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peeteycat
Posted: Jan 24 2010, 03:52 AM


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Set list

Bill Bailey
Smile
Just The Way You Look Tonight
Mona Lisa
My Blue Heaven
Besame Mucho
Answer Me
And I Love Her
And I Love You So
For Once In My Life
Basin Street Blues (with Lucien)
Didn't He Ramble (with Lucien)
All The Way
Come By Me
Go To New Orleans

Set list is not in order - I remember the first song and the last 3 - but the order of the rest not sure - but I do remember that these were the songs. Close To You was not included.
Harry wore black jacket, black pants, black shirt, black shoes and black socks. The band consisted of 6 string players - 6 horn players (2 saxes, 2 trombones, 2 trumpets), guest appearance by Lucien, Neal, Art and Harry.
There were a few special guests - Barbara Sinatra being the big one. Harry spoke to her a few times. Told everyone about screwing up More for Frank's 75th birthday - running to catch him in the elevator with Jill, and smoking the camels at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. He also told the smoking story with Carla Bruni. Talked about the Saints game and how important it was. Told a very funny story about him and Lucien playing dollar slots - and saying Lucien had too many Heinekens and started singing along to the Spellbinder slot machine. Harry played the slot machine sound and Lucien would sing - Holy Smokes!

I know many have talked about how much they dislike the album - but in this context - live- the songs don't sound like they do on the CD. Arrangements were altered - Besame Mucho began as a piano, bass, drum trio (should have recorded it that way) - And I Love Her So was pared down slightly - these alterations made them much more listenable.

Big surprise at the end - no bootie shake. Sorry ladies. Also, a shorter show - 90 maybe 95 minutes. I think in casinos you'll see shorter shows. That's just from my experience. Harry said he wanted to play Answer Me and said he thought he would drop it later in the tour but he wanted to play it tonight. He talked about it not making the album - he must not get all the bonus editions like the rest of us!
Harry did a lot of talking - and believe it or not - a lot of the songs were short. They didn't do many extended solos on most of the cuts from Your Songs.

There you have it - all in all a nice start to the Your Songs tour.
 
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Posted: Jan 24 2010, 04:45 AM


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Nice recap. I'm glad to see The Way You Look Tonight on the set list. It's my favorite song from the album. I'm so excited about seeing Harry on Tuesday in Santa Barbara.
 
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Posted: Jan 24 2010, 04:59 AM


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I second what Joe says. The songs are better live, I think those of you who don't like the album will still enjoy the show.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. I loved how he did "And I Love You So". The musical arrangement (strings) was just so beautiful and the way he sang it actually made me teary eyed. And I loved the arrangement of Besame Mucho. The whole show was entertaining....I really wanted to get up and dance but no one was getting up so I had to dance in my chair. Of course this being my very first Harry concert I guess you'll think I'm a bit biased with nothing to compare it to but all that matters is that I HAD A GREAT TIME!

I saw Lucien 3 times before the show, the trumpet player Mark B was in line behind me at the pizza place, and just as I was stuffing a bite of pizza into my mouth while sitting in the hotel lobby Harry walked by.

I did get to shake Harry's warm hand at the meet and greet and mutter the words "Long time fan, first time concert" to which he replied awh thanks. (my hands were ice cold after waiting outside for awhile- note to self - put gloves in coat pocket)

Joe - Thanks again for the water and I did score a button! wink.gif

(it's 2 in the morning and I really need to but can't go to sleep)

oops originally put "I Love her so" on song title.

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Posted: Jan 24 2010, 08:56 AM


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Sounds fun!! I can;t wait for chicago.

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Posted: Jan 24 2010, 01:32 PM


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Interesting. Thanks for the deets. I'm still not sold musically. But I'll always take chatty Harry. smile.gif

I also heard (via twitter wink.gif ) that Harry isn't a fan of Twitter... Hey Harry, let me teach you the proper use of Twitter to stay in touch with your fans. It's not just people posting what they ate for lunch. (I hate that assumption.)

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as long as you're listening, i'll be there...
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Posted: Jan 24 2010, 06:03 PM


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whole wheat pita, hummus, and dried fruit. seltzer water.

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critterpaws_4me
Posted: Jan 24 2010, 08:43 PM


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QUOTE
whole wheat pita, hummus, and dried fruit. seltzer water.


Good one!!!

ROFL laugh.gif
 
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Maril
Posted: Jan 26 2010, 01:48 AM


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Thanks for your reviews! A really great start for the tour.

Here's an article about the show at Pechanga Resort & Casino
concert at Pechanga
"We're going to the Super Bowl, y'all," Connick said, as the audience cheered. "I'm so happy, I feel like I wanna kiss somebody."

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Posted: Jan 26 2010, 01:37 PM


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From From mydesert.com

Wild about Harry
Harry Connick Jr. is a happy man. His Saints are going to the Super Bowl and he launched a new tour Saturday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino with a loose, New Orleans jazz-style show that pleased a crowd of fans including Barbara Sinatra, Keely Smith and Herb Jeffries.

Connick gave much improved renditions of tunes from his new CD, “Your Songs,” especially “Bésame Mucho.” But it was his New Orleans standards, such as “Basin Street Blues” and “Didn't He Ramble,” and his funny between-songs ad libs that made the concert special.

He recalled playing Frank Sinatra's 75th birthday and being so nervous, he forgot the words to a song. He said encountering Sinatra in an elevator “was like meeting God — the second coming.” But Sinatra was only interested in his wife, Jill. He said Sinatra cupped her face in his hands and said, “You're beautiful” — ignoring Connick completely.

“It's really freaking me out that you're here tonight,” he told Barbara at the concert. “Did you have to sit in the front row?”
 
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