U.S./World TOUR 2005

Baltimore, MD - May 26

The concert took place on Thursday at Pier Six pavilion in Baltimore, the day after Jeremy's Gipsy Monsoon. The weather in Baltimore could not have been any more perfect. The evening started in the low 70's, with the inner harbor about 3 feet from the venue, a truly gorgeous setting.

I was very disappointed in the turn out of the show. It was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m. and I am not kidding when I say that probably 100 people were there at 7:30. The venue holds about 5,000 people, including the lawn area. In the entire front row, there were only about 10 of us that showed up on time. As a performer, I know that it sucks when you play to a very small crowd. Pascal kept peeking out and finally decided to start the show at 7:45.

It seems to me that the set list was exactly the same as in Boston the night before. During Pharaon, Tonino sat in a chair a la Royal Albert Hall.

I don't know if it was the size of the crowd, but they didn't seem to be enjoying themselves very much up on stage. Patchai just looked pissed the entire time, and Nicolas did not sing lead in any song.

[Jeremy hallucinated with]:
>They opened the second set with a song I have head Canut sing a lot in
>concert.  The name escapes me.  It had the word "Caminando" in it, but it
>was not "Caminando por la Calle" (too bad!)

It was Caminando! The tempo was a bit different, and Canut sang some different lyrics, but it definitely was that song.

Although they did sing Volare for the encore, they did not sing Bamboleo! Yippee!!! After attending 3 to 4 shows per year for the last 15 years, I have had enough of that song to last me a lifetime. I don't know if I am influencing them or not, but in 2002, I asked Tonino why they hadn't played Pharaon in over 10 years, and he said he didn't know why and lo and behold, they began playing it the following year. Last year, I asked Tonino when they would stop playing Bamboleo, and he said probably never, because the crowds love it too much. I told him that I was sick of hearing it and that they needed to play something different for the encore. And here it is the following year and no Bamboleo! ;-)

According to Pacheco, they are not really working on a new album, but they are going to release a DVD of a live show that was recorded in England. I believe the name of the venue is Kenwood or something like that. He invited me back to their tour bus to get a preview. I was told by both Pacheco and Xavier that no one outside the band had seen the DVD because it was still being mixed. Talk about feeling special and being on cloud 9!! Primos: we are in for an incredible treat when this DVD is released. The sound quality is amazing and it was shot beautifully. The venue is weird. There is a river/lake/body of water between the stage and the crowd, so there really is no connection between the performers and the crowd. Xavier (bass) said that it was weird playing where there is about 500 feet of water between them and the crowd. They think the DVD might be ready in September. I just can't wait for that to be released!


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