Justin left off his last entry talking about Helen Reddy, who he informs me sang "Candle on the Water" for Disney's Pete's Dragon ages ago. That makes my transition from his largely political post to my more musical one much easier!
My good friend Patrick and I went to see Rufus Wainwright yesterday evening at the House of Blues in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney. The HOB is probably my favorite venue to see a live show at. It’s on the small side, but big enough to be comfortable housing artists like Rufus with large draws.
Rufus’ sis, Lucy Wainwright-Roche was the opener. She had a high, sweet voice when she sang, and a hilariously self-deprecating sense of humor when she spoke candidly to the audience.
“I’ve spent the last two years living out of my car on the road…. So I have a lot to say. No, it’s true… I’m about 85 to 90 percent weirder than I was before….. So tonight I am coming to you at my most unusual.”
She talked about facebook in between a couple of her songs.
“And for those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s this website where you can become… basically fake friends with real people….. You can like, buy someone a drink. Fake drink, but for a real dollar. SO this next song is about trying to keep reality alive!”
She was a real sweetheart. Her father, Loudon Wainwright III came onstage for a surprise appearance with her to uproarious applause. “Hey!” Lucy said, “You didn’t clap that much for me!”
When Rufus finally came onstage, he was wearing his Mickey Mouse ears with his name sewn onto the hat. My joy was temporarily interrupted when some jackass wedged himself in front of Patrick. I said to him
“Excuse me, but that was rude, we’ve been standing here for over an hour.”
“It’s called general admission, buddy,” replied the asshole.
I said “yeah but there’s someone shorter than you behind you, and that’s RUDE.”
He looked back at Patrick for a second and moved over a bit, but of course he was still in the way. Then a group of tall gay men further up invited us to stand in front of them since we’re shorter. Karma.
My body can't handle getting angry at strangers. My blood starts pumping way too fast, I worry that one day someone will make me angry enough to have a heart attack.
The rest of the show was beautiful. Rufus has a beard now, and seeing him live for the first time made him just that much sexier. He’s just my kind of man. He sang all by himself, just his gorgeous voice and the piano, or guitar, depending on the song. At times his sister would come back and help out, and for the final encore, Lucy and Loudon both joined in for one of Loudon’s songs. The only issue I had was that he forgot his own lyrics about four or five times, and we all laughed but it's like... that's what soundcheck is for! I personally think he skipped soundcheck in favor of doing the park all day, but he insisted during the show that this wasn't the case because he didn't want to tarnish his childhood memories of Disneyland.
All in all he was very down to earth and relaxed. It's very important for an artist to connect with the audience. If a performer goes an entire show without saying anything to us but "thank you" that's a bad show in my opinion. It's the magic delusion of a closeness with the performer that makes everything much more amazing.
What I have here is an incomplete set list as some of the songs were older ones that I was unfamiliar with:
Going to a Town
The Art Teacher
Not Ready to Love
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
Leaving for Paris
The thing is that now I really need to go back to Disneyland. The Downtown shopping area has already grown, reminding me that I’ve been away for far too long.