Last year, Billy Joel’s Christmas show at MSG was one of the best I’ve ever seen, this is what I wrote December 2016: “the ticking intelligence that fueled Billy, as he opened with “Movin’ Out” continued with “The Entertainer” and “Prelude/Angry Young Man” (only one of which I actually like) and settling on the closest thing he had to a Christmas song, “She’s Right On Time” (Billy to Columbia Records: “Really? A Christmas record? That’s never been done before”), Then he settles in and doesn’t lose anything for two hours. It is so rare to be this cool and this hot at the same time: I’m not discussing self-confidence here, self-confidence has doubt in its DNA, this isn’t that, this is just this: the absolute certainty and control of one of the greats”. Wednesday night at MSG, this should be the goods.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – LCD Soundsystem – Brooklyn Steel – From the morons who brought you T5, more BS. Not that crazy about LCD Soundsystem, but it has been many years since I’ve seen em live… maybe I underestimate the current album.
Monday, Tuesday – Yo La tengo – Bowery Ballroom – I lost interest in these guys twenty years ago, though their hannukah shows are meant to be excellent.
Monday – Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, DJ Austin Millz, Lil Skies – Terminal 5 – I’d love to see Lil Uzi vert, just not here.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – A Darlene Love Christmas: “Love For The Holidays” – BB Kings – It isn’t jyst baby please come home but even if it was, who is complaining?
Thursday – A Pentatonix Christmas Tour – Beacon Theatre – The sound of voices raised together in support of song modern and ancient. Not for me but there isn’t much else to do.
Comment: It’s about now rock nyc takes its Christmas break but I haven’t decided whether I want to this year. Certainly, things are a little on the slow side and Alyson and I could use a break… let’s wait and see.
enjoyable and soulful romp
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
another full day of music
his weakest album to date
hoedown, snappy , country slappy
two nights with Olivia Rodrigo at the Greek
classic rock or classic prog
Welch’s best album since Lungs
the best song on Harry’s third album
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1972 (Volume 4, Number 6)
Lester Bangs is threatened with possible death