You read correctly, folks. Seems yours truly was the # 1 most read story in last week's Cool Cleveland issue (see the link to my Michael Symon interview here and in a previous post). I was also "Blogcritic of the Day" last Friday at blogcritics.org. Quite a Friday, to be sure... and capped off by a nearly sold-out Billy Joel concert Friday night (props to Windy and Toasty for giving me and the SZQ a night out). So, here is a bit of my review:
"Let it never be said that The Piano Man “phones in” a performance. On this particular Friday night in Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Billy Joel proved again why he is just about peerless. In front of a packed house, he delivered song after song with wit, vigor and a sense of pride that only comes with nearly 40 years of hard musical work... [Joel] proceeded to deliver a semi-chronological, 165-minute set that was as much powerful piano rock as it was a full-blown time warp. He offered up most crowd favorites and a few rarities, all of which were welcomed heartily. And when “My Life” was marred early on by sound and technology problems, the crowd took up for singer-songwriter singing the entire song..." You can read the full review shortly.
I also caught the Tragically Hip on Saturday night with "Paul Stanley," who is finally back in Cleveland, moved into a new pad and settled in. He's going to finish up that degree of his and, it sounds like, become a part of the medical community that is thriving here in Northeast Ohio. Good for him! I can't even imagine the number of shows we're going to end up at now that he's back in town. We're already going to see Zappa Plays Zappa, Heaven & Hell (the Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath), Rush, Genesis and I can't even remember how many other shows. And, of course, the Tragically Hip have a follow-up date in Cleveland next month which might just have to happen, too. Anyway, we experienced quite a show, maybe the best Hip show I've ever seen in my 15+ years of seeing them. Check out the review here. Well, I hear the L'il Man waking up, so I had better go. More soon.