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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:17 GMT 
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Can anyone tell me when Bob last played one of his solo acoustic numbers onstage during a proper NET show? Any chances of him starting to do that again?


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:21 GMT 
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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:23 GMT 
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The fall tour of 1992 contained the last solo acoustic sets I am pretty certain. Would be cool again--I doubt it, but with Bob, never say never.


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:31 GMT 
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This is debatable, or so I'm told.


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:45 GMT 
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This is debatable, or so I'm told.


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:49 GMT 
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Ahhhh, the Do Re Mi performance was so great. I'd love to see him bring an acoustic song or two back into his set. Maybe he just feels he should save that for more intimate settings and doesn't want to risk trying to get a more quiet vocal across to a large crowd, but damn.......he did shine there!


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 17:55 GMT 
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Are we talking solo acoustic or just him playing an acoustic guitar?
I last saw him play an acoustic in '04 in Barcelona, for about 30 seconds during the intro of AATW.


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 18:27 GMT 

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Darn shame he does not do this more often.


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 18:31 GMT 

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Not solo acoustic but a duet:

St. Louis, Missouri
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October 22, 2007

15. Tears Of Rage
(Elvis Costello and Bob on acoustic guitars and shared vocals, no other band members present)

Unfortunately Bob's voice is barely audible


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 18:33 GMT 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqmburcEgZU

^Do Re Mi, because I love it so much


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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 20:39 GMT 
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Johanna Parker wrote:

Here's what's there:
OTHER NOTABLE "LAST TIMES"
Last solo acoustic performance - 92 or 93*
Last all-guitar show - 9/1/02, Aspen, CO
last appearance of the harmonica holder - 11/17/94, New York (Unplugged) **
last duet with joan baez - Munich, 84 ("I Shall be Released")
last new song played live before release - Wiggle Wiggle, 1990


* - some say the 6/17/93 Tel Aviv "blowin in the wind" was solo, and there have been been many reports of
other solo songs from late '92 and into '93. One way or the other, it's been a while. The duet with Elvis Costello in 2007 came pretty close!

** - Bob was photographed wearing one for Rolling Stone in 2009, but does not seem to have worn it onstage in 15 years!

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PostPosted: Sun September 16th, 2012, 23:55 GMT 
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Does he for sure have arthritis? Maybe electric guitar is easier on his hands.


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PostPosted: Mon September 17th, 2012, 02:03 GMT 
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Does he for sure have arthritis? Maybe electric guitar is easier on his hands.


I was told when learning guitar that electric was easier on the fingers. I don't know if it's arthritis, but knowing Bob it seems like he would purposefully withhold playing acoustic for his own reasons.


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PostPosted: Mon September 17th, 2012, 02:48 GMT 
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He also played acoustic at the White House in 2010, one of my favorite television appearances he's ever done. In fact, out of all the recent ones, Maggie's Farm at the Grammy's was the only iffy one.


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 21:44 GMT 
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I think its pretty clear he has arthritis, or something the makes his knuckles stiff. His guitar style is much different now than it was before the organ/piano made an appearance. compare his acoustic playing on Do Re Me to any of his early 90s performances - there's a huge difference.

It seems to me that he gave up playing the acoustic and switched to electric in the mid 90s, because as someone mentioned electric is much easier on the fingers (lighter strings, lower 'action'). It seems that whatever condition he has worsened, as his electric playing became more ham fisted and we witnessed the introduction of the piano/organ around '03.


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 21:58 GMT 
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He played acoustic sets in concert until 2002, not the mid-'90s.

superhuman crew wrote:
Does he for sure have arthritis? Maybe electric guitar is easier on his hands.


No, we don't know this for sure. There has been much speculation, but never confirmation.


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 22:02 GMT 
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Johanna Parker wrote:
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He played acoustic sets in concert until 2002, not the mid-'90s.

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Does he for sure have arthritis? Maybe electric guitar is easier on his hands.


No, we don't know this for sure. There has been much speculation, but never confirmation.


I bet you anything Bob just shakes his head when people assume that he has arthritis.

"I ain't dead yet, my bell still rings..."


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 22:25 GMT 
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There are some videos where it seems that something's not quite right with his hands - check his performance of A Change Is Gonna Come. However, it would seem things got better again sometime, so he could return to playing the guitar on stage for several songs. Playing mainly keyboard / piano now might have as much to do with his well-known back problems that has made him seek light-weight guitars for a few decades now as it might have with anything else.


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 22:40 GMT 
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noticed he's sitting more alas the Piano appearance.

He is more animated on stage when he has no instruments; walking around with mics in both hands, etc.

Yet, I know something is wrong as he stays behind the piano a lot and sits a lot.

I'm glad we still have him :)

I wish he would release his Gospel Record :)


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 22:48 GMT 
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Yes, well, if it helps him to keep on performing, and he wants to keep on performing, sitting down isn't such a big thing I guess. I thought for years it was bound to happen one day, now it has.... I liked the piano concerts. It wasn't a huge difference to me. All's good.


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 22:54 GMT 
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I really don't get that anything is wrong. He moves around like a cat on stage. Quick and agile. Sure, he's 71 and he may want to sit a little more, but I think the piano is more than just a place to sit. He could have easily lowered the keyboard and gotten a piano bench. Apparently he rides his bike all over and I guess he still owns his gym so he probably still boxes and walks a ton. I think he's fine, just normal older age type things. Your back aches, your hands get stiff, etc.... I do remember reading about some back issues but I never knew if that was definite or just more speculation. That certainly seems logical seeing he has strapped on guitars for so many years. I think he looks and acts very healthy, but what do I know 8)


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 23:07 GMT 
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Luckily, you're right, he seems in good shape.
I would have to look up where else it's been mentioned, but I know that Joan Baez mentions it in her book when she writes about the '84 concerts they did, him complaining about back pains. I can't see why she would make it up. It has continually been mentioned, so I think that one's somewhat above mere speculation.


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PostPosted: Tue September 18th, 2012, 23:36 GMT 
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Johanna Parker wrote:
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He played acoustic sets in concert until 2002, not the mid-'90s.


Oh yea, of course.

He is definitely fit for his age. I mean, he has the most gruelling tour schedule in the business! I just think that it's clear his guitar playing abilities have gone downhill since the early 00's. I did enjoy his recent televised acoustic performances, but there is a world of difference between the style you can hear there and, for example, World Gone Wrong.

That's not to say he doesn't have any chops left. I think his playing on the televised version of Things have changed for the michael Douglas tribute was great!


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I really don't get that anything is wrong. He moves around like a cat on stage. Quick and agile. Sure, he's 71 and he may want to sit a little more, but I think the piano is more than just a place to sit. He could have easily lowered the keyboard and gotten a piano bench. Apparently he rides his bike all over and I guess he still owns his gym so he probably still boxes and walks a ton. I think he's fine, just normal older age type things. Your back aches, your hands get stiff, etc.... I do remember reading about some back issues but I never knew if that was definite or just more speculation. That certainly seems logical seeing he has strapped on guitars for so many years. I think he looks and acts very healthy, but what do I know 8)


Now I haven't watched too many recent performances but one that I did watch from Holyoke, it sure seemed like his digits were pretty nimble on the acoustic piano, with those weighted keys.

I wasn't looking too closely to see if there was much finger movement or if he was banging out just chords but I would think that this would be one of the worse ways to treat arthritis, banging against weighted keys, which then impact your fingers in return with equal force.

Then again, maybe that's therapeutic and helps stave it off. I have no idea but the way he's been so unpredictable lately, I wouldn't rule out an acoustic performance or even a full performance of Tempest. He is, after all, taking a decent rest between tour legs. I know, a dream.


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PostPosted: Wed September 19th, 2012, 00:46 GMT 
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I just think that it's clear his guitar playing abilities have gone downhill since the early 00's.

You shoulda seen him rippin it up on stage at that plastic casino over on the reservation in Connecticut. After he warmed up on the opener, Goin Nowhere, he was takin leads throughout Tom Thumb's and Twist of Fate...his way. It looked and sounded great to me from row 6. I got nuthin but good to say about Bob on guitar today.


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