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Taylor Hicks Takes ‘Broadway’ By Storm

Taylor Hicks performed at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, New Jersey on May 12th. Concert perspective and photos by Louise/4Tay with additional photos graciously contributed by macpolski.  More later as the weekend shows are performed.

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Live at the Broadway Theater

BEST SHOW. BEST.

I’ve been to a ‘few’ shows lately and Taylor definitely used his 3 days off to pump new life into the tour.  Never have I seen such musical focus from this band.  It was a sight to behold for all of those in attendance.
The Broadway Theatre is an outstanding venue.  Taylor knew it when he did sound check.  We learned it when the show started.  It’s historic without being dated.  The facilities for a live concert rival the casino shows I’ve seen. What a great theater. The lights were just a little too much before the intermission but they were toned down after that.  Magical.

It was a perfect balance of blues, soul, ACOUSTIC!! This whole set grabbed us all by the heart because it was unexpected and so FINE!! He sat right in front of us and riffed with Jeff so much I couldn’t get enough.

I brought 2 newbies with me. The woman was crying during 19. The man is a musician and couldn’t take his eyes off of all of the instruments and the quality of music. They were amazed at Taylor’s voice, harp playing and his collection of guitars on stage. The upright bass Brandon played was a treat.

Tagging Sinatra??? Twice!!! Darn, that was cool.  There were so many ‘moments’ in this show it is difficult to remember them all.

Taylor had an intermission, which was new. Always keeps us on our toes. Cool to me, though.  All band members were introduced and each got a bit of a solo all during the night. Brandon sported a beautiful upright bass that he performed on in the second half of the show. Another new thing to love and look forward to from the Taylor Hicks band. Sam played a deep, intense solo on Battlefield I’ve never heard him do before.  It was amazing!

Jeff’s been making smooth music lately with new saxes from Dominic’s Music and they were beautiful. He’s really adapted well in playing them on this tour.  

All I can say is, as I busily get ready for the weekend shows, this was a perfectly balanced performance. The audience LOVED him. They loved the band. Each song he introduced was met with loud applause and standing ovations at the end on many. I cried when I saw the stool come out during the intermission.  I stayed that way until the acoustic set was finished. What an entertainer.

The Van Morrison song Rough God Goes Riding will forever stay in my memory as the most exciting moment of the tour. Last year when Taylor introduced Bulletproof and Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody, we had nothing but those songs in our heads for weeks.  This song is so poignant, I am sure it will be remembered long after May 12th’s performance. Van the Man would be proud.  I am so glad I was there to see another Taylor Hicks first.

Taylor quipped about winning ‘that show’ and how AI is similar to politics.  Politicians go out and ask for your vote.  AI contestants do the same thing.  He thanked everyone for voting for him and acted like he was a glad-hander, kissing up to his constituents.  Funny. Someone called him Mr. President!

A long, long line of people after the show waited patiently to meet him. All with CDs and T-shirts! Nice. Women were heard screaming into cellphones to someone unsuspected soul on the other end that they had just met AI winner Taylor Hicks. Taylor was genuinely happy to return their love.

Taylor stayed and met each person until the long line was through. A lot of people I work with went to the show. Now they know what I go so many times to see.

AND, yes, it was a 2 hour show. For quality of the show, this was the best I’ve seen in many shows lately. Beau Rivage was fantastic as was Snoqualmie but this show focused on the highest quality performance and no matter how long the set list was or the time spent on stage, Taylor made the most of every note, beat and move. Taylor’s Smart. And he looks just wonderful to this fan.

The band hit the road after the show and headed to Akron, Ohio.  They are in for a real treat in Ohio!

The tour that never ends has only just begun, again.  See him if you can.  I hope that it’s possible for everyone to do because a new chapter has started for our Soul Man. We’re on the ride and for as long as the month lasts and/or the summer of touring, Taylor will come through with new things that make us want more.

I’m glad so many from the Soul Patrol attended this show.  And I’m happy for the many new fans made last night.  This show’s great news will deservedly spread through twitter, facebook and myspace.  It already has. I know the band likes to see familiar faces in new towns so now there will be more of them after this performance.  I was asked more than once when he’s going to be back in New Jersey.

Thanks Taylor for a great show and for coming to my neck of the woods. Pitman’s theatre stage is just one more Broadway stage Taylor has taken by storm.

Singing in the blues

Nineteen

The harp was H.O.T

Acoustic moments reigned the night.

By macpolski

The lights are bright on Broadway

Blue light for the blues

No light outshines Taylor on Broadway

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. medolark #

    Excellent! Only 2 more weeks until I see Taylor again. Ü

    May 13, 2011
  2. Dee #

    gads – you get to see all the shows … sounds like you had a great time – me jealous much?

    May 13, 2011
  3. tishtx #

    Some of the best photography work I’ve seen from you 2 yet! The venue must be great for photography as well as sound. I bet Taylor will bring his great band back there often. Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos. 🙂

    May 13, 2011
  4. chill #

    Love the pictures! I’m afraid to say anything else for fear of coming across as superficial. haha! No, seriously, you all had the show of shows from what I’ve seen! So jealous! But I am seeing him on May 29. 🙂

    May 13, 2011
  5. Louise #

    Thank you all from both of us. Outstanding show. How lucky I am. But, I don’t think it was just a once in a tour kind of thing. It will continue to get better. Taylor says that all of the time.
    So glad you will see Taylor soon. I wish he would tour all year. I’d be broke, dead tired but oh so happy.
    In the unlikeliest of places, a gem appears. Taylor is a master craftsman.
    Thanks again.

    May 13, 2011
  6. luvhicks #

    These pictures are outstanding and tend to show Taylor’s inner soul as he performs on his dream journey. You have added to my enjoyment as you depict the masterful entertainer, Taylor Hicks, doing what only he can do. Thank you for your sharing your craft.

    May 13, 2011
  7. jerseyirish #

    Great recap and pics!! Thanks for sharing your time with Taylor with all of us!! 🙂

    JI

    May 13, 2011
  8. NolaMar #

    If there was ever a show I would love to have flown out for, it would have been this one! I’m sure the others this weekend will be just as great. Nice recap of the show, and as always, fantabulous pictures! Taylor loves the east coast. You lucky devils…

    May 13, 2011
  9. juliegr #

    I think we’re running out of superlatives to describe Taylor Hicks, the Taylor Hicks Band and the Tour that Never Ends.

    Thanks to the Dynamic Duo for the “show time” production. 😀

    May 13, 2011
  10. Louise #

    Thanks again. I’m thinking of the show in Akron now and hoping it is a blast like last night! Have a great weekend everyone. The East loves having Taylor here but as soon as he’s gone, we miss him and want him back!

    May 13, 2011
  11. Judith Morton #

    Louise and Mac…can’t thank you enough for sharing all of your talent with us. The pictures are to die for and the recap of the show made me feel like I was there. Loving all the goodies you are bringing to us. Looking forward to Akron..and beyond.

    May 14, 2011
  12. claireb7tx #

    Fabulous recap and pictures! Would have loved to have been at this show with you all! what fun!

    May 15, 2011

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