I have just heard that James Brown has died. I saw him a few years ago. Much of the show was fairly dull, with magicians and extended music breaks. But suddenly he would flash to life and perform as well as he had on Live at the Apollo. Those glimpses, those moments when the timeless youthful brilliance shone through were among the greatest moments I have ever seen at any concert.
I have always found it hard to see why his true genius has been underestimated to such a degree; he was every bit as important and as influential as Elvis. Modern music has lost one of its greatest figures. He recorded Live at the Apollo in the year that I was born, yet it could have been recorded yesterday or tomorrow; a giant has died, though he will be forever live at the Apollo.