July 15, 2008 - Belgium
The band (not all members are present at all shows)
Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Fans who attended this show
Just got back from Brussels. The setlist was the same as yesterday and in Liverpool. It was really great. Second time i saw Paul, First time was in Rotterdam 2002. Paul did not talk a lot to the public. Just a few lines. He was smiling a lot and seem to have a good time on stage. Public was great, also during the songs that were not that wel known. Everybody was quit. I was in the front of the stage so i could see everything perfect. Paul´s voice was good, the band also. I liked Northeast, Duncan, Cool River, SOS, Graceland and the Boxer. My favorites of this night. It was a perfect show!!
7th time I saw Paul Simon (last time was Friday 11th in Paris:-)) and he just gets better every time. By now, he has such a wealth of great songs - nearly all of them standards - to choose from and he seems totally at ease with playing songs from every stage of his career. I thought the concert was pretty groovy and more rock ´n roll than some might expect from Paul with a great version of Ms Robinson f.e. Where in Paris the audience started to dance as of the first tones of Gumboots, the Brussels audience ´behaved´ more - probabely impressed by the omnipresent security guys - reacted enthusiastically though and danced at the end.An other difference with paris: only one percussionis. Simalirity: he wore the same clothes. They were awefull.
It was the first time that I saw Paul live on stage. I spent a wonderful evening (I sat on the third row!). Although the setlist contained a few less known songs (such as ´Outrageous´ and ´How can you live in the North East´, Paul could convince the audience without any problem. In general, most of the songs sounded live quite rougher and more forceful than the wellknown record versions. I heard a fantastic and surprising version of ´Mrs. Robinson´, with an Elvis-alike groove. But the climax for me was a really tremendous version of ´Train in the distance´ from the album ´Hearts & bones´ (which is for me his best album ever, even better than ´Graceland´... ) The band (with 2 drummers!) did a great job. I hope that one of these European shows will be taped and released on DVD: it would be the perfect (Christmas) present for some of my friends who missed the show yesterday :-) Thank you, Paul.
Short: A New York street kid playing some rough music and sharing some intimate moments. It was a gig (not a show), he spoke with music to his audience. You heard some trains in the distance, spiritual voices. The audience listened to the sounds and cheered when it felt to.
Paul Simon le 15 juillet dernier Ă©tait fantastique j´ai passĂ© un moment formidable!!!! Merci Ă toi Paul