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.