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…The Avalon. For real. But it’s bigger. It’s better. On steroids, almost. But lovable steroids. Like they did it the RIGHT way. There is a balcony, with two levels of seats for those people who don’t like mosh pits. There are more bars on either sides. They lined the walkway inside with blues legends from the ever-present Johnny Winter to Etta James to Billie Holiday to everyone else… The acoustics were beautiful… like REALLY BEAUTIFUL.. like, listening to screaming blues harmonica and guitar without earplugs, even though I’m a baby and don’t want to lose any more of my hearing beautiful

 

…I was impressed.

 

I’d only seen the Format and The Receiving End of Sirens (both may they Rest In Peace) at the Avalon, but I without a doubt would come and see any show here. Any show. Any night. It was an absolute pleasure being there last night, and in what I thought was so cool, what I thought was just so neat, was seeing a piece of history: Brother Elwood and Blood Brother Zee themselves – The Blues Brothers. Jim Belushi was scary as a stand-in for his late brother John, and Dan Aykroyd was just as you’d expect him – awesome. These guys were amazing, true showmen, in every aspect. Capped by an evening featuring Jimmy Wood of the Imperial Crowns (not to be confused with Connecticut’s Crowns of Kings), and James Montgomery (of Boston’s James Montgomery Trio), even Paul Shaffer came out for an awesome and always different version of Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions,” “Soul Man,” and the encore…

Not having expected this/really having had it on my radar, when the opportunity came up, I found myself really just soaking in the awesomeness of the whole act – which is what it was – but it was so much more – it was a spectacle; a piece of history on stage, and the fact that they took such joy and ownership of the whole set, and the whole night was just so damn cool. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it, it’s cool, it’s American, the whole deal… it was just a lot of fun, which was really nice. Check out this venue, people. I was super bummed, but I must say… I am impressed.

 

Scan the archives for Morrisey’s dates/info, I’m sure Clint’s got them up in here somewhere.

 

As they say in the movie,

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we‘re wearing sunglasses…”

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