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"Come home. All is forgiven." -- E II R - Riffs and Licks
"Come home. All is forgiven." -- E II R

Richard Thompson concluded his 1,000 Years Of Popular Music tour in Princeton tonight, kicking off with what he said was the first known round in the English language, from the early 1200s, and finishing up with his version of Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again."* Which has a somewhat medieval chord structure as he demonstrated by playing a verse in the15th century style. The final encore was a kickass cover of "1985."

Apparently, he is his own guitar tech, because when he broke his D string during the first verse of "Friday On My Mind," he changed it himself while singing the a capella tune "Sam Hall."

Then at one point, some wag yelled, "Richard Thompson for President!" (There's always a preponderance of wags at Richard Thompson shows.)

"I spoke to the Queen just this morning," he said, "and she's willing to take you all back. We've got a good economy and lots of oil and that nice Tony Blair who speaks in complete sentences." Even in Princeton that got applause.

*As an encore, he did a song written by Richard I while being held hostage in Germany following the Third Crusade, so he almost made the 1,000 years of the title. Having done a song by a King and a (brilliant) cover of Prince's "Kiss," he really should add, say, "Another One Bites the Dust" to the set.

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From: shunn Date: November 4th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
And "Take the 'A' Train"!

Sounds like it was a great show.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: November 4th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, he does perform an amazing solo version of "Rockin' In Rhythm" that has to be heard to be believed. It's on his album Strict Tempo, which I unfortunately only own on LP.
From: shunn Date: November 4th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wish I could hear it.

For some reason that makes me think of an amazing solo acoustic version of "Three of a Perfect Pair" that Adrian Belew played when Andrew and I saw King Crimson at Town Hall circa 2000.
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