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Tom Jones @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J. 9/28/16

Tom Jones @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J. 9/28/16

Tom Jones presented his two-hour powerhouse-of-a-show at Montclair’s Wellmont Theatre to a slightly ‘mature’ crowd…who were rabid to hear the Welsh singer someplace other than Vegas. Not only did we get treated to newer numbers like the stark guitar-and-drums only opener of John Lee Hooker’s “Burning Hell,” and an equally gospel-ly “Run On,” but when Mr. Jones and his cracker-jack 8 piece band of guys less than half his age rolled through well-known numbers like “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Delilah,” we got slowed-down, revamped versions you could tell Jones and band were having the time of their life putting new life into.

Saved By the 90s @ Webster Hall, 9/30/2016

Saved By the 90s @ Webster Hall, 9/30/2016

After navigating our way through a massive crowd of people lingering on the sidewalk and enduring a security search that made TSA look […]

Rob Thomas @ A Night Out For Trevor, 4/15/2016

Rob Thomas @ A Night Out For Trevor, 4/15/2016

The inside of the Metropolitan Pavilion West looked a lot like a fashion show on April 15, when a room full of […]

Songhoy Blues @ (le) poisson rouge, 4/14/16

Songhoy Blues @ (le) poisson rouge, 4/14/16

When Mali makes international headlines, it’s usually due to war and violence within the country. It was in the midst of this […]

Wolfmother @ Webster Hall, 3/3/16

Wolfmother @ Webster Hall, 3/3/16

All aboard the gypsy caravan for a one way ticket into the void. The mighty Wolfmother took Webster Hall like a proverbial […]

Recap: Coachella, Weekend 2

Recap: Coachella, Weekend 2

I’ve gotta be honest: I went into this thing expecting it to be a breeze. Never would I have imagined that catching […]

Daughtry @ BMI headquarters, 4/12/2016

As Chris Daughtry’s honey-toned voice belted out the heartwarming lyrics to “Home,” I couldn’t help but think how stoked my college girlfriends […]

Graveyard and Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/10/16

Graveyard and Spiders @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/10/16

The four norsemen of the rockpocalpyse have landed on US soil and it would be an understatement to say it was anything […]

Filter: Crazy Eyes Listening Party @ Rockwood Music Hall, 1/26/16

Filter: Crazy Eyes Listening Party @ Rockwood Music Hall, 1/26/16

Richard Patrick, former touring guitar player for Nine Inch Nails and current mastermind behind Filter sat down (or rather stood up due […]

Martin Barre and Band @ Rockhall Music Hall, 12/19/2015

Martin Barre and Band @ Rockhall Music Hall, 12/19/2015

As much hitting is us with the heavy yet commercial title track from his latest album, Barre ran through lots of blues (interestingly enough, switching from electric guitar to mandolin-an instrument Barre manned often through the many pastoral passages of Tull music-during the most blues tune of the night, “Crossroads”) and lots of Tull. As Mr. Barre told this second-show-of-the-night crowd, he was changing things up from the first set and I watched as he called out tunes to the band and they rolled through “Smoke Stack Lightening” and his sly cover of “Eleanor Rigby” as well as Tull classics like a very heavy “Sweet Dreams,” his special send-up of “Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of A New Day”) “Minstrel In The Gallery early on and my personal favorite of the night, Barre’s 8-minute read of the middle of the Tull “concept” piece “Thick As A Brick.”Without Ian Anderson’s leading flute through this stuff I really came to appreciate Barre’s guitar parts in these classic tunes…as well delighting in him taking on those lead flute parts.

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