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Live Through This: rock nyc Top Concert Picks For The Week Of October 15th, 2018

This is what I wrote went I went to see Elton in Vegas back in February 2017 (here) ” Elton reclaims his career for a set that plays very well to his greatest skill: that as a past member of the glam rock Hall Of Fame, and he can return to it with the greatest of ease even without a Mickey Mouse costume. Before the encore (a meh “Circle Of Life”, he invites the first couple of rows up on stage for a stomping “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”. It is a very cool meeting of man and fan and a thrill to be there.” So nearly two years later Elton is on his farewell tour, the setlist is excellent, and, fingers crossed,  the last time we see Elton is the best time we see Elton at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Oh, thanks to Spotify where you can follow the setlist…

Monday – Maroon 5: Red Pill Blues Tour 2018 – Madison Square Garden – The setlist is excellent, the band are terrific on stage, and Julia Michaels is opening…

Monday – Public Image LTD (PiL) – Brooklyn Steel

Monday – Tower Of Power – 50th Anniversary Tour – City Winery

Monday, Tuesday –  The Vaccines, Jesse Jo Stark – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Best rock band in their weight division

Monday – SiriusXM Pres. Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour – Beacon Theatre

Tuesday –  An Evening with Wyclef Jean – NJPAC –  Not to change the subject but… forget who was responsible for Miseducation and wonder at Robert Glasper’s about Hill’s monumental mistreatment of, well, everybody (here). I wrote this after seeing Lauryn in 2010: “The LA Times said her skills are unimpaired last week. I can’t say I agree. The mix was dreadful, and her energy was huge and exciting, but if she did “Lost Ones” or “Doo Wop (That Thing)” I didn’t recognize them. All I saw was Lauryn dancing up a storm and sounding fairly yech. A new song “Beautiful Fire” off what she states is a new album called, Thank You, God, is energetic but more MTV Unplugged, Lauryn’s scary follow up to Miseducation, two CDs and not a melody line, than anything human. Her dancing and her funking shines but there is no gentleness. Passion and not heart. She needed both.” As for Wyclef, I wouldn’t go…

Tuesday – The Milk Carton Kids, The Barr Brothers – Brooklyn Steel – A terrible venue for these folkies, they should have waited for Beacon Theatre.

Tuesday, Wednesday  – Nine Inch Nails: Cold and Black and Infinite North America 2018 – King’s Theatre

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday  – Steeleye Dan –  I would actually pass on recommending this residency, without Becker (though not necessarily because of his absence) in the summer of 2017 they were a drag at Citi Field… so why? I’ll tell you why, Donald Fagen is performing his masterpiece The Nightfly on Saturday. Absolutely unmissable.

Wednesday – Dave East and Styles P Presented by Hoodies for the Homeless – Irving Plaza

Wednesday – Big Thief; The Range of Light Wilderness, .michael., Grey Gersten – Brooklyn Steel – Three opening bands? I think not…

Thursday – Save Charity Event W/ Herman’s Hermits Feat. Peter Noone – Eden On The Hudson –  Helen Bach interviewed him a coupla months back and thought he was delightful.

Thursday – The Damned – Irving Plaza

Friday – JESSIE J – The R.O.S.E. Tour – Hammerstein Ballroom

Friday – Ed Palermo Big Band with Napoleon Murphy Brock – Iridium

Friday – CSI Homecoming 2018 feat. Lil Durk and Lil TJay – Club Amazura – I guess Lil Durk wasn’t murdered during his gang fight, that was Lil JoJo.

Friday – Lily Allen, S-X – Terminal 5

Saturday – J Balvin Vibras Tour – Barclay Center – I’m not crazy about his new album but the last time I saw Balvin on stage he was teaching Bad Bunny how it’s done.

Saturday – Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, Don Q, Funk Flex – Hammerstein Ballroom – Last time I saw Rich The Kid on stage he stank, but that was months ago opening for Chris Brown and maybe he has learnt something since then

Saturday – RUSS: I SEE YOU TOUR PART 2 – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Sunday – Carl Palmer – Iridium

Sunday – Elle King – Rough Trade NYC,  – She is genius on stage.

Sunday – The Weeklings At The Loft – The greatest power pop cum Beatles wannabes in existence.

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