GREAT show. I told you I didn’t know much of his work at all beforehand, but I left a big fan. My friend I went with was a huge fan, and had wanted to see him live for the last ten years, so she was in seventh heaven. I managed to grab Jonathan at the intermission, shook his hand, and got him to stand still long enough to pose for a digital picture with my friend, for which he was very polite and she was eternally grateful.
He was so funny and charming and ultra-cool, never taking himself too seriously and not being afraid to be goofy and have fun on stage. He sang a lot in French, Spanish, and Italian, told stories and jokes between songs, and danced a lot, doing his cool little guitar-spins. Drummer Tommy Larkins was a great straight-man. My friend said he mostly did material from his new album, but there were also some classics like “Give Paris Another Chance” (one of the few songs I knew from before).
I now have the assignment of tracking down one of his rarer CDs, “Jonathan Sings.” We listened to an old dubbed cassette of it in the car on the way to the show, and I loved it. Apparently it’s rare, and possible out-of-print, but my friend desperately wants a copy and I wouldn’t mind it either. That’s the one with the two female backup singers, just a happy, positive, fun album. Great stuff!