Chris Isaak @ The Pacific Amphitheatre – 07/29/2016
The show opened with Isaak wearing almost a Mariachi style black suit with sequins, attire
Chris is known for and heckles himself with, making a reference to Beyonce and her costumes, stating “You know you were going to get quality entertainment based on the outfit.” The mostly middle-aged crowd stayed seated for most of the show, although during mid-show, a few couples were spotted dancing during “I Can’t Help Falling in Love”. The crowd did rise to their feet, hoping to touch the sparkly Isaak as he walked from stage left up to the loge section and back down to stage right, stopping along the way and engaging with the audience with humor and light hearted singing.
Isaak played many covers from artists that included Elvis, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis – all obvious musical influences and all favorites the crowd loved. Mid-show was a small acoustic set which included a squeeze box and humorous banter, obvious is the camaraderie among Isaak and his backup band of 30 years.
Toward the end of the set, a few very happy women from the audience were allowed on stage to dance during a medley of “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing” / “Bye Bye Baby”. The Mirror Suit brought the encore and the end to the dancing girls. Isaak ended the night with “The Way Things Are” a song from his latest album First Comes the Night.
Isaak left his impression on this reviewer who was definitely ‘Out of her Comfort Zone’ on this assignment. I look forward, along with his many other dancing fans, to his next tour through the Southland.
Chris Isaak Setlist
Dancin’ | Somebody’s Crying | Two Hearts | Don’t Leave Me on My Own | Oh, Pretty Woman | Down in Flames | San Francisco Days | Wicked Game | Go Walking Down There | Go Scotty Go (Scott Plunket Solo) | Running Down the Road | Forever Blue | Pretty Girls Don’t Cry | Only the Lonely | Insects | Let Me Down Easy | Take My Heart | Can’t Help Falling in Love | Great Balls of Fire | Don’t Make Me Dream About You | Blue Hotel | Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing/Bye Bye Baby
Encore: Big Wide Wonderful World | The Lonesome Fugitive (Introduction only) | The Way Things Really Are