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Tuesday, July 08, 2008 :::

Read Without Prejudice, Vol. I

I went to the George Michael concert last night.

The crowd was an odd mix of disco-dancing gay men and screaming dolled-up soccer moms. The few 100% straight men that were there seemed to be in gay panic mode, as evidenced by the conversation the man in front of me had with the bartender while I waited in line for a drink during the concert:

Bartender: So, how's the show?
Man in line: Fine I guess, not really my thing, man. Girlfriend made me bring her. The girlfriend really likes him. I don't see what the big deal is, but my girlfriend is screaming her lungs out.
Me (under my breath): Yeah, we get it, dood. You have a girlfriend.
Bartender: It's like the IceCapades. I tell my wife that there are two things keeping me from taking her to the IceCapades: my testicles.

Then they shared a hearty guffaw. Sign that bartender up for the Blue Collar Comedy Tour!

But back to the subject at hand: the concert itself was pretty darned good, except for the twenty minute intermission in the middle that totally killed the momentum of the show. I never heard of a concert with an intermission before, but I guess George ain't no spring chicken anymore. Fella needs a rest.

Subsequently, the second half dragged a bit, but overall the show reminded me of how many great songs George actually released nearly twenty years ago that still hold up today, despite the fact that the man himself is starting to look a little too much like Rue McClanahan these days:

When all is said and done, the man puts on a good show. And I can tell you that a few rediscovered George Michael tunes will definitely sneak there way onto my mix CDs over the next few months.

::: posted by dan at 8:20 AM :: [ link ] :: (13) comments Social Bookmark Button

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You may as well come all of the way out of the closet.

Have you told your parents?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:24 PM  

Love that you're man enough to admit you love George Michael - I adore him.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:31 AM  

I'm so jealous! My parents are going tonight in Chicago to the concert. I love George Michael!

By Blogger Ashley, at 10:11 AM  

Regarding the first posting, that would be like Ricky Martin coming out. We'd rather speculate. It's more fun.

Liking George Michael is a bit suspicions. But if Dan came forth and said he liked three of the following that would clinch it.

Air Supply
Barry Manilow
Bee Gees
Village People

By Anonymous Karl in RI, at 11:57 AM  

Well, my next concert ain't gonna help you none with that. It's Neil Diamond on the 19th. I also went to Wolf Parade a couple nights ago. I'm an enigma!

By Blogger dan, at 12:29 PM  

Yes Dan, you are a multi-faceted. And that's why we like you. Keep up the good work on the blog.

PS: My partner and I talked about seeing Neil Diamond ;)

By Anonymous Karl in RI, at 12:38 PM  

I saw Neil Diamond a few years ago. He's still got the pipes to perform, but he needs to cut out the cheese. He pulled some young chick out of the audience to seranade. He lied down on the stage to sing to her & planted a kiss on her mouth at the end of the song. Gross! Poor Girl.

By Blogger otimak, at 12:41 PM  

Dan, how was the Wolf Parade show? They come to Boston in a couple of weeks and I was thinking of finding a ticket. Your review will help me decide.

By Blogger Rob, at 3:02 PM  

Wolf Parade are seriously one of the best live bands I've ever seen in my life. This last show was especially brilliant, if you like the new songs. Honestly, without an ounce of hesitation - go.

By Blogger dan, at 3:44 PM  

Thanks Dan. I'll try to get to the Boston show.

By Blogger Rob, at 4:52 PM  

I must say, the testicles comment was pretty hilarious!

By Anonymous Rebecca, at 11:30 AM  

Abba - Check
Bee Gess - Absolutely
Barry Manilow - Yep
Village People - uh huh
Air Supply - Probably


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:20 PM  

George Michael was my favorite until he started using a curling iron and got stretchy out lips...

I know I have a problem being nice without it seeming like sarcasm and it being uncomfortable...but just so you know it is exciting and I am prideful to think I have a friend that would see the Rue mclanahan in him... your so funny!

By Blogger Stacy, at 11:10 PM  

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