Were You There?
Wildhorn and Friends
Joe's Pub (NYC) and Lenape Performing Arts Center (Marlton NJ)
Good afternoon, all.
Here are some of my thoughts and feelings about
Rob's recent performances. I would like to share them with you, as
I generally do. There have been several, so I am gonna minimize
the number of things you might have to read by combining my
comments into one piece.
The last couple of months have seen us doing
multiple performances at different venues in different states. We
have done "Wildhorn and Friends" at Joe's Pub in NYC, and this
weekend we are down here doing an expanded version of the same
show at the Lenape PAC, Marlton, New Jersey. We have also done a
BIG Jekyll Concert, with a 30 piece orchestra in Birmingham,
Alabama, partially to benefit the 'Katrina Relief Fund' of the
American Red Cross. A lot to do, and a lot to say to you.
OK, where and how to start? Here goes...
The Wildhorn at the Pub was first in sequence.
Those of you who have ever been to Joe's Pub KNOW that it is
small, dark, smoky (from years past, the smoke is in the walls,
the furniture, everything) and intimate. That is to say you can
count the freckles on the person sitting next to you, even in the
dark. The performers platform cannot really be called a stage, but
whatever name you give it, ROB rocked the house from it!
The songs were some of those we KNOW Rob has done before. This is
the Moment came across as being sung to each person in turn. Rich,
deep, throaty, commanding you to LISTEN, and so I did. WOW o WOW.
He did a Civil War duet with Tracy Miller... what a rendering of
"Sarah." Not an eye was dry. A real show stopper was "Bring Me
Giants" which ROB did as only he could. You must hear it to
believe it. This was a casual, cool group, and the music and the
patter went well in the space.
Last night, at the first of the Lenape shows, Rob
debuted a new Wildhorn/ Jack Murphy show stopper: "I've Got Things
to Say." Well, I do also have a thing or two to say. WOW, awesome,
splendid, great , delicious come to mind. (Jack Murphy himself
sang it (sort of) at the Pub.) The new setlist included "Into the
Fire," which of course brought out the heat in Rob's voice. No
matter how many times Rob has sung 'Moment', each time brings out
more and more. Last night, after the last note, the audience gave
him a standing ovation. At that point within the show I could only
imagine what Rob felt, but I sure was happy for him.
Ok, Rob seems to be in better-than-awesome-voice
right now. I cannot find any more superlatives to say what I want
to say. YOU know that this is appearing on Rob's Website, written
by his assistant -- me. This cannot in be called a 'review'. It is
in NO WAY objective enough to be called that. That is why the
title is "Were You There," and in closing, I simply say that you
should have been.
The Jekyll-in-Concert tour starts in Orono, Maine
in October. Check the tour list on the Performances Page on this
website, find a venue near you, and treat yourself to a delightful
evening with dear Dr. Jekyll and deadly Mr. Hyde. It is a new and
dynamic Jekyll and Hyde. I've yourself a treat.
Til next time,