I love the Beacon Theatre. The last show I saw there was Neil Young in '92. If they haven't done any restoration work on the theatre since then, I hope they do.
The Neil Young show was great also. They even wheeled out a pipe organ of sorts for a few songs. It was mostly acoustic.
The audience on the other hand was very disrespectful to opening act, Victoria Williams. She gets no respect as an opener, but she's great. The audience at a Lou Reed show I saw at Harbor Lights in Boston(now called something else) was almost as rude to her.
But at the Beacon, they were even booing Neil Young! Not to be an elitist, but it looked like the local inbred bars from the outer 'burbs...way outer 'burbs like maybe the Carolinas... organized some kind of a field trip there. They were pissed he wasn't playing "Southern Man" and insisted on chanting it during during the show.
That's why a theatre is probably the largest venue I'd attend unless the act was really really good. I prefer small clubs where if someone acts like a jerk everyone can turn and stare him/her down
Who opened for Ben Folds? I'm sure the audience was much nicer.