Jackson Browne The Sage Gateshead April 5 2009
Jackson Browne is someone whose music has passed me by over the years. I know that he has connections with the Eagles and other well known US music legends, but to my shame I’m not very familiar with his material. I seem to recall that I saw him play piano with the Eagles at Wembley Stadium in 74, but I’ve never been to see him in concert before. So I decided that I needed to put matters right, and seeing as Jackson was coming to play at the Sage in Gateshead, I bought myself a ticket for the show.
I went along not really knowing what to expect or, indeed, if many people would be at the show; particularly given the rather steep ticket price (£40) and the fact that he was playing two nights at the venue. When I arrived I was pleased to see that the place was full and that there was no support act with Jackson playing two sets with an interval. I ran into quite a few old friends and saw several familiar faces; had a chat with Foss, Ian, and Pete (who had flown over from Spain where he now lives). Also chatted with the guy sitting next to me who had travelled from Brighton. He’d seen the show in Liverpool the previous week, and was also going to see him at the Albert Hall.
The show itself was pretty good, particularly considering that I didn’t know many of the songs. In fact the only one I fully recognised was Doctor My Eyes which closed the first set. No “Take it Easy” tonight, which disappoints me a little. Jackson has a great band with wonderful guitarist.
Pleased I went along. I guess I might go along and see him next time; but I need to listen to more of his music beforehand.