Recently I attended the concert at Pechanga for Elvis Costello & the Impostors and Blondie.
I have to start off with a non music related topic: the management of the venue and one thing I was particularly impressed with. When you attend many shows at other casinos you have to wonder around looking for the ticket office and the venue...not so at Pechanga! They have custom signs overhead that CLEARLY direct you along the way to where you need to go for tickets and the venue...I included a picture of the sign in the comments below. Great job, Pechanga staff!
Blondie- This has always been a great live band to go see although in recent years, not quite as energetic as in their earlier year...which would be understandable...but no so on this night! Debbie Harry was in GREAT form! Energetic, engaging with the audience, and she still has those pipes and she used them phenomenally! She looks to be in BETTER physical shape than when I saw the band 10 years ago! I don't know what fountain of youth Debbie has had a drink from lately...but I want some too! Guitarist and partner Chris Stein was sitting while playing...but he didn't not take it easy on his guitar...he nailed the riffs you know and played freely and creatively on solos that were his...and drummer Clem Burke...does that EVER age? Still powerful drumming and dude looks like he just joined the band..and he is an original member.
Elvis Costello- Following Blondie is a tough act to follow..and I have not been a huge live fan of Costello over the years. He tends to sing too many ballads and I always want the fun stuff...This time he DID deliver the fun stuff...right away! "Pump it Up" was the very first song and he blistered through early uptempo hits with great energy. he even performed one of my personal favorites "Green Shirt" and it sounded great!
There really is very little I can write in this section...but since I have to think of something...the sound level for Blondie was perfect, but there were times when Elvis was a bit too loud. Now that is not me being an old man...Elvis was definietly much louder than Blondie overall and my point is..he didn't need to be that loud..he was great at any level.
If you've seen these artists before, I would recommend seeing them again. I think the are BETTER live than when I saw them 10 years ago so if you want to see iconing artists who are phoning in their performance for the money...go see these bands...they still DELIVER.
If you haven't seen these bands, check them off your bucket list and go see them...THIS is the tour to go so..not the last, and maybe not the next one..so get em while they are still hot!