A fine time was had by all last night at Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacree 40th Anniversary show the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J.
As you may have gathered from glimpses of Arlo's performances, half the fun of his show are the chats and digressions leading up to and away from the songs.
Guthrie told us of a scraggly visitor who came to his home, when the 13-year-old Arlo saw him, he invited him in and found he was looking for his father, Woody. The scrawny stranger visited Woody in the hospital and soon was rewriting folk music history. Arlo then thought he'd go visit his dad too, and well, maybe end up like that visitor fellow Bob Dylan.
Arlo, who compared songwriting to fishing, said he admired Dylan's song writing. He went so far as to suggest that Dylan throw the little ones back ... maybe for Arlo to catch.
Of course, I can't do justice to such a story teller. You should have been there. Or maybe you can catch him on the City of New Orleans Tour next month. It'll be a hoot.
Set list (approx.)
Ridin' Down the Canyon
House of the Rising Sun
My Darkest Hour
(Helluva Farewell - Hawaian instrumental)
Coming Into Los Angeles
The Last Train - (written & sung by Gordon Titcomb)
ENC: City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman)
ENC: My Peace (by Woody Guthrie)
Surprise opening act: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Opening act: The Mammals
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