AFTER a day off in Bournemouth, midway through his lengthy world tour, Jackson Browne was in decidedly chirpy mood.
Full of praise for the town, he chattered from the stage about Indian restaurants, how much he loves the sea and the fact that he’d popped into The Odeon to see The Good Thief.
The American singer-songwriter even gave us his finest Nick Nolte impression. It was one of those nights!
Browne, on top form, stormed through the highlights of his 30 year career and gave us a big slice of excellent new material from his latest album The Naked Ride Home too.
By the time he finally brought proceeding to a close with a triumphant double encore – first the gloriously anthemic segue of Load Out/Stay from 1977’s Running On Empty album and then going even further into his back catalogue for a blistering version of Doctor My Eyes – three hours had passed.
Audience and artist were blissfully happy. Along the way Browne and his superbly tight six piece band had visited many of the milestones of his long and prolific recording career.
High points included Bright Baby Blues, Sky Blue and Black, The Pretender and Lives In The Balance, a song given a whole new poignancy and tension by the threat of impending war.
But while it always feels good to wallow in a little nostalgia what was really heartening was to hear the power and freshness of the new