Taylor Hicks w/Toby Lightman
American Music Theater
8:00pm Eastern (sold out)
Taylor ventures to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Probably not much time for sight-seeing, but maybe they can at least get some good food. I’d go for the pretzels, myself. Any speculations on set list for tonight?
Speculate No More:
boogie board list, basenji style
Lancaster, PA, 12 April 2007 set list:
Opening act: Toby Lightman
Gonna Move And once again we are off…Taylor in melodic voice tonight, band subdued at start, Boogie Carty bass bop-a-dops in, T back to croon, band breaks down to the beat and bass, [after ending, some give and take with the audience]
Wherever I Lay My Hat Again, band smooth and easy, but Taylor’s voice getting warmer and doing more swallow swoops, band shuts down so T can riff the middle chorus, everyone back in for the finish, [spontaneous audience sing-along], Josh adds some country-rock riffs at end…new tag: Sugaree (Grateful Dead), lovely little tag actually, then the “Jackie/Marvin” callout, Possible tag. Need confirmation and update. “Please Don’t Tell Her,” tag: Nightshift (The Commodores), nice vocal riff, into tease of something else? Back to tag?: Please Don’t Tell Her
Hell of a Day Kind of slow beat on this tonight, fairly straight up version, tour standard Josh tonk-a-tonk line while T sings the first verse over again…
Give Me Tonight Funk line and Josh’s cranky gee-tar line again, gives it a taste of gravel over the funk fruit, Brian G slips in for some scatty sips, Taylor and Melanie together for the big finish, the gravel and booze funk ending.
The Deal Josh is in the fore tonight [which may just be the cell cert sound], but lots of grindy riffs from him. Tonight this is a fast beat, with a delayed Taylor vocal line, he is coming in late and then pushes into the lines, Brian G shizzle-blows a tasty little bit, Taylor back to push into the lines again, some short vocal work but nothing particularly new. Tight, tidy, fast.
Goodbye Stranger (Supertramp) Melanie’s voice a nice high teasing sound, Tay laying down a tenor vibe under her high notes, excellent, band building layers as they repeat, now getting some energy and Taylor starts to crank it up as he sings, that repeat combo of Taylor and Melanie is really a delight. Ah, he comes the band to shake it out, oh yes, Josh goes in for the samurai sword slashes of sound, on and on, fabulous and hair raising stuff, now Boogie is powering up beneath him big bass chords, rock star ending.
Somehow A rolling, country drum beat, Taylor sings this a bit more angsty than I have heard this tour, Brian G makes me wanna cry, I want to shake his hand and bless his burbly mouth, Taylor back to a blues feel in the vocals and finish.
Heaven Knows Fast version, a little on the merry-go-round side tonight, Josh rubbing and screaming, now the back-beat Felix solo bit, and they are racing along like a train headed for oblivion, some nice Felix/Boogie junka bunka, direct segue…
The Maze Funk, grind, and then abrupt stop to a lovely repeat vocal: possible tag: My Girl (Temptations)(?) Possible tag to “If I could touch the hem of his garment” (?) Need confirmation and update. Nice sound, band pumps it up slowly behind Taylor and ta-dah finish.
Just to Feel That Way Basic package deal here. Sometimes the big upper-register vocal flourishes are not what affect me the most.
My Friend First time performed on the this tour…Boogie Woogie, baby! How much more he gives to this than that last song…Brian G punches me in the solar plexus (in a good way), Josh is all southern blues honky-tonk on this, yummy! It’s the 30’s, we’re in a speakeasy and we’ve forgotten the depression…
Medicated Goo (Traffic) “Joy” is such a banal and misused word, but this song is one big adrenalin rush of silliness and musical synergy. Taylor pops along the vocals, Josh finger-touches down the chords, they build, jam, stop, build, jam, stop, Josh now singing through his guitar, now a sweet keyboard rattle and roll with Josh support, [audience members squealing] and the harmonica comes out with fat jumpy chords, like women in a Botero painting, Tay back to croon the verse again, falsettos and digs, shushes and clicks and harp blows and mixes it up, touch of the hip hop line on the vocal and man, Brian G in and out, all in JAM now, I am just so f-ing happy!
The Right Place Gentle tinkly keyboards with bold Taylor vocal, holding the negative space silences, nice. Organ vibro, more hold on the silence, Taylor comes in to grab it hard and shake it, ah, my favorite Randy Newman thing from Loren, tingle da tingle da tingle dad a da tweeee…
The Runaround Band big and stompy, Brian G sounds like a walrus: all tusks and whiskers and headbutt attitude, song proceeds to the big strawberry jam twirl, now harp wobble and bellows in and out, fat train chords, band back in, calls out to crowd to get them up and dancing, Brian blows, everyone at it hard and sweaty, and big ending.
Taking It to the Streets (Doobie Brothers) Loren mixing it up on the beginning. [Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament!] Taylor gives it a little vocal riff, pulls out the harmonica, shivers it down as Felix pounds the earth behind him, band back in, sounds like Chinese plate twirlers, lots going on at once…the chords of That’s all Folks!