Review - 13 July, 1995, House of Blues

Subject: More On 7-13 HOB show (setlist)
Date: 16 Jul 1995 20:41:31 -0400

The KINKS at House of Blues in Los Angeles, July 13th, 1995

Sorry this post is a few days late but I just returned from a great weekend in LA, the highlight of the trip being the Thursday Night Kinks Koncert at the House of Blues. By the way, this was my first at the House of Blues and it is a great place to see a show.

Well, the weekend got off to a great start. Thanks to a few E-mail suggestions, I decided to stay at the Hyatt on Sunset which was right accross the street from the HOBs. This turned out to be a great choice because the Kinks were staying there as well. As soon as I got to the Hotel, I rushed accross the street to pick up my tickets at the Box Office. As soon as I walked through the door I heard the first chords of the Hardway. I went downstairs into the bar and witnessed the Kinks' soundcheck along with about 25 other people. In addition to the Hardway, they played a cover song that I was not familiar with and an extended blues instrumental which was also played at the show. After the soundcheck, I was fortunate to be able to talk to Dave Davies for a few moments. He was very friendly and seemed to enjoy conversing with fans. I also talked to Dave and Jim Rodford on separate elevator trips at the Hotel. I also met Ray in the Hotel lobby - he was nice but did not want to talk - he shook my hand though.

As you have probably already determined by other posts, the show was great. One of the best Kinks shows that I have seen. With know new material, the Kinks were able to provide a good mix of songs from throuhout their career. I was fortunate enough to view the show from the front right in front of Ray Davies. For those of you at the show, I was the one who Ray handed the beer to during low budget. The following is the setlist from the show. I think it is accurate as I wrote the songs down as they were played.

Ray Acoustic:

Kinks main set:

All in all it was a good show. Rays voice sounded a little rusty at first but this was not noticable after the first few songs. It is always nice to see a song live for the first time. We tried to get Ray to sing Waterloo sunset - we even put a note on stage. Ray read the note and commented that someone wanted them to play WS really bad. Unfortunatley - they did not play it. Someday I will see this song live.

I also pulled the setlist from the stage after the show. It is very interesting because there are several differences from the songs actually played. I have included this setlist in another post.

I hope eveybody else who gets to see the Kinks this time out enjoys the show. I had a great time which was even greater because I was able to talk to the band members.

God Save the Kinks!!!!!!!

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