review of 12/19/97 concert, Nashville, Tennesee

[contributed by Joel Zakem]

The 328 Performance Hall was smaller than expected, which made for an intimate show. There was no front act, and Patti and the band hit the stage about 8:30 local time. After dedicating the show to Waylon Jennings (Lenny had co-written Jennings' auto biography), the band tore into Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love ?" before going back to two numbers from Horses and an unaccompanied reading of "Piss Factory" . The band played two sets, about two and one half hours of music, and the set lists are as follows:

(1st set)
Who Do You Love?
Redondo Beach
Piss Factory (poem)
Dead City
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Beneath The Southern Cross
Don't Say Nothing
Blue Christmas (the Elvis song, sung by Tony Shanahan)
Gone Again
Because The Night

(2nd set)
Wicked Messenger (followed by a few lines from "Lay Lady Lay"
Dancing Barefoot
Love Of The Common People (a Waylon Jennings song, sung by Lenny)
Whirl Away
Summer Cannibals
About A Boy
Wing (dedicated to Chris Farley)
Death Singing
Paths That Cross
Land/Gloria medley
Rock 'n' Roll Nigger

I first saw Patti in February of 1976. At certain points, especially during the closing medley, it was almost as if I had been taken back to that time. It was a fine show, well worth the three hour drive.

Copyright © Joel Zakem 1997

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