. When he left the stage for the night, he got a round of applause just for him.

What was also interesting, was the way his drummer played in Ginger Baker style when they backed up Jack Bruce. Clearly made the sound of the band more like Cream.

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:39 AM
When I was about 15, I had the biggest crush on Melanie. I saw a picture of her recently. Dang, has she changed!! How did she sound?

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:49 AM
I saw the show in Philly on Tuesday. Having never heard anything but "the Roller Skates song" from Melanie, I had no idea what to expect. Let me say I thought her set was PAINFUL. My girl was more that "a bit pitchy" to quote my dawg, Randy Jackson. She did some kind of 15 minute Folk Odyssey version of the Roller Skate song. Just not good.
 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 10:56 AM
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I saw the show in Philly on Tuesday. Having never heard anything but "the Roller Skates song" from Melanie, I had no idea what to expect. Let me say I thought her set was PAINFUL. My girl was more that "a bit pitchy" to quote my dawg, Randy Jackson. She did some kind of 15 minute Folk Odyssey version of the Roller Skate song. Just not good.

I always liked the song "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" by her. Badfinger only has 1 member left, so I didn't question their sound. I almost went to this a couple weeks ago in Kettering OH. I wanted to see Jonathon Edwards. Ya gotta like "The Shanty Song", and "Sunshine"!

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 11:27 AM
Jack brought the house down in Toronto as well. I imagine that's what's happening at all the Hippie Fest shows! I went specifically to see Jack and the man does not disappoint. What a treat to see and hear him sing and play bass on some of the best songs ever written!

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 11:51 AM
I've always thought it would be very funny for Motorhead, or maybe one of those cookie-monster-vocals bands (like Slipknot) to break into a cover of "the roller skates" song in the middle of their set.

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 11:53 AM
HIPPIE FEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 12:53 PM
I went specifically to see Jack Bruce and Jonathan Edwards.
Edwards has not missed a step. For a 60 year old, he had amazing vocal control and I thought he was a great opener. Great to hear Sunshine and Shanty (to which he added an extra cool new"legalize it" verse). I would definitely pay to see him if he ever passed through the area.

I saw Jack at the Cream reunion in '05 and he seemed to be holding up ok. His playing was great and his voice was on the level that it was 3 years ago. The man does look frail though. I know he's been through quite a lot health-wise over the last decade. I hope he's doing ok.
If you've never seen him live, get to Hippiefest if it swings through your town. You don't want to miss a very rare chance to see him play bass.

Also, don't know about the other shows, but Philly's turnout was down right terrible. I was told 1500 tickets sold in a venue that can hold up to 6000. I bought my tickets from the box office days before the show at a 50% discount.

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 02:02 PM
Westbury Music Fair in LI was packed. Just about a sold out crowd.

Seems Melanie does the same thing each night...too much talking and not enough singing. She could have done 5 songs in the time it took her to do 3 songs, but I guess she likes to do the storyteller thing . It would have been better if she was at a small club, and had more time. She picked some of her songs that didn't showcase how strong her voice can be.

Would have loved to hear more than 3 songs from Jonathan Edwards, who was very good.

Mitch

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