Last night was the 12-12-12 Concert for the Hurricane Sandy relief fund, and it was a pretty awesome show. Pretty much a who's who (plus the Who) of great classic rock artists. Eric Clapton proved once again that he just gets fucking better with age, and many other artists like The Stones, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen showed that they still have what it takes to give a great performance, despite getting on in years. The Who, though, really looked like they were at the end of their rope. Roger Daltrey can't sing a lot of his old songs anymore, and Pete Townshend definitely can't keep up the same level of acrobatics he was once known for (though he still tried, god bless him.) Their show was still fun to watch, they sang some really good songs, and they paid a great tribute to the late Keith Moon, but their singing and playing were probably the worst parts of the show. Basically it's like saying "their show was awesome, despite what they sounded like." But the real highlight of the night was definitely Paul McCartney, and his performance with a reunited Nirvana, which I'll be talking about tomorrow. Oh, and Kanye West was there too, wearing a leather kilt. He had this look on his face like "I have no idea what I'm doing here," and the entire crowd of 30 and 40 year old White people had this look on their faces like "We don't know what you're doing here, either."
And now I'd like to introduce you to a great American blues musician named Tab Benoit. Though he hasn't made a very big name for himself outside of the American South, he very well deserves to, because his talent on the guitar is unquestionable. Check out a few videos of him Bluesing his ass off right here, starting with his song "Shelter Me," and then the classic slow blues song, "One Foot In The Bayou." And do your best not to keep watching the bass player. :) Huge thanks to Jake from California, a man with a stellar taste in blues music, for mentioning Tab to me! YES.