When it was announced he was playing the Concert Hall in Nottingham I had to jump at the chance. I’ve been a fan since the late 80s and the guy is a musical legend so paid the pricey price and waited for the night.
I wasn’t disappointed. He is of course a little different to how he used to be what with now being 69 years old, but. But the music holds up and thanks to his great band still has a youth about it, although I always though Paul had a bit of an old soul in him.
They started with the recognisable accordion intro to The Boy in the Bubble which seemed to be at a different pace to the original. This threw me a bit and I thought I might have to put my listen to songs in an alternative way hat on, but the recognisable beat of 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover brought it back on track. That Was Your Mother & Slip Slidin' Away were among my faves played but The Obvious Child had one of the most affects on the crowd, even if some didn’t know where the song ended thanks to its Brazilian influenced drum outro.
Paul’s mellowness flowed for The Only Living Boy in New York, new songs The Afterlife & Questions for the Angels and of course The Sound of Silence during which a slightly heavy footed staff member shone a torch in the faces of those recording it on their cameras.
The set was finished with Crazy Love Vol II, Late in the Evening and Still Crazy After All These Years. The event was saved by a good series of songs played by good musicians. With 9 of them on stage some bits had a bit too much going on while others it added just the right amount of sounds. For me it was maybe not completly worth the £60, but I’m still glad I went.
The Boy in the Bubble
Dazzling Blue *
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
So Beautiful or So What *
That Was Your Mother
Hearts and Bones
Mystery Train (Elvis Presley cover)
Slip Slidin' Away
Peace Like a River
The Obvious Child
The Only Living Boy in New York
The Afterlife *
Questions for the Angels *
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
The Sound of Silence
Gone At Last
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)
Crazy Love, Vol. II
Late in the Evening
Still Crazy After All These Years