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Saturday, March 6, 2010
I'm not a really big Kinks fan, but I attended the Ray Davies concert last night at the Scranton Cultural Center and I absolutely have no regrets. Why did I go if I'm not a big fan? Simple: Ray Davies is right up there with Paul McCartney, Pete Townsend, Brian Wilson, and a select group of others who fall into the "living musical genius" category. This is the guy who gave us "Lola" and other songs from the British Invasion that became part of the lexicon of our popular culture.
Ray Davies sounded simply outstanding. The voice was in great shape, and his playing (and that of the supporting act & his side guitarist) was outstanding. Even if you didn't know all of the songs...which I didn't...you could still appreciate how well they were performed. In an era were most of the Top 10 consists of "artists" who don't write their own material, don't play a damn thing and use electronics to enhance their vocals, this performance was an example of what popular music was should be.
The only down side? There were probably a few people in the audience who a couple of sheets to the wind, but so be it. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and no one got hurt.
This concert, along with the show David Gates show I attended a few years back, are probably the closest I will ever come to hearing real musical genius live (I missed the Brian Wilson concert last year). Well worth the investment, even if he didn't play Do It Again (my favorite Kinks song).