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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    We can't forget the band. They were phenomenal and deserve a little "love" too.














    Sorry they're a little fuzzy. So was I !!
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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    from all the glowing reviews I really feel I missed seeing something special here...wish I could have seen him live...but could only travel once to see a solo show so of course had to opt for Timothy B...hope someday I will get to see Glenn solo show...hopefully he will come closer to me next time around..
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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    Quote Originally Posted by Glennsallnighter View Post
    There is always his first/last West Coast date WE!
    I wish! Can not afford!

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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    Last one . . . . . . and still fuzzy.





    I have a good one of the Sax player but for the life of me I can't find it. I'll keep trying because he was outstanding & really deserves some kudos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windeagle View Post
    I'll write a more detailed review when I get home, but I want to tell you all that the show last night was amazing. I expected it to be great, but I did not expect to be blown away as frequently as I was.

    I was struck by how much the live performance enhanced my enjoyment of the new songs. At times it was like watching an athlete, like an ice skater, perform a difficult routine. You hold your breath as they build up to that triple axel and you rejoice when they hit it flawlessly. Watching Glenn perform those new songs made me appreciate how incredibly difficult they are to sing. You can't simply power through it like rock. Pitch and tone and timing are vital and when you make a mistake, people notice. Glenn made very few mistakes. When he built up to a big moment, he delivered and you could see the effort and the sheer joy all over his face and body.

    This was my first Glenn show and I now understand why so many of you keep coming back for more. I would too if this wasn't the last East Coast date.

    It was so nice meeting you and your hubby, WE. Hope we didn't scare him too much. I think he held his own pretty well. Again, Happy Anniversary!

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    Fantastic pics, HH! I really wish I could have been there. Sounds like I missed an awesome show! Thank you (and your DH) for taking them and posting them.
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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    Quote Originally Posted by Windeagle View Post
    I wish! Can not afford!
    Neither can I......but life is short! I'm going anyway!
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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    Quote Originally Posted by Henley Honey View Post
    It was so nice meeting you and your hubby, WE. Hope we didn't scare him too much. I think he held his own pretty well. Again, Happy Anniversary!
    Thank you! It was great meeting you all too. Pat enjoyed the evening as well. He wasn't scared at all!

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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    At Foxwoods, I was focused more on the overall experience rather than the song-by-song review. Since I already mentioned that I was frequently and unexpectedly blown away, I'll do my review as my "Top 6 'Blown Away' Moments of Frey at Foxwoods". It was going to be 5, but I can't leave any of these out.

    Blown Away Moment #6 - The Heat Is On

    I LOVE the new jazzed-up arrangement. THIO has been played to death for me on every sporting event and summer weather forecast for years. It needed a facelift for this show and it got one worthy of a supermodel. It was fresh, fun and snappy. I know others prefer the original treatment and that's fine, but for me, it's great to finally have the heat with different spices.

    Blown Away Moment #5 - Smuggler's Blues

    Again, I know this arrangement doesn't work for everyone, but since I like slow blues, I was looking forward to hearing it. I was not disappointed. My husband and I took to describing this as "Honky Tonk Smuggler's Blues". The groove reminded me a lot of the Rolling Stones' "Midnight Rambler." The band played it stark and raw, like in a backwoods barroom. I loved it!

    Blown Away Moment #4 - Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed

    Can I just say how glad I am that my musical tastes grew up? When Glenn and Don first released solo albums, I stuck with Don. His stuff sounded more Eagle-y. Glenn leaned toward R&B and in 1982, I didn't like it. Not at all. Over the years, I learned to appreciate the blues and now, hearing a song like this one gives me shivers. It's so gritty. Yeah, the lyrics are a bit rough, but isn't that the way you'd feel under the circumstances? Glenn nails the emotions of the guy who's had his guts ripped out and isn't gonna take it anymore. The boy can play the blues. 'Nuff said.

    Blown Away Moment #3 - The Shadow of Your Smile

    This was the first time I started noticing the difficulty of the new songs. On the previous song, For Sentimental Reasons, Glenn did great, except that his final note drifted slightly offkey as he was holding it. It wasn't much. Just a hair, but because of the song style, it was noticeable. It made me realize that with this type of music, there's no room for error. Perfection is easy to achieve in the studio. You just keep doing it until it's right. You can't do that live. It has to be perfect - first take, every song. Wow. That takes concentration and control. The Shadow of Your Smile? It was perfect.

    Blown Away Moment #2 - Desperado

    I have never heard Glenn sing this song. When I saw it in the setlist in previous reviews, I was really looking forward to hearing it live. Whoa. Musically, it was the same song, but it's amazing the difference a voice makes. Glenn's vocal was rich and plaintive and so full of emotion, I wanted to cry. The crowd was on its feet WHILE he was still holding the last note. The guy in front of me who was complaining about Hotel California not being played was silenced. Completely.

    And...Blown Away Moment #1 - The One You Love

    This was never one of my favorite Glenn songs. Vocally, it was ok, but I always found the music a bit draggy and repetitive. Not so live. I don't know if the energy of the live musicians brought out nuances I never heard, or if the emotion and sweet clarity of Glenn's vocal carried it through. All I know is that, despite being true to the original arrangement, this was a different song. Weak-in-the-knees different. It was magnificent.

    So those were my blown away moments. A couple of other notes:

    - My husband is only a casual Eagles fan and has no knowledge of their solo work. In fact, he said this morning, "So you've seen the two guitar players and you want to see the bass player, but what about the drummer? Does he have any solo songs?"

    "Uh...yeah. A couple. You might even know them," I answered.

    Anyway, my husband, after hearing Route 66, leaned over to me and said with surprise, "Wow, that was really good!" He NEVER comments like that on music. I think he was impressed.

    - Glenn did not do the plaintiff joke, thankfully. Instead, he introduced Lyin' Eyes by talking about what a great year 1975 was - "when sex couldn't kill you and it wasn't 'doing drugs', it was 'expanding your horizons.'" Right on cue, about halfway through the song, I caught the familiar aroma of someone "lightin' up."

    That's all I've got. I can't wait to read everyone else's reviews.
    Last edited by Windeagle; 05-22-2012 at 11:24 AM. Reason: Fix formatting errors

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    Default Re: May 20 Foxwoods Mashantucket CT

    Thank you for the great review, WE! I totally agree about the style of songs demanding perfection, and live that's so very hard to do. (Sinatra recorded The Shadow of Your Smile live and it's not perfect by any stretch.) It would be easier if he just stood there and sang them, I think. I've seen and heard other modern artists sing some of these songs and that's what they do. But Glenn brings such passion and intensity to these songs and he doesn't just stand there and sing them by rote. They're deep inside and they're bubbling out, and that's what makes the performance of them so incredible.

    I'm glad you liked the new versions of THIO and SB, I certainly liked them. I love your analogies! First the ice skater analogy and now the heat with different spices. Love it!
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