Ruth Zavitsanos

January 15, 2010

Rob Thomas Performance

Filed under: 1 — ruthz621 @ 12:30 am

I like this title. To me it means he was there, and indeed this time Rob Thomas did appear at his rescheduled (for the third time) concert this past Saturday at the Borgata in Atlantic City. When we arrived at our seats our friends who were with us from the beginning with these tickets sat in the row in front and a few seats over. This worked out great! I could lean over and easily comment to my friend. Her husband pointed out an open laptop just two rows in front of us with the Eagles game in easy view. I remember sinking back in my seat when Rob took the stage, in a state of disbelief, especially with my husband leaning forward and watching the Eagles game throughout. Come on, this had to be a dream.

Rob thanked the audience several times for being there. “And I REALLY want to thank those of you who have been here for this concert several times,” he said. Adding, “This concert was destine to happen.” He played an enjoyable rendition of Elvis’ “That’s Alright Mama,” rocked to Bruce Springstein’s (considering he was performing in Bruce Land he got an overwhelming applause) “Dancing in The Dark” and gave a beautiful softer version of his hit with Carlos Santana, “Smooth”. He performed a few hits from his previous solo CD and most of the tunes from his latest, Cradlesong CD. One song, a favorite of my friend’s, “Snow blind”, may have been left out with good intention given the fact the last concert was canceled because of a snowstorm.

Our seats were at the fifty yard line for both Rob and the Eagles! Rob proved to be extremely talented and one who does not take life for granted as indicated in his intensely profound lyrics. His voice is smooth and watching him bring the lyrics to life, often beating his hand against his heart, made it a very moving experience.

The Eagles lost, but Rob’s concert was gratifying though he did leave us wanting more.  After all the rescheduling and financial setbacks I went through to see his concert I was surprised there were no encores. I think an encore or two would’ve enhanced his appearance.



  1. Good blog, Ruth. I’m glad you finally got to see the concert. I felt I was there with you. Too bad about the lack of encore.

    Comment by Carolyn Matkowsky — January 15, 2010 @ 4:06 am | Reply

  2. Um, sorry, but you heard the encore. He came back out after “I Am An Illusion” and did an acoustic version of “Wonderful”, then “Dancin’ in the Dark”, then “Smooth”, and finished with “This Is How a Heart Breaks.” I’m glad you enjoyed the show, but since the dude sang 23 frigging songs I think he deserves some props for giving us a hell of a show. Maybe you were distracted by the Eagles game?

    Comment by Jay — January 15, 2010 @ 5:28 am | Reply

    • Jay, I definitely was not distracted by the Eagles game–that would’ve been my husband. 🙂 If what you stated was his encore then I’m really very glad he did come back since those songs, for me, were the highlights of his performance. I have no idea how many songs he did. I do know he poured his heart and soul into each and everyone of them. One thing is for certain, Rob Thomas proved to be a very talented artist and an amazing performer.

      Comment by ruthz621 — January 15, 2010 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  3. Eagles game? Okay, I’m glad you got to the concert. Sorry you didn’t get an encore.

    Comment by Robin Kaye — January 15, 2010 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  4. Ruth, I am so glad you finally got to see the performance you have been waiting so long to see. The bit about the Eagles is fun. There’ve been so many times I’ve dragged my husband to a concert that he just plain wasn’t interested in seeing. He fidgets in his chair, doesn’t clap – I spend most of the time trying to get him to engage. It is wonderful that you got a 2-for-1 event, so both of you could enjoy the performance.

    Comment by Elizabeth Kelley — January 15, 2010 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

    • Elizabeth, thanks for relating to the “husband/football playoff” factor! 🙂

      Comment by ruthz621 — January 15, 2010 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  5. Ruth,

    The weekend before you saw the concert, Rob was on the Today show doing the iTunes version of “Ever the Same” and I fell madly in love. It may be the most played song on my iPod now. It’s just so soft and sweet and smooth, much like Rob. I hope I get a chance to see him next time he’s in town, and I hope I don’t have to push through a blizzard to get there! 🙂


    Comment by Carla — January 15, 2010 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  6. Thankfully the concert was better than the Eagles game. 😦

    I’m wondering why he did so many encores but didn’t “advertise” it as such. I know you’re a fan, so you were paying attention. Usually the concert ends, the audience claps, the curtain goes back up and those are the encores. Seems to me the songs that were mentioned above should have been part of the show. I remember when I went to Queen’s concert (hands down, BEST concert EVAH!!! Both of them!), there was NO doubt you were getting an encore. Man, those guys ROCKED the place!

    Soooo glad you FINALLY got to see this concert! 🙂

    Comment by Judi Fennell — January 15, 2010 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  7. Ruth, I’m so glad you finally got to see this long-awaited concert. And thank you for not bringing us the foot-of-snow curse!

    Comment by Miriam Newman — January 15, 2010 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

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