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Buddy Guy :: 04.05.07 :: Kimmel Center :: Philadelphia, PA

Buddy Guy :: 04.05.07
"Gypsy woman told my mama before I was born, gonna make pretty women scream and shout," says Buddy Guy in a whisper before a dead silent capacity crowd at the Kimmel Center. Isolated, frenzied responses to the line bounce off the walls of the acoustically impeccable hall. As Guy arches his back, the shadow that was cast over his face from the brim of his derby hat recedes. His eyes are closed as the 70-year old blues legend sent licks flying into the air.

With his cream colored Stratocaster glistening, Guy lets out a moan that shatters the formal intimacy of the performance and opens the floodgates to a full-blown American blues revival. Philadelphia has fallen under his spell. He asks us, "Do you want me to play something funky?" Following the inevitable applause his backing band leans into it and Guy says, "It's so funky in here I can smell it!"

Buddy Guy :: 04.05.07
The crowd teeters on hysteria. Guy continues to work the room. "You know there have been a lot of great musicians who are now gone, and when I stand on this stage I can feel them." With that, Guy released the pent-up excitement in the room by venturing into the audience while manhandling his instrument.

The once awkwardly tame crowd explodes. As the house lights rise, Guy walks down the aisle firing off solos. Everyone is on their feet, and the band sways in sympathetic rhythm. Guy continues to testify, and like a religious experience a hot flash rushes down my spine. The groove brings back memories of poppy vinyl and silver spoons, my personal relationship with the American Blues flashing in my mind's eye.

Buddy Guy :: 04.05.07
Guy shifts gears as he makes his way up to the first balcony and launches into "Rock My Plimsoul." Microphone in hand, he leans over an unsuspecting woman and shouts, "Rock me baby! Rock me all night long!"

By the time he returns to the stage, the blues stank was so pungent it moistened the soul. Fittingly, Guy then paid homage to a few selected peers, performing John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," a faithful reproduction of Cream's "Strange Brew" and a wah-wah caressed take on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile."

Ringing feedback from the neck of his guitar, Guy slowly brings the instrument to his mouth and picks it with his teeth. The response was overwhelming and sincere. "Damn Right, I've Got the Blues" capped off the night just before 11 p.m. There was no encore and no disappointment for anyone lucky enough to be present for this spectacular 12-bar ritual.

Check out JamBase's interview with Buddy Guy HERE.

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jpalmer Wed 4/18/2007 04:43PM
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I think I smell a rat in my house

Spiderblues Wed 4/18/2007 09:49PM
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"he does this to me every time"
SRV 7/30/89

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saw him last summer 2006, at atlanta botanical gardens.John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," a faithful reproduction of Cream's "Strange Brew" and a wah-wah caressed take on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile. He segwayed one after another, one classic into the next!!! I can only say u little jamheads under age 25 need to see him before its to late, Buddy is age 73 and had the energy of someone half his age. HE IS THE LIVING JIMMY HENDRIX!!!!!! nuff said..

barnylee starstarstarstar Thu 4/19/2007 09:41AM
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Love Buddy! Some people say he plays similar shows, but so what? B.B.'s played "Thrill" at every show he's performed since the 60's. He's a MUST SEE live if you've never been!

rulosa01 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/19/2007 11:44AM
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Buddy Guy rocks socks

TrekLight starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/19/2007 12:05PM
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I think I smelled that rat in JPalmer's house too. Oooooowwwweeeeeeeeeeeee...it was like a combination of the Blues, leftover fish tacos, and maybe a little rosemary tossed in there for flavor. Or was it thyme? I'm not sure. Anyways, where was I? Buddy Guy is the real deal, the cutlass supreme, the Anti-Stapp. Rekognize.

saba Thu 4/19/2007 01:42PM
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buddy guy is one of the best.

mhc10 Thu 4/19/2007 05:21PM
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I saw Buddy Guy open up for the Allman Brothers in 1997. One of the best shows I've seen period. Buddy Guy blew me away. After seeing him, I told my buddy that Eric Clapton is an imitator. This is the real fucking thing.

MartinHalo Thu 4/19/2007 07:37PM
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Three favorite performances of my short life:

Jimmy Page Black Crowes at PNC Bank Arts Center June 30, 2000

Cream MSG October 25, 2005

and seeing Buddy Guy.

Fucking electric.