Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
Being double-booked is always difficult. I had two places to be tonight, so I decided to try and cut them as close to one another as possible and hope for the best. Everything went really smooth and turned out really well.
First stop- Hollywood and Highland:
I caught a minute of a band playing at the Wine and Jazz festival- it may have just been their sound check, but it sure sounded good. I would have stuck around for more jazz if I wasn’t already so busy.
Walking by the Hard Rock, I noticed all of Heart’s gear out front. I was bummed I didn’t know about this show, but it was obvious they had just played a show there. Crud.
Then, I somehow ended up at the wrong movie premiere- some movie called Freelancers with Robert DeNiro. I walked up and they somehow had tickets for me. I went in for a second and realized I was way out of place here- this was a red carpet-type deal- not the premiere of some action sports movie.
After figuring out what happened, and immediately following the Nitro Circus 3-D premiere in Hollywood (great movie, BTW), it was a relay race of sorts from Hollywood and Highland to Downtown LA. The movie ended after Macy Gray’s set concluded and Seal’s set started about 15 minutes before I was able to enter the theater.
I took a quick walk to the front. Seal sounded great and had a wonderful backing band. He was doing a lot of his songs from his new soul album- mostly songs I haven’t heard or even thought about in years.
He did a fair amount of talking and story telling between songs. He told a story of his “wife at the time” and his daughter- it was slightly uncomfortable to hear, but the song itself was tremendous.
The show highlights were “Kiss From a Rose” and a rocking version of “Crazy”. He also di a great job recreating a lot of the old soul hits he performed. It was a quality, energetic performance. “Amazing” was a good way to finish out the show.
This is one of those concerts that far exceeded my expectations.