Thursday, December 1, 2011
Guys, it was everything you'd want it to be and more.
Nearly 50 years after starting The Kinks with his brother Dave Davies, and coming over with The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, and The Who during the British Invasion, Ray sounded as fresh as the day he picked up a guitar. He begun the show with an acoustic guitar on a barstool, as good shows that become great are wont to begin. With only one other gentleman providing backup vocals, we got eight beautiful acoustic renditions of Waterloo Sunset and See My Friends. With tunes wistful yet earnest, Ray upheld his status as one of the few folks for whom the term "legendary" has not become hyperbole.
The set with the full band, though, is when stuff got good. So good in fact, that I apparently completely forgot to take photographs. I promise though, you would have done the same.
With a wonderful mix of energy, humor, and shirt-changes, Davies and his band took us through many Kinks Klassics (kill me) including You Really Got Me and Misfits, as well as rarer treats, like a Ron Sexsmith cover. With every song, 3 years seemed to drop off his age, until he was a 24 year old playing songs for screaming girls at his first show in L.A. Except, the screaming girls might have been fellow 50 year old men in this case. It was awesome.
Yes, he did play L.O.L.A. It was his last encore and it broke everyone's heart.
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