Al Green @ The Wellmont Theater in 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
We weren't sure going in what kind of music we would be hearing [at BB King's on Oct. 16th], but didn't really care as just to be in the presence of Al Green was enough of a draw for us. In recent years Green has played more gospel, but his latest recording brought him back to the R&B love songs that we know best. So when he came out singing his new single "Lay It Down" with singer-songwriter John Legend singing backup vocals along with Green's daughters, we knew we were in for a great show....Al Green played a two-night run at BB King's in mid-October...and he'll be back in the NYC-area in 2010, when he again plays a show at Montclair NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Sunday, February 14th. Tickets are on sale. They run less than the $175 described above (though not by much if you want good seats). All tour dates are below...
The relatively short 75 minute set ended with "Love and Happiness" and the lack of an encore was a bit disappointing, but the energy and excitement of the concert made up for that. Green of course had a large supply of the requisite red roses which were thrown to the ladies (you know I got one!) and the crowd was just swooning. We paid a lot to see him in such a small venue, $175 per ticket plus food and beverages, but it was completely worth it to be that close to a living legend of soul. [Blog Critics]
Al Green - 2010 Tour Dates
01/09 Sydney Festival 2010 - The Domain Sydney, NSW, Australia
01/11 State Theatre Sydney, NSW, Australia
01/12 State Theatre Sydney, NSW, Australia
01/14 Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC, Australia
01/17 Perth Zoo South Perth, WA, Australia
01/19 Brisbane Convention Centre Brisbane, QLD, Australia
01/21 Civic Theatre Auckland, New Zealand
01/23 Neal Blaisdell Center Honolulu, Hawaii
02/12 Constitution Hall Washington, D.C.
02/13 Constitution Hall Washington, D.C.
02/14 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
05/21 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, MS
05/22 Checkwood Botanical Garden Nashville, TN