What a way to end a tour!!
Standing room only in this wonderful music venue.. as you walk, in the bar is on the left .. on the right is where the seats are and the stage at the very end.
What a great group of folks attending…. this is as good as an audience can be! Most are long time friends of my music and also duets of Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez. many are fans of Brooke and Brittany Henderson so they’re all ready when that part of the show comes up.
We sound checked an hour before the show and soundman Evan has us perfectly ready in no time.. Big thanks Evan ..you did a great job!
Right from the beginning it was like playing for a bunch of friends at some special party.
John Platania was so magic tonight!
We started with “The Real Thing” and then we went into the title song of my new album, “Whiskey Salesman”… I told the audience that it been acccepted to the New Media Film Festival and placed in their SRC or “socially responsible content“ section.. I love telling that story tonight!! …we all some fun with that.
Then we continued with a few other Whiskey Salesman songs… inspired by my wife, Joan. The connection with these were so strong you could hear a pin drop… Just beautiful!
We ended the first set with a song about the town I grew up in, Yonkers New York . John’s solo in toward the end of the song was just amazing!
Started this one off with a tribute to some fans, Lori and Ron, who got married about two weeks ago and used as the theme song for their wedding, the Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez song, “We Come Up Shining” I hadn’t played that song a while but somehow it came so easy and felt so special… so glad you guys spent the evening with us ..congratulations!
Somewhere in there someone called out for “Must be the Whiskey”… so I took a chance and played a little bit of that and it really was fun!
We then went back to “Whiskey Salesman” songs with some of my favorites like “I like Ridin’” , “Some Hearts“ – – this was so special tonight …again. I got chills and tears came close.
I had the same feeling when we played “ Naples” .. that talks about a special visit my wife and I in made there .. lots of the chill factor stuff depends on the inspiration but much of this great stuff comes from the communication with the audience and it was just there tonight.. it was just a beautiful connection.
Another one of the favorites tonight was the final song from the Whiskey Salesman album, “In the Stillness of the Night“ with the audience singing along with us… That was pretty magic.
Then we went to the Meyer Lansky section (The early hits section)… playing the Hollies big hit “I Can’t Let Go” which I wrote with my friend Al Gorgoni…then shifted back to talk a little bit about the amazing accomplishments of Brooke and Brittany Henderson.. I would say that “I’ll Carry For You“ has been a favorite of these audiences since we’ve hit the road and it was no difference in tonight .. I just love singing that song.
We ended the set with a beautiful version of the “Angel of the Morning “… again with the audience singing gently along.. then a rocking version of “Wild Thing”.. with a special tribute to Reg Presley and the boys (the Troggs) for the amazing record they made of the song which inspired the Jimi Hendrix version.
Then came the tribute to the prisoners with my current streaming hit “Fuck all the Perfect People“ .. with the audience singing this course loud and clear, like we were in church. We ended up with a huge audience sing-along with another of my current Spotify hits, “I’ll Only Be Me Once“
This was a special as it gets… Thanks to all who were there.
Said hi to many, including:
Ian and Sue … Who made a special trip from London to see the show… Great to see you guys I will see you in London on September 2nd… again big hello and congratulations to Lori and Ron…wonderful to see you guys!
Good to see my old friend Richard Flohil and his lovely daughter Jill… so glad you were able to come!
Hey Melissa so glad you came for a double dose .. it’s always great to see you… Much love.. and Dave and Darlene… Was that you? So glad you came to the show again!
Hi Arthur and Lalitha …so nice talking with you both…thanks for all the compliments.. see you next time.. hi Scott nice talking to you about the early days and 1650 Broadway… The Brill building was OK and had some great writers but the real heart and soul of rock ‘n’ roll was 1650.
Hi Judy… So nice talking with you thanks for singing all those pretty harmonies… Good luck with all your folks singing… Sounds like good times
Hi Diane and Malcolm… Very good to see you ..thanks for the nice words
Hi Robert thanks for coming in so good to see your son… was it “Andy”… it’s hard for me to read my writing… But one where another glad you came .. very nice talking with you Robert… thanks for buying all those CDs.. much appreciated.
Actually, thanks to so many for supporting us in that way
Hi Brad …thanks for your support with that very nice article… Yeah I think you should stay in Tarrytown when you come to New York… there are a few nice hotels not too far from the train station
Thanks to the very nice mom and daughter who came in at the very start of the show ..I’m not exactly sure what the names were but I think the daughters name is Joan … how can I forget that! So good to see you both!!!
Good to see Gary, Joyce and Al at the beginning… hi Mark and Anita… Good to see you and thanks for the good words
Great to see all my friends through my connection with my great friend Neil MacGonigill… Okie. Ray, Sheldon, Wayne, Cris,
So great of you all to support me and John!! Much appreciated!!!
Also, special hello to my friend Bob Roper..sorry I missed saying hello.. thanks so much for coming!
Hey Del!! So glad you stopped by great to meet your girlfriend Esther .. and special to see your other friend Christina…. hope to see you soon!
And to all the others whose names I might’ve missed… Thanks so much for being here tonight.. it was a very special night for John and I hope to see you soon again
Neil thanks for putting this whole thing together and for coming to be with us …it’s about as good as it gets!!