The last big star we saw in concert was Bonnie Raitt, and since that is Val's area, it was she who wrote the review.
Tonight it was Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler's turn. Emmylou and I go a long way back: 1976, the film The Last Waltz where she performed Evangeline apart from The Band's farewell concert. She came, saw and conquered. We have been lovers ever since, so when Val and I met that was a fact to be dealt with, not always easily.
Yet - good English sport as she is - Val mentioned the posters announcing Emmylou and Mark in concert. I have the sneaking suspicion that Mark Knopfler might have something to do with it.
Anyway we went tonight and we saw these two masters of their trade perform with an ease that showed that long time practice makes very perfect. Their repertoire leaned heavily on their recent All the Roadrunning cd, of course, complemented by numbers from their individual catalogues, like Emmylou's Boulder to Birmingham and Mark's Why Worry, a slow one by just her and him, only a few necessary keyboard notes added by one of the five backing musicians, who were of the excellent quality we have come to expect at this level.
This was a memorable concert by two stars that are very dear to me, and who, time and time again, knew how to play just the right thing at the right moment. They've both been very important to what is now musical taste. It seems I am not completely alone at that, as about 5000 others had found the way to this same concert, which leads to a drawback of this venue: with a size like this, building up a form of interaction is practically out of the question.
We're back on board now. For the second time tonight I play our favourite of the album, This is us, if it were only for the Who-like synthesizer beginning of the song...