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Review and photos by Mary AndrewsBoz Scaggs brought his best voice, Wah-Wah guitar and much more to the Fox Theatre in Tucson a few nights ago. The show opener, country singer/songwriter "RayLand" Baxter, got things kicked off nicely with a 40-minute set of self-penned songs.
Scagg's set was high dose of rhythm and blues supporting his two latest album releases, "Memphis" and "A Fool To Care." Mr. Scaggs and his seven-piece band kicked things off by dusting off "Runnin' Blue" from his album "Boz Scaggs & Band" for Columbia records in 1971. The band was in top form with Michael Miller (guitar), Gene Lake (drums), Conesha Owens (aka "Ms. Monét" - backing vocals), Bishop Patterson (musical director, vocals and bass), Michael Logan (guitar, vocals and keyboards), Michael Logan, Jr. (percussion and keyboards) and Eric Preston on (saxophone, keyboards, melodica and guitar). There were many band solos offered throughout the show that highlighted the talents of these more than capable musicians.
There were many high points during this impressive set. Memories of Al Green pervaded throughout the song, "Gone Baby Gone" with Boz's smooth vocals paying a spirited homage. Homage to Fats Domino was present throughout the set with "Fool To Care" and "Sick & Tired." Mr. Scaggs was quick to remind the audience that Fats did not write the song and was written by Joe Barry in 1960. This show ended up being a career-spanning musical tour-de-force. Mr. Scaggs' vocals were crystal clear, soulful and bluesy. His guitar work was spot-on adding some Wah-Wah pedal work.
Following "Miss Sun," Scaggs took a brief break as back-up vocalist, Ms. Monet worked the audience into a slight frenzy with a soulful version of "Something To Talk About." Her backing vocals with Boz were woven together perfectly, smooth as velvet.
The highlight of the evening was a blistering, extended rendition of "Loan Me A Dime." It was the perfect conduit to get the sold-out crowd on their feet and clamoring for more. Scaggs indeed gave them more with an unplanned encore of "Sick and Tired."
1. Runnin' Blue
2. Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl (Mink DeVille cover)
3. I'm a Fool to Care (Fats Domino cover)
4. Hell to Pay (With Miss Monet)
5. Harbor Lights 6. Gone Baby Gone
7. Rich Woman
9. Miss Sun
10. Something To Talk About (Featuring Miss Monet)
11. Last Tango on 16th Street
13. What Can I Say
14. There's a Storm Coming
15. Lido Shuffle
16. Loan Me A Dime
17. Sick & Tired (Fats Domino cover)
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