Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds June 3rd, 2017 Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Crush Pig So Much to Say Granny Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back) Fool To Think Say Goodbye Worried Man Blues A Whiter Shade of Pale Warehouse Spoon Corn Bread Ode To The Box * Death On The High Seas #41 Minarets Stay Or Leave Black And Blue Bird Don’t Drink The Water Manfood * All Along The Watchtower You & Me Stay (Wasting Time) Dancing Nancies —————– Why I Am Two Step —————– Oh Everyday
I was very impressed and had a wonderful time. Erin Hill’s harp playing is nothing short of outstanding and her singing is remarkable. She decided and told the audience that she would go in chronological order which I thought was a great way to perform the show and to honor David Bowie’s brilliant song-writing through the years.
Erin Hill kicked off the 7:00pm first show with “The Man Who Sold The World” from Bowie’s 1970 album of the same name. She went on to do an amazing rendition of “Life on Mars?” from the Hunk Dory album of 1971 which was absolutely brilliant.
From the highly acclaimed and magnificent The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album of 1972, she performed wonderful versions of “Moonage Daydream,” “Starman,” and “Ziggy Stardust.” I thought all three renditions of those songs were nothing short of amazing. As Hill played flawlessly with her hands on her beautiful harp, I especially admired her performances of “Moonage Daydream” and “Starman.” I loved how Erin Hill sang those wonderful, beautiful lyrics, “There’s a Starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds…”
As Erin Hill moved through David Bowie’s catalog, she provided us with a beautiful cover of David Bowie’s cover of The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” which appeared on Bowie’s Young Americans album in 1975. Up next, came a classic from the 1976 Station to Station , album where she performed a lovely rendition of “Golden Years.” That too, in my opinion, was one of Erin Hill’s best of the night.
Another “cover of a cover” Bowie song happened as Erin Hill played “God Only Knows,” originally done by The Beach Boys on their Pet Sounds album, it was done exceptionally well with Hill’s brilliant singing and amazing harp playing.
Hill would play one song from Bowie’s 2016 album Blackstar, which was released on his birthday and just two days before he died. The song titled “Dollar Days” was, once again, performed brilliantly by Hill, who didn’t seem to tire at all, and her harp playing and singing were amazing all night.
For the encore, Hill gave the audience her wonderful rendition of Bowie’s masterpiece “Space Oddity,” which ended her first show appearance at this little record shop in the heart of Bordentown, New Jersey.
See a copy of that performance below:
As I witnessed Erin Hill’s brilliance, I was also reminded of David Bowie’s brilliance and how much of a creative and talented musician he was. Bowie gave us a lifetime of amazing songs to be cherished forever. If Bowie knew that his songs would be played by a truly talented, beautiful harpist and singer, I am sure he would be smiling and would be very pleased.
Here is a list of some of my most annoying Compilation Albums:
Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits:This greatest hits compilation is horrible with cut up versions of “Sweet Emotion” and “Kings and Queens”. It also lacks “Train Kept A Rollin'” from Get Your Wings album.
Aerosmith – The Essential Aerosmith:
Like Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits it lacks “Train Kept A Rollin’,” and has two new songs that are not very good plus the duet with Run D.M.C. of “Walk This Way.” Too much 80’s and 90’s Aerosmith and not enough 1970’s Aerosmith in my opinion.
Lenny Kravitz – Greatest Hits:
The compilation included the new song “Again” but left out “Spinning Around Over You” from the Reality Bites Soundtrack, plus “Fields of Joy” from the album Mama Said, and “Is There Any Love in Your Heart” from Are You Gonna Go My Way album. It also should have been in chronological order instead of all mixed up.
U2 – The Best Of 1990-2000:
This “Best Of” compilation has new songs on it and remixes instead of the originals. It also omits “Walk On” which is one of the best songs from the album All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000).
Van Halen – Best Of Volume I:
Includes two new songs with David Lee Roth which are fine but no tracks from Diver Down are on this compilation. Also no “Hot For Teacher” or “I’ll Wait” from the album 1984. Dumb.
Van Halen – The Best Of Both Worlds:
It could have been so easy to do a 2-CD compilation of Van Halen with Disc 1 containing songs from David Lee Roth era (1978-1984) and Disc 2 containing songs from the Sammy Hagar era (1986-1996) but no that would be too smart and easy. Instead they have tracks from all years all over the place along with new songs with David Lee Roth. Horrible. Makes no sense.
1. Squirm 2. Seek Up 3. Seven 4. Fool To Think 5. #41 6. Plastic Girl 7. Crash Into Me 8. Death On The High Seas 9. When The World Ends 10. The Best of What’s Around 11. Dancing Nancies 12. Warehouse * 13. Lover Lay Down 14. Samurai Cop 15. Grey Street * 16. You and Me 17. Pantala Naga Pampa -> 18. Rapunzel —————————– 19. Pig 20. All Along The Watchtower
* Greg Osby -> indicates a segue into next song
I took the River Line NJ Transit train from Bordentown to Camden for $1.60! I met some fellow DMB fans on the train and they offered me a beer from their cooler. I then met up with my DMB friends Elaine along with her friends and Dan and Carol were in the same parking lot too. It was a lot of fun tailgating and the weather was perfect! I hung out in the lawn with Elaine and her friends just prior to the show starting where I went down to my seat in section 203. I then met another DMB friend from Facebook in Peggy Anne!The show kicked off with an awesome version of “Squirm” as the weekend opener! It would be followed by the most unbelievable and amazing version of “Seek Up.” All band members including Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, and Rashawn Ross really shined and it was the best version I had ever heard. That song flat out blew me away tonight. “Seven” sounded great, as was “Fool To Think” which I have not heard in a long while sounded cool.
“#41” sounded beautiful tonight as did the song debut of “Plastic Girl.” I thought it was very good. “When The World Ends” and “The Best of What’s Around” sounded terrific tonight as well, as did “Dancing Nancies,” which did not segue into “Warehouse” even though it was played after but with the usual intro. Jeff Coffin played another great solo for “Lover Lay Down.”
A new song DMB debuted on this tour that I could hear tonight was “Samurai Cop” which I also liked a lot. “Grey Street”, “You and Me,” and an awesome “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel” ended the set. The encore provided terrific versions of “Pig” and “All Along The Watchtower”! It was an insane set list and an awesome time!
Show # 19: June 25 2016 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
One Sweet World Minarets Belly Belly Nice Big Eyed Fish Bismarck Crush Bob Law What Would You Say Gravedigger The Song That Jane Likes Kill The Preacher Sugar Will You Might Die Trying If Only Don’t Drink the Water Proudest Monkey Satellite Jimi Thing Sexy M.F. ———————- Granny Tripping Billies -> Halloween
-> indicates a segue into next song
I got together with friends Wendy and Beth and I drove down to tailgate. We stopped at Boyd’s Pharmacy in Bordentown, NJ to pick up tailgating supplies (see pictures below). Luckily, we met up with Elaine and her friends again in the parking lot to tailgate. It was a terrific time.
I saw another terrific show, this time with Wendy and Beth next to me. We sang and danced all night! Overall, it was not quite as good as Friday night 1 but it was still awesome! Highlights for me included “One Sweet World,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and an amazing rendition of “Crush.” “The Song That Jane Likes,” and a great version of “Why I Am” rocked the house as I thought about how great LeRoi Moore was and I’m sure he was there in spirit.
In addition, I loved “You Might Die Trying” and “Don’t Drink The Water” tonight as well. I caught most of “Jimi Thing” when Wendy wasn’t feeling good so unfortunately, we had to leave and ended up missing “Sexy M.F.,” as well as the encore of “Granny,” “Ants Marching,” and “Halloween.” I was disappointed. Nevertheless, I am very grateful I could spend two nights in Camden seeing my favorite band and hanging out with all my DMB friends!