luka467 wrote:On a scale of 1 to 5 id give it a 3+ because of a very conservative setlist,but on the plus side is Heart with no Companion,and the crowd was brilliant during Im Your Man.And a beautifull Famous Blue Raincoat to cap it all off.
I should not disagree with my boy in public ... Luka, you are perhaps too influenced by my immediate sort of post-concert reaction ('conservative setlist') ... They were all in great form, Leonard perhaps even more theatrical than I remember from other shows. Heart with No Companion lifted the first set and Waiting for the Miracle was superb, with reciting parts of the Flood and then singing Anthem making sure the first half ended on a high. Few words from Leonard but I still loved the genuine affection for all the band as he introduced them ... the newest and funniest epithet was, I think, "the incurable Roscoe Beck"!!! Second half has always been uplifting, and I agree with Tom that Sharon Robinson's singing on Boogie Street was just superb and she brought the house down, really! Take This Waltz was brilliant too, as Leonard interacted with first one, and then the other, Webb sisters. Like Luka, everytime I hear Famous Blue Raincoat I feel like I have been blessed and there's nowhere in the world I would rather be than listening to Leonard sing this. So, I dunno, 4+ maybe, only because it would have been great to have heard one of the new blues songs which were being played towards the end of the last tour.
In the end, though, the concert was only part of an amazing few days. I guess it was pure luck that Zagreb was the first stop on the tour but it made it special to think that Leonard and the band and the crew were almost a week in our city. Thanks again to Tom for such hard work and dedication to the cause! And - whetever else - I got to meet Leonard for the first (brief) time, and Sharon, Hattie, Charley and Roscoe again. The joke going the rounds is "Hey Paul, you know why there is no word for 'stalker' in Croatian language? ... It's because we don't do it". Well, I may be a 51 year old kid but it's nice to be part of this crazy dream! Zagreb passes the baton to Salzburg now, with some 'fans and scholars' (Sharon's beautful twitter phrase) travelling along too!