Review: Paul Simon bounds through decades of hits at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
How hot were tickets to Paul Simon's concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater? They sold out in seven minutes, setting a record for the venue.
Those who staked out and shelled out got their money's worth, and then some. For two hours, Rhymin' Simon played an endless string of hits from his entire catalog, from Kodachrome to 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover to Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes. Sean Daly was in the house, and he writes:
For being such a meticulous perfectionist in the studio, Simon allowed his onstage crew to jam and improvise on their own, each artist often playing above, below and within a song. That made the South American rumble of The Obvious Child and the zydeco twirl of That Was Your Mother, the latter from 1986 masterpiece Graceland, both jarring and hypnotizing.
It was also fun as heck. And it should noted that for the five Graceland tracks that were featured, Simon often uncorked a lil' two-step shuffle onstage. For the awesomely expansive Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, the guy was downright boogieing!
For Sean's full review of Paul Simon in Clearwater, click here.
Photo: Dirk Shadd, tbt*