Saturday, March 13, 2010
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...