I went to all three shows. Fantastic. Paul and Artie were on fire. None moreso than during Bridge. All that were there will aggree. They heard the definative version of that great ballad.
The banter between songs was to all intents and purposes the same all three nights. The only real differences coming when one or the other fluffed their lines! The story of how they both met was a little different on the 03rd, for just that reason! However they performed their comic routines well, and sounded believable. On the first night Paul relpied to a shout of ´I Love You´.......´It´s great to hear ´I Love You´ in a New York accent!´ which got a huge cheer. On the last night someone called out ´I miss you, Art!´ to which Paul replied....´Artie misses you too.´
The big screens around the arena were used very well, giving nice introductions to ´Old Friends´ and ´Mrs Robinson´.
The New York City audience was appreciative whenever parts of, or indeed the city itself, were mentioned. On the first night the audience clicked their fingers instead of clapping to ´Slip Sliding Away´ which was not only wonderfull to hear, but also veeeeery spooky!
All in all the concert was a great success. The only let down, but a big one I must say was the policy of MSG to allow patrons access to the refreshment stall during the show, and for the patrons to make use of this service!
The majority of the audience seemed incapable of not eating of drinking for more than a few minutes. The couple next to me each went twice to get more beer. In total they consumed five beers each during the show, used their mobile phones and were completely wankered by the end.
On the third night I was unfortunate to seat directly next to the exit ot the ground floor arena. About every twenty seconds someone would go to, or return from the refreshment stalls. (And this is not an exageration!) and walk directly in front of my seat, completely obscuring my view. My appeals to the MSG security official were greeted with shrugs. I had to inform the couple sitting behind me that I had not flown 4,000 miles and paid $250 to listen to them eating popcorn. Honestly.......Art and Paul are singing Scarborough Fair and all I can hear is´.....chrumpfh, chrumpfh. Honey, pass the nachos!´.
In Europe, this behaviour would not be, and indeed is not, tolerated. The constant activity in and around the Arena was so off-putting.
I look forward to seeing this fantastic show again in Europe, where the vast majority of the audience won´t be there simply because there is nothing on the TV that evening.
Paul and Artie, you deserve a much more appreciative audience. You were fantastic and well and truly on fire. The audience was for the most part arrogant, rude, and incapable of sitting still and not eating or drinking for more than 7 minutes.