Just got home from a great Richard Thompson show.
I've never been to a bad RT show- be it a solo, duo, trio or full band show richard has always done a great job entertaining the audience. Tonight was no exception.
He did a mix of his most well known- and loved - songs and tracks from his latest albums. He seemed to do about 2/3 of the songs from the requests yelled out by audience members.
I've been to shows by Richard in the past where he would subtly move people away from yelling out songs but tonight was different. I think it probably had something to do with his last 3 shows which were at the City Winery in NYC earlier this week. They were all all-request shows so he mentioned he thought he could control his show tonight but it seemed to have gotten away from him- and the audience loved it.
We got tracks like 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, Persuasion, Crawl Back (Under My Stone), Let It Blow, Easy There Steady Now , Shoot Out The Lights, Wall Of Death, Beeswing, When The Spell Is Broken, Valerie, Dimming Of the Day, Sidney Wells and a number of others. He did his Britney Spears number- Oops, I did It Again as well.
He did just under 2 hours basically without a break- he did stop after 1 hour 40 minutes and walk of stage and came back twice for encores .
Masterful guitar work and incredible word interplay both in the songs and in the conversation with the audience.