Thursday, April 29, 2010
New Orleans LA
Gotta love New Orleans.
Had a vacation planned for early April but it got bumped to late April due to reasons over which I had no control.
Wasn't planning on seeing any music this time through the States but circumstances alter cases and I ended up seeing 5 generations of the Neville's do this years "Nevillution" at Tipitina's in the French Quarter. Caught Art Neville's Funky Meters at Jazzfest in front of Simon and Garfunkel. Closed that Saturday night with Patti Smith at Tipitina's Uptown.
Patti was terrific. In great voice and a great mood. Her stage patter was political, satirical, hysterical and whimsical...all at once. She was playing the part of anarchist; "You can't depend on your fucking government for anything." Equally comfortable as the activist, raising consciousness about a local rebuilding effort. And nostalgic; "People think I'm the great-great-great-great- Grandmother of punk because I spit onstage....Have you ever tried singing AND swallowing?"
She had me at "Hello".
Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA
Be My Baby
Beneath The Southern Cross
Pushin' Too Hard (Lenny vocal, special guest Jan Savage from The Seeds, as introduced OR Peter Buck of REM as reported by Rolling Stone)
Ain't It Strange
?Black Leaves Are Falling? (a new song about Roberto Belaño)
My Blacken Year
Pissing In A River
People Who Died (Lenny, Tony, Patti vocals)
Wichita Lineman (Micheal Stipe vocal, also with Peter Buck,Scott McCaughey )
People Have The Power (with Stipe and Buck,Scott McCaughey )
Because The Night