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.