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Los Angeles, Royce Hall (UCLA)  October 13, 2011

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Lindsey, Turned It On

Written by Michele Oct 15, 2011 at 11:03 PM
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Finally saw Mr. Buckingham this tour and very distressed that it took so long. I wish the opening night for Reno had not been cancelled. Of course, Lindsey was more than worth the wait!

Royce Hall wasn't full. The balcony was sparsely seated. There was a block of empty seats in the second row center. To be a Los Angeles crowd, it didn't really have that industry vibe. Perhaps all the glitterati were at the Saban show and decided not to return to see him again so soon. I saw Kristen, Lee Lee and Will. Both of the kids had a friend with them. When they come out, that's my cue that the show is about to start.

I avoided listening to the You Tube performances, so this was the first time I'd heard this Go Insane. He draws it out like he does NGBA and I think that takes the song out of the song. The pauses, the whispering, the stretching of singing syllables and words . . . Stop the madness. Also, while I applaud a deviation from the Dance ritual that every Joe off the street has come to expect. I do think the dynamic duo of Go Insane and Big Love back to back adds an intensity to the show that can't be beat.

Lindsey's voice was in fine form. If I screamed as much as he does, I wouldn't even be able to talk without being hoarse, much less sing so powerfully through an entire set. He's truly a marvel.

Before he begins trouble he says, "as time goes by -- and a good deal of time has gone by . . ." which I found amusing. Of course, during the band introductions when Brett says that "some things get better with age," that was another reference to the passage of time for this man, but when he continues to perform with as much energy as he had 35 years ago, the aging doesn't seem credible, let alone relevant.

The critics have mentioned the anti-climatic closing. I also think it's a mistake to start off with UTS immediately after the band has entered.

After Tusk Lindsey says, "It's good to be home." Ha, good to be home singing a USC song on UCLA territory?

At the end of Stars are Crazy, he exhales deeply, "Hahhhh," evidencing the same apparent respiratory problems that waylaid the album version of She Smiled Sweetly.

When he introduces the band, he says that they are truly his brothers. Then, he yells, "My brother!" as he gets to each one of them. He says that putting things together for his solo work is a much more academic process than it is for Fleetwood Mac. He credits Brett for helping him do that. I'm not even sure what that means. Certainly though, when organizing new songs or weaving them into a setlist that takes more strategy, precision and thought than just deciding the sequence for playing Greatest Hits songs.

The audience swarmed the stage for GYOW, but when they were seated before that, it didn't seem to me like a sign of lethargy. I took it as attentiveness and I appreciate that. While I understand that the band is spurred by an enthusiastic dancing crowd, I see nothing wrong with rapt stillness. There's a certain oneness between audience and artist, when you can hear a pin drop.

Now, for the encore, I actually like Turn It On, I think the "you can fight you can pray, you can reach for the sky. You can heal someone's soul, you don't even know why" part is swift and surging enough to maintain the passion that GYOW stirred up.

I liked it at the end for Seeds We Sow when Lindsey said the meaning could be as vast as the world or as small as a single relationship.

In closing he said, "Los Angeles. This is my home. You are my home."
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