Alive 35 Tour Summary
drjinbkk@gmailcom on 08/01/2009
I've been watching the tours since Destroyer, and having viewed every possible clip and report from Europe to South America and now Canada, here's my summary:
Tommy: not a stand-in, not a temp, not an imitator. Full-fledged 100% member, the real deal. I'm tired of him being depicted as a guy hired to be Ace. I saw Ace a dozen times and Tommy could play circles around him. Enough is Enough!
Eric: unsong hero. His fills, his energy, his professionalism... Night after night the guy is getting it done, reinvigorating the sound and driving it hard.
Paul: still the leader of the pack, showing the best front man presence of his entire career. But he is going to shred his throat into hamburger if he doesn't stop singing so damn hard. Give us 100% of that voice, Paul, not 200%! We need you strong for the Fall!
Gene: have no idea what has gotten into him, but he is playing these shows with more focus and drive and fun than I have seen for many, many years. It's not just that he's having "a good night" here and there, just watch the clips! What's up, Mr Simmons?
Band: how many lives do these guys have? We had the Destroyer turning point, the "hungry with something to prove" Creatures shows, the sheer force of Revenge, the exuberance of the Reunion..but this? I never expected such unity and energy and shows that are so consistently strong. Whatever you're doing, keep doing it!