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Al Green
-Events Center-Seneca-Niagara Casino-
Niagara Falls, NY 7-18-08
Concert Review - By Bob Silvestri

Al Green sure does smile a lot. During the entire course of his ninety minute show at the Events Center at The Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on July18, 2008 his smile was omnipresent. And the full house ate it up as he danced, strutted, testified and sang his you know what off. His nearly forty year career has been a millstone of exuberant highs and crushing lows. From chart topping hits to drug addiction that nearly ended his career and life Green found refuge in the spiritual side of things and turned his career and life around. Green is currently out touring behind his critically lauded new CD Lay It Down of which he showcased songs. The songs from the new disc sound just as powerful as his hits from the '70's and fit seamlessly among the hits. After an opening vamp from his sublime band Green hit the stage to rapturous applause and passed out long stemmed roses to the ladies as he sang "I Can't Stop" followed by a stunning "Let's Get Married" that showed Green still posses one of the greatest voices of all time. Some of the best moments of the evening were on the spirituals "Amazing Grace" and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" and those monster hits from the 70's including "Let's Stay Together", "Here I Am (Come and Take Me) and an amazingly soulful "Tired of Being Alone". A medley of soul classics including brief takes of "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch", "My Girl", and "What a Wonderful World", "Bring it on Home" and "Sitting on The Dock of the Bay" was a hit with the crowd also. A true legend and the consummate showman it's great to have Al Green back entertaining again. For more great shows coming to the Seneca-Niagara Casino check out www.senecaniagaracasino.com

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