I’m lucky enough to be on holiday in New York and saw Radiohead at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. It was an outstanding show with a near-perfect setlist covering more or less their whole career.
For a minute there, I lost myself...
I managed to get in to one of their Roundhouse shows in London not that long back, having never seen them live before. Absolutely loved it.
Also, thanks for the reminder that almost exactly a year ago I was in NYC myself for my 40th.
Strangely, there was a musical connection - I listened to a Paul Gambaccini quiz on the radio, and one of the questions was about Sinatra's favourite restaurant, which is still there in New York and has a small statue of him on the bar. Apparently early in his career, his manager took him to the restaurant and told the owner to 'look after him, he's gonna be a star', or words to that effect. And they did indeed look after him. Sinatra never forgot, and kept going back to the place throughout his life.
When they mentioned the name of the place, Patsy's, I thought it'd be nice to go there if ever I got the chance. After much tribulation - stranded in Frankfurt for a night because of flight delays, my partner getting held up at the US border for hours because apparently there's a criminal who shares her name, and being on crutches for my birthday! - we managed to get to the restaurant. But after the delayed journey, we hadn't had chance to make reservations, and they were full. But the waiter took pity on my hobbling, and they set a table up for us in the tiny bar area. The chef even came out to ask if everything was ok. We had a great time.
So if you're in Manhattan and in the market for a proper 'Noo Yoik' Italian meal, I can recommend Patsy's