Jackson Browne and his wall o’ guitars…
It’s a simple plan.
Jackson Browne gives me all the guitars he doesn’t use.
Mofo had 17 of them onstage at the Palace Theatre on Monday night, and he didn’t use half. And when he played the piano – for much of the show – he covered up the best ones (a pair of Martin 00-17s) so’s we couldn’t see them.
It’s simple, Jackson – contact Nippertown for my address and ship them to me. I’ll cover the UPS. Really.
When he did play them, it was sweet, no doubt. No Lindley, no Goldenberg, no nothin,’ just Browne and six strings and a catalog of archetypal sensitive singer/songwriter stuff designed to make the ladies moist and the men weepy. But when he hits it – “Giving That Heaven Away,” “Call It a Loan,” “Something Fine” – man, it works.
He’s a rather limited pianist, but that hasn’t stopped him from scoring anthem after anthem on the baby boomer Hot 100. He hit those, too – “Rock Me On The Water,” “Sky Blue and Black,” “Rosie” (heh heh, heh heh, he said Rosie…).
Browne shared wisdom with the crowd, but he rarely followed it to its conclusion.
He talked about singing other’s songs, then played his own; talked about fellow rock stars in the room but neglected to name them; and occasionally flat out blathered without making a point.
Maybe he was thinking about how carefully he should package those guitars he’s sending me. (I don’t want the piano, by the way. I may be a lot of things, but I’m not greedy).
The set list was largely determined by the yahoo contingent, who did thems level best to outshout each other with their preferred ditty, but toward the end Browne shifted into hitsville for “The Pretender,” “Running on Empty” and “Take It Easy,” which in its best known version features the actual spawn of Satan – no, not Sting, dummy, Don Henley – on drums and invocations of Lucifer.
Browne tied the encore bow with “Before the Deluge,” a tune nestled somewhere between H.P. Lovecraft, the Book of Revelations and Leo Sayer, but beautiful nonetheless.
So, to recap – Jackson, put some newspaper underneath the headstocks; bubblewrap between the cases and the boxes; and loosen the strings before you put them on the big brown truck.
Thank you, sir.
Review by Bokonon
Michael Eck’s review at The Times Union
Excerpt from David Singer’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Jackson Browne never really needed a band behind him for his best songs, like ‘Late for the Sky,’ ‘The Pretender,’ ‘Running on Empty,’ and so on. His voice and guitar carry the tunes well enough. During his solo show Monday night at a mostly-filled Palace Theatre, the songs sounded just right — scaled down and bare-boned. His tunes have aged as well as he has. During the beautiful ‘For a Dancer,’ it seemed he could have even omitted the one accompanying instrument, leaving just his voice and the song.”
Concert review of Jackson Browne @ the Palace Theatre, 9/7/10
JACKSON BROWNE SET LIST
The Barricades of Heaven
Man of Constant Sorrow
Call it a Loan
Giving That Heaven Away
For a Dancer
The Crow on the Cradle
Your Bright Baby Blues
Rock Me on the Water
Sky Blue and Black
Off of Wonderland
In the Shape of a Heart
The Birds of St. Marks
Mohammed’s Radio (Warren Zevon)
I Am a Patriot (Little Steven)
Ready or Not
Running on Empty
Take it Easy
Before the Deluge