July 11, 2011

Paul Simon - 930 Club - May 27, 2011

Why Deny the Obvious, Child?

Paul Simon at the 9:30 Club - enough said, right? At his show at the end of May (sorry for the delay!) Paul played just about everything you could ask for, focusing in equal parts on his new album, classic works, covers etc. Paul was all business with little banter ("Gotta love a club show" was the one quip). He played for just over two hours, which was longer than the older crowd could patiently listen.

Everything about this show was fantastic with the exception of said crowd. The line to get into the 9:30 Club was insane, wrapping around the venue hours before the show. While the line wasn't for us here at soundproofblog (Duffy's tots, anyone?), some folks waited very patiently to get the spot they wanted in the club. Which is why I was angered to see late-comers crowding, pushing, edging-out folks who had been there for hours. We're not talking about youngsters here - we're talking couples in their forties, fifties, parents with their twenty-something kids. I guess young assholes grow up to be old assholes.

Despite an annoying crowd, this Paul proved he can hang with the other aging rock-legend Paul, Sir McCartney. His accompaniment of all star rock stars didn't hurt his score either. See the setlist and scorecard below.


The Boy in the Bubble
Dazzling Blue
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
So Beautiful or So What
Vietnam (Jimmy Cliff cover)
Mother and Child Reunion
That Was Your Mother
Hearts and Bones
Mystery Train (Elvis Presley cover)
Wheels (Chet Atkins cover)
Slip Slidin' Away
Peace Like a River
The Obvious Child
The Only Living Boy in New York
The Cool, Cool River
Getting Ready for Christmas Day
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

The Sound of Silence
Gone at Last
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)
Late in the Evening

Encore 2:
Still Crazy After All These Years
Crazy Love, Vol. II

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