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Notes 121212 Concert


If you did not observe the 121212 display on one of numerous wire programs or Web websites last night, you have likely study a summary to see if Sirvana performed any Nirvana music. (Maybe you thought Sir John performing “Sliver.” Didn’t occur.) We’ll keep the factors brief.

1. The earnings produced by the 121212 display is being directed into the Robin the boy wonder Bonnet Base, which will use it to help individuals in the tri-state area impacted by Storm Exotic. Robin the boy wonder Hood’s got a healthy standing and it’s not the Red Mix, so that is appealing. Harvey Weinstein assisted arrange the display, which indicates that things might shift from factor A to factor B. If any of the cash does arrive at Exotic impacted individuals, it was the biggest display ever.

2. Except that the throwing thing was approximately six hours long, so it was not.

3. Mature people have more cash, and the set was targeted strongly toward them. Old English men established the biggest part of functions, which Mick Jagger described during the surprisingly short Rocks set. The only circumstances of either youngsters and/or not being white-colored were Frank Martin, Kanye Western, and Alicia Important factors (the only lady onstage who was not a back-up musician or non-speaking group member). These functions seemed to mix up the audience a little bit, though they were start to being entertained. (People be familiar with “Gold Digger” at marriages, so that went over fairly well.)


4. The combination of the Nirvana members David Grohl, Pat Smear, and Krist Novoselic with Sir Paul McCartney was confined to the performance of one new original song called “Cut Me Some Slack.” This will be part of the soundtrack for “Sound City,” a documentary directed by Grohl about a Los Angeles recording complex. It was a loud, basic number that recalled both Nirvana and McCartney’s Fireman project, and it was neither too ambitious nor embarrassing. For every Nirvana fan (my hand is raised), there was no need to process the dissonance of a Van Hagar moment, or the sight of one musician mangling another’s work. Also, the bass player Krist Novoselic is missed. He manages to cut through the sound of any band he’s in, no matter how loud that band is, while still playing notes in the low register. I attribute this, unscientifically, to his unusual pick hold (between the thumb and third finger) and his superlong arms.

5. The Who played for eight songs, the Stones for just two. Inexplicable.

6. There are no jokes to be made about the appearance the of acts, most hovering between sixty and seventy, because anyone making jokes at their expense will be swallowed by the acid of karmic hell when they look like Bukowski at the age of fifty. Leave Roger Daltrey alone. Also, Mick Jagger scares me, because there’s no medical intervention that leaves you both trim and energetic at the age of (almost) seventy. Mostly, you can have things injected into you and you can work out, leading to the growing subgroup of vaguely footbally older dudes like Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Springsteen.

7. Bruce opened the show, and though his brand of athletic sincerity isn’t my thing, he had the right tone and material for the show. He also has the energy, and he looks good in a vest. What suits older Bruce is a brand of light gravitas, like he learned that his darkest songs all came true but he survived, so maybe it isn’t all so grim (thought it probably is for other people). “Wrecking Ball,” one of his best, late-period three-chord songs, was the evening’s best moment of lyrics matching the occasion. (“Yeah, we know that come tomorrow, none of this will be here, so hold tight on your anger, you hold tight on your anger, hold tight to your anger, don’t fall to your fears.”) And, though he’s New Jersey’s most famous son, he sounded humbled between songs and didn’t milk the connection. (Each act spoke—if they spoke—about a specific local area. Bruce chose to talk about Asbury Park and its diversity, a nice vaccine for an almost entirely white show.)

8. Governors Christie and Cuomo got several shout-outs, and stood up twice.

9. The one consistently unpleasant aspect of the show was the stink of twentieth-century television humor. Billy Crystal hosted, though this didn’t mean he was on-screen that much. The idea of comedy was itself a bit odd for a Sandy benefit, which was trying to balance terrible jokes about displaced people being moved into prisons (and I was enjoying you, Jason Sudeikis!) and heart-flattening montages of people who’d lost their homes. Sandy wasn’t funny. And, again, this thing was six hours long. Get out your red pen, Harvey, and simply can the jokes. Half an hour saved.

10. Susan Sarandon grew up in both Jackson Heights, Queens, and Edison, New Jersey. The list of reasons to love Susan Sarandon will never, ever shrink.

11. Roger Waters was apparently told that the concert was about Roger Waters. The set list of Pink Floyd songs (“In The Flesh,” “Another Brick In The Wall”) had no relevance to the topic, and he spent almost two full minutes raising his arms triumphantly to the crowd. At one point, as Eddie Vedder sang “Comfortably Numb,” Waters went to the front of the stage, sang along, mimed “dreams” by making the universal hand signal for “mind blown” and then threw his arms up again. You sounded good, Roger, but honestly. (He did have some excellent young dancers. The Internet will argue about whether they were breaking, or twerking, or juking. They were welcome, and we could have used them in hours four and five.)

12. Adam Sandler needs to go home. We don’t say “squeegee guys and tunnel whores,” Adam, because it’s not 1992. Maybe it is in L.A. The squeegee guys got hit pretty hard by Sandy, for starters. And I doubt anyone cares that you ruined “Hallelujah” because Leonard Cohen loves a good mistake and nobody can un-break that song. Just leave.

13. Brian Williams is always funnier than whoever asked him to show up and do his perfect deadpan. His is the Big L of comedy.

14. Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively being called upon to stand still and look attractive while reading from teleprompters said slightly too much about the programmers’ tastes. Men: eternal. Women: please be under forty, and preferably under thirty.

15. Bon Jovi are the second-best-known sons of Jersey and they sounded fine, though Jon seemed slightly worn out. It’s hard to work the triumphant Jersey-son turf with Bruce in the room, so they did a duet and it was friendly. Still. Also, Jenni (JWoww) Farley of “Jersey Shore” apparently doesn’t know that people yell “Bruuuuuuce” at Bruce Springsteen shows.

16. If you were still unsure about the demographic for the show, Jon Stewart joked that listening to Roger Waters made everyone think of “where you hid your pot in ninth grade.”

17. Alicia Keys has a new bob that makes her look a little like MTV’s Daria. “Brand New Me” and “No One” sounded fine, though her immaculate pitch was a few cents off, which is normal for most, but not Keys. Maybe the constant brand-checking with Samsung (a sponsor) is why she sang “put your cell phones in the air, help me celebrate love, help me celebrate life” several times. Still didn’t make any sense.

18. The Who played seven songs. Daltrey removed his shirt, and looked fit but did struggle with lots of notes. Who songs are fairly atheltic, unlike those easygoing vehicles that the Stones built. So they’re set up to look older. Bit unfair, but they wrote the songs. They sounded strong, and were probably good for five songs. There was an odd Hologram Keith moment where the band played “Bellboy” and tried to sync with footage of the late Keith Moon singing his parts. Anyone in the crowd not familiar with The Who probably took a bathroom break.

19. Whoever was in charge of the seven-second delay seemed to miss every single curse, for at least several hours. He or she certainly missed Townsend yelling “Have a fucking beer!” as he left the stage.

20. Brian Williams spoke to James Gandolfini, who refused to man any of the phones in the phone bank and seemed only slightly more willing to talk to Williams.

21. Kanye West’s performance seemed to bring back the current century, if only for a moment. People on Twitter were excited about his leather skirt, or kilt, or whatever it was. Odd, as he wore it on the “Watch the Throne” tour, but hey, there’s a lot on the Internet to remember. His twelve-song medleyish set involved lots of running around, and a commitment to work a crowd that seemed very much agnostic about him. (The extra sweat wasn’t just about effort last night; television requires extra lighting, and it burns.) He was one of the best performers, though the sound mix was awfully odd and distant, as if the blend of direct and mic’d signals was getting scrambled somewhere. By the end of the set, the audience was sounding convinced. West, allegedly an egomaniac, worked his ass off and kept censoring himself pre-emptively. This did not stop the seven-second delay person from pressing the mute button many times.

22. And who won the evening? The Yanks—along with Bruce and Kanye, Billy Joel sounded fantastic. We know the rap sheet. Joel hasn’t lived clean, and yet there he was, his voice appearing to have aged only about a week since 1987, and his piano playing fluid and strong. The mood relaxed, as if someone who really knew how to play a stadium was in charge, and the crowd really wanted to hear him. “Movin’ Out” and “New York State of Mind”? Perfect. But then The Other Billy popped up, the one who doesn’t seem to know what choices to make, and we got “River of Dreams” and “You May Be Right.” Joel the surprisingly good piano-bar employee gave way to Joel the emperor of Dadrock. Oh, well. He still sounded great.

23. Chris Martin was bright enough to know that we didn’t want to stay up any longer and where the hell were Paul and the boys and so he kept it to three songs: “Viva La Vida”; “Losing My Religion,” with Michael Stipe sounding a bit rough but welcome alongside Martin; and then some Coldplay song that would have got him bottled, but he shuffled off, and, hey, points for knowing when to keep it short.

24. We got an appearance by the Breezy Point volunteer fire department, which felt apt and returned some gravity, and then Sir Paul came out. The night’s sharpest point came in under cover of his set: though he did “Helter Skelter,” the Beatles are really fading from cultural memory. Paul’s been around as a solo artist (and Wings member) much longer than the Beatles, and he played it that way. A solo song, some Wings songs, and then out came Nirvana for the rumbly new song. Sir Paul kept mentioning Sandy and the need to donate, feeling comfortable and not at all lordly. And, before he played “Blackbird,” he mentioned that he had written it at the end of the sixties for the people in the South working for civil rights, which was an unexpected goose-bumps moment. And then, of course, he actually played “Blackbird,” something perfect enough to stop all of the noise around it. Was that the Beatles rearing up as a force, or just a reminder of why he’s Sir Paul at the end of the day?

25. Alicia Keys closed with “Empire State of Mind (Part II),” as Paul and various New York luminaries swayed awkwardly on stage. No great conclusion, as six hours and this many acts can’t possibly cohere into a single thought. But I did wake up wanting to hear “The Stranger,” top to bottom.

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Doc Watson Loss Of Life Thursday At Age 89

You could listen to the hills of Northern Carolina in Doc Watson's songs. The hurry of a hill flow, the stable creak of a mule in set funnel plowing lines in top soil and the addresses of historical appears to be created by a disappearing individuals were an important aspect of the persons musician's highly effective, homespun audio.

It took Watson years to make a name for himself outside the community of Deeply Gap, N.C. Once he did, he captivated the creativeness of plenty of musicians who discovered the opportunities of the device from the respectful picker who never quite went out of design. From the persons rebirth of the Sixties to the Americana activity of the Twenty first millennium, Watson stayed a continuous resource of motivation and a valued touchstone before his loss of life Thursday at age 89.

Impaired from the age of 1,  Doc Watson was remaining to pay attention to the community around him and it was as if he observed factors diversely from others. Though he realized how to perform the banjo and harmonica from an beginning age, he came to benefit the instrument. His flat-picking design assisted convert the fiddle- and mandolin-dominated songs of his forebears for an viewers of youthful audience who were start to the stories that had echoed off the hills for years, and to the new cause part for the instrument.

"Overall, Doc will be recalled as one of This country's biggest persons performers. I would say he's one of This country's biggest performers," said Mark Holt, a long time companion and collaborator who in comparison Watson to Lead Tummy, Expenses Monroe, Dirty Ocean and Earl Scruggs.

Like those revolutionary gamers, Watson took a local audio and created it into something bigger, a item of United states lifestyle that reverberates for many after the notices are first performed.

"He had an excellent way of introducing conventional songs and creating them available to a contemporary viewers," Holt said. "Not just available, but truly interesting."

Watson passed away at Awaken Natrual enviroment Baptist Healthcare Heart in Winston-Salem, where he was put in the medical center lately after dropping at his home in Deeply Gap, 100 kilometers north west of Currently. He experienced stomach surgical procedures while in the medical center and had been in crucial situation for a few days.

Touched and strengthened by disaster several times in life, Watson had confirmed his mettle regularly. Musician Ough Skaggs known as Watson "an old historical enthusiast."

"He ready all of us to bring this on," Skaggs said. "He realized he wouldn't last permanently. He did his best to bring the old hill appears to be to this creation."

Watson's easy, unadorned speech communicated an surprising quantity of sentiment, but it was his enjoying instrument that always surprised and anxious. Plenty of guitar players have tried to replicate Watson's renditions of songs such as "Tennessee Man," ''Shady Grove" and "Deep Stream Doldrums."

Mandolin gamer Sam Shrub recalls sensation that way when he first sat down next to "the godfather of all flatpickers" in 1974.

"But Doc places you at convenience about that type of products," Shrub said. "I never met a more nice type of artist. He is more about the musical technology interaction than displaying off with hot notes. He seems to always know what notices to perform. They're always the ideal notices. He assisted me understand the area between the notices is as useful as the ones you perform."

Arthel "Doc" Watson was blessed April 3, 1923, and missing his vision when he designed an eye disease that was complicated by a genetic general problem, according to a web page for Merlefest, the yearly musical technology collecting known as for his overdue son Merle.

He came from a musical technology household. His dad was dynamic in the chapel choir and performed banjo and his mom performed luxurious and spiritual songs, according to a declaration from Tradition Shows, his control organization since 1964.

Watson discovered a few notices while joining the Northern Carolina Morehead University for the Impaired in Durham, and his dad assisted him buy a Stella instrument for $12.

"My actual attention in songs was the old 78 information and the audio of the songs," Doc Watson is estimated as saying on the web page. "I liked it and started to understand that one of the primary appears to be on those old information I liked was the instrument."

The wavy-haired Watson got his musical technology begin in 1953, enjoying power cause instrument in a nation and european move group. His street to popularity started in 1960 when Rob Rinzler, a artist who also handled Expenses Monroe, found Watson in Northern Carolina. That led Watson to the Cardiff Persons Celebration in 1963 and his first producing agreement a season later. He went on to history 60 collections, and impressed lovers which range from '60s hippies to those who liked conventional nation and folk songs.

Seven of his collections won Grammy awards; his 9th Grammy was a life-time success prize in 2004. He also obtained the Nationwide Honor of the Artistry from Chief executive Expenses Clinton in 1997.

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Chattanooga, Tenn., said Watson created every tune his own, regardless of its age.

"He's one of those fortunate folks," said Huttlinger, who analyzed Watson's techniques when he first grabbed a instrument. "When he performs something, he places his seal on it it's Doc Watson."

Merle started producing and traveling with him in 1964. But Merle Watson passed away at age 36 in a 1985 tractor incident, submitting his dad into deeply sadness and creating him consider pension. Instead, he kept enjoying and started Merlefest, an yearly musical technology occurrence in Wilkesboro, N.C., that increases cash for an excellent there and honors "traditional plus" songs.

"When Merle and I started out we known as our songs 'traditional plus,' significance the conventional songs of the Appalachian area plus whatever other designs we were in the feelings to perform," Doc Watson is estimated as saying on the festival's web page. "Since the starting, the individuals of the higher education and I have decided that the songs of MerleFest is 'traditional plus.'"

Watson never let his loss of sight carry him returning musically or at house. He increased from enjoying for guidelines to featuring at Carnegie Lounge.

And he was just as excellent at house. Joe Newberry, a artist and spokesperson for the Northern Carolina Division of Social Sources, recalled once when his spouse known as the Watson house. Rosa Lee Watson, Watson's spouse since 1947, said her partner was on the top, changing roofing shingles. His girl Nancy Watson said her dad designed the household's application reduce.

It's that same type of self-sufficiency that once led him to reject his govt incapacity examine.

"He generally started creating enough cash doing several of $ 100 per weeks time," Holt said. "So he went to the solutions for the impaired and said he was creating enough cash to assist his household and they should take what they were providing him and provides it to somebody who required it more."

In 2011, a lifestyle dimension sculpture of Watson was devoted in Boone, N.C. At Watson's ask for the wording study, "Just One of the People," echoing a declaration he would once created to Holt about how he would like to be recalled.

"Just as a excellent ol' down to world boy that didn't think he was ideal and that liked songs," Watson said. "And I'd like to keep quite a few buddies behind and I wish I will. Other than that, I don't want nobody placing me on a stand when I keep here. I'm just one of the individuals ... just me."
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