Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Kris Kristofferson and John Prine Killarney Ireland 27th June 2004

Thanks to Billy O'Callaghan for the set lists and report.

John Prine:

1. Spanish Pipedream
2. Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
3. Souvenirs
4. Fish And Whistle
5. Grandpa Was A Carpenter
6. Picture Show
7. All The Best
8. Angel From Montgomery
9. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
10. Sam Stone
11. Bear Creek
12. Ain't Hurtin' Nobody
13. Hello In There
14. Lake Marie


1. Shipwrecked In The Eighties
2. Darby's Castle
3. Broken Freedom Song
4. They Killed Him
5. In The News
6. Anthem '84 (dedicated to George W. Bush)
7. Jesus Was A Capricorn
8. Duvalier's Dream
9. The Heart
10. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
11. Help Me Make It Through The Night
12. Casey's Last Ride
13. Nobody Wins
14. The Second Coming (W.B. Yeats Poem)
/Slouching Toward The Millennium
15. Loving Her Was Easier
(Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
16. The Circle
17. The Sabre And The Rose
18. Daddy's Song
19. Jody And The Kid
20. The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
21. To Beat The Devil
22. The Final Attraction
23. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
24. The Silver Tongued Devil And I
25. For The Good Times
26. Paradise (w/John Prine)
27. The Great Compromise (w/John Prine)
(dedicated to George W. Bush)
28. Me And Bobbie McGee (w/John Prine)
(Crowd singing Happy Birthday)
29. Thank You
30. A Moment Of Forever
31. Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down
32. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends

John Prine played for about an hour, and although his voice was in pretty rough shape he gave a great performance (as always).

Kris came out at about 6:30. It was an outdoor gig, and the daylight seemed to put him off just a little. But he was in good form, talking a little bit about George W. Bush (or in the man's own words "That son of a bitch") who was on a flying visit to Ireland the previous day and had caused Kris's flight to be delayed about an hour and a half. He also mentioned Bob Dylan, who was playing a concert in Galway. 

Where he had been at times uncomfortable in his solo shows in Dublin back in January, especially in closing out songs, here I noticed a new confidence in  Kris. I think he is relishing this now, being alone on stage. The set list  was great, especially a brilliant, moving version of They Killed Him, Daddy's Song and The Sabre And The Rose which were nice surprises. Also, In
The News
is a great song.

My sister had been hoping that he might play New Mister Me. She had a banner with the request but she was too shy to take it to the stage, so I did it instead. We had pretty good seats but as there was no real restriction on picture taking, unlike a lot of other venues, it was possible to get pretty close. I held up the banner and Kris seemed to take an eternity to read it.  Then he just gave me a kind of a wry smile, as if to say "Are you crazy?!"  He didn't play it. I guess it wasn't something he had rehearsed.  The crowd was pretty vocal, and they sang along with the 'standards'.  He played for about two and a quarter hours, maybe a little longer.  After For The Good Times he announced a surprise and invited John Prine out to sing with him. The singing didn't sound well rehearsed but it was clear that they were having fun, and Kris commented in that typically self-deprecating way of his what a couple of sweet voices they had. "Simon
and Garfunkel," he said, laughing and Prine chimed in with "The Everly Brothers."
The finale, Me And Bobby McGee, was pretty wild, with Kris singing "Feelin' good was good enough for me and Janis!"  The whole stadium was singing along, and dozens of people were dancing in the aisles!
During the new song, Thank You some people down the front were singing along and Kris asked, "how do you know this?" Overall it was a great show. Kris's voice was in great shape right from the start (Shipwrecked was just beautiful). I hope he is going to record some new stuff soon.
Yet again I didn't get a chance to meet him, but the music was so good, maybe better than it has ever been.  Anyone going to see him in the coming months, you are in for a real treat.

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