Chicago / Milwaukee Concert Preview
August 14-19, 2010
First Appeared in The Music Box, August 2010, Volume 17, #8
Written by John Metzger
Fri August 13, 2010, 06:30 AM CDT
8/14 - Jimmy Buffett - Toyota Park - Chicago - 8:00 p
Long ago, Jimmy Buffett realized the importance of being reliable. Over the course of his career, he barely has wavered from his tried-and-true formula as he has churned out album after album of gentle Carribean-influenced pop. Likewise, each summer for the past 17 years, he has embarked upon lengthy tours of the country’s mammoth outdoor amphitheaters. It would be easy for Buffett simply to maintain his pattern of consistency, though in the past, this has tended to magnify his tedium. Lately, though, Buffett seems to be taking steps to resist the creeping drudgery of his approach. Although his work has never been far removed from the collective output of mainstream country artists, Buffett opted to embrace the connection on his 2004 set License to Chill. Meanwhile, his new endeavor Buffet Hotel benefits from its global perspectives. Although he undoubtedly will perform fan favorites such as Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise when he visits Chicago’s Toyota Park on August 14, Buffett also is promising to delve a little deeper into his arsenal in order to unearth a few nuggets that he, along with everyone else, has overlooked.
8/17 - My Morning Jacket - Charter One Pavilion - Chicago - 7:00 p
This has been an interesting year for My Morning Jacket. After a lengthy hiatus, the outfit returned to the road in April for a series of shows that also featured New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The collaborative tour broadened the horizons of the former group and significantly boosted the profile of the latter one. Meanwhile, guitarist Carl Broemel is planning to release a solo album (All Birds Say) on August 31, and, amidst its appearances this summer with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, My Morning Jacket also is performing a number of concerts for charity. The band is preparing for a blockbuster fall, too, during which it will present each of its studio sets in its entirety over the course of five nights at Terminal 5 in New York City. Known for providing its fans with a full evening of music, My Morning Jacket likely will be exploring every aspect of its canon when it visits Chicago’s Charter One Pavilion on August 17.
8/18 - George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Northern Lights Theater- Milwaukee - 8:00 p
After issuing its self-titled debut in 1977, George Thorogood and the Destroyers quickly transformed itself from a regional act into a mainstream phenomenon. Arguably, its career reached its apex in 1982 when, after spending the previous year supporting the Rolling Stones, the outfit not only released its breakthrough endeavor Bad to the Bone but also parlayed its popularity into an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Although interest in the ensemble inevitably waned, Thorogood has never stopped recording or touring. In fact, throughout his latest studio set The Dirty Dozen, Thorogood applies the same brawny technique that he has always used to songs that range from Willie Dixon’s Tail Dragger to Chuck Berry’s Hello Little Girl. Equally fitting, his former label Rounder Records recently uncovered a vintage recording of George Thorogood and the Destroyers in its prime. The material from the resulting endeavor (Live in Boston 1982) as well as The Dirty Dozen likely will serve as a template for the band’s show at Milwaukee’s Northern Lights Theater in August 18.
8/19 - Jon Anderson - Park West - Chicago - 7:30 p
Yes’ history is strangely convoluted and wildly turbulent. The lesson that its members can glean from the latest shenanigans surrounding the group is that they should be cautious with their health. In 2008, as Yes was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a high-profile trek around the globe, its longtime front man Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack that left him unable to meet the demands of a rigorous tour schedule. Instead of waiting for him to recover, Yes scaled back its plans and tapped singer Benoit David to replace him. Meanwhile, partially recovered from his travails, Anderson has been making the rounds on his own, albeit in shorter spurts than he would have had to endure with Yes. Anderson will mix a selection of songs from his various solo efforts with an array of classic from Yes’ canon when he visits Chicago’s Park West on August 19. Nevertheless, the latest news is even more intriguing: Anderson is planning to reunite with keyboard player Rick Wakeman for a series of shows on the other side of the Atlantic this fall as well as possibly a new recording.
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