Went to the Santana and Rod Stewart show last night at the Times Union Center in Albany (Knickerbocker Arena). It was the first show of the tour. Not quite sold out but close.
Santana played a tight and rocking 90 minute set including classics like Jingo and Soul Sacrifice and leaned heavily on material from the Supernatural CD.
Rod Stewart came out and did the schmaltziest Las Vegas review that I have ever seen. He sang every song with no soul or feeling. His backup musicians (mostly female) seemed to be chosen more for their looks than their musical abilities. I even suspect that some of the music was pre-taped. Rod changed costumes 4 times during the show. He kicked the soccer balls into the crowd and ended the evening's festivities with a balloon drop.
I'm looking forward to Carlos' show at Bethel Woods on June 15 without Rod the Mod.
A shame that Stewart drops to that level.
When he wants to he can rock with the best of them, but far too often what you discribed above is what you get from him.
As for Carlos, on the one hand I don't like that he only gets 90 minutes, but on the other hand his shows that go for well over two hours and sometimes hit three can be bloated with too much filler and rambling jabber from him.
I would hope that knowing he is on the clock he focuses more on his playing and less on just being up there.
Thanks for the review. I barely even look in here anymore and never add anything myself, so it's nice to see that SOMEone is.
sorry to hear.
say it ain't SO! Hope Cindy didn't get subjected to that.