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22 apr 2008, 18:11 av JoeIsListeningSat 19 Apr – Joe Jackson
Some day I'm going to get to see Joe Jackson early on the American leg of one of his tours, before he's settled in and road weary. The last time I saw him, in support of Night and Day II, I'd read reviews of two-and-a-half hour shows that included an extended solo set in the middle and a scorching cover of Steely Dan's Reelin' In The Years. But by the time he got to Cleveland, the show was down to a tight two hours. It was still great, but I had to wonder if he had something against Cleveland.
So for his show in Pittsburgh, I avoided reading reviews of previous shows. But, as it turns out, the set list was literally changed at the last minute - so I had to wonder. Perhaps I'm just cursed.
A little background first. This was my fourth JJ show. I've seen him with a ten piece band that included a horn section (Blaze Of Glory tour), a five piece band (the Warmin' It Up club tour which rehearsed material for the soon-to-be-recorded Laughter And Lust)…
10 mar 2008, 11:57 av RissanA concert Of Joe Jackson is always like a first introduction. Although you know eachother for years, at the start there's always an uncomfortable first five minutes, in his case a first uncomfortable song.
This time the first song of the set turned out to be Stepping Out. The sound wasn't okay, the vocals were sung as if Joe was taking a shower, but the audience loved it already. After this Joe relaxed, started to talk, made funny faces, laughted and was interacting with the people.
With a new album out it was obvious that Joe, accompanied again by Graham Maby and Dave Houghton, would play a lot of the album. The audience wasn't disappointed with a setlist that included eight of the ten tracks. Although there were people in the audience unaware that he had released a new album recently.
For me it was a bit disappointed that opener "Invisible Man" wasn't played, although I could understand it, since the track was on the setlist in the 2006 and 2007 tour.