Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., August 9

August 09, 2013 | Drew Forrester

No sense in trying to buffalo you guys.

The only thing I can offer you this morning is a complete re-cap of the Jay Z/Justin Timberlake show at Ravens Stadium on Thursday night.

I actually did see about ten plays of the Ravens/Buccaneers pre-season game when I was getting a drink during the concert, but other than that, I have zero to offer you in terms of analysis.

I know the Ravens won.

That’s about all I have.

This is, precisely, why we employ such an outstanding young journalist as Luke Jones.  He’s our man on the scene at Owings Mills and he watched every single snap with great intensity last night.  I’ll lean on him throughout this morning’s radio show to give you all the nuts and bolts of Thursday’s pre-season opener.

Now — in my 50 years of life, I have attended roughly 100 concerts.  I’ve seen Springsteen exactly twenty times, I saw +Live+ fourteen times and I’ve had the privilege of seeing Morrissey in person ten times.  I could go on and bore you with the list of other greats I’ve seen, including The Police (a couple of times), Counting Crows (six times) and Dave Matthews Band (six times).

I’ve been to a lot of concerts.

I’ve never, ever, EVER seen anything like what I saw Thursday night in Baltimore.

Those two guys were just freakin’ spectacular.

Thursday was the 3rd time I’ve seen Jay Z live.  Honestly, one of the previous occasions was “good” and the other, at the First Mariner Arena a few years back, was barely acceptable.  There were rumors all week that Jay Z was sick leading up to that show in Baltimore and had contemplated canceling it which, based on his effort that night, probably would have been a good idea.  Anyway, as the saying goes, the third time was the charm last night as far as Brooklyn’s finest goes.  Jay Z was beyond compare on Thursday.  He was, simply, on fire.  Perhaps it was the thought that Ray Lewis once played football on the very surface he was performing, but Jay Z “manned up” last night and turned in a Ray-Ray type performance for the 60,000 or so who packed their way into the place.

Justin Timberlake was the showstopper Thursday night.

What an incredibly gifted performer that kid is…he can do it all.

I was in awe with how easily the two of them played off of one another and delivered a powerful two hours of music.  They shared the stage throughout, there didn’t appear to be any ego involved with “who gets the mic now and who doesn’t”, and when they decided to share the stage, it was apparent from the first note it was well rehearsed and not just two superstars up there collecting a check and going on to the next city.

That was a real, live show on Thursday night.

Worth every penny.

For all the talk about how overpaid and overvalued actors, singers, entertainers, etc. are, last night was NOT one of those occurrences, trust me.

I don’t know what Jay Z got…and I don’t know what Timberlake got.

But they should get double.

They were sensational.


Go Orioles!