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jaaaaa
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 8:35:19 AM
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Anyone hear the reviews of the NZ concerts for Ry Cooder & Nick Lowe?

Would be great to hear how they were.
1Bindoggie
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 9:11:58 AM
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Im going tomorrow night

Very excited
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 1:26:46 PM
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Auckland gig is reviewed in N Z Herald.
Wellington gig is reviewed in Dominion Post.
NZ's leading reviewer Graham Reid said that the Civic concert was exceptional.
He would know.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
johnnymac
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2009 9:34:44 AM
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You would have to love this concert. I didn't know what version of Cooder was going to turn up but you got him all, from 60's to today.
Rock, gospel, blues, country, latin, hawaiian, they delivered it all in a superb exhibition of skill and total class.....Lowe, Cooder and son Joachin look an odd group on stage but do they put it together. You could only call their Auckland concert sensational. Seeing this is a must!!
mgwfall
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2009 11:00:23 AM
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Thanks for the reviews. Seeing them Monday night.
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Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:08:24 PM
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yep im there tonight,cant wait.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
greybeard
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2009 6:20:17 PM

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We're there Monday too, he has a lot to live up to.

Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
richo
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 6:23:44 AM
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Found it a tad underwhelming. Definitely very good, but I guess I was expecting great.

There's very little chemistry between Ry and Nick, and Nick was in charge of most of the crowd engagement for the evening; most of the banter to me came across like awkward jokes from an unwilling M.C.

But yeah, musically it was great, even if I was expecting more of my favourites, and I definitely would have liked to see more acoustic stuff as part of the set. Most of the acoustic guitar playing of the night came from Nick, and his Gibson had the most dreadful tinny sound.
jaaaaa
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009 8:48:04 AM
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johnnymac wrote:
You would have to love this concert. I didn't know what version of Cooder was going to turn up but you got him all, from 60's to today.
Rock, gospel, blues, country, latin, hawaiian, they delivered it all in a superb exhibition of skill and total class.....Lowe, Cooder and son Joachin look an odd group on stage but do they put it together. You could only call their Auckland concert sensational. Seeing this is a must!!


You could have been doing a review of the Bris concert.

I too enjoyed it. It was all about the music.

Don't go with the expectation to see "just" Ry Cooder play guitar & strut his stuff & a whizz bang technology stage show with stacks of speakers & stage props. This is Ry Cooder & Nick Lowe - as advertised. (And Joachim Cooder, Juliette Commagere and Alex Lilly)

The only extravagant showbiz part of this concert are the number & variety of guitars & the quality of the performances.
It is really just your very spare basic "pub" band setup - with exceptional talent.

It is so refreshing to see performers who are happy to let their own performances stand as is. What you see is what you get - without hiding behind wizardry & masking technology.

This is the total opposite to a Brittany-type pre-recorded extravaganza show.
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Also - you've got to love a concert that starts off by asking people not to take photos during the performance & to turn their flash off - because it is distracting to the performers & other audience members.

The NZ herald review is a pretty accurate description of the concert itself.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10609868
repete
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009 8:41:06 PM
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Wonderful, wonderful show in Melbourne Saturday night. An incredible jouney through genres and eras - hahaha, a trio (drum, bass, guitar) with 2 backing singers. Think about it. Really, totally amazing. Hahaha.... I had no idea Nick Lowe had lived in Melbourne for a while way back when.... what a great writer!! And Ry...oh what a master - a guitarist who understands the importance of silence. Perfect fit for a future bluesfest.

Hangin' out on Frenchmen
greybeard
Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 2:09:19 AM

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The Monday Sydney concert was as good as those described above,
Left wanting more, which is not a criticism but a complement.

Found a very good watering hole for pre concert drinks, just around the corner
from the State Theater in Elizabeth St - SYDNEY TATTERSALLS CLUB this once
exclusive even elitist club has fallen on difficult times and welcomed my small, casually dressed
group. Signed in, directed to the Lower Bar, a room straight from the Yes Minister film set, dark
art deco , leather chairs, sure it was Sir Humphrey over in the far corner and $4.50 schooners.
Check it out next time your in mid city Sydney. Apparently not open weekends!


Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
mgwfall
Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 8:42:53 AM
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I really enjoyed Monday's show. The music was great. I liked the banter between them. Liked that they didn't take themselves too seriously, they seemed to be really enjoying being able to tour the world & play music to full, very happy audiences.

Snuck a video of Peace, Love & Understanding. I'll upload it on youtube (I've already tried but there it seems to be having some problems at the moment). I post a link when it's up.
Paul_Busch
Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 8:04:46 AM
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I thought that Monday night gig at The State was one of the best gigs of the year....and I have seen a whole bunch. Wilco at Coney Island in Brooklyn may just pip it at the post.
Nothing better then one of the top 10 guitarists and one of the best pop song writers (Nick) with a great lil ensemble playing some absolutely gorgeous music.
It was joyful!!
richo
Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 8:35:46 AM
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Wilco at Coney Island? Missed that one myself by a few days... had a mate that went though and loved it.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 2:19:47 PM
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Yes Wilco and Yo La Tengo....what a gig.
kungfool
Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 2:57:16 PM
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Went to the Monday show in Sydney which I thought it was great and beyond
expectation.
The only thing that bugged me was that Ry's son, the drummer, was a
tad out, or behind the beat. It was totally annoying. I don't think it was
the State Theatre as he was OK when he played in the support band.

Go figure.
mgwfall
Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009 8:52:39 PM
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What's So Funny About Peace, Love & Understanding from Monday's State Theatre show.

Did cut some of Nick's head off in the beginning. Sorry but couldn't really see the screen on the camera as trying to be discreet. Was less so with Little Sister & got the tap on the shoulder after 1 1/2 mins to stop filming. Oh well, this is nice little souvenir of the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hPpaFVWlAQ
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