Jackson Browne – State Theatre – Minneapolis MN – June 19th 2018

Jackson Browne State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN 6/19/18

About 10 years ago, I decided to make a list of all the artists I’ve never seen that I would like to see. Jackson Browne has always been on that list. Partially due to the fact of his ties with the Eagles whom I think are an amazing band. But I’ve always like this pop sensibility.

He played for over two hours and did two separate sets with an intermission. He worked his way through his entire catalog playing several of his hits like “Running On Empty”. That’s song takes me all the way back to when I was a kid in the summer of 1972. He also did “Somebody’s Baby” made famous by the 1983 cult classic film Fast Times At Ridgemount High. I guess the big surprise for me was the Warren Zevon cover “Lawyers, Guns and Money”. Any fan of Jackson Browne knows that he is always been very politically active. I appreciated the fact that he kept most of that rhetoric to a minimum. When I go to a show, I want to escape all the chaos of everyday life and that includes politics.

There were two songs I felt that were missing from the set that somewhat surprised me. The first is a lesser-known hit “Lawyers In Love” and the other would be “Load Out- Stay” which has been an FM staple for decades. But I guess we get to this point your career you can choose what you would like to play. Either way, Jackson Browne did not disappoint. The musicianship of the band was stellar and everything was played to perfection. He’s always been the type of artist that even if you don’t know the songs there is a certain amount of familiarity with them.

Review and photos by Tommy Sommers