In 1984, I waited up til Midnight to listen to Casey Kasem’s countdown of the top 100 songs of 1985. Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life” had to be on top. I wanted it for her so bad. In the end, she had the No. 30 song of the year but it was her protege and collaborator Prince who had the top spot with “When Doves Cry.” For some weird reason, I could not get enough of Sheila E. back in the day. So when I heard she was touring again, I had to go.
In 2012, I go to many, many concerts, as you can tell if you read this blog. Sheila E. reminded me why I love to go. It’s not about one pop song, one aging pop diva, but the love of truly talented musicians. That’s what Sheila E. is first. Highly respected percussionist and drummer. And she didn’t disappoint. While I don’t know the names of all the songs she performed, it was Latin, it was jammin’ and it was outrageously fun. Of course there were songs I knew: “Holly Rock” from the all-but-forgotten film Krush Groove, “The Belle of St. Mark,” off her debut album, “Koo Koo” off her all-but-forgotten self-titled third album and her best known hits, the Prince-penned “A Love Bizarre” and the Sheila E.-penned and produced “The Glamorous Life.” While 54-year-old Ms. Escovedo’s stellar percussion skill impress, it was saxophonist Eddie M. who blew me away. What a talent!