Rickie Lee Jones at the Wildey Theatre, 11/24/12: Review and Setlist
"We forgot our light show," she said and gestured at the blank screen behind her; then it filled with red light. "Don't worry, that's not the future." What did she ever mean by that? No one knew, so she chose "We Belong Together," a song "we haven't done much before," because it was the last show of the U.S. tour. The great solidarity in shared loneliness, the shared young-blood outsiderness of her theme, of all her themes, rang true, especially in the dark slur given to the "only angel who sees us now," the one who "watches through each other's eyes." She played the song for deep, deep keeps.
It would be hard to imagine a better setlist or a better duo to back her -- Pevar again and again teased out faint, weird sounds a Telecaster isn't known to make -- what with "The Horses," a song of hope and protection for a daughter, sailing into the ad-libbed lines "Looking for redemption, it goes on and on," repeated like a spontaneous Van Morrison vocal riff, and then straight into the scariest place on Earth, "Coolsville," also played on the piano, with long, slow chords and falsetto wails that pricked like a remembered junkie's needle.
No one can sing like that, certainly not as she sang on "Last Chance Texaco," her final song -- no encore, though the room stood to applaud over the house music for a good five minutes -- with her streaming-by siren wails, a pluck and pull on guitars and cello, orchestrated by an artist who will not go quietly -- no matter how quietly she played -- into the night.
Personal bias: This was just my second time seeing Jones in person. The first was a video taping at SXSW 2007, an utterly staged set, one I can barely remember now. Her Wildey show won't be so forgotten.
Overheard: Next to nothing. Everyone in the hall was stunned to silence.
Sympathy for the Devil
Danny's All-Star Joint
Seems Like a Long Time
Weasel and the White Boys Cool
It Must Be Love
Catch the Wind
On Saturday Afternoons in 1963
We Belong Together
Show Biz Kids
Love Is Gonna Bring Us Back Alive
Last Chance Texaco