1 Down; 15 To Go

On Sunday, January 17th, we completed the first item on our 16 in 16 list by attending the Jackson Browne concert in Gainesville at the Curtis M. Phillips Center. Before the concert began, John took this picture of the stage set up with twenty guitars and a grand piano. There was no doubt that we were in for a special night.

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Once on stage, Jackson Browne explained that he didn’t have a set play list for the evening, but instead would be using the instruments on stage as a sort of juke box for the evening selecting an instrument and then playing something it inspired.

During his two hours on stage, Jackson Browne sang and played music spanning his career of more than forty years to an enthusiastic, if not young, crowd. We happened to be surrounded by people we knew…parent’s of former students, former colleagues, friends from church, even though we went to the concert as a couple; and we all joked that we weren’t as old as those other concert goers.

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As you can tell, we weren’t in front row seats, but having attended several events in this venue, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house (so long as photographing the event is not a priority).

One of the final songs of the evening was Take It Easy, made famous by The Eagles, but written by Browne; and in fact, he said most people associate Glenn Frey playing and singing this song and sometimes wonder why he is playing it. That resulted in a discussion on the way home of the Eagles concert we attended in 2013. How strange to wake up the next morning to hear the news that Glenn Frey had died. A good reminder that there’s no time like the present to buy tickets and attend concerts.

You can watch Jackson Browne’s performing Take It Easy two nights later from his Clearwater concert by clicking here (the picture gets better after about 30 seconds).

“Life in the Fast Lane” – with Orthopaedic Shoes

IMG_1369Last night we celebrated the 66th birthday of Joe Walsh at the Eagles concert in Tampa. Great news: while now eligible for social security, the band still sounded terrific as they performed from 8:15-11:15 with only one short break.

Unfortunately, the Eagles’ fans don’t seem to have fared as well. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I didn’t expect to be one of the youngsters in the crowd. The Medicare set in attendance complete with orthopaedic shoes enjoyed every minute of the concert, including “Life in the Fast Lane”, but struggled to walk up the steep steps of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Something this older crowd had in common with the one at the Hotel California tour in 1978 – beer spilling. It seems drunk 20 somethings and wobbly sixty and seventy year olds both have difficulty squeezing through the row to their seat with a beer in hand, but what’s a concert without wearing a little beer?

The concert, dubbed, “History of the Eagles” taught the type of lesson that makes everyone a history buff. Starting with more mellow sounds like “Saturday Night” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and concluding with “Hotel California”, “Take It Easy”, and “Desperado”, the band’s hits provided memories from the past 40 years…unforgettable.

“Take it Easy” from the Eagles concert in Philadelphia in July.