It was quite ironic in this set that there was a track called “Haunted” as Rickie Lee Jones will certainly be haunted by this concert. A night riddled with guitar problems, a guitar roadie was as much as star of the show as the New Orleans based singer.
Two songs into this concert which promised so much Rickie Lee Jones walked off stage due to continual sound problems with her guitars despite many efforts to solve the sound problems. Clearly frustrated she took her band off stage and demanded of her roadie to get things fixed. After quite a lengthy period Jones returned to the stage on her own and sat at her piano. Restarting with We Belong Together was probably wishful thinking although she did prove to be resilient. Her voice ranging from the frail to powerful in one song.
Whether the earlier interruptions had rattled her when she returned to her guitar it was still plagued with problems but this time of her own doing ie not depressing her footswitch. Recovering somewhat Rickie Lee Jones ably backed by a five piece band she met in Canada last year performed songs including Weasel, White Boys Cool, The Altar Boy and a new song reflecting where she currently stays in New Orleans J’ai Connais Pas. One of the most moving songs of the night was Rickie Lee’s tribute to the late David Bowie in her performance of Rebel Rebel
Whether a rendition of her most famous song Chuckies In Love was being saved for an encore or not we’ll never know as there was no encore forthcoming with Rickie Lee Jones returning to the stage briefly to give a quick bow before departing and possibly wishing she had never set foot in this arena.
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