I’m going a little out of order here, since I’m back in the room early for reasons which I’ll get to later.
Tonight I saw Jack Johnson at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.
Nice venue and I had awesome seats. The front two rows were blocked, so Row C was the front row off the floor just to stage left. I only wish I would have enjoyed the show more. I own a number of his CD’s and generally like his music.
While I’m very sure that he’s a nice guy at heart…Jack makes Jimmy Buffet look like Angus Young. He makes Gary Cooper look loquacious.
Look up the term laid back, and there’s a photo of Jack. (I think you have it the idea by now).
Now laid back can work…James Taylor would be one example. even his most laconic songs seem to pack a punch and lyrically hold a message. But, Jack was just too one dimensional, he introduced a “dance” song and honestly I couldn’t tell it was anything different than the half dozen he’d played before.
Now some of my sour mood be related to the fact that I seem to be sick tonight. I’d been fighting a cough since Glastonbury. But, tonight took a turn for the worse and I did something that I rarely ever do (I can count the previous times on one hand), I left early. I had to give up my great seat a half an hour in to rush to and then hover near the toilets. After an hour of the show, I just didn’t see it catching fire, so I slipped out and grabbed the Tube back to the hotel…about a 50 minute journey as well.
So, Jack…love you on CD. But, I just didn’t walk away with a great feeling about your live shows.
Oh, one final insult to the somewhat crummy day. I sat down at my computer at the desk in my rather shabby room (If you ask, I don’t recommend the Holiday Villa in London). and the leg of the chair broke. That follows the shower that broke earlier today and was stuck on until a plumber could come fix it. Glad that I’m changing hotels tomorrow…