Thursday, July 21, 2011

Round & Round Rick Springfield goes

July 8th 2011
Westbury, NY
Review & pictures: Rosie Malthaner

Well if Verona is my very favorite venue, Westbury is my least. I know some people like the whole revolving stage thing, everyone gets to see....but I hate it. You get to see a quarter of a show. One of the great things about seeing Rick is watching him on stage interacting with the band and audience. In Westbury you don't get the full effect. Needless to say I did get myself to that happy place and enjoyed the show. The theatre was not even close to sold out, the downside to a show at the end of a holiday week. A highlight was the Squirts opening up. I haven't seen them in a while and they are never disappointing . Matt also has a new CD out, Disposable Planet, and if you haven't checked it out you should!

There were lots of rose explosions and the DTTS kids were adorable. Guitars continued to be a problem all weekend and when they didn't work as Rick wanted them too he had a tendency to beat them up a bit. Bert Young, of Rocky fame was in attendance and Rick brought him on stage. He was sitting in a regular chair at the end of one of the isles at the stage and after the show had a nice line for autographs. Rick ventured into the crowd during Human Touch and had a hard time, falling a few times before giving up and heading back to the stage for the always a bit sad to hear Jessie's Girl because you know the end is near. Back on stage for a one song encore but it was a shirtless one! A trend that continued all weekend!

Set List:
I've Done Everything for You
Affair of the Heart
Lifes Been Good (teaser)
Come Together (Teaser)
I'll Miss that Someday
Love Is Alright Tonight
Over the Rainbow (teasers)
You Really Got Me
Love Somebody
Jessie's Girl

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