LOS ANGELES-The always-touring, smooth-singing, Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, Jackson Browne, made a stop on his concert tour on Wednesday at the Greek Theatre and treated his fans to two and a half hours of blissful music.
Browne, Los Angeles-based, said he was glad to be home and sleeping in his own bed. It was a perfect time to be home and on stage as the full moon lit up the night sky to create great atmosphere as he took us on a romantic, sentimental journey, playing many of his memorable hits.
Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education.
He spoke about a gay friend of his who passed away and his support of the gay community. His friend was an accomplished dancer which inspired him to write a memorial song titled “For a Dancer,” which he sang and played beautifully at the piano.
During the course of the performance, Browne alternated between his guitar and piano. His first encore was the song “Take it Easy,” a tribute to fallen Eagles musician, Glenn Frey, who Browne co-wrote the song with.
In February, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Browne and the Eagles also performed the song in honor of Frey, who had died in January.
Browne’s career began in the mid-60’s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs and except for a brief period in NYC in the late ’60’s, he has always lived in Southern California.
The first band he joined after graduating from high school in 1966 was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
His debut album, “Jackson Browne,” came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Geffen was also his manager at the time. Two of his biggest hits were born out of that album. “Rock Me on the Water,” which was the first song on the program, and “Doctor My Eyes,” which ended the first set before intermission. “Doctor” entered the Top Ten in the US singles chart.
Some of the other hit songs that were sprinkled into the 24-song program at The Greek were “The Pretender,” “Boulevard,” “Fountain of Sorrow,” and “Redneck Friend.
And he entertained the crowd with his signature piece, “Running on Empty,” which, of course, got everybody to their feet as the last song of the second set.
Editor’s note: Top photo is Jackson Browne playing at the 2010 Acoustic Guitar Meeting. Sarzana, Liguria, Italy. Photo credit: Paul Schlarman