last night my friends and i went to see joe cocker and the steve miller band at radio city music hall. joe cocker opened at 7:30, and played for about an hour and twenty minutes. after a short break, the steve miller band came on just after 9 and played until 11. i'll post the steve miller photos and setlist separately.
joe cocker has been going strong for 40 years - and could still keep the audience wanting more!
for me, the highlight of his show was an incredibly powerful "come together," which started off with a powerful bass riff and just seemed to keep building power as it progressed. what i didn't get was why he slipped into a ballad immediately following all that energy?
but it may have been the pause before the storm, because each successive song after that soft spot just built on the one before it until joe was ready with his signature, "with a little help from my friends." and he didn't disappoint those of us (everyone) in the audience, anticipating it.
but, the two encores he did after it, not only kept up the energy level, but added to it. he left us with "she came in through the bathroom window," followed by a rockin' "cry me a river!"
when the night comes,
the lift is up where we belong,
you are so beautiful,
summer in the city,
hymn for my soul,
you can leave your hat on,
unchain my heart,
with a little help from my friends,
she came in through the bathroom window,
cry me a river