Orpheum Theater

Review by Rick Laurenzo (Switch to

I have to admit I was a little worried after an hour long first set of blues, played pretty drunkenly at times.  I enjoyed the "Robert Johnson Band" but wondered how they were going to pull off AWATS if they couldn't nail Crossroads.    But my worries were laid to rest about 5 seconds into International Feel.

The band was tight and delivered an amazing performance.  They nailed one song after another.  It sounded better than the album ever did.  The audience was on their feet for almost the entire show.  I can't remember the last time I felt that kind of energy at a Todd concert.  Most memorable for me was the soul medley capped off by a blistering rendition of Cool Jerk.  Bobby Strickland was playing out of his mind and Ralph Shuckett sounded like he'd never stopped touring with Todd.  Unbelievable.

The show really delivered beyond my expectations.  I don't know how he does it.  I hope they expand this idea to cover other albums in concert in the coming years.

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12/04/2009 - Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

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