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- Posted on Mar 9th 2011 12:00PM by Steve Baltin
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For many artists, keeping thousands of people rapt for that long would be impossible. But Browne, who brought his show to the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, Calif. on Tuesday night, was not only up to the challenge, he nailed it with a virtuoso performance.
Opening with the beautiful 'Farther On,' from 'Late for the Sky,' Browne covered his more than 40-year career throughout the 23-song set and threw in some unexpected highlights. After 'Farther On,' Browne spoke of how he had moved to the area when he was 17 and then joked about how many women in the audience were ones he'd written songs for.
That intimacy made songs like rarity 'Song for Adam,' which Browne recalled being written for a late friend from Long Beach, that much more poignant. During the song, Browne flubbed the lyrics, singing the same line twice before apologizing to the crowd and admitting he got lost in the memories of the song.
Like every great songwriter, Browne is able to take the most personal of subject matters and make the story relatable to anyone in the audience, a feeling that was apparent during 'Sky Blue And Black,' his first hit, 'Dr. My Eyes,' the sing-along whispering of 'These Days' and the shouted chorus of 'The Pretender.'
It's cliché to call music the soundtrack of a life, but in the case of Browne, it is unquestionably true. While the acoustic setting may be his most challenging, it's clearly his most rewarding, as well as a beautiful reminder of the incredible scope and brilliance of his catalog.