kukla_red: (Default)
Well, at least for me.  4½ hours of songs, stories and shared warmth.  It was amazing, incredible... wonderful.

You can read some of the press coverage
here.

The concert was FANTASTIC!! John Mellencamp, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie... so many more!  Thousands of people standing and cheering for Roger McGuinn, for Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco (why don't I have any of her CDs???). Song after song - Tim Robbins encouraging us to "make Pete happy and sing if we know the words". And so we did - we sang "Union Maid", "Little Boxes", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", "Worried Man", "Freedom", "Amazing Grace",  "We Shall Overcome" which closed the first half of the concert and of course "This Land is Your Land" as the big finale with Pete and EVERYONE on stage.

Tom Chapin did a song called "Garbage" that I haven't thought of in years. And he did it with a special guest star - Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street. During the intermission the stage hands set up some stuff that looked like a pile of garbage bags with a garbage can - I thought at first it might have something to do with Pete's crusade for picking up garbage by the side of the road. But just before things got started again, I said to David "It looks like Oscar the Grouch might be in there" and I was right. Very strange.

Norman Lear did a heartfelt tribute to Pete and read a wonderful letter from President Obama congratulating Pete and thanking him for all his years of dedication to this country.

A very sweet and moving photo essay narrated by Pete about his wife Yoshi and their (incredible!) 66 year marriage. Joan Baez had a great quote in it: "You know what it takes to live with a saint? A martyr!"

Dave Matthews did a great version of "Rye Whiskey". Wish he had been on stage longer.

Bruce Springsteen coming on at the end and speaking about how much Pete has meant to him and other song writers and describing Pete as "Looking like your grandfather, if your grandfather can kick your ass!" He did "The Ballad of Tom Joad" and damn near brought down the house. Very un-"I AM A STAR" performance.

After we sang many choruses of "This Land is Your Land" Joan Baez led us in a short but heartfelt singing of "Happy Birthday to You" for Pete.

What a night.

And for those who could not be there, I am happy to tell  you that the entire thing was filmed by a huge crew from PBS which will release it as part of their "American Masters" series, sometime in late August.




kukla_red: (Default)
Well, at least for me.  4½ hours of songs, stories and shared warmth.  It was amazing, incredible... wonderful.

You can read some of the press coverage
here.

The concert was FANTASTIC!! John Mellencamp, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie... so many more!  Thousands of people standing and cheering for Roger McGuinn, for Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco (why don't I have any of her CDs???). Song after song - Tim Robbins encouraging us to "make Pete happy and sing if we know the words". And so we did - we sang "Union Maid", "Little Boxes", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", "Worried Man", "Freedom", "Amazing Grace",  "We Shall Overcome" which closed the first half of the concert and of course "This Land is Your Land" as the big finale with Pete and EVERYONE on stage.

Tom Chapin did a song called "Garbage" that I haven't thought of in years. And he did it with a special guest star - Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street. During the intermission the stage hands set up some stuff that looked like a pile of garbage bags with a garbage can - I thought at first it might have something to do with Pete's crusade for picking up garbage by the side of the road. But just before things got started again, I said to David "It looks like Oscar the Grouch might be in there" and I was right. Very strange.

Norman Lear did a heartfelt tribute to Pete and read a wonderful letter from President Obama congratulating Pete and thanking him for all his years of dedication to this country.

A very sweet and moving photo essay narrated by Pete about his wife Yoshi and their (incredible!) 66 year marriage. Joan Baez had a great quote in it: "You know what it takes to live with a saint? A martyr!"

Dave Matthews did a great version of "Rye Whiskey". Wish he had been on stage longer.

Bruce Springsteen coming on at the end and speaking about how much Pete has meant to him and other song writers and describing Pete as "Looking like your grandfather, if your grandfather can kick your ass!" He did "The Ballad of Tom Joad" and damn near brought down the house. Very un-"I AM A STAR" performance.

After we sang many choruses of "This Land is Your Land" Joan Baez led us in a short but heartfelt singing of "Happy Birthday to You" for Pete.

What a night.

And for those who could not be there, I am happy to tell  you that the entire thing was filmed by a huge crew from PBS which will release it as part of their "American Masters" series, sometime in late August.




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Wow!  David and I went to see The Moody Blues at Radio City Music Hall last night.  What a show!!  I was worried - I haven't see them in over 10 years and I was concerned that they wouldn't be able to "bring it" anymore, that they would sound bad, be embarrassing, etc.  I needn't have worried.  They were awesome!  I swear that Justin Hayward must have that Dorian Grey thing going on.  The man hardly ages at all and his voice sounds EXACTLY the way it did 40 years ago.  When they performed "Nights in White Satin", he could have been lip-synching to his own performance recorded 40 years ago.

It was fun watching all the aging hippies at the show, similar crowd to the people who were at the Randy Newman show we saw a few weeks ago.  We're all getting older, greyer, paunchier, etc. but we can still rock the house when given the opportunity.  

I haven't sang along and screamed and yelled my head off at a concert this much in a long time.  Not even at the Josh Groban concert of a few weeks ago. 

We had such a good time.  David has never been to Radio City Music Hall before and I know he was itching to have his camera and take pictures.  It is such a beautiful place and the acoustics were wonderful.

Of course, we didn't get home until the wee hours of the morning and I am paying for it now.  I can't wait to get some sleep!  

Only 110 days until the Jethro Tull concert....
kukla_red: (Default)
Wow!  David and I went to see The Moody Blues at Radio City Music Hall last night.  What a show!!  I was worried - I haven't see them in over 10 years and I was concerned that they wouldn't be able to "bring it" anymore, that they would sound bad, be embarrassing, etc.  I needn't have worried.  They were awesome!  I swear that Justin Hayward must have that Dorian Grey thing going on.  The man hardly ages at all and his voice sounds EXACTLY the way it did 40 years ago.  When they performed "Nights in White Satin", he could have been lip-synching to his own performance recorded 40 years ago.

It was fun watching all the aging hippies at the show, similar crowd to the people who were at the Randy Newman show we saw a few weeks ago.  We're all getting older, greyer, paunchier, etc. but we can still rock the house when given the opportunity.  

I haven't sang along and screamed and yelled my head off at a concert this much in a long time.  Not even at the Josh Groban concert of a few weeks ago. 

We had such a good time.  David has never been to Radio City Music Hall before and I know he was itching to have his camera and take pictures.  It is such a beautiful place and the acoustics were wonderful.

Of course, we didn't get home until the wee hours of the morning and I am paying for it now.  I can't wait to get some sleep!  

Only 110 days until the Jethro Tull concert....

I confess!

Jul. 19th, 2007 09:42 am
kukla_red: (Nanny Jo)
I am a Grobanite.  I love Josh Groban - not in a "O my Gawd he's so cute I must scream" kind of way.  That would be completely creepy since I am, I believe, old enough to be his mother.  Of course, lately I feel like I am old enough to be everyone's mother.  But I really love his voice.  Ever since I first heard him sing on an episode of Ally McBeal I have been completely blown away by his voice.  I can't say I love every song he does - some of them are too sappy even for me.  But I have all his CDs and I do listen to them.  When I'm alone.  Or with Sarah - she likes him too.

So this morning I gave in.  I've been dying to see him perform in person for ages and I've resisted getting tickets for next Wednesday's concert but today I succumbed.  I clicked my little mouse, used my Ticketmaster account and now I have 2 "print it yourself" tickets tucked in my purse, just waiting to surprise Sarah.  What - you though I'd take David?  Nah, he'd go just to please me but it really isn't his thing.  Sarah, on the other hand, will squeal with excitement when I tell her.

So next Wednesday we will do a nice Mother/Daughter thing and scream our lungs out for Josh.  And I WILL remember to bring my opera glasses so we can get a decent look at him.  I didn't spring for the really expensive seats but we should be able to see a bit.

What burns my toast about this whole transaction are the fees they tack on to the price of the tickets.  Here's the break down of the bill:

2 tickets @ $55/each             $110.00
Facility charge (WHAT?)              3.00
Convenience charge (??)         20.50
Delivery (it was an email!)           1.75
Order Processing Fee                 3.50
Additional Taxes                           3.00
Grand Total                             $141.75

So for 2 tickets that should have cost me $110, I get another $31.75 added on.  It's quite a racket they have going.

Well, the concert will be fun and by that time I'll be grousing about the high price of the tee shirts.  No, I won't buy one!  I'm not that nuts.

I am rather pleased though - it's nice when you make a wish come true for yourself.

I confess!

Jul. 19th, 2007 09:42 am
kukla_red: (Default)
I am a Grobanite.  I love Josh Groban - not in a "O my Gawd he's so cute I must scream" kind of way.  That would be completely creepy since I am, I believe, old enough to be his mother.  Of course, lately I feel like I am old enough to be everyone's mother.  But I really love his voice.  Ever since I first heard him sing on an episode of Ally McBeal I have been completely blown away by his voice.  I can't say I love every song he does - some of them are too sappy even for me.  But I have all his CDs and I do listen to them.  When I'm alone.  Or with Sarah - she likes him too.

So this morning I gave in.  I've been dying to see him perform in person for ages and I've resisted getting tickets for next Wednesday's concert but today I succumbed.  I clicked my little mouse, used my Ticketmaster account and now I have 2 "print it yourself" tickets tucked in my purse, just waiting to surprise Sarah.  What - you though I'd take David?  Nah, he'd go just to please me but it really isn't his thing.  Sarah, on the other hand, will squeal with excitement when I tell her.

So next Wednesday we will do a nice Mother/Daughter thing and scream our lungs out for Josh.  And I WILL remember to bring my opera glasses so we can get a decent look at him.  I didn't spring for the really expensive seats but we should be able to see a bit.

What burns my toast about this whole transaction are the fees they tack on to the price of the tickets.  Here's the break down of the bill:

2 tickets @ $55/each             $110.00
Facility charge (WHAT?)              3.00
Convenience charge (??)         20.50
Delivery (it was an email!)           1.75
Order Processing Fee                 3.50
Additional Taxes                           3.00
Grand Total                             $141.75

So for 2 tickets that should have cost me $110, I get another $31.75 added on.  It's quite a racket they have going.

Well, the concert will be fun and by that time I'll be grousing about the high price of the tee shirts.  No, I won't buy one!  I'm not that nuts.

I am rather pleased though - it's nice when you make a wish come true for yourself.

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