Concert Reviews: Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Simon, Beyoncé, Jessie J, Bruce Springsteen

Today’s critiques include Kiefer Sutherland’s performance in Pennsylvania; Paul Simon’s Vancouver gig; Beyoncé in Toronto; Jessie J in Singapore; and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in England.

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Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Kiefer Sutherland @ Sellersville Theater 1894 in Sellersville, Pa., May 26 – “Sutherland’s songs, which ranged from folk to blues-rock to straight-up country, were consistently strong – often with deep, telling lyrics. Sutherland’s four-man band played them exceptionally well, with strong guitar and a solid rhythm section.” – John J. Moser / The Morning Call

Paul Simon @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 26 – “A 24-song set that never flagged, frequently amused and the man can still sing. Like really belt it out.” – Stuart Derdeyn / Vancouver Sun

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Performing at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Beyoncé @ Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, May 25 – “Yes, the production was stadium-size ready, much like the performer herself whose big hair, costumes and dance moves all merged together perfectly while fans kept her long tresses off her face.” – Jane Stevenson / Postmedia Network / Toronto Sun

Jessie J @ Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore, May 26 – “For someone whose voice had not quite woken up – she said she was jet-lagged and had not had any sleep since landing at 2am that same day from Los Angeles – she delivered the high, low and in-between notes with panache – whether if it was on ‘Domino,’ ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ or ‘Flashlight.’” – Anjali Raguraman / The Straits Times

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Performing in celebration of World AIDS Day, at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, May 25 – “For the last hour, the stadium lights are set to full beam, as ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Born to Run’ blare out like clarion calls. The Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’ and ‘Bobby Jean’ end the main set, with their leader crying out “One more time! One more time!” like a demon possessed. It’s a madness, really, rock stardom, just like dressing up as Father Christmas in May. But if this isn’t magic, then nothing else is.” – Jude Rogers / The Guardian