Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
Stowe VT February 11, 2012
Review and photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
A few songs in Southside appeared somewhat confused, grabbed the setlist, looked it over then tore it up. We knew the fun was about to begin. Not often does he follow a setlist but this is the first time we've seen him tear it up. It usually causes some minor confusion among band members but being the professionals they are, you don't really notice the "audibles."
With one exception at this show, John Isley, in only his second night on Sax with the newly revamped horn section did seem a little lost after the setlist was torn up by Southside, however he did a great job with a little help from Chris Anderson.
Isley joined The Jukes after Ed Manion joined the E-Street band for Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball Tour. According to an interview given by Southside to The Record “He’s stealing my saxophone players to replace Clarence (Clemons, who passed away last year), so we steal from each other’s bands occasionally.”
Southside paid tribute to his former roommate (1967or 68) and song writing partner, "Miami Steve", "Little Steven", Steve Van Zandt by playing a double shot of "Angel Eyes and "Forever" off the critically acclaimed Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul "Men Without Women." At the end Southside said "God Bless Steve Van Zandt!" (in a related article please read:
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Southside told tales of driving the back roads of Vermont from Montpelier to Stowe, without cell service and how Vermont was going to get hit with a ton of snow in March. He also asked the crowd if anyone had a ski pass they could give to the trumpet player (Chris Anderson) "We're trying to get rid of him too" said Southside.
During "Talk To Me" he spoke about a hard day skiing and hanging in the ski lodge meeting up with a young ski bunny "and she's 20 years younger than you and she looks better than any girls you've ever gone out with including the four you married...". Then he tried to get the crowd to sing the chorus with him...
He closed the show with a new song "Umbrella in My Drink" and called Tom Rowell, the Spruce Peak Productions and Operations Manager on stage with his tuba.
Seeing Southside in such a comfortable, acoustically perfect setting makes me hate the Hampton Beach Casino even more, we are often forced to see Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes there because they aren't booked anywhere nearby.
I'm also left wondering why a band with such talent is playing small venues when the likes of other no-talent folks are selling out arenas.
Jeff Kazee, Keyboards
John Conte, Bass
Glenn Alexander, Guitar
Tom Seguso, Drums
John Isley, Tenor and Baritone Sax
Chris Anderson, Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Neal Pawley, Trombone and guitar
Tom Rowell, Spruce Peak Productions and Operations Manager on Tuba
I Played the Fool
Love on the Wrong Side of Town
Lead Me On
Gin Soaked Boy
Talk to Me/Twist and Shout
Harder Than It Looks
Woke up This Morning
Into the Harbour
Walk away Renee
Tango till They're Sore (Intro only)
Tuba Blues Improv
Shake 'em Down
All Down the Line (sung by Jeff Kazee)
It's Been a Long Time
I Don't Want to Go Home
One More Night to Rock
Umbrella in My Drink (with Tom Rowell on Tuba)
Southside Johnny, vocals and harmonica
Jeff Kazee, keyboards
John Conte, bass
Tom Seguso, drums
Glenn Alexander, guitar
John Isley, tenor and baritone sax
Chris Anderson, trumpet and flugelhorn
Neal Pawley, trombone and acoustic guitar
Spruce Peak is a beautiful venue. Stowe has done a very tasteful job (in my opinion) developing the area. It's worth a look if you're up this way.
Vermont is sure pretty in the snow, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to Florida next weekend. On The Beach!!!
-- Carol (Thanks Carol)
This was our second show at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe Vermont, and it won't be our last. The theater has fantastic acoustics and very comfy seats. And for a photographer, the lighting crew does an outstanding job!
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