These tix were surprisingly affordable
Photo: Galileo Humpkins

An incredible show, definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot thanks to my wife). He sounded almost the same as he did 30 years ago. He danced around, seemingly with childlike enthusiasm and delight. He led the band with simple waves of his hand. He did an Elvis impersonation.

I can’t believe that I’ve never seen him until now, but I’m so happy I did because I believe him when he says this is the last tour (though I do believe he’ll continue to perform one-off shows, benefits, etc.). The crowd was a mix of, basically, every kind of person you can imagine. The backing band was, surprisingly, huge - as many as 15-16 musicians at any one time. I was really not expecting that. And the guitars, oh man, the guitars they played were some truly classic beauties (Telecasters, Danelectro’s, CF Martins, etc.).

I was kind of hoping that since it is Chicago that when he played You Can Call Me Al that Chevy Chase might come out and they’d reprise the video (he does show up here randomly from time to time) but I wasn’t actually expecting it. I really just can’t say enough good things about this show. If you have the chance to catch a stop on the remainder of this tour, do it.

Set List:

1. America
2. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
3. The Boy in the Bubble
4. Dazzling Blue
5. That Was Your Mother
6. Rewrite
7. Mother and Child Reunion
8. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
9. Rene and Georgette Magritte with their Dog After the War
10. Can’t Run But
11. Wristband
12. Spirit Voices
13. The Obvious Child
14. Questions for the Angels
15. The Cool, Cool River
16. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
17. You Can Call Me Al

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Encore

18. Graceland
19. Still Crazy After All These Years
20. Late in the Evening

Encore 2

21. Homeward Bound
22. Kodachrome

Encore 3

23. The Boxer
24. American Tune
25. The Sound of Silence