Seeing David Gray's spit and sweat
David Gray was amazing last night. My sister Kristy and I got to the lecture hall in the Denver Convention Center last night with our tickets in-hand. These were a birthday present from my sis last August, but then the show was canceled in October, so this was the rescheduled date. We walked in to the ushers, who ush us on our way, pointing to the front section. This was delightful, that they told us to keep moving closer. They keep ushing us forward 'til one blazered chap tells us that our seats are, indeed, in the FIRST ROW. Right in the center. Thank you Ticketmaster! I didn't know Ticketmaster loved me so much. What a great late birthday present! I haven't been in the first row of a huge show like that since Pearl Jam in 1995 in San Diego. We kept looking at each other and laughing in disbelief that we were so close!
David Gray absolutely gouges me; his beautiful playing on both piano and guitar, the way he pours his soul into he music (which you can really see up close - he feels it with his whole body), and that *voice,* both the lower register for the verses and then that sweet, affected, honest higher tenor for the emphasis and soaring parts. It was sheerly fabulous. I lack words (yet I keep trying).
And yep, that setlist includes both a Bob Dylan cover (One Too Many Mornings) AND a Tim Buckley cover immediately following (Song to the Siren, which was haunting in its ethereal beauty). I was in heaven. Ain't No Love (read the lyrics on his site - gorgeous) and Lately were also both show-stopping, as well as one entitled Shine. And as many times as I've heard Please Forgive Me, it remains such an amazing song; it could be one of my top ten. I love the lyric, "feels like lightning runnin' through my veins every time I look at you."
I was really hoping for Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (possibly my favorite song he sings, although I was shocked - shocked! - recently to find out that it is a Soft Cell tune), but no such luck. It's okay, I really couldn't have absorbed any more.
AUDIO FROM THE NIGHT [via]:
VIDEO: Simon also took some video of the recent show in Cinci:
By the way, these cell-phone pics are all I have to regale you with. Not the best quality, but kind of avant-garde artsy, no? I finally figured how to get them off my phone and it wasn't as hard as I thought! They were just getting stuck in my spam filter.
Oh, and speaking of good shows, if I were in the San Francisco Bay Area tonight, I would be tempted to head on out to Hotel Utah and enjoy me some Newcastle while partaking in a good show with two local band favorites. Santa Clara University's own favorite good-time band The Otters are playing with 735 Institution at rad historic venue the Hotel Utah Saloon tonight at 9pm:
"Perhaps the most underrated SF institution, the Hotel Utah has outlasted DJ-bar mania, dive-bar revival and every other nightlife trend to hit the city. Since its doors opened in 1908, the hip factor has never been part of the Utah's organic M.O. This classic saloon showcases 20th-century novelties like a walk-in wooden phone booth, old-fashioned, inner-lit streetlamps and hand-carved mahogany bar back. The Utah packs in a casual and virtually ageless crowd."
It's only $6, so if you are one of my readers from Santa Clara, Stanford, San Fran, Palo Alto, San Jose, Oakland, etc. etc. etc., head on over. The Otters are preparing a rockin' little acoustic set with some original tunes, and I hear there may also be a sexy little number by the Rolling Stones thrown in the mix.
Ooh, bring on that harmonica.