|He's held up fine for his 55 years |
(heck, he's just a youngster), but Billy Bragg
was joking that the beard wasn't
so much a fashion statement as
a way to "hide a multitude of chins."
Billy Bragg, Cedar Cultural Center, September 26, 2013.
I never thought I'd ever say I was too close at a concert, but I had brought a prime 85mm and ended up right up against the stage. I literally could have reached out and touched him--and since he generously spent time after the show (a good 2 1/2 hour show) signing and talking to people, I did get to touch him, as he allowed me a hug. Who knew how good socialists are at hugging? I guess it's just that communal, sharing spirit. :)
He played a nice balance of older, mid-career, and newer songs. I do think No One Knows Nothing has got to be one of his best recent songs. If he had played Levi Stubbs Tears, I probably could have just died happy then--but guess I'll have to live another day. Maybe he'll come back next year....
[Post pub note: I made no effort to write up something like an actual review of this performance at the time, and while I sort of regret that, it would have been difficult to produce anything more coherent than the above and perhaps a gurgle and a coo. Best leave well enough alone.]
|My first Bragg concert, nearly 30 years ago.|
|Upside down set list.|
|With guitarist CJ Hillman. Will be interesting to see where he ends up.|
|Another Hillman/Bragg shot.|
|CJ Hillman by himself.|
Hidden yet effective drummer Luke Bullen.
Hopefully I have the band right- Bassist Matt Round. I didn't get a photo of Owen Parker, since the keyboards blocked him even worse than the drums blocked Luke.
|Autographed! First Bragg song I ever heard and fell for: |
Scholarship Is the Enemy of Romance. I'm such a geek.