New Brunswick, NJ - 4/29

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I would like to comment on the review by Madelyn, and that is to say that I agree with alot of how she felt. For beginners, the bit about Joe DiMaggio, well, that was me bringing my two teenagers to see my favorite artist - how embarassing! You know, my husband is a carpenter and he could never get away with installing a sloppy kitchen and still get paid. We did deserve so much more that nite, Todd looked like he wasn't even trying and was simply going thru the motions. He definately is capable of so much more as I witnessed not that long ago at the Keswick in Glenside, Pa., in 2003, and he did have a duty to us. In our case, it was not only the $ spent for tickets, but it was also wages lost in leaving work early in order to drive the 1.5 hours to get there, not to mention the disappointment after anticipating this concert so much. I disagree with Madelyn's opinion of the theatre, because I liked the intimacy and nostaligia it offered, but will agree about the poor sound check. When Todd reappeared near the end with "Foamy" (his green guitar), I was so anxious to hear hiim play it in person, but all I could hear was the piano and strings, which were fantastic, but completely overbearing Todd's guitar.

I came basically to see Todd, but thought Joe & Ethel did a fantastic job. It was obvious their hearts were clearly into it, not like my favorite artist. Todd did improve dramatically the last two songs when accompanied by the others, so maybe he just shouldn't perform solo. As for me, from now on, when I am craving to see a great performance by TR, I'll pop my concert DVD's from years 81, 82 & 91 into the player. One last thing, "Tell me, what ever happened to the soul?"

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