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The Letter C is for Concerts…

My friend Jane Patterson did a list of her top fifty concerts so I pulled out my ticket stubs I’ve been keeping since the mid-90s . I chose the letter “C” because I thought of the name of post and no more than one concert per artist.

Cameo @ Tramps, Sat March 8th, 1997
The best thing about the late 70s, early 80s were guys like Cameo -good dance vibe.

The Cardigans @ Tramps, Th February 6th, 1997
Yeah, she was that hot but the band lost some of its pop pizzazz live

Mariah Carey @ Radio City Music Hall, Th, Sept 10, 2003
Flogging a woofy album she was breathtaking

Carlene Carter @ Joe’s Pub, Fri, Jan 9, 2009
Too much from her new album and, the old country problem, too chatty

Johnny Cash @ Carnegie Hall, Wed Sep 14th, 1994
Highlight? Duet with daughter Roseanne on “I Still Must Someone”.

June Carter Cash @ the Bottom Line, July 2nd, 1999
Carlene’s mommy. You know what I said about country stars being too chatty? Doesn’t apply when you are discussing what it was like to date Elvis Presley from first hand experience. Great rapport with bandleader son, Johnny Jn.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Wamu Theatre, Sat Oct 4th, 2008
Promoting a masterpiece, “Dig, Lazarus, Dig” Cave pulled songs from all periods of his career and serial killed em.

Ray Charles @ Avery Fisher Hall, Fri, June 23, 1995
Charles was very disappointing but Maceo Parker -James Brown old horn man, was awesome.

Cher @ MSG, Tues, July 13th, 1999
Wasn’t this a farewell tour? Anyway, it was tailor made for Vegas which is where it ended up.

Kenny Chesney @ MSG, Fri, July 14th, 2006
I got real sick of that cowboy hat fast but it was a finely tempo’d perfomance.

Eric Clapton & Friends @ MSG, Wed, June 30th, 1999
Good: Dylan and Clapton on “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”. Bad: Clapton’s squeeze at the time Sheryl Crow’s relentless banal and inexplicably unending set.

Jarvis Cocker @ Webster Hall, Monday, April 23rd, 2007
Jarvis first solo album was pretty bad but he was excellent live, a hypnotic presense with his lanky, gangly frame and obtuse very English sexiness.

Ornette Coleman Civilisation @ Avery Fisher Hall, Fri July 7th, 1997
Harmolodics sand harmologics by the inventor.

Phil Collins @ MSG, Thurs, March 13th, 1997
In the round, just like his head.

Elvis Costello @ the Beacon Theatre, Wed, Aug 2, 1999
About to record “All This Useless Beauty” Costello decided to test drive em first. I had second row (not my best, I had front row at the Trust concert in, what? 80? 81? I went with my sister in law Marie who loved opening act Squeeze) and he opened with the brand new “Tiny Atoms” and never faltered. If I was grading em I’d give it an A+

The Cramps @ Roseland Ballroom, Sat Nov 15th, 1997
They were a camp, B-Movie, sci fi garage rock and roll band and they were great. Lux is missed.

Counting Crows,@ the Beacon Theatre, Mon Dec 2, 1996
Adam wassisname hurt his foot in the middle of the set and had to sit thru the second half and he was still excellent and I don’t even like CC.

Cream @ MSG, Wed Oct 26th, 2005
Looked like hell, sounded like heaven

Marshall Crenshaw @ Village Underground, Fri, Dec 14th, 2001
I had the cutest waitress on the planet. Tipped huge.

Okay, that’ll do it for now (id reached CSNY but I wanna leave off writing about em till Disc 6 of Woodstock). One day I’ll do the “m”‘s and tell you about the Monkees…

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