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My Live Performances Purchased In 2022 (So Far)

A mix of concerts and Broadway with a festival thrown in. But last December The Strokes and Aimee Mann and Phish cancelled, so let’s hope we’ve moved past the worst of the pandemic. I do admire how Broadway bent but didn’t break and have managed to keep on moving forward. At the moment there are deals on Broadway you won’t see again so maybe now is the time. Concerts should follow Theatre and have weekend afternoon performances…

Sunday, January 9th – The Music Man – The Winter Garden Theatre – I caught Hugh Jackman as Professor Hill (here) in previews and it was fine but that kinda uber-casting has been known not to work and is a little obvious.

Saturday, January 15th – Le Noce de Figaro – Metropolitan Opera – The Met has spent January rotating major operas till their break in February. As a huge Amadeus fan I have yet to see “Figaro” (I’ve heard it plenty)

Sunday, January 23rd – American Utopia – St. James Theatre – This will be my third time and my friend, True Groove owner Tomas Doncker’s second time for David Byrne’s moveable concert

Saturday, January 29th – The War On Drugs – Madison Square Garden – They may never get a breakthrough as big as “Red Eyes” again, but even so the hard rock Americana band (Kurt Vile started here) will force Adam Granduciel to bring his best.

Sunday, February 6th – Marshall Crenshaw – Iridium – I remember Iridium when it was adjacent to Lincoln Center and Les Paul performed constantly. Decades later, now in Times Square, it is more like BB King’s than Sony. Crenshaw remains Crenshaw and therefore will kill.

Wednesday February 9th – Morgan Wallen – Madison Square Garden – Dangerous has been in Billboard Top Ten for a year, and the cancelling hasn’t worked with everyone. The problem is, #BLM couldn’t transform “Good night my n—–s” into anti African- American. It’s a slippery slope.

Wednesday, February 9th – Company – Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre – The late great Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece of obfuscation, as the single man in the center is clearly a homosexual. That’s why changing the role to a female may not work. We will see.

Wednesday, February 23rd – Elton John – Madison Square Garden – will he cancel? will he suck? Your bet is as good as mine.

Saturday, January 26th – Randy Edelman – Chelsea Table And Stage – Edelman performed the best concert of 2021, one of the best songs of 2021 the (hopelessly hopeful) “Comin’ out the other side” happened, and the evening will second as a release party for his new single on SohoJohnny’s Tribeca Records.

Thursday, March 3rd – Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – Lyric Theatre – this will be the fifth time I am going and while nothing can compare with the first time I saw it in London, 2016 (here), there is one interesting reason to catch it again. Instead of being two performances over five hours, it will be one performance over three and a half. I wonder how they managed that magic trick.

Saturday, March 12th – MJ – Neil Simon Theatre – FINALLY, this is not Cirque De Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: One” -this is more of a Broadway musical even if it is a legitimately dismissed Jukebox Musical. It’s hard to decide but it should be fascinating.

Tuesday, March 15th – Serpent With Feet – Webster Hall – the only time I’ve seen serpentwithfeet live on stage was dueting with Bjork at the Shed (here), but I had loved him before and I loved him last year where he released one of the best albums and EPs and singles of 2021. I can’t wait to see him again.

Friday, March 18th – Brockhampton – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden – The 21st Century’s idea of a boy band.

Sunday, March 20th – Bad Bunny – Barclay Center – The show at MSG back in 2019 (here) cemented his skills on stage, in 2018 he wasn’t ready (here)… I can’t wait for this one.

Thursday, March 31st – Tyler, The Creator – Madison Square Garden – his 2021 album was magnificent and his 2019 performance at the same arena (here) was the best I’ve seen him on stage since the early Odd Future gigs (from 2012 here)

Tuesday, April 5th – The Hollies – Town Hall – Sure, it can’t be the Hollies without Allan Clark and Tony Hicks, so this is half the Hollies since Tony Hicks will be there. And anyway, dude, it’s THE HOLLIES

Wednesday, April 6th – The Strokes – Barclay Center – the make-up gig for the NYE cancel… they substituted IDLES for Mac DeMarco -ugh… plus I try to never book evenings back to back (I’m 65, too worn out), so I may cancel or I may not.

Wednesday, April 27th – Olivia Rodrigo – Radio City Music Hall – this is the biggest concert of the year (unless Ye is touring). Performing in 5K seaters, Olivia is the star of 2021 and the entire tour was an instant sellout. There is nothing more exciting than a new pop star at her initial peak

Friday May 20th – Eric Church – Madison Square Garden – I loved both of last year’s album and the last time I saw him live in 2017 (here) he was stupendous

Sunday, May 22nd – J. Balvin – Barclay Center – I caught him last year at Governors Ball (here) and am going back for seconds

Saturday, June 4th – Madness – Hammerstein Ballroom – one of the greatest pop bands of all time, I caught them live in the 80s for the Village Voice -though I guess all my VV stuff is gone…

Friday – Sunday – June 10th – June 12th – Governors Ball – Citi Field – I’ve missed maybe two years and generally skip a day per weekend, but it is always a blast and better in Citi Field than Randalls Island. Who is performing? I checked out the clues and have zero idea but Reddit did better (here): Trippie Redd, Miley Cyrus, Bowling For Soup, Anderson .Paak, Maroon 5, Khalid…

Friday, June 24th – Def Leppard – Citi Field – as well as more hair than you’ll ever have Mötley Crüe and Poison plus Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Thursday, August 11th – Rage Against The Machine – not sold on them but it should be interesting to perform up against the wall politics

Wednesday, August 31st – Roger Waters -Barclay Center – He is better as Pink Floyd but I’ll live with it.

Sunday, September 11th – My Chemical Romance – Barclay Center – I saw em on the Black Parade tour and they were outstanding

Monday, October 3rd – Pavement – King’s Theatre – I saw em circa Crooked Rain and they were great and then I saw em at Summerstage in 2010 and they were alright not great (here)

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