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    Default Reviews of DLR at Nokia Theatre in NYC

    I would have to say this was the most bizarre DLR show I've ever seen. It was so up and down. I was center stage about 8 rows back from the shit-eating grin. Seating capacity at Nokia is 2000+ and it looked pretty packed by showtime a few minutes after 9pm. He played for almost 2 hours.

    He started out strong with "Hot for Teacher", but then he lulled the crowd to sleep with "California Girls" and "Just Like Paradise." He quickly got the crowd going again with what has become the standard sing-along, "Runnin' with the Devil." Then he stepped it up a notch with a smokin' hot version of "Somebody Get me a Doctor." That song was probably the high point for me. (At that point, I imagined Dave multitasking and putting his EMT skills to good use by jumping into the audience and giving CPR to somebody in the crowd, who inevitably would get hit with a bottle intended for Dave).

    The energy level went down again with the sleeper "Just a Gigolo," although it started out promising with a funky little unplugged-ish improv with B Young on guitar.

    But he got the crowd going again shortly thereafter when it was "storytime with Dave" and he did a really nice intro explaining the origins of the title "Dance the Night Away." He definitely had the audience captivated with his shtick, (although I read once that the original title was actually supposed to be "Dance Lolita Dance," but Eddie convinced Dave to change it).

    Ok, now here's where it got choppy. Yup, Dave called the fans' bluff and brought out the John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band to play a bluegrass rendition of "Jamie's Cryin'," which he had already played a rock version of earlier in the show as well as earlier in the day on "Conan O'Brien." Then they also played a bluegrass "Jump." I felt like the crowd gave him and the band a courtesy applause with a slight smattering of boos. The funniest/saddest part of it was a guy, who was front row center, got all melodramatic by putting his arms up in the air and walking out in disgust. Personally, I actually like the studio version of the strumming "Jamie's Cryin,'" but knew it would be a tough sell live. I thought he could have blown the crowd away with a surprise like "Could This Be Magic?" which I don't remember if they ever played live.

    Anyway, back to business. He ended off strong with "Everybody Wants Some," "Aint Talkin' Bout Love," and of course, a single encore of "Jump."

    Other highlights:

    1. Dave did his best "Jump" video impersonation by changing outfits 10 times. "White boy," as he liked to call himself, was sweatin' up a storm.

    2. He made fun of his "Federline Fedora" hat that he donned before declaring to his imaginary ladyfriend in the front row "Lose the Dress and Keep the Shoes and lets go to Panama!"

    3. I'd say the funniest, most spontaneous moment was when he asked Toshi, his Japanese rhythm guitarist, to do his best Diamond Dave swivel-the-hips impersonation. Toshi tried, but couldn't swing it. Dave's gotta find a way to let Toshi bust out and show off his stuff (and maybe teach Toshi the lyrics!).

    4. There was a young hot blond chick (Sasha from his now-defunct radio show?) bouncing around and dancing up a storm backstage, which got the crowd upfront chanting "Show your tits! Show your tits!" Unfortunately, no dice.

    5. Dave spoke some Spanish, which I always appreciate. Truth be told, if it wasn't for "Sonrisa Salvaje," I wouldn't be fluent in Spanish now nor would I have lived abroad for 10 years in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

    6. No Jack Daniels spew on the crowd (sign of maturity or just plain oversight?).

    7. Unbelievably, no "Look at All the People Here Tonight." I can't remember ever seeing a show where he didn't say that to get the crowd going.

    7. No, "Honey, you're so sweet, I bet you shit sugar."

    8. Song selection: I wish he could have got rid of "California Girls," "Just Like Paradise," and "Just a Gigolo" and replaced them with "Tobacco Road," "Relentless," "Mean Street," and "Ice Cream Man."

    9. Of course, he did not disappoint by displaying lots of his trademark high legkicks, although no split off of the drum set to leave on a high note at the end of the show.

    Overall, as usual, he looked like he was having lots of fun, but when has Dave ever stopped smiling?

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    No wonder he did'nt say his famous line look at all the people here tonite.. since thier were only about 1800 present... probably one of daves smallest audiences ever.. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gradyvanhyman
    No wonder he did'nt say his famous line look at all the people here tonite.. since thier were only about 1800 present... probably one of daves smallest audiences ever.. ...
    1800 of 2000 is one his better showings in recent memory.

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    It might have been a sellout. There was no room to move. It's a nice, newer venue. There is no where else he can play in NYC except for one of the ballrooms/theaters which aren't as nice or any bigger. And he can't play The Garden for obvious reasons. So all in all, it was a success

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    i was there it was really good, i was happy it just sucked that the doors opened so late, david was on fire, the band was good to the guitarist i forget his name was pretty close to eddie but the feel wasn't there in my opinion don't get me wrong he was great,but eddie god he makes things look so easy, david walked off stage alot either to change or whatever, the sound and mix of everything was really great it was crystal clear, it was like listening to a cd,in the end there was a girl and guy dancing behind the mixer god she had a great butt, anybody see her,i would love to get audio cd of the show,

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    To sum it up....

    Dave was good.
    He needs to change the set list around a little.
    A few minor tweaks too keep the energy flowing is all he needed.
    He needs to sit and review lat nights show and watch how the crowd responded to his songs. It does not take a genius to figue out the solo songs he selected were momentum killers.

    Take out California & Gigalo and replace it with anything that has an up beat you have a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket
    1800 of 2000 is one his better showings in recent memory.

    Actually, a couple of articles have said he's gotten up to 5000 at some shows. 2000 isn't bad for an indoor venue....
    Originally posted by Katydid

    Because I realize you all (the Roth Army) are a bunch of twisted, demented, beastility, porn loving, drug addicts and alcoholics and psycopaths. I guess Devil worshippers more aptly describe you.

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    Default Dave Losing It?

    Dave was great, his voice was fine, and the concert was a lot of fun. But at times I feel like Dave is losing his mind a little bit. I know he's always been a little off center and creative, but there are a couple of things that he did that left me puzzled. First of all, what the fuck was up with the random tangents and stories? He wasn't making any sense, he wasn't going anywhere with most of the stories, and no one understood it except him. Then the tangents ended and the song awkwardly started up again.

    Secondly, He has a prepared schtick that he uses ALL THE TIME, and he never mixes it up. Its part of what makes him a fan favorite but its also part of what makes him laughable sometimes. I think that's one of the reasons why his radio show failed. He uses the same one-liners over and over and over. Its like, how many times have I heard him say that...The song choices were very predictable also. Come on Dave, how hard would it be to rehearse
    a couple lesser known classic VH songs with your band and come out smoking them during a concert. Guaranteed 99 percent of the people in a DLR venue would know the song anyway.

    Finally, why did he lose his cool and flip out at the lighting crew at Nokia? If anyone else remembers this let me know...but I heard him distinctly yell into the mic---

    "turn all the stage lights on.... (lights went on)..... thats it?? Now I know how they save their money here." He then proceeded to say: "Keep all the stage lights on for the rest of the show. These guys up here are working their fucking asses off to put on a great show."

    Sorry dave, but part of a concert experience is having the lights flash, change color and change pace to the beat of the song. Thats what people come out to see, to be part of the experience. ESPECIALLY in a small venue where you so many people are so close the stage and are right in the lights. The rest of the show went on without the lights changing AT ALL. The house lights flashed periodically but the stage was always lit up with the same mix of weird colors. It took away from Jump and Everybody Wants Some. Before Dave flipped out at the Nokia people the effects had been cool. The lighting was awesome at the beginning of California Girls...Dave in a shadowed silhoutte with orange sunset color behind him. I don't understand what happened with that whole thing, but it is another example of Dave being a little bit difficult and wacked out. He's still my favorite singer though, did a great job rocking NEW YORK last night and these are just some thoughts I wanted to share.

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    Those were great reviews powerfuryglory and metro3454. Very level headed. I appreciate that.

    Oh, and welcome to the boards powerfuryglory, you long time lurker you.

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    Thanks for rolling out the red carpet, sasquatch. I promise not to wait another 8 years before I post again.

 

 

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