Monday, July 16, 2012

Paul Simon in Dublin

Due to a lucky (unlucky for some) chance I got two tickets for Paul Simon's Friday night concert in Dublin. And not just any tickets, second row, right in the middle. It was a great concert. I've never seen Paul Simon live before.

Almost two and a half hours of music, with the full Graceland album performed with many of the original artists. Ladysmith Black Mombaza also did a short set of their own.

All stages of the singer's career were covered with versions of The Boxer and Sound of Silence and a great finish on Still Crazy. Earlier he sang Dazzling Blue from the most recent So Beautiful or So What album. 

But the highlights had to be the Graceland songs. Among these The Boy in the Bubble was my favourite, Simon's Desolation Row, delivered in front of three screens of dramatic images which added to the effect.

Irish fiddler, Martin Hayes, played with Simon on a couple of songs and South African singer, Thandiswa Mazna, joined Simon for Under African Skies as well as singing a couple of her own songs.

Simon, and indeed all the musicians, seemed to enjoy themselves immensely and responded well to the crowd appreciation.  

The full setlist is here. Eileen Battersby in the Irish Times caught the flavour and reaction to the concert perfectly but this this other one seems quite a bit off. Well actually completely off. It was Paul Simon you went to see Phil. So Paul was very quiet? Do you mean he didn't talk much to the audience? Have you been to a Dylan concert recently?

Picture is from the Irish Times review.

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