Saturday, March 13, 2010

Celluloid Hero


Well, despite taking a header off of the front of the stage, Ray Davies was just great last night.

As reflected by NYMary's review of his show
in the "the provinces", Ray is the consummate showman and his fans as Mary said, albeit fiercely loyal, really like to drink their booze.

Two other things I will add to her excellent post on the Ray Davies experience...one, the demographic on the crowd was wild. You saw everything from aging long hairs, (chatted up Daffy Dan briefly in the lobby) to a young, very earnest and very stoned couple from Youngstown I chatted up in the concessions line who were seeing Ray for the third time on this tour. Put succinctly, Ray Davies has as far reaching an influence as anyone I've ever seen.

Secondly, the final chunk of the set was truly glorious when he rocked out those tunes with The 88 made all the more special by the cover of The Jam's David Watts which many in the crowd seemed to assume was an old Kinks tune they didn't know, but for those of us with a keen ear, it was nearly the highlight of the evening.

Oh, and by the by, Ray seemed fine after his spill into the front row. Lot's of loving fans out there to cushion the blow.

Ray Davies, forever may he wave...

9 comments:

Dr. said...

You might want to spell-check that title, dude.

Cleveland Bob said...

D'oh! Thanks, Dr.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review, but note that "David Watts" is actually a Kinks tune (from the 1967 album Something Else) that the Jam later covered....

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was a great show. Too bad he didn't also do a cover of the Pretenders' "Stop your sobbing!" LOL.

Anonymous said...

My sister was there to help catch Ray. Anyone have that on video? Rhonda is a #1 Ray Davies fan, has KINKS for her license plate.LOL

Stevie G.B. said...

I saw Ray in NY and he covered not one but TWO Van Halen songs - "You Really Got Me" and "Where Have All The Good Times Gone"...LOL

david said...

Yes I helped catch Ray as well - what an amazing show!!! I gotta bunch of close up pics seconds before and after his fall, but my hands were busy during it...My HUGE thank you to one of the most underrated songwriters of all time!!
GOD SAVE THE KINKS!!!!

Cleveland Bob said...

Wow. I never knew that David Watts was a Kinks song. Good catch Anon!

Oh and by the by, Google accounts are free...no reason to not sign up.

The Hamzinger said...

Wasn't "David Watts" basically Sting's character in "Quadrophenia," too? Seem to remember some connection there but it could just be me reducing it all to a single mod instance...