Tonight, Taylor plays the Starland Ballroom, a concert hall on the site of the old Club Hunka Bunka, where Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are rumored to have first met (according to wikipedia)
Taylor Hicks w/ Toby Lightman
Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
Low and Strong and Sneaky
And we’re pleased to have the incomparable Basenji back, riffing the set list for tonight. This is a work-in-progress as we firm and confirm. Tag, you’re it:
Sayreville, NJ, 10 April 2007 set list:
Opening act: Toby Lightman
Gonna Move Mellow opening, slow beat. Taylor is holding the notes a little longer than usual, nice little jazzy vocal section in the second verse, Al pops into a hot bass solo but it’s still on the mellow side, Brian gives us some razzmatazz…screaming, screaming crowd noise.
Give Me Tonight Again, sort of laid back, pulling on the beat, “dancing to New Jersey soul” lyric change up, Josh is hot like a barber’s face cloth, and Brian comes in like an electric razor, hello!
Somehow Smooth and slow, easy does it, version, then it builds to the chorus, Taylor wails with a paradoxical joyful sound, Brian echoes him, more and more vocal work, then a sharp stop back to the easy last verse, some soulful deeper notes, lovely.
Compared to What Cowbell. And then the long opening before Taylor comes in low and strong and sneaky, then he growls and punches and pops. Tagging here? Need confirmation. Will update later. Brian prays to the saxaphone gods and the band stacks the music up and up, a perfect storm of jazz and funk. Taylor is back to work the crowd, tag: I Was Born in Chicago (Paul Butterfield), More tagging here? Need confirmation. Will update later. Lots of repeats and vocal scatting…crowd very, very into it.
Hold on to Your Love Fast fast fast, I’m terrified what tags he’s going to hit us with. Nice Brian flute, dips and twirls, scats and shakes, Taylor back, back and forth with Brian, band so fast it’s leaving a breeze behind, tag: Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte) “Jump in the Line” tag: Can’t Trust Your Neighbor (Johnnie Taylor), HOT blues, slowed down, band deep and luscious, Taylor crying out, Josh jamming, crazy ending.
Wherever I Lay My Hat Smooth version, voice clear and fine. Music shuts down for the Marvin/Jackie callouts, tag: Nightshift (The Commodores), nice falsetto on this, tag: Chain Gang (Sam Cooke), Mel and Taylor together for sweet end…
Medicated Goo (Traffic) Happy happy music, this cell cert is medicated goo, baby! Band builds a fun little repeat after two verses and then they riff, first Josh makes a round of killer freak, Taylor is back and gives Loren and Al a chance, T scats the lyrics, lots of back and forth, big band jam on this tonight, goes on and on, Taylor working some lyrics, stepping back, encourages the band on, Brian spits and chortles, fantastic stuff.
Just to Feel That Way T says: “The number one most requested song in LA now” Straight up version, nice and slow, a bit tender instead of brash on the vocals, a touch of sugar to it.
Heaven Knows Band sounds edgy, Taylor does the “when I come home” hold, then tag: Ain’t That Peculiar (Marvin Gaye) new tag: What’d I Say (Ray Charles) call and response. Nice band jam after the tags, direct segue to…
The Maze Ooh, straight up funk until a kind of burbling vocal scat, gah! Shuts the band down to finish the straight chorus, Brian blows, Taylor repeats “You don’t know”, and new tag: How Long Has This Been Going On? (Ace) tag: Rough God Goes Riding (Van Morrison), tag: Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye), tag: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye)
Dream Myself Awake Straight up version tonight.
The Deal Pretty version, Brian comes in tender yet strong, Taylor easy going on this tonight, nice little riff at end. Love how he plays with his own songs.
Naked in the Jungle (Van Morrison) Taylor in high growl, band sandy and dry, Taylor screeching up, band hits the bass and drum line hard, pops for the “Speak out” repeats, pop pop pop, bam bam bam, awesome funk line behind Taylor’s high voice line, harmonica work, kind of strange sound against the funk, big shaky wails, up and down, Josh and Al ripping it, segue: Dance to the Music (Sly & the Family Stone), [lost sound here], tag: (I Want to) Take You Higher (Sly & the Family Stone)
[Long break in the cell cert]
The Right Place [cell cert was down for this]
The Runaround Back in time for some harp work, Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah repeat, more harp, extra band jam, tag: Hey Pocky Way (The Funky Meters), new tag: Willie Brown Blues (Ry Cooder/Joe Seneca) “Call me Willie” [Taylor drops mike and says “Good night everybody!”]
Badge (Clapton/Harrison) Big rock band sound, then the Josh intro before the joyous chorus, extra long jam, Taylor back to rock it, band gives us the extended version, Taylor leaping in from time to time, fat sound. Bang your head ending.