Anne and I flew out to see the Moving Sidewalks performance in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City 3/30/13. Things got off to a rocky start as we almost missed out flight to NYC. I almost had to go postal on them but they relented and let us on.
After arriving in JFK, we drove to some little town above Yonkers and ate some awesome Italian food. The Staff of the restaurant were all friendly New Yorkers and Map-quested us AND drew us a hand written map AND wrote directions. Don't buy into the hype that New Yorkers aren't friendly, they just don't suffer fools well. The plan was to drive up to Dutchess County, the hood, to stay. I am originally from Dutchess County. The idea was that we would stay in Fishkill and drive to Croton-on-Hudson to catch the Metro-North into Grand Central. Croton is like... halfway to the city and trains run all night long between Croton and Grand Central.
The day of the show we drove to Croton and caught the Metro-North to Grand Central. The plan was working perfectly. We arrived at Grand Central, after about an hour, and caught a cab to BB King's. We killed time by going into a Mexican restaurant and hanging out. I know, I know; don't go to the mountains to by seafood or don't come from Arizona to buy Mexican food. Really? we just wanted a seat.
About 45 minutes before the show we walked out and got into the VIP line. The VIP tickets entitled us to prime seats, signed posters and a meet and greet with the band. We hung out, on the streets, talking with the other fans.
Going in, we went down two flights of stairs, into a large basement area, and were escorted to our seats. Luckily for us, the other patrons at our table were really cool. There was one couple, real friendly New Yorkers, who talked to us and began showing us pictures of all the people that they know: the wife with Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Rockabilly icons, you get the picture.
Next, they performed two Jimi Hendrix covers and spoke, lovingly, about how Jimi gave them their first big break. In fact, the rest of this show could be seen as a kind of tribute to Jimi in music and words.
Here's the whole set list:
MOVING SIDEWALKS - 3/30/2013 at BB King's SETLIST:
On The Green
You Make Me Shake
Whatch Gona Do
Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
You Don't Know The Life
Pluto - Sept. 31st
No Good to Cry
Before You Accuse Me (13th Floor Elevators version)
Reverberation (13th Floor Elevators)
Wild Thing (Jimi Hendrix version)
Catfish Blues (Jimi Hendrix version) > If 6 Was 9 (Jimi Hendrix)
I Want to Hold Your Hand (Beatles)
After the Jimi, they went back and did some more material from their LP. Then it was time to pay homage to the 13th Floor Elevators. They did two 'Elevators songs and Billy told a funny story about staying at the infamous "IA House" in Houston with the 'Elevators. He said Roky served them "Listerine" every morning for breakfast! They closed the set with Wild Thing and Billy totally wailed out on the guitar, playing with one hand, the teeth, etc...
The first encore was the highlight of the show (for me). They did two more Hendrix numbers with Catfish Blues (Hendrix version) into If 6 Was 9! It was sick! Totally sick! After that, came the second encore with the two "hits": 99th Floor and the Baroque version of I Want to Hold Your Hand. Our table went crazy because Tom wrote 99th Floor. Then the show was over. Wow!
The Meet and Greet with the band was very, very poorly thought out and executed. Basically, it was two more hours of waiting around with the thing run by people who (obviously) didn't give a flying fuck about whether we got what we paid for or not. Suffice it to say that I got my signed posters. I love you Anne! Thanks for putting on a bold face through all of that bullshit! But the next time the band organizes a "Meet & Greet", they should be aware that these are their REAL FANS paying for this extra treatment. And they should deliver the experience that the fans expect and not have people who could give a fuck shuffling us from here to there and the next place going: "move along". Just my two cents. If you're going to take people's money; deliver the experience.
But, it WAS a great show! We had a ball! The next morning, Anne and I went and picked up my friend, Chris, and we drove around the Hudson Valley. We checked out Woodstock and New Paltz, ate good pizza, drank good Catskill spring water, and hung out. The next morning we caught the flight back to Phoenix.