The Dude on the Right
A Concert Review
Boyfriends brought their girlfriends, girlfriends brought their
girlfriends, and me, well, I brought The Dude on the Left. Oh well,
it's our job.
On tap this time was Melissa Etheridge. Sporting some cool
looking shiny silver pants, bringing along her 12-string guitar, and
even attracting the "June" bugs this late spring evening,
Melissa also brought along something more special in her bag of
tricks - 20+ songs with enough feeling and energy to fill a stadium
three times the size of the World Music Theatre.
Beginning with "All American Girl" and ending with
"Talking to My Angel," she took a crowd for two and a half
hours on a ride of hits, a surprise for the lawn crowd, new
material, and even a metal-edge covering an old AC/DC tune.
Her music has always been full of emotion, and listening to a CD
or two is great, but from this show, true Melissa is seeing her live
where she is able to feed off the energy of the crowd and give it
back ten-fold. She played every song you could imagine (although she
did skip my favorite - "I Will Never Be The Same"), had
fun with the crowd, killed a bug or two, and seemed almost
astonished that people could love her so much. With every "I
Love You Chicago," or "Chicago - You Rule!," she
brought the crowd to a frenzy, bringing a surprise look of
appreciation and gratitude for taking her music and making it mean
something for everyone.
Some new tunes were spotlighted as well, as she stood on a
pedestal in the back of the pavilion, and gave the lawn crowd their
money's worth - undoubtedly pissing off those who paid big bucks to
scalpers for those up-front tickets. But, nonetheless, Melissa's
show was about having fun and letting everyone feel they are a part
of the show.
And as the show was beginning to come to a close, the rings of
"You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC filled the air, and
as she sang "the best damn woman that I've ever seen," the
crowd went nuts. But, I also realized something. Maybe it's kinda
warped, but I realized that if she can sing those "guy"
songs written for girls, you know - songs like "Thunder
Road" by Springs teen or even AC/DC tunes, I can sing many of
her songs and not feel weird.
I read in an interview that Melissa Etheridge wants to be the
first female performer to headline a stadium tour, and with another
album or two like her past ones, I think she will probably
accomplish that goal. And you know, even in front of 70,000
screaming fans, I think she will also find a way to touch that
person seated furthest away, the person just happy to be there. That
person will go away feeling just as fascinated with Melissa as the
people in the front row. That's a performer.
Well, Melissa Etheridge gets TWO HUGEMONGOUS THUMBS UP, and even
TWO BIG TOES UP!!!! Her concert was great, she was great, and I
doubt there wasn't a person in the place who went away disappointed.
And I'm done for this one. Stay tuned for more, and remember
during this summer-time, party smart, and as always, Rellim Reeb,
The Dude on the Left
Melissa Etheridge sure looks like she loves her job, as she told the
crowd during her show at the World Music Theater. She rolled around
on the stage playing her hits, played three songs from the sound
board area in the middle of the pavilion while the band jammed on,
and had the drummer playing two guitars and the bass with his
drumsticks then she and the rest of the band picked up the
drumsticks, joining the drummer in a his drum solo. (Or would that
be a drum quado?)
She played a mix of stuff from her four albums, as well as a song
from her upcoming album, which should be out later in the summer.
The two and a half hour show shifted gears several times going from
fast rocking songs like "Bring Me Some Water", and "Ain't
It Heavy" to ballads like "Chrome Plated Heart", and
"Brave and Crazy".
The high point of the show for me was her version of the AC/DC
classic "You Shook Me All Night Long". Her guitar player
did a great job on that song in particular.
The crowd consisted of mostly groups of women, a few guys with
dates, and two guys with bags on their heads. Everyone there got
into the show and quickly danced and sang along.
Melissa Etheridge get 2 BIG OL' THUMBS UP from me. She also gets
the SPECIAL THIRD APPENDAGE up, because, regardless of her sexual
preference, she looked great running around in these cool looking
silver pants. That gives Melissa a grand total of FOUR THUMBS, TWO
BIG TOES, and a SPECIAL APPENDAGE. I guess she did alright.
I have noticed two other "New" things about the New
World Music Theater, one good, and of course, one bad. On the good
side, the parking people where telling people their lights where on
as they parked, which I thought was a nice touch. The other thing is
they have hired the new Hitler Youth as security. They wouldn't let
anyone dance in the aisles at all, and were really rude about
telling people to get back to their seats. It wasn't like a crazed
mosh pit or anything, it was just a few people having a good time,
lighten up guys.
Boy, it's been busy lately, and the summer has but yet begun, so
keep your CRT's tuned in and read the latest in coolest reviews by
us!!! Ta Ta For Now, C.U.L8R, Adios Amigos, and all that other jazz.