The Red Voodoo Tour
I'll cut to the chase:ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sammy ROCKS!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â My wife bought tickets to the show for my birthday, and all I can say is that it was a great gift.
I've been a Sammy fan since Standing Hampton, which I would guess qualifies me as a Redhead.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Although, it certainly didn't bother me to see Sammy go with VanHalen, Sammy is happier now - no question.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â All we talked about on the way home was how much fun he is having.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It was great.
When we arrived, my wife pointed out that the tickets I thought were going to be garbage turned out to be excellent.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Why?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Because Sammy had moved the stage to center court in the arena, and literally cut the capacity in about half.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Later in the show Sammy mentioned that his whole goal was to play to HIS fans - nobody else's.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He'd rather have 3 or 4000 Redheads there than 40,000 people who don't care whether he's there or not.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Cool!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Say whatever you want, but sammy said it best (and I quote) "I love doin' this shit".ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He was referring to his passion for making and performing his music.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The other quote I liked was when his record company pointed out that Red Voodoo was a "party" album he replied "Heeeellllllllllo!?!? Of course it's a party album."ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I was tickled by that.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â No hidden meanings, nothing.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Just pure unadulterated fun,ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sammy style!
He started the show off much like I expected after reading the posted set lists.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Acoustic Cabo Wabo, followed with The Revival.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It was immediately obvious that we were at a party - not a concert.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The set list he played deviated from the norm quite a bit from what I had been reading, but I loved it all.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Because I play all his stuff, all the time, even my wife knew everything.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Except one:ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He played a really nice acoustic version of On The Other Hand, and she didn't realize what it was until I told her (LOL). That's okay, she thought it was good even when she didn't know it.
The show played out for a click over 2 hrs., and was ended by Returning of the Wish.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sammy explained the song, and how it was really designed to end the party on a "good feeling".ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It did.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sammy rocks, has a great stage presence, has a great band, and most of all, knows what he's doing all this for.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Because he loves it!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â And he let's it show.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â After the Balance show, I told my wife that I probably wouldn't see VH again.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It seemed like the thrill was gone.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sammy is nearly polar opposite from 1995.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â And frankly, so is my perspective on whether I would see him again.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I told a friend in response to "how was the concert?": If he were playing again tonight, I'd be there. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Thanks to Martin Dunham for the review and Ron Higgins for the set list!