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Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools, Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ: When the night has come March 17, 2012

Posted by Anton A in American music, Southside Johnny.
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Southside Johnny brought his Poor Fools to Mexicali on Saturday night. What a joy for us fans, to be able to see musicians of this caliber in such an intimate setting.

 

 

 

From the first notes of an imaginatively bluesy version of Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, we were led on a journey through songs familiar and unknown, versions old and new.

 

 

Who would expect a hard rocking version of I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight? Johnny and the Fools have an uncanny knack for twisting a song around and making it their own.

 

 

As usual, the Fools were all over their various instruments.

 

 

 

It’s a treat to see Johnny playing guitar, expanding on his lead singer role with the Jukes.

 

 

 

I love the way they each take turns on the drums, bringing their own styles to the beat of each song.

 

 

This marked the first night that I’ve seen John Conte pick up a banjo.

 

 

 

Johnny and the Fools gave us another rousing evening. There are more in my future, and to my mind that’s a good thing.

 

 

 

 

The set list:

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Love On The Wrong Side Of Town, Lead Me On, Postcards From Hell, Let’s Have A Party, Strange Strange Feeling, Down Home Girl, Can’t Let Go, Beneath Still Waters, All The Way Home, Ophelia, My Old Kentucky Home, Rosa, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Parchman Farm, Johnny Too Bad, Princess of Little Italy, Stand By Me, I Don’t Want To Go Home, Ain’t No Free, Promised Land, The Fever, Walk Away Renee, Mind Your Own Business

Encore: Trapped Again

More photos can be found here.

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