26 February, 2008

The Gipsies invade New York!!

Oh la la. WOW !!

All I have to say is my boys sold out one of the biggest houses in NYC!! Radio City Music Hall...

For me it's very strange.... When I first met these guys it was through a mutual friend.. They were the Gipsy Kings... Cool!! First band I had ever seen live! Now I just know this little band of Gipsies from the South of France as Poulette, Canut, Nicolas, Patchai and Andre... So it's amazing to see them headline at Radio City... Not only headlining there but selling the damn thing out!!

As always this little group of Gitanos were spot on.... I missed the first couple of songs due to some managment issues.. But.... After a brief discussion with the powers that be about exactly who I am... hmm somehow that was all cleared up.... tee hee At any rate... We were able to enjoy the show from a backstage vantage point. I will say this about seeing them from this point of view.. you do hear the music in it's purest form.... Radio City is huge and things tend to get muffled... Andre's sweet voice tends to loose it's self in all of the space.... And some how all of the guitars over power him.. It was an Amazing show.. As always... Canut sang with that passion and soul that he always sings with. Singing his signature song. "Montana". Listening to him sing that song and knowing where the song comes from and what it is about brings tears to my eyes.... When his brothers add their harmonies to his song.. Those Reyes Boys know how to touch your soul... Of course Tonino being the guitar god that he is.. Never disapoints.. I don't really keep track of set lists or anything like that... Most of what they played were songs from all of their previous recordings.... Which is never a let down... I have always said that they would be just fine singing "Row your boat" and I would be happy... I do have to say this... And yes I am partial to the oldest of the Reyes brothers... My boy sang!!! Poulette belted out some wonderful riffs during "Pena Penita" that just blew me away!! Hmm always knew that the sweet one had it in him..... Simply adding to the magic of the whole evening.... Of course the back up band well, what is a group without it's support?? "Sabroso" showcased this very talented group of musicians.... It's amazing when a group gets it right.... These guys are what they are. Gitano Puro... But for two months out of the year they are genuine rock stars!!
So my next stop with the Gipsies will be in Denver.... For me seeing these guys play is a treat. I am honored to know them as the brilliant musicians that they are and most of all I am blessed to share my life with them and they in turn do the same... I never thought that this chica from Pueblo Colorado would be friends with Royalty... eh their just the Reyes boys... tee hee

So after all of the weather problems and all of the complaints of lost voices and the countless lines of "chicas" who pass through. These guys still have it... If you sit and talk to them they will tell you about all of their problems and what happened to them on their way to where they are. But when they step onto that stage they truly are Kings!!


Anonymous said...

Well Mel, All I can say is AMEN, AMEN Chica! And "Merci beaucoup, mon amie. Tu est une bon et vrai amie."
Love ya, Alexa :-}

Anonymous said...

I just saw them in Nasville on Wednesday and all I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! I lost my voice from cheering! First time seeing them in person, but not the last. We already have made plans to see them in Chicago and Atlanta. BTW: I am the one who asked what group was playing in Nicholas' birthday party online at Daily Motion. Still have not found out the group's name. Any idea?