Friday, June 23, 2006

Tower of Power and Tom Jones Concerts

Sharon and I went to the Kentucky Center in Louisville the other night to hear Tower of Power and Tom Jones. TOP is my favorite group and we have seen them many times. When I bought the tickets the first day they went on sale, I wanted to have the best seats available to hear TOP. We ended up on the seventh row. Fantastic! The idea of hearing Tom Jones was not particularily exciting to me, but I figured it might be somewhat entertaining, and Sharon has always liked him (I now know that many, many, many women not only like him...they go crazy over the guy!)

As always, Tower of Power was excellent. They did a few of their old songs that I had never heard them play live. Guitarist Bruce Conte, a member of the group some thirty years ago, has rejoined other originals Francis Rocco Prestia, David Garibaldi, Emilio Castillo, and Stephen "Doc" Kupka. It was good hearing vocalist Larry Braggs again (per Emilio "pound for pound the most soulful singer on the planet"), as well as Roger Smith on keys and Adolfo Acosta on trumpet. I was able to talk with Garibaldi, trumpeter Mike Bogart, Rocco, and tenor saxman Tom Politzer. Tom is a very funky player with unbelievable chops. His altissimo register is very good and I talked to him about it. He said that being a clarinet player improves his altissimo sax notes. I told him that clarinet had been my main instrument throught college too, but that my sax altissimo doesn't sound a thing like his! Rocco and David both signed photos of me with them from a previous concert and have been added to my Tower of Power wall in my studio.

Sir Tom is an exciting entertainer and his band is truly outstanding. TOP alumni Herman Matthews is Jones' drummer. A full horn section featuring Kenny Anderson, a wonderful sax player, was phenomenal. Music director/guitarist Brian Monroney was exceptional. Sir Tom brought three delightful soulful backup singers that really added to the show.

He sang all of his big hits including What's Up Pussycat, She's A Lady, It's Not Unusual, Green Green Grass of Home, Delilah, Help Yourself, I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Daughter of Darkness, and his current UK top ten hit Stoned in Love. He also covered Prince's Kiss and the Joe Cocker rocker You Can Leave Your Hat On. Womens apparel from excited fans flooded the stage all evening. I got a good laugh out of watching the women going nuts. I leaned over to Sharon, laughing, and asked "Can you believe these idiot women? Does he look that good?" Sharon looked at me in amazement and said "Just look at's obvious!"

I enjoyed his concert, but still don't understand his effect on the women. I'm going to study on it though! He's obviously doing something right. If I find the secret, I'll be sure to pass it on to the rest of the guys that read this blog.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bengals Mini Camp Open House

Last Saturday Michelle, Matthew and their friend Josh went to watch the Bengals practice at Paul Brown Stadium. They had a ball and were able to secure several autographs. Michelle and Matthew were most proud of getting Carson Palmer's autograph. Josh was happiest when he secured Lexi's (a BenGal cheerleader) autograph.

Michelle enjoying the practice session

Matthew and Josh