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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY: Hot Fun In The Summertime July 22, 2010

Posted by Anton A in American music, Southside Johnny.
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This time I thought I’d let some pictures do most of the talking, but first I’ve got to note what a stellar night it was for cover tunes. There was the Sly & The Family Stone hit from 1969 referenced in the post title; that followed seamlessly from Walk Away Renee, the haunting Left Banke tune that Johnny has made his own. A few songs later, we got Nothing But A Heartache, the 1968 hit from the Flirtations that’s become another Jukes staple. Towards the end of the main set, Johnny took a quick break while Jeff Kazee treated us to his rendition of Looking For A Love, the song that put the J. Geils Band on the map.

Those four songs vibrated with passion & musical history, but the Jukes had more fun in store for the second encore set. The band came back on stage; Johnny started some banter about “What day is it today, it’s Thursday? Hey do we know any Thursday songs?” Somebody started playing the Ruby Tuesday riff and before you knew what was happening, they were off into Ruby Thursday, with Johnny and Jeff Conte trading the vocal lines. They played the song all the way through in spite of a few lapses in the lyrics, then went into Rainy Days and Thursdays, the Mamas & Papas gem Thursday, Thursday, and a stinging rendition of Elton John’s Thursday Night’s Alright For Fighting. Who else could bring off such a tour de force on the fly? Pure summertime magic.

The full setlist can be found here on the Southside website.

And now, the photos. As always, click to enlarge.