Interview: Before the show, Casey James was interviewed by OnPDX.com. Except for the reviewer bringing up the "K" word, it has some great moments.
Here's the interview:
I like what Casey says about not having expectations and going into experiences with an open mind and an open heart. Some good advice. He also, in response to the question what it's been like meeting people on the tour, said he was affected when he hears how he has touched people's lives. Then there was my favorite part, that shows why he is worth following and supporting: his promise "to continue to work my butt off as hard as I can for the rest of my life to do what I love to do." Oh, yeah, and he again mentioned his album would not be cookie-cutter country, but a blend of rock, blues and country. Let's hear it for blending!
MF Magazine also interviewed Casey James
In answer to what is the hardest thing about touring Casey responded, unsurprisingly, being away from family. What Casey has learned about himself is how to accept being in a situation where he is not in control. The biggest misconception about the show is "that we have more time -- that we have time at all." As far as an interesting fan experience, Casey mentioned when Antonio Banderas told him (at the Shrek 3 premiere) that his wife wanted to say that she says "Hi." In response to the question, what's next, he discussed working in Nashville to get his record out. "I know there are people out there that are ready to hear the music, so I'm ready to give it to them." :)
It's All Over Now
Not up close and personal, but it's still great to hear him playing good old fashioned rock and roll and reminding us that the roots of rock are in the blues. It must be such a let down for the crowd when his set is over so soon.
I don't normally include a video of the American Idol tour finale song, but that's usually because whoever is videotaping is a bit slow on the draw and misses Casey's opening (which, of course, is the best part of the song). But this time, the video-wielding concert-goer did an excellent job!
It's My Life
SeizeMusic has a terrific photo gallery on Flickr of pictures from the concert. Here's the link to the Casey Photos. And here's a taste of what she has:
|Casey James in Portland|
Gotta love the lighting effect
|Photo from twitpic/anniee2010|
|Photo from the Oregonian|
Here is another great video of -- bum-bah-dah-bum -- Late Night Sandwich.
Smells Like Teen Spirit playing in the background....
LNS (Oregon Trail edition)
Mmmm, Chipotle! Admit it, you want a burrito now.
The blog On Portland had this to say about Casey James' performance at the Rose Garden:
The highlight of the evening was Casey James, who stole the show out from under Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze. His rendition of “I Got Mine” by the Black Keys was simply amazing, showing off extraordinary guitar skills. All I could think of during this first song was, "Damn, this boy can really play guitar". Casey James' "I Got Mine" was the real first exclamation point of the evening. This was followed by “Don’t” by Shania Twain, which was a great example of an artists making a song his own. It was at this point that it stopped feeling like an American Idol Tour and started feeling like the Casey James show.If you couldn't tell how much he enjoyed Casey's set by those two paragraphs, the reviewer finished off by adding: "The big high point of the evening was Casey James, who I'd absolutely go see in concert again."
Casey brought Big Mike back on stage for a nice rendition of “Have You Really Loved a Woman”. Mike's performance with Casey was stronger than any of his own three songs and it was nice to see the two of them sing together. The real highlight of Casey's set was “It’s All Over Now” by The Rolling Stones, the hands-down best performed song of the evening. Casey played a terrific slide guitar and made it clear that he is the best guitarist to have ever performed on American Idol. By the end of the song it was easy to forget that it wasn't an original song – a monstrous task considering its origin.
Well, Geoff Kleinman, welcome to the club! And check out the (nearly) unanimous comments on the site singing Casey's praise.
Finally, a terrific review from "OvenMitt" posted on MJsBigBlog
Here's what she said about Casey:
Casey was incendiary. He makes the hottest ugly guitar playing faces.
*Gulp* Okay, I admit it: Casey is my favorite. I’m sure some of you who frequent this site know this already. And yes, I DO like how the man looks. But, the incendiary part is first and foremost in my affinity for him. He, like Siobhan, likely calls the stage a second home. He was so comfortable and engrossed in his performance that I felt as if I was intruding on a private moment by watching him play. Those hot ugly faces seemed to channel visually the intensity with which Casey feels the music he’s playing. A huge selling point for me with artists is if they can channel emotions and make me feel them, too. This is one of Casey’s strongest suits, and his guitar(s) sort of aids and abets in that process. The hearty applause he received in the arena just confirmed that Casey was successful in getting the crowd as jacked up about his music as he was. I hope Casey keeps up the love affair with a lengthy live performance, because that will be his bread and butter in the future.I knew OvenMitt (from many forums) and I were in sync!! Here is a link to her photos from Portland.