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Hollywood, CA (Dec. 16, 1999)

Re: SF Show: Wasn't Like the old Days

Posted By: I keep mine hidden
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 22 1999, at 8:48 p.m.

In Response To: SF Show: Wasn't Like the old Days (cether)

> I flicked on the television and Comedy
> Central was playing SNL shows. I watched a great one. Michael
> Keaton was the
> host and guess who was the musical guest. Yep, our pal Steven.

> This was '92. M. was better dressed , thinner and had an energy
> that was
> totally missing in the Maritime show. At the SNL show there was
> something
> more serious, untouchable and charismatic about him. He looked
> like a poet,
> a priest and a screen star--wrapped in denim and wit. There was
> something
> about him that you just couldn't know. So, you just kept
> staring--trying to
> figure it out.

> On Friday in SF there was no mystery. He was there--going
> through the same moves
> of '92, but this time he just looked so distracted, even tired.
> He fouled up
> a few lyrics. He folded his arms when fans climbed above the
> human canopy in
> hopes of finding the stage and quipped with a smile,"No,
> you can't do that.
> It's illegal." Of course a dozen or so fans did complete
> the pilgrimage and
> got their hug before they got their bouncer..but it didn't feel
> very
> exciting. Just something you knew was going to happen. It did.
> Then it was
> over. You know like conjugal love.

Of course it was'nt like the old days. That's why they are called "old days." And I'm sure the fact that he played more intimate venues made him much more mellow than if he was on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in front of dozens of thousands of people.

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