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David Cassidy at BB Kings 10/28/11

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: David Cassidy at BB Kings 10/28/11 Reply with quote

David played BB Kings' Blues Club last night on 42nd Street in NYC. It was a great night and the show was good too!

i had the chance to see David with Ken (Bubblegumkid), his wife, sister, and some of his friends, as well as a fun couple that joined our table.

We had seats at a table right in front of the stage! Probably the best seats I've had for a concert. Due to the 'general admssion' policy at BB Kings, we had to wait over 4 hours before the show - some folks were there much earlier. I believe one woman arrived at 6AM! Yes it was indeed 1971 all over again.

The show itself was very good - albeit frustrating given the 90 minute time constraint. I don't know if this was due to Cassidy or BB kings. Still I've seen David a number of times and 90 minutes is generally about right. I wish the show would have been longer and I had some issue with the setlist.

David was in a great mood, his sense of humor was great and he feeded off the energy of the crowd. Because he was playing at BB Kings, David featured a few blues type songs in the show. He told a great story about meeting BB in the late 60's, carrying his guitar "Lucille" and walking the blues legend to his car.

I guess David played roughly 16 songs and was backed by 4 piece band featuring his producer, Christian Cullen and a woman drummer. David played various guitars and being up close, I enjoyed watching him play.

David played alot of 'our' music/his hits but played way too many songs by other artists. Granted these were accompanied with stories so it wasn't like they were random songs.

He played "Hush" because back when he was 18 and had just got his first role on Broadway (Fig leaves are falling), this was the song that he heard on the radio while floating down the street!

He played 2 songs by BB King, Woman in the river" and "Angel of Mercy"; 2 songs by the Beatles: "You've got to hide your love away", and "In My Life". David told a story of spending New Years eve with John Lennon and playing songs with him - David singing Paul's parts! He also played his cover of "Ain't no Sunshine". His band got a big spot as the drummer performed a Pat Benatar song, (While David played drums), and he introduced the members of the band during an oppressively long jam, ending with George Benson's classic "On Broadway". Given the time constraint of the show, I would have much preferred if David cut out some of these songs and played more of his own or Partridge Family songs. I would have cut the Pat Benatar song, shortened the band intro/jam, yet long enough to be respectful of his musicians.

When David got around to singing his songs - our music - he did so well and some of the best peformances I've ever heard. "I'll Meet You Halfway" and "Cherish" were treated to the remix versions - but very effective. I like how on "Cherish" they incorporated the original arrangement from the Association record. David told a great story about meeting song writer Gerry Goffin (Goffin/King) when the great songwriter hed come to the studio while David was recording "Halfway". David also played "Summer Days", Doesn't somebody want to be wanted", I woke up in love this morning" and of course, "I think I love you".

When playing "Doesn't Somebody want to be Wanted", David said that Danny Bonnaduce had learned the bass part - but no Danny tonight! (I had read that David had hinted in a recent article that Danny would be at the NY show - alas he wasn't!). David even tried to do the 'spoken part' and that was funny.

David had a lot of laughs with the fans/ladies receiving some gifts (a Beatles yellow submarine 45 w/sleeve), he signed someone's lunchbox and skippied across the stage holding the lunch box - pretty funny! Still others tossed lingerie as David teased them asking - please, no please no more lingerie - great stuff.

So he was in great form and he reminded us how much he loves us fans. He said that recently a lady had passed away. I was surprised that he would be aware of that 0 apparently she was involved with his website (?). David promoted a live streaming event he is doing on his website around Christmas time and promoted his son's band "The Fates". He also announced he was cutting back on touring and would be doing only selected dates in the future. While doing this, he broke into a version of Sinatra's "My Way" - and now the end is near.....

No way! I guess he is anticipating a large settlement from Sony in his recent lawsuit?

So I had a great night and it was good being with my people - others who understand my love of David Cassidy and the Partridge Family! Here's is the setlist as best as I can remember (may be out of order):

Cmon get happy
Woman across the River (BB King Song)
I'll meet you halfway (Remix)
Albuqurque
Hush
You've got to hide your love away
Ain't no sunshine
In my life
Summer Days
Angel of Mercy (Bb King song)
Pat Benatar song (Girl drummer)
Band intro/Jam
On Broadway
Cherish (remix version)
Doesn't somebody want to be wanted
I woke up in love this morning
I think I love You
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for such a detailed review. Glad you enjoyed the show.
Actually the Lennon new year's story is one that David has been telling at his concerts for several years now. Did Teri the drummer change her solo song, because she usually does The Pretenders song Brass in Pocket. Which Benatar song did she do last night?
The girl who passed away, was a fan named Silvia, who was very creative in making things. She made David a shirt with the lyrics to his songs on it, which he wore at one of his concerts. Many of his fans informed him of the passing when it happened earlier this month.
For me, the less-PF-song setlist would have been a good and different to hear, as usually his concerts have a bit too many PF for my preference.
Saw DC when he arrived just barely 10 min before showtime.


P.S. Hey David, I also touched "Lucille" in mid-80's when I met BB outside Letterman show.

P.S. 2 - David, if you are not gonna keep that Yellow Sub 45/picture sleeve, pass it my way. I can use another.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paz,
She sang "Brass in pocket" I confused Benatar with the Pretenders - both were popular at the same time! Actually she did the same song when I saw DC at Queens college last year. I wonder why he doesn't use his backup girls anymore? Another thing is that with the guys doing the back up vocals - the Ba Ba Ba's for I think I love you sounded much better. I really enjoyed his backup girl singers - but never cared for their interpretation of the ITILY ba ba ba's. I'm very attached to those ba ba ba's. Hahaha.

As far a setlist goes yeah he did enough PF for me - though it would have been nice to hear some odd things like "Sunshine", "I would have loved you Anyway" or some other great song. But I really missed that he didn't play any of this solo stuff. No "Rock me Baby", no "No Bridge I wouldn't Cross", no "Lying to myself", no "Damned if this ain't love", or "Strengthen my love", or some of the other great songs from his albums of the 90's. I would have died and went to heaven if he had sung "Last Kiss" - which apparently he only sings in England.

But to hear him talk about his connection to the music he loves, and admiration for BB King and other artists is wonderful. He doesn't seem to rehearse his stage talking - or he rehearses it well ehough to sound spontaneous. He is an actor y'know! I may grpe about the setlist but in part it is because I would like David to know how much I appreciate his solo work, and the 'non hit' PF stuff. He deserves that.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed definitely gave a very thorough review. It was great being with Ed(as usual), he's a lot of fun.

I thought David was extremely friendly to everyone and I actually can see a difference in him since the autograph show and the drinking episode. One thing I thought was very good is that he told everyone not to get behind the wheel and do something stupid....and then said something like "I can relate to that..don't want your name scrolled across CNN".

I wish he had done more PF songs. Two he left out that he normally sings were "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" and "Echo-Valley"...he said they were kicking him off the stage so maybe that's why he cut things short.

Everyone showed their disappointment when he said he was going to cut back.

It was really a great concert and it was definitely worth waiting on line for awhile to get the seats we had.

Ken
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why was his set cut short for time? It's not a casino, where they have to limit time, right? I wonder why there's a time limit?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a couple of exceptions, David's concerts usually run 90 minutes, where ever he plays. Even Burns park on Long Island was about 90 minutes. BB's has a set 90 min limit on all concerts. But sometimes an artist will do the 90 min 8PM show and then will come on again at 10pm for another 90 min show. Even when BB himself plays at his own club, its 90 min. and when he plays elsewhere too.

The show at Sugar Loaf of David's the night before was little less than 90 min with no encore, and the show in Boston on Saturday night was 65 mins. At Epcot he will go three separate 30 minutes shows each day for 2 or 3 days in a row - with 60-90 min break in between each show.

Rick Springfield does 90 min too. Davy, Peter Noone, too. Only the huge shows like Bon Jovi, McCartney, Springsteen, Stones, will do 2+ hours these days.

Fans found a review online so I am putting it here:
http://www.rocknycliveandrecorded.com/2011/10/david-cassidy-at-bb-kings-friday-october-28th-2011-reviewed.html
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was some kind of Monster Ball or something like that at 10:30 and of course David had to be cut short for that. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

The fact that he said he was being thrown off the stage twice tells me he wanted to do more.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No disrespect to him, but he may have said that so it would seem that way, but I have been to BB's for other concerts and they are all 90 minutes.

DC in Red Bank earlier this month was 90 min. If you get a chance to go to more shows maybe in NJ and other cities, you will notice this.
I was surprised that many NY fans who went to BB's only went to NY shows (that and Queens and Westbury) but did not ever go to the NJ theatre concerts or Atlantic City.

David also wants to stop doing some of his concerts now to devote more time to the Alzheimers Foundation. Read this article

http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/music/2011/10/david-cassidy-takes-stage-one-last-time
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I guess David played roughly 16 songs and was backed by 4 piece band featuring his producer, Christian Cullen and a woman drummer. David played various guitars and being up close, I enjoyed watching him play.


Christian Cullen was also with Night Ranger.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really travel that much but I did go to see him twice in Mohegan Sun and once at Foxwoods in the past both in Connecticut.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool Ken. that's a good amount. I don't think you need to travel to all points.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Paz...I was thinking about going to the Danny one last year in PA. but it didn't work out.

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