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Ryan Star @ The Paramount, 11.15.11

Ryan Star climbs the balcony at his show

Ryan Star climbs the balcony at his show at The Paramount on Nov. 12, 2011. Credit: Atlantic Records

Though Ryan Star and his band have been touring to support his major-label solo debut “11:59” for more than a year now, they still find ways to make their sets special.

Last night at The Paramount, Star and friends didn't have to look far. Sure, Star wasn't climbing the balconies, as the venue wasn't nearly as packed as it was Saturday, and Billy Joel wasn't in the house Tuesday night. But the Dix Hills native clearly enjoyed playing songs that were inspired by his hometown in his hometown – including the touching title track that really should have been a single and “Last Train Home,” which has to be the first song that unites love and the LIRR train schedule.

“It feels like home now,” Star joked, surveying the crowd. “I see all the girls from Great Neck who wouldn't date a guy from Half Hollow Hills.”

In the 45-minute opening set for The Goo Goo Dolls, Star also included his new song “Stay Awhile,” which shows his ability to craft a smart, adult pop hit getting even sharper.
However, it was the combination of his upbeat recent hit “Start a Fire” and his longtime set anchor “Back of Your Car” that got the crowd jumping.

“We tested it out Saturday night,” Star said. “The floor won't break.”

SETLIST: Brand New Day / Right Now / 11:59 / Last Train Home / We Can Work It Out / Breathe / Stay Awhile / Start a Fire / Back of Your Car

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