Hi evrybody, first of all the show on july28 was in Milan, at the Arena Civica, recently open for concerts after more than ten years..it´s a very huge venue but for some of the shows of the Milan Jazz Festival (in wich PS show was included) the stage was put almost in the middle of the Arena, so the capacity was around 4-5000 making it a more intimate site, nice for a concert like this. Two nights erlier REM performed in the same venue but using the entire structure.
hearing Robben Ford opening for Paul was a surprise for me, i wasnt aware of it, and being in the first row i enjoyed very much this great white bluesman.
After 20 minutes of changing on stage then came Paul and his band.. the smiling from Mark, Vincent, Jamey, Batiki...and the man himself, dressing in jeans ,almost-orange shirt and a strange dark hat.
The show was perfect, sound was very good, setlist was similar at the previous concerts (minus Spirit Voices) Paul was in a good mood, his singing and hand movement very charmin´. I love that man.
If you reading this probably you are a PS fan but i´m sure that ´casual fans´ who were at the show were won by the infinite taste of the man, his lovely songs..the uptempo ones..the ballads...the dancin songs...
We saw a chapter of modern music history.
The band was very tight, full of gifted musicians, old and new faces went well togheter...GREAT dynamics...as usual in paul s bands... I liked the young new drummer..but unfortunatley..no Steve Gadd means no 50ways..one of my favouirites.
come back soon
italy loves you
Hi all, I was in Milan as well two nights ago for Paul´s concert in the Arena. It was my second occasion to see him performing after the Graceland tour years ago. I´m a fan of Paul since my childhood and I practically know everything of him.
The concert was absolutely great, they played continuously for two hours, except for two one-minute breaks to get twice a standing ovation from the crowd.
I was particularly pleased by their performance of Late in the Evening, which is a hard song to sustain at that age (I´m not referring only to Paul ...) and I didn´t expect to get.
The other bonus track to me was Duncan, which I regards as Paul´s second best song after American Tune.
All in all, Paul and the band gave a very representative portrait of its career, spanning among all the various periods and styles he covered.
I guess some bootleg has been recorded, I´d love to get one sooner or later!
Ciao to everybody from Italy and ´let´s continue to live ...´