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Concerts of the Decade

algreen2 What were the best concerts in Madison in the last decade? I flipped through my album of ticket stubs to try and jog my memory...and came up with quite a few. Here are my Top Five..in no particular order. 1) Al Green at the Madison Blues Fest at Olin Park, August, 2003. He was the headliner at the second night of the festival, and I was exhausted. My boyfriend Mike and I agreed we'd just watch a song or two and head home..but we stayed until the end. He looked good in that white suit, and captivated the entire audience. His voice was still as silky smooth and seductive as it had always been. 2) Eagles at the Kohl Center, October 2003. Yeah...I had to endure some solo Don Henley stuff, but it was a thrill to hear live versions of songs I practically grew up with. (I wore out my vinyl copy of Hotel California). Joe Walsh added a sense of humor to the show with his "Helmet Cam," giving us a new perspective of the concert! (See video below). 3) Los Lonely Boys with opener John Eddie at Luther's Blues, February 2004. I've seen both bands numerous times since then, but the first was likely the best. John Eddie may be a quiet singer songwriter on that album "Who The Hell is John Eddie," but on stage he's a wild man..getting the audience involved on an emotional level. And I've never seen Los Lonely Boys go as far to entertain..including some crazy tricks with the guitar and bass I don't think I've seen them do since. This was also the loudest show I've ever seen..but were were standing right in front of the stage! 4)Brian Wilson at Overture Hall, October 2004. Fans who'd been waiting for the "Smile" album no doubt thought it was worth the wait! Brian, much maligned for "not being all there," certainly was the leader of the huge band that played the whole rediscovered Smile album..and other familiar Beach Boys hits. (And before this I wasn't even that big of a Beach Boys fan). 5) Ray Davies at the Barrymore Theatre, March 2006. Ray had just released a new album called "Other People's Lives," and this was the first stop on the tour. Ray was definitely having fun sharing the new material..even donning a weird old jacket and hat for a song about a stand-up comic. And he played a bunch of classic Kinks songs too. I had seen him before on his Storyteller tour..but this was the first time I saw him with a full band. The musicianship was fantastic..and led me to keep my fingers crossed that the Kinks will reunite. (I'm still waiting). Tomorrow, I'll share with you my top five concerts that happened outside of Madison. By the way..it appears Joe Walsh is still doing the Helmet Cam thing. It kicks in at around 3:25 in this video from 2008.

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12/21/2009 7:36AM
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12/22/2009 3:33PM
Jeff McCarthy
Los Lonely Boys and John Eddie @ the best Madison music venue ever - Luthers Blues! Was there that night, and Kitty is right - great night of music! Also saw Al Green @ the Madison Blues Festival - Love and Happiness! Both venues are long gone - see themusic when you can, while you can!
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