For somebody who, throughout the concert, proclaimed to be an ardent defender of free speech and non-discrimination, he routinely cut off fans, as they voiced their passion for him, and he managed to ostracize a large part of the audience. He acted as though praise was a burden and insulting, including requests by fans for certain songs. At times I felt as though I was at a political rally, not to say I don’t share his views; however he failed to convey his point without sounding self-righteous. Bottom line, he made the paying audience feel tense throughout, and unable to express their gratitude for his music.
Two of my favorite songs were ruined because he screwed up the lyrics. They were very serious in tone so the mood was destroyed and the mistakes careless. The obvious omissions were disappointing as several standards were left out.
The most disappointing part of finally getting to attend his concert was realizing a person I highly respected for his music, candor and activism, has become quite pompous, careless and arrogant, the very thing he criticizes.
I can’t say the entire performance was a disaster! There were a few songs and times where Ed was incredible, leaving a positive impression but unfortunately, they were few and far between. Still love his unique, baritone voice but doubt the music will ever sound quite the same again.
Am I disappointed? Yes, but I had the chance to see him perform at least once in my lifetime. It was my first and last date with the legendary musician.