June 23, 1999 - USA / California
The band (not all members are present at all shows)
Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Fans who attended this show
I was there, and let me recover my lucidity... it was fantastic, definitely the best show of this tour (I also attended the Anaheim and Hollywood Bowl shows), probably because I was so close to the stage. Yes it was crowded, but I arrived very early and I had the luck to enter the House of Blues before almost anybody else. I even saw the rehearsal from the mezzanine around 6:30pm ! I still do not understand why they let me enter so early, but I didnot ask and I was in heaven. Paul and his band rehearsed ´Proof´ (several times, since there was a technical problem), ´The Boy in The Bubble´, ´The Sound Of Silence´ and several other parts of some songs. There were only a few people in the room, mainly people from the tour, and when they stopped playing, due to a technical problem, Steve Gadd went upstairs, and I realized that the charming young woman who was beside me was in fact his daugther. Being already in the room, it has been easy to get a very good spot for the concert. I was as close to the stage as you could be, just in front of Paul´s microphone. The show was awesome, the set was not very different from the other ones, but much more relaxed. Paul seemed very very happy to be there, and very moved by the overwhelming response of the crowd. I did not take any notes during the concert since I wanted to live these precious moments very intensely, so I will try to remember the best I can: They opened with ´Proof,´ then they played ´Bridge Over Troubled Water,´ ´Can´t Run But,´ ´The Boy in the Bubble,´ ´The Coast,´ ´Trailway Bus,´ ´Mrs Robinson, ´ ´Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard,´ ´Further To Fly,´ ´Graceland,´ ´The Cool, Cool river,´ ´ Slip Sliding Away,´ Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, ´You Can Call Me Al.´ First encore: ´Late In The Evening´ and ´Still Crazy After All These years.´ Second encore: ´Born At The Right Time,´ The Sound Of Silence´ and ´The Boxer´ Third encore: ´Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover´ and a medley of ´Knockin´ On Heaven´s Door´ and Mother And Child Reunion.´ Despite the noise made by the crowd there was no fourth encore, but, as you see, it was a very satisfying set! Every time Paul came back on stage, he seemed very touched by the warm acclamation made by the crowd, saying many times ´Thank you´ and something like ´it goes right to my heart.´ I even noticed that his eyes seemed wet at one time (I can say that for sure because I was so close). He did a small mistake during ´Born at The Right Time´, and without stopping playing he said ´I was thinking to something else.´ That was a very touching moment. His communication with the crowd was great, he shook some hands twice, and seemed relaxed and moved at the same time. Well, that really was a great concert (an understatement), and I think Paul has realized how much we (his fans) have missed him during all these years.