So for the review... Joe Jackson was brilliant, my wife whom is a piano player from China couldn't stop remarking what a wonderful piano player he was and how comfortable he was at the keyboards. I was particulary struck by a number I never heard before called "Drowning" that he played accompanied by the Ethel quartet. I hope Joe comes back soon, and with some acoustic accompanyment like Ethel, it really lends another dimension to the music.
I thought Todd seemed more determined and serious than usual last nite. I even heard someone in the audience yell out "Are you angry?. His performance was uneven as is customary but some songs were simply stunning this time...such as Hawking, Cliche and Pretending to Care. I would love to see Todd drop Black and White from his sets since the song never translated well to acoustic guitar, even with effects. I saw him play it on a Stratocaster once with no backup, and it sounded much better but still really needs a full band backup to make it truly enjoyable. I liked the rendition of "Saw the Light" from the "With A Twist" cd and I certainly agree with Todd that being compared with Jose Feliciano is no insult since Jose was a consummate classical guitarist, but really the only similarity is that the flavor is spanish, but I don't think Jose ever played "bossa nova style" which this rendition was meant to be. I would say I rank this really high among Todd performances because of his determination and extra effort although I do miss the goof-off Todd that sometimes shows up. By the way, does anybody know what the acoustic guitar was that Todd was playing, I was too far back to see it but it sounded so great I would like to get one? Email me at email@example.com.