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
Paul Simon. November 29, 2011.
Landmark Theater. Richmond, VA.
Paul Simon can still Rock n´ Roll. I´m not saying I ever doubted him, but if anyone did, they were wrong. With a musical catalog spanning nearly 50 years from the first Simon & Garfunkel album in 1964 to his first solo record in 1972 to the 2011 release So Beautiful Or So What, through two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nods, 12 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other honors, Paul Simon´s career speaks for itself. His timeless sound has reached fans of every generation and Tuesday night´s show at the Landmark Theater in Richmond was testament to an artist that has truly mastered his craft. Ladies and gentlemen, Paul Simon.
Playing everything from ´The Only Living Boy In New York´ to ´Kodachrome´ to a solo acoustic encore performance of ´The Sound Of Silence´, Simon kept the banter light and the music flowing as an appreciative crowd spilled into the aisles dancing and singing along. The trustworthy good taste of BlueSkyCampfires.com rarely comes across a bad show and the 70-year-old Paul Simon helped keep the streak alive tonight. ´50 Ways to Leave Your Lover´, ´Slip Slidin´ Away´, ´Mother and Child Reunion´, ´Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes´´¦ the hits just kept on coming. Simon rotated through an assortment of acoustic guitars, 12-strings, electrics, and even some harmonica. The rest of the band proved even more dynamic switching instruments between every song; from drums to guitar, guitar to horns, piano, bass, the washboard and even the triangle. Every instrument was in play and no song was out of reach.
The goose bumps came early and often and were almost permanent by the end of the night, like when Paul paid homage to the late George Harrison with The Beatles´ cover ´Here Comes The Sun´ or closed out the show with ´Still Crazy After All These Years´. From my front row seat on the balcony the show couldn´t have gone any better. Getting to see Paul Simon perform was a special treat to say the least.
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