BRIEF, BELATED NOTES ON RAY DAVIES' SHOW LAST MONDAY AT THE 9:30 CLUB: A week has passed and I still haven't found the time to write a proper review, so I'll just quickly comment that if the tour is coming near your neighborhood, and if you like the Kinks at all, you should run not walk to buy tickets.The man played for over two hours without losing any energy. High points included "20th Century Man" (which was almost punk rock), "Oklahoma USA," "Village Green," "Sunny Afternoon," "The Tourist," and two unexpected additions to the setlist: "Days" and "The Hard Way." He gets bonus points for "Low Budget": It isn't one of my favorite songs, but the performance was a campy throwback to the '70s, complete with Davies balancing a beer bottle on his head.first set:I'm Not Like Everybody ElseWhere Have All the Good Times Gone?Till the End of the DayAfter the Fall20th Century ManOklahoma USAVillage Green/Picture BookAnimal FarmJohnny ThunderSunny AfternoonDead End StreetNext-Door NeighbourCreatures of Little FaithOver My HeadThe TouristLow Budget second set:Stand-Up ComicThings Are Gonna Change (The Morning After)Long Way from HomeThe Getaway (Lonesome Train)The Hard WayTired of WaitingSet Me FreeAll Day and All of the Night first encore:DaysYou Really Got Me second encore:LolaThe stretch from "Oklahoma USA" through "Dead End Street" was a series of acoustic guitar duets (plus an accordian on "Oklahoma"); on the rest he was backed by a band. I was especially impressed by the keyboardist, whose name, alas, I didn't catch.Except for "Stand-Up Comic," which felt rushed, the songs from the new CD all sounded better in concert than on disc. (And I say that as someone who likes the album! I've written a proper review of it, which should be coming out soon -- probably next month -- in another venue. Watch this space for details.)
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