Bob Dylan gets more awesome every year.
"All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
I watched two full concerts last night:
1. Prince & the Revolution performing in Syracuse on March 30th, 1985 (bootleg - sorry Prince!)
2. Madonna performing in Detroit on May 25th, 1985 (officially released as ‘Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour’ and available on VHS here: http://www.amazon.com/Madonna-Live—Virgin-Tour-VHS/dp/6302374286/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1389453229&sr=1-1&keywords=Madonna+Live-The+Virgin+Tour)
My thoughts: To see these two giants at their peaks is an eye-opening experience. The amount of work that went into both of these tours is nothing short of amazing, and it helps one to understand why performers like these play Super Bowls. Everything is top-notch - from the bands, to the costumes, the choreography, even the integration of synthesizers and drum machines is unparalleled. Dedication and drive on this level does not often come along.
I highly recommend both of these shows to anyone who is a fan of the first (and arguably much better) half of the eighties.
Edit: Someone contacted me and informed me that The Virgin Tour was not Madonna’s peak, and that they were of the opinion that she peaked during the Blond Ambition Tour (1990). #YMMV
I have never been excited about the Grammy Awards…that is until now. Daft Punk will be performing live and joined on stage by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, & Paul Jackson Jr.
I better find a television because I actually want to see this.
Tune in Sunday, January 26th, 2014.
At 1:10 Donald Fagen of Steely Dan talks about the time he became FED UP with an ARP Odyssey that wouldn’t stay in tune…and proceeded to smash it, set in fire, and throw it off of a roof. CAN’T DO THAT WITH SOFTWARE, NOW CAN YOU, ZEDD?