Archive for the 'Live Shows' Category


Walter Egan At McCabe’s

We sacrificed our lives for rock and roll. Walter Egan graduated from Georgetown. His mother wondered when he’d get serious and live the straight life. But then he got a call to play guitar for Linda Ronstadt and he decamped for Los Angeles. The rest of the band stayed behind, in Washington, D.C., but Walter […]

Billy Bragg At The Troubadour

“I played bars thirty five years ago and I’m still playing bars today.” That’s what Billy Bragg told me when I asked him about the dream, you know, the one where you become rich and famous. He referenced other acts, like the Housemartins, who had broken through, where were they today? But he’s still standing. […]

Alison Moyet At The Fonda

She told the audience to shut up. That she was 56 and might never come back so they’d better let her talk. It’s not that they were rabble-rousing, lost in their own personal world, the assembled multitude was in thrall, shouting, interrupting, wanting to connect. And you’d want to connect too. The only other time […]

Tom Petty At The Hollywood Bowl

He’s the last rock star. And he’s finally comfortable in his own skin. He used to have attitude, a chip on his shoulder. He kept his distance. He needed to express his anger. Now he knows what he’s achieved and he can accept our love and the end result is satisfaction and transcendence. I’m not […]