The Smithereens at BB King’s, New York, NY, January 21, 2017

Review and Photos by Mark Ashe

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The Smithereens performed a sold out show at BB King’s in Times Square on Saturday night.  The Smithereens are on a short tour with all four original members; Pat DiNizio on lead vocals, Jim Babjak on guitar, Mike Mesaros  on bass, and Dennis Diken on drums.

For the past 37 years, The Smithereens have been performing, as DiNizio continuously pointed out to the audience, and I must admit, the band hasn’t missed a beat, considering DiNizio’s recent injuries leaving Babjak as the sole guitarist.  Babjack’s solo on The Who’s Sparks which segued out of House That We Used To Live In would have made Pete Townsend proud. He rocked the hell out that song, and with Mesaros back in the band after a several year hiatus, it’s like he was never gone. As always, Diken on drums is an amazing backstop.

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It’s unfortunate that DiNizio couldn’t play guitar or move his arms.  He still sounds great and hasn’t lost a bit of the voice that made The Smithereens great.  DiNizio, the Scotch Plains, New Jersey native slipped on ice on his back porch and injured his hand a few years ago.  A couple of weeks later, he slipped in his bathtub and crashed his elbow on the side of the tub. These injuries left him with extensive nerve damage.

A show highlight was when the band dove into “Only A Memory,” and DiNizo launched into a story about Kevin Costner and the film, Bull Durham.  Costner wanted the song for the movie and the soundtrack. The song made it into the film but not the soundtrack. DiNizo lamented that the song wasn’t on the soundtrack and the soundtrack sold many millions of copies. Fortunately, DiNizio reminds the audience that Bull Durham is on always on TV station TBS and you can watch the movie anytime.

The Smithereens played twenty-three songs out of their huge library.  They were on stage for two hours.  One can only hope that DiNizio’s arms heal and he continue playing guitar and writing new songs.

Set List

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Behind the Wall of Sleep
Top of the Pops
Drown In My Own Tears
Green Thoughts
Listen To Me Girl
Now and Then
War For My Mind
Miles From Nowhere
Only A Memory
Blues Before and After
Baby Be Good
Maria Elena
Well Alright (Buddy Holly Cover)
Long Way Back Again
Love Is Gone
Since You Went Away
Yesterday Girl
Room Without A View
Please Please Me (The Beatles Cover)
House That We Used To Live/ Sparks ( The Who cover)
Time and Time Again
Blood and Roses

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