The Todd Schenection

Review by Paul S. Sheremeta (Switch to

I got to the park around 12:30 for this free show. It was a beautiful, hot and sunny day in Schenectady, pronounced Skin-Neck-Titty, Todd. I got to see Jesse run through a soundcheck, and out came Todd to fool around on the keyboards and set his Tag up with some guitar effects. Todd signed autographs and shook hands after the sound check.

The show had an opening act scheduled, but as luck would have it, Todd played first because he had a show to do in CT that evening. So the show started at 3pm. He opened with Hammer in my Heart, followed by Cliche', and then did West Virginia Gals from the blue grass tour earlier this year. When Todd headed for the inept part of the show, as he called it, he played Viking Song, which I have been waiting to hear live for a long time. Todd messed up as promised two or three times and seemed to enjoy the mistakes. It was funny. Earlier in the show, he said that he felt a Schen-nection with us. Todd also did Free Male and 21 on the keys, and Lucky Guy. Jesse came back out and they did the bossa nova set, with Never Never Land, Mated, and Can We Still Be Friends. They also broke into what appeared to be an impromtu but perfect version of Lady Madonna. Todd was in good spirits for the show and talked and joked with the audience from beginning to end. During the encore a fan asked Todd where his ukele was. Todd said, "I didn't bring no freakin ukele!", and mused about getting his butt kicked after the show. So he did the Wheel, signed autographs and shook hands.

I thought the show was pretty mellow, but I also know that he has been touring non stop. Who else has two tours going on simultaneously? And I also figured that a lot of the songs he didn't play, Bang the Drum, Hide Your Love Away, he would be doing that evening at the next stop. Plus it was family orientated afternoon,. filled with mellow vibes and the crowd was into it, despite the heat. And after seeing Todd play in a public park setting, I found that it was more intimate than any Todd stadium or club show that I have been to. Thanks Todd.

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