Benmont's genius instrumentally was a given!! I was speaking only to his taking the lead vocally and lyrically, as he has done here in this performance.
amazing! does anyone know if Tom Petty sings this song on tour?
i am a highway member,does this mean i will get pre-sale ticket info for summerfest before march 8th, which is this saturday?
Benmont, I hope you read these comments. I was at the Saturday show at the Largo. It blew me away! I loved seeing you front and center! As Mr. Shelter said below, you are without question, a maestro!
I missed Jimmy Kimmel, but watched 2 videos of the show on YouTube. Excellent! Thank you!
Also, you were so gracious when I met you Saturday night. You signed my CD, and took a photo with me. Both will always be cherished possessions.
@ agillis : What? Any theory stating that the quality of a world class maestro and musician is due to his lyrics, does not compute. (Like Cash, Dylan and so on, worked with Ben for his lyrics?). I'm inclined to agree on Ben's voice being "a little weak" - or rather, to me it's good enough, but it does not have the qualities to stand out properly in the mix, sonically. (He is a great harmony singer though, mind you!) I would even say that his lyrics are "a little weak" too. Still this does not - like your theory suggest it would - by any means disqualify the music, or Ben from being brilliant. To put the actual music out of the equation is absurd. Ben's way to write and arrange is great -what more, his way of playing and performing music is legendary! Truly surpassed by none. And this fact alone makes him and his music interesting to me. All beautifully highlighted by him starring that radio show recently - where his stripped down solo versions really knocked me over (bing the King of Keyboards, he even played a ghostly beautiful and dark vibe guitar, perfectly!) And this underlines what qualities are in the music alone, in these songs and in the fingers of their maker. Even his voice came through stronger in that fashion, imho. So never mind the lyrics too much, or the slightly over produced and clinical vibe of the album even. Just mind the music and the musicianship. Obviously Ben's got nothing on Tom in terms of lyrics and singing (or songwriting and commersially useful on-stage carisma for that matter) but to me it's all about his playing, his touch and his coolness. As the maestro of the music - Stan the machine, Mike the virtuoso, Tom the smooth rebel, groovy Ron and multigenius Scott may all excuse me for saying so - musically Ben is the nr one of the Heartbreakers and one of the best ever, anywhere. That is not to say that he needs the others to shine! Or just a guitar will do, apparently...