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GLEN CAMPBELL ROCKS THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
I just came back from a magnificent performance by Glen Campbell at the Hollywood Bowl. Part of his GOODBYE TOUR, so-named because his Alzheimer's probably won't allow him to perform much longer, he was in wonderful voice as he performed many of his hits, including, of course, RHINESTONE COWBOY and TRUE GRIT. A virtuoso guitarist who was a hugely successful session player before he began making his own records, he demonstrated skill with a guitar that I can only compare to THE WHO's Pete Townshend. His band includes a son on drums and another on guitar, and Glen and his daughter Ashley brought down the house with a tremendous rendition of DUELING BANJOS.
For a show whose second half was excellent, the first half, the 'tribute' section, was astonishingly poor. After a decent, brief set by the band DAWES, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, late of the DANDY WARHOLS, took the stage and sang a pair of MONKEES songs that Campbell had played guitar on -- and sang them in bass, and was so horribly flat that I assumed for a while that it was a joke, and he would be revealed to be Ray Romano or someone. No such luck. He was followed by Lucinda Williams, who was also flat, listless, and slurred her words. The iconic Kris Kristofferson followed, and tried, but was not in good form. You could feel the growing anxiety throughout the Bowl when Jenny Lewis took the stage, and actually sang! Identifiable words and notes! We didn't want to let her go, but happily she was followed by Jackson Browne, who was in fine form, and led all the others back on stage for a fine rendition of VIVA LAS VEGAS before intermission.
Have a great week, folks!
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