Saw Joe Jackson at the NTR last night. A two hour show (no support), some solo some plus two Americans on guitar and drums and Graham Maby (bass guitar) from Gosport. He mixed up the set with stuff from the new album, some from way back (including the hits) and various covers (Big Yellow Taxi – New Orleans style, Scary Monsters and See No Evil from Fast Forward)
It was a sell-out, an excellent show, with a standing ovation at the end. He’s become a fine performer in addition to being surely Pompey’s most accomplished musician in the popular music field.
These days I have a way of explaining to myself the difference between music and musicians I admire and those whose music I love (there’s a third lot but no time to spend on them). Those I love are playing music I can dream of playing and would love to play. In some cases, over the years, I’ve got close to doing that – in others (Miles Davis for example) I’m not even in the same universe. Joe Jackson is one that I admire. The music doesn’t actually hit that spot, I can’t imagine ever playing it or dreaming of playing it. But boy is he good!