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Steve Martin & Martin Short Review, San Antonio, TX, July 10, 2015

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IMG_0040usetitleWhile I like comedy movies, especially older comedies, I’ve never been very fond of watching comedians do standup minus a few exceptions like Eddie Murphy, Mitch Hedberg and Steve Martin.  He is my favorite comedian of all time and I love most of his movies.  Growing up in the 70s, Steve was everywhere and who didn’t love King Tut?

When I saw that he had teamed up with Martin Short to do a small tour and that they were coming to San Antonio, I had to go.  Total bucket list stuff.

Steve comes out after a montage of his and Short’s work on the screen and says, “Thank you for coming to watch me through your cellphones tonight.”  Thankfully cellphone use was kept to a minimum.  After talking and telling some jokes, Martin Short comes out and it was plain to see that those two are very close friends.  They obviously had rehearsed their routine but much of it was ad lib.  There were several times that they cracked each other up.  Martin did his own set which included some sketch comedy and a musical and it was hilarious.  He walked off stage as Steve was coming back on and said, “Top that, mother fucker!”  haha.

Steve had his bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers, with him and they played a set.  It’s no secret that Steve’s an incredible banjo player and he proved that last night.

Steve and Martin then say that they brought a good friend with them and introduce David Letterman.  There was a delay and we all thought they were just pulling a prank…then out walks Letterman.  Totally trippy.  The three of them are standing there talking and Dave whips out a top ten list about Donald Trump preempting it with, “Trump’s running for president and I quit the entertainment business.  I’m the dumbest man on earth.”  Or something to that effect.  Dave stayed out and told some stories with them for a half hour or so.

It was a wonderful night and I’ve not laughed that hard in a long time.  My sides are a little sore this morning.

Lionel Richie Concert Review, Austin TX, July 10, 2014

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Lionel Richie came back to Austin last night to play the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the America’s racetrack.  Last time I saw him was during SxSW 2012 at the Moody Theater.  Last night’s show blew it away even though the SxSW show as a bit more intimate.

CeeLo Green opened up and put on a good set with a great mostly female back up band.  The drummer was incredible.  He did a lot of covers, but only seemingly doing parts of them.  He did Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy but not the whole thing.  Mid set, he tells the band to just jam on something and everyone looked a bit confused and just started jamming.  We could see CeeLo side stage sitting down and he looked sick.  You could tell something wasn’t right.  After a few minutes, he came back out, put on his game face and finished the set.  It was enjoyable, I was surprised.

Then came Lionel.  He’s still got it.  His voice sounds amazing and he’s in physically good shape.  Running and jumping around.  Add to it his between song banter, obviously scripted, but still effective.  He’s a pretty funny guy.  They were about to go into Endless Love and he said he had invited Diana Ross to come sing it with him.  The band motion towards side stage and started clapping and had everyone duped that she was coming out.  He stated that the two of them had actually never performed the song live together but I found a vid or 2 of it on YouTube.  They played the song, but only the first verse and chorus with the crowd doing Ross’ parts.   And while the whole set was great, highlights for me were Truly and Sail On.  They closed with We are The World and I’m pretty sure there was a typo on the lyric banner overhead (see pic below).

It was a fun show with a gorgeous friend.  Can’t wait to see him again!