Obviously, any recaps or reviews or videos of this show will be seen through the prism of knowing Casey was not at all feeling well. That makes the many positive comments about his tough-it-out performances even more salient.
A couple concert-goers who are also Casey James Twitter fans posted their reviews last night, while waiting to hear how Casey was doing. They raved about his performances, even though they could tell that something was wrong.
"He WAS amazing-- that's what was weird! But he just didn't look himself! He looked very tired." "Despite your illness, you still kicked butt!"
"He didn't look himself--I told my sis that right off the bat. His voice was a little off. He kicked ass on guitar though!"
"He still sounded great but had a bad cough. I still cant figure out how he could belt those notes out with a cough"
"He didn't look real sick, but it was obvious that something was wrong, coughing a lot...not sure how he got all those notes out"
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Go!StLouisToday.com said, "James put in credible performances during his set, and is finally coming into his own on stage. He looked comfortable as he went full-blast rock and country-style. Lynche joined James late in his set for Bryan Adams' "'Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.'"
PlayBackStL also praised Casey's performance, writing:
The top three was where the show really took off, and probably the biggest surprise of the night was Casey James. Now Casey had a rough climb to the top three and oftentimes was noticed more for his rugged good looks than his voice, but make no mistake, he can sing; and what’s more, the boy can shred on the guitar. He came out wailing with a killer solo for the Black Keys’ “I Got Mine.” He then slowed it down for “Don’t,” a Shania Twain cover he played on the show, followed by a duet with Big Mike on Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.” James closed out his set by getting to his roots again on “It’s All Over Now” (most notably known for the Rolling Stones’ version) and playing a mean slide guitar. Judging by James’ guitar skills on display in the live show, I can’t help but think he was made to hold them back during the show. It makes sense, being that the focus of the show is a singing competition, but James is easily as good a guitarist (if not better) as he is a singer.
I'll update as more comes in. I'm relieved, to say the least, to get to go back to updating about performances. I'll admit it, I was scared last night. Faked it well with that cool, journalistic detachment, didn't I?
I Got Mine
It's All Over Now