July 12, 2008 - Netherlands
The band (not all members are present at all shows)
Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Fans who attended this show
Rob Van Vuuren
The setlist was shortened because the performance could not last more than an hour and a half. Paul started at 18.05 hour and finished at 19.40 hour. From the beginning the audience was very excited and enthusiastic, from what I could see around me everyone clapped and danced to the songs and listened to the more quiet and unknown songs. I had a good spot, midfront 3rd row were I could dance a little, (the first two rows had to stand on an iron underground which held a small barrier between the stage and the audience, not nice to dance on), it was very crowded, everyone stood very close to each other. No shouting for S&G songs, they let the band play till the end of a song which was brilliant by The Boxer because Vincent Nguini played at the end a beautiful guitar solo. Diamonds was great, the whole crowd clapped with Paul and the band in a fast uptempo. The Cool Cool River was played different as in Brooklyn, Paul had a guitar stood right next to him where he brushed past the strings with one hand, in between he played the guitar he had on him, at the end Paul pointed to every member of the band, each played a very short solo and Paul finished with a brush past the strings of the guitar that stood right next to him, it was nice and kinda funny. The band played great, they came more up front for their solo´s, Bakithi got a back massage by Paul at the end of his solo on You Can Call me Al, very funny. The new drummer Charley Drayton played very well, Paul hugged him at the end of the set, he found his place in the band. I enjoyed the concert very much and am very happy that I will see Paul and the band two more times next week. Paul was very energetic and good by voice. After the concert I went to see other performances, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter among some others and by walking through the hallways even hours later I heard several times people talking about Paul Simon and how they enjoyed the performance. I bought a very nice blue T shirt with a smaller picture of Paul and a text of Once Upon A Time There Was An Ocean.
The concert was great, but I wished it lasted longer. The songs were even more perfect than last times, you can see that every detail is thought about. Highlights for me were the ROTS and Graceland songs though the crowd seemed to enjoy the older S&G songs the most. They were singing along with them. Paul hardly said anything but funny was when he sang ´everybody -except you- knows what I´m talking about´. The tree voices were also well combined, on old and new arrangements.