Thursday, July 17, 2014

Waukegan, IL review

Friday, July 11, 2014
Genesee Theatre
Waukegan, IL
Photo & Review by B. Minett
Set List:
I’ve Done Everything for You
Living in Oz
Will I?
I Get Excited
Our Ship’s Sinking
Affair of the Heart
Roar (Katy Perry cover)
I Hate Myself
Bop medley (Bop ‘Til You Drop/ Celebrate Youth/ Calling All Girls/ Jessie’s Girl snippet/ Don’t Walk Away/ State of the Heart/ What Kind of Fool Am I)
Love is Alright Tonight
Surf guitar music
Wild Thing (The Troggs cover)
Human Touch (in audience without guitar)
Happy Birthday (had audience sing to him)
You and Me (acoustic)
My Father’s Chair (acoustic)
Love Screws Me Up (acoustic)
Don’t Talk to Strangers
Love Somebody
Jessie’s Girl (shirtless for this song only)
 - encore
We Can Work It Out (Beatles cover - acoustic)
I’ll Make You Happy
Concert Notes: 
* Opening act: William Beckett. He is a local Chicago musician who opened for Rick during the Chicago “Stripped Down” shows, and is also an opening act for some of the Rick with Pat Benatar shows this summer. Rick’s guitar player, George B, joined William for one song, ‘Ordinary World’ (a Duran Duran cover).
* There were several technical problems tonite, the first of which was that the opening video did not play, though the audio could be heard. Having seen this new opening before, it lost all the dramatic effects without the video, and just the music seemed like a strange way to open the show (though with the video, it’s explosive! – those of you who have seen it, know what I mean).
* There was also a problem with the ‘Jessie’s Girl’ intro video, where different clips of shows that have used the song are shown. Again, the audio was playing without the video for most of the intro, and the video was in and out, so it lost the effect that it usually has.
* And, before beginning to sing ‘You and Me’, Rick said, I should see rose petals here, because the video that plays during the song had not started. Those are just the video problems that were most noticeable to me; there may have been others, but my focus was usually on watching Rick!
* Many guitar issues tonite, also. Rick had to change out guitars several times in the middle of songs, and for the final encore song, after two guitar changes, he didn’t use any guitar at all. During the guitar solo part of that song (‘Kristina’), he went behind George B and messed with his guitar as George was trying to play.
* When Rick returned on stage after his walkabout during ‘Human Touch’, he held up his book, Magnificent Vibration, that was set on his stool, and said he said he guessed now was the time to promote the book – but he didn’t say much else about it.
* During ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’, he brought only one little girl on stage, 5-year-old Faith. She had been sitting on the floor up front with her mother, and had a flashing/spinning light she played with all night (which Rick said had kept distracting him). There didn’t seem to be too many other young kids in the audience tonite.
* Rick has begun introducing ‘Love Somebody’ by saying that the movie Hard to Hold was the $10-million video for this song.
* Rick’s energy level seemed to be very high tonite, with lots of kicks and jumps and bouncing around the stage.
* There was an explosion of rose explosions throughout the show tonite.
* Who was there: Rick on lead guitar and vocals, George B on guitar, George N on bass, Jorge P on drums,  Paul back on keyboards and guitar, Mattie (sound guy), and new guitar tech guy, Nick.
* What he wore: Rick came out in a black leather jacket with zippers, white v-neck tee, blue jeans with holes worn in knees, black high-top converse sneakers, and 9 bracelets stacked on his left wrist. [Read reviews for the next two nites to see why I noted the number of bracelets he was wearing.] He took the jacket off after the first three songs, and he took the shirt off for ‘Jessie’s Girl’. He came out for the encore wearing a light grey v-neck tee, and his glasses; he only had the glasses on for the first encore song. 

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