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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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.