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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:41 pm 
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It may have taken 27 years, but I had the chance to see Joe Jackson again. He's touring his newest album, Fast Forward.

Show was on Monday; at the Jack Singer Hall. YYC'ers know this place, it's part of Arts Commons downtown. For others, it looks like this:

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It has a capacity of near 1800 and was almost full for the show. The major ceiling feature is a maple diffusion installation - unfortunately with a 100% amplified performance this wasn't really beneficial. The PA wouldn't take direct advantage of the feature. For an orchestra, this may be just the ticket.

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The band is travelling light, just a basic stage. Guitarist to the right of the drum kit, Graham Maby on bass in the background, between the drum kit and the keyboards. This shot is as we seated before the performance, I didn't try to take photos etc during the show.

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Enough of the details - how was it ? As a long standing Joe Jackson fan, it was great. Was it a flawless performance ? No. Forget the lip synced, choreographed shows of current popular entertainers, this show was enthralling and real. Two hours passed in what seemed like minutes.

As a quartet it was really loud - the drums needed to have levels dropped a bit. But the performance was captivating, and the new music came across really well.

As it was years ago Joe told you how the evening would go. They were going to be playing several pieces from the new album, older songs, and a few covers. I was intrigued.

At one point Joe mentioned that at this stop, he was about as close as the tour would get to Joni Mitchell's hometown of Fort Macleod - he'd been invited to perform at an SFJazz function last year honouring Joni. (and felt honoured to do so)

What would happen, he said, if this song wasn't written by a guitarist from Fort Macleod but instead by a pianist from New Orleans ? And so started his take on "Big Yellow Taxi". And it worked ! Hifijones, you shoulda been there.

Another cover was David Bowie's "Scary Monsters" It rocked.

Of course there was lots of original material, from the early albums to the most recent. (save the movie soundtracks and classical - his catalog is pretty varied)

Anyway it was a great show, the crowd was totally into it. I was too. 8)


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Glad you enjoyed it , Mark. I know you were pretty stoked about it.
I would of been surprised if Joe didn't deliver. Saw him a couple times
back in the day. Great shows, with energy and flow. Big fan of his early
stuff the second we all heard him.
As fate would have it, I picked this copy of Look Sharp that was
out a while back as a double 10 inch at a garage sale for 5 bucks
last week and it was sealed. Score! :lol:


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I have that Look Sharp set as well, pretty cool.


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Sounded like fun! Like many of you, I saw him in the early '80's. The Mike's Murder soundtrack was a fave back in the day, as was Night and Day. Talented and versatile artist. Alway seems to do his own thing, which I like. Thanks for sharing.


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Playing here at the BluesFest next month (week?), I'll probably go, but haven't bought in yet. Missed him in the 80's, funny that as the folks I was sharing a house with back then - university age, remarked that they felt that they were "too old" for the crowd that was at the concert.

As a "bonus" we get Billy Idol the same evening.

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Nice. I also saw Joe live ... in 1979! Not a typo. "Beat Crazy" tour.

All those drugs - they can't be sane
All that noise - affects their brains

Sniffin' pot - smoking glue
Whatever terrible things they do
Smokin' LSD and such
It must be the reason why they can't talk much

And it's such a crime
How they waste their time
They can't get nowhere
They've all gone Beat Crazy
Beat Crazy!


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pierre_b wrote:
Nice. I also saw Joe live ... in 1979! Not a typo. "Beat Crazy" tour.


I had to miss a show of his about that time in Victoria... touring with "The Yachts" who were getting some minor airplay then.

Behind us a couple were talking - the lady said she heard some of his songs in the 80's but nothing since. After the show her companion asked if she liked it. "Absolutely wonderful" was the response.

Didn't see any young 'uns at the show. Pretty strict demographic - the guys were all geezers in their 50's or 60's. For better or for worse, I fit right in. :lol:


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