Peace, Love & Respect

I saw The John Butler Trio last night, outdoors at the Uni of Canberra.

It was a concert that had been postponed since August after one of the trio was unwell.

And no wonder one of them was sick. This is one hard working band. They have been playing gigs almost constantly this year, since releasing ‘Grand National’. And in the next month or so they are doing a hectic ‘Good Excuse’ tour of North America.

Check out these dates:

1               Indianapolis, IN        Vogue Theatre
2               Nashville, TN           City Hall
3               Milledgeville, GA       Sweetwater Festival 2007
5               Atlanta, GA             Variety Playhouse
6               Washington, DC          9:30 Club
8               Baltimore, MD           Sonar
9               Philadelphia, PA        Electric Factory
10              New York, NY            Terminal 5
11              Boston, MA              Orpheum Theater
13              Toronto, ONT            Kool Haus
14              Pontiac, MI             Clutch Cargos
16              Chicago, IL             Riviera Theatre *
17              Madison, WI             Berrymore Theatre *
18              Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue
21              Kansas City, MO         VooDoo
23, 24          Denver, CO              Ogden Theatre
26              Tucson, AZ              Rialto Theatre
29              Anaheim, CA             The Grove of Anaheim
30              San Diego, CA           4th & B Concert Theatre

1               Los Angeles, CA         Orpheum Theatre
2               San Francisco, CA       Warfield Theatre
5               Bend, OR                Domino Room
7               Seattle, WA             Moore Theatre
9               Portland, OR            Crystal Ballroom

That’s just 8 days free on a 38 day tour.

And this map: (yes, I did spend time making this up myself)

John Butler Trio Tour Map

Not a bad trek around the country!

It’s a dream of mine to do a tour like this. You get to see a country, play music, make money and have a bloody awesome time.

Mind you, I am sure you’d be buggered after it.

It was a fantastic show. ‘Peaches and Cream’ was amazing. ‘Pickapart’ went off, and ‘Funky Tonight’ finished the night off well.

The crowd was interesting. Lots of people who probably don’t get out to concerts much. The talking during some of the songs was annoying, but everyone was quiet for Peaches and Cream, which was nice.

Shannon Birchall on bass and Michael Barker on drums are just outstanding musicians. I was mesmerised by Michael on drums. He just does it so effortlessly. And of course, when Shannon did his big solo on his double bass, I was awe-struck. They can all play so well. I am damn jealous… I’ll never be that good, but I wish I could just transform into their bodies for a night.

So, if you’re in the US and have never seen JBT live, treat yourself. You won’t be disappointed!


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