Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Tony Cedras - Accordeon, Keyboard, Guitars
Andy Snitzer - Saxophone, Synthesizer
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Mick Rossi - Piano, Percussion
Jim Oblon - Drums, Guitars
what a nice evening for evyone who was at the venue yesterday... Maestro Paul is on form,smiling and lovely as he is. I ve already seen him, 3 times since 2000 and in a 10 years he lost just a little energy or vocal range comparing to others ´old-timers rockstars´...but more than that, seems to me he GAINED a lot growing older.
The performace was wonderful, the band was really tasteful and with a very rare dynamics range (as always with Paul´s bands) and evrybody onstage seems to have a lot of fun, maybe apart from the ´new boy´ on the drums who seems to be very concentrate, he was very very good and it was my fist ´50ways´ not played by Steve Gadd, and this new guy seems to be very into it, he played the famous drum pattern with personality and respect to the great Steve, he played guitar too, well done Maestro, good choice.
I loved the new album and agree with paul about the choice not to play so much from it. He rotated nealry all the new songs but he play no more than 4 or 5 in a concert setlist. that leave space to some gems like ´Hearts and Bones´ or ´The Obvius Child´ or like ´Peace like a river´ not played in a 20 years i guess. I had 2 signs made for Mr Simon, the first ´American Tune Please´ , when he return for the first encore I was in the first row and I showed it to him, he read it but smiling declined:-(
being a ´musician´ by myself I had another sign sayin ´I can sing it if you will´:-) he declined one more time:-)
all in all a great evening with one of the finest songwriters of all time:-)
Milano, july 17th 2011
Same setlist than Paris. So just few anedocts because a lot has been already said. Rain on the open Arena before the show (ended just before PS came on stage) and an earthquake before and during (I´m quite sure that nobody there have noticed it). PS was in wonderful shape, very inspired and kind (did I really heard ´Grazie´ while he was thanking?).
The band was terrific. Tony Cedras has laughed all the time. The crowd was colourful (because of the raincoats) and warm. During the first encore the people from the rows more near has runned in front of the stage and start dancing and singing. He showed to appreciate.
We have had the double version: without and with the blu hat.
At the beginning of the show He fighted with mosquitoes.
Tony Cedras, that was out the stage for few seconds, has runned on the stage taking his flute and playing it while all the others of the band were already singing it on the stage (don´t remember which song).
Amazing night. Full of wonderful energy between the guys and with Paul.
And the lots of rainy clouds, that He has noticed and indicated at the beginning, have gone. At last.