Posts Tagged ‘Ian McLagan’

LIVE: Ian McLagan @ The Linda, 10/21/14

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Gene Sennes

“These bum notes you hear tonight will be different tomorrow night,” quipped Ian McLagan to a room full of fans at The Linda on a recent Monday night. Only a musician of his caliber, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, could find fault with his own performance midway through one of the best concerts in Nippertown this year.

Accompanied by Jon Notarthomas on bass, occasional guitar and harmony vocals, McLagan embraced his illustrious past with the Small Faces and the Faces while offering generous helpings from his fecund solo career. Standing behind his keyboard – the man just never sits down – he was a rocking raconteur, singing and storytelling with the raspy vigor of someone who has had a real good time despite the vicissitudes of crooked managers (“We made peace with Andrew Loog Oldham, but not the late Don Arden – so fuck ‘im!!”) and mercurial lead singers (“Rod Stewart hated the key, so Ronnie Wood chose to sing it”). He gave shout-outs to his adopted hometown (“Come to Austin! Come to the Lucky Lounge!” “), offered a hilarious substitute curse for when children are in the audience (“Gwyneth Paltrow! It makes me feel rather good just saying her name!”), spoke with great wit and love about his Irish relatives, and railed quite compellingly against the scam against musicians that is Spotify and the woeful sonic inadequacies of MP3s.

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LIVE: Ian McLagan @ the Bearsville Theater, 6/21/13

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Review by Fred Rudofsky

“I thought every one of you would be wearing tie-dyed!” cracked Ian McLagan, dressed in black, standing behind his keyboards at mid-set to the conservatively dressed crowd in the bar area of the Bearsville Theatre. The subsequent laughter made him smile wider, raise his drink, and continue on with an engaging series of flashbacks to the peaks and pitfalls of the 1960s music scene when he was in the Small Faces with Steve Marriott, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Lane.

Joined for a majority of the set by John Notarthomas on bass, guitar and vocals, McLagan was in fine form, and honored to be playing in a venue that had deep historical connections to the Band. Glancing at the vintage photos that surrounded the bar area, McLagan opened the show with a brief reference to owning the late Richard Manuel’s piano, the instrument upon which “Hello Old Friend,” a song for Ronnie Lane, was written. (For those who may not know, Lane, who died in 1997 after 20 years of battling MS, wrote some of the best songs in rock era as bassist for the Small Faces and the Faces, as well as releasing some excellent solo albums, too).

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