Jon Anderson and Tim DeLaughter - Kessler Theater - 2/28/12

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Mike Brooks
Tim DeLaughter

John Anderson, Tim DeLaughter
Kessler Theater
Tuesday, February 28

Tim DeLaughter took to the Kessler Theater stage on Tuesday night like a guy about to meet his girlfriend's parents for the first time. He was struggling to keep himself together in front of a sold-out crowd of mostly grey-haired dads -- odd for a guy who commands a 25-piece band with ease. But there were two reasons he was having trouble. One: He was starting in on the first solo acoustic show of his career. Two: He was about to open for Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, whom DeLaughter claimed as a major influence on his music.

"This is nerve-wracking as hell," he said shortly after taking his seat on the stage.

I knew how he felt trying to play to an older generation. It's the same way I felt trying to convince the man who is now my father-in-law that I'm an OK guy. I pulled out all the stops to try to impress him the same way DeLaughter played to the audience, naming off a list of Yes records and songs that he used to love.

Luckily, in both cases, it worked. Tim won over the crowd with a set of mostly new material, despite forgetting a few chords. And my father-in-law, well, he's my father-in-law. As it turns out, he's also a pretty huge Yes fan. Like, he could name each song in Anderson's two-hour set within the first few bars.
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Mike Brooks
Jon Anderson

Me? Not so much. Save for a few cover songs, I recognized two of them on my own. 

When Anderson walked out on stage and addressed the crowd, I was surprised his speaking voice was just as high as his singing voice. A 1973 Rolling Stone review Robert Wilonsky read from during an interview segment towards the end of the set accurately described it as possessing an "urchin-like quality."

It was one of those voices you don't forget, because you don't hear anything like it very often. And, considering that the guy is in his mid-60s, one can only imagine how powerful it was during his younger years.

I thought Anderson's set was really good. He used a Spanish guitar with plastic strings as his primary instrument. I was especially taken back by his cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "America," and the song that ended the regular set, "Roundabout." I was even impressed with "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which I later found out is kind of a no-no with hardcore Yes fans.

The crowd (did I mention it was mostly a dudes night?) really responded to a song called "Starship Troopers," which earned a standing ovation after Anderson sang the lead guitar parts over his jangly strumming. 

I looked over at my father-in-law and he was loving every minute of Anderson's set, so I knew it must have been good. Me, I grew up on Tripping Daisy, so I preferred DeLaughter's set, though it was easy to see Anderson's genius.

Overheard and out of context: 
"I think he was the drummer for Tripping Daisy." - Guy in bathroom line
"Being Greek, he loves money like crazy." - Jon Anderson on Vangelis

Good point: At the end of Anderson's interview segment, he suggested collaborating on a song with DeLaughter in the future. Consider that generation gap bridged.

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9 comments
Slewfoot
Slewfoot

I honestly don't think I've ever read a more poorly written review. Next time just let your father-in-law write it. "Plastic" strings?

dudebro
dudebro

"Plastic" strings.  You're better than that...

spiffy
spiffy

robert's a douche. nobody gives a fuck. when IS he leaving? oh, and delaughter is a pain in the ass and a tool.

me
me

nylon

Jesse Podunk
Jesse Podunk

Tim DeLaughter is one of the most genuinely kind hearted people I'v ever had the pleasure of befriending.. I take personal offense to your likely uneducated and mislead comment on him. "if you don't have anything nice to say..."

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Jeebus Pete, did you forget to take your Ritalin this morning?

Gail Fountain
Gail Fountain

Spiffy, you signed in just to complain? Wow.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

ma says to get off the computer and get ready for school

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