Maybe next tour.
film of the same name. As 'I'm on Fire' had the night before, 'The Wrestler' segued into 'You're a Friend of Mine' with the precision of an Italian sports car changing gears.
And then Jake introduced the next song, 'A Fool in Love', thusly:
My name is Jake Clemons and I was blessed to have Clarence Clemons as my uncle.For the kids out there ... THAT'S how you introduce a motherf*cking song.
Perhaps feeling sheepish about repeating stories he asked how many of us had seen multiple shows but it thankfully didn't dissuade him from detailing the song's origin. We were taken back to 2008 and a phone call Jake took from Clarence. Clarence asking Jake to be best man at his fifth wedding. Jake hedging, taking his role seriously and offering sound, future alimony-preventing advice. Finally, Clarence responding to Jake's reticence with the gory details of his first shattered heart.
After that, something cracked.
A rousing 'You Must Be Crazy' sent Jake into the audience and Brett Mayer played a keyboard solo that recalled mid-'70s Stevie Wonder before Jake & Co. launched into 'Two', their cover of the Ryan Adams song that's the centrepiece of every show. I wrote about its performance at the Basement but it demands recognition every night, as is encapsulates all that makes Jake such a unique performer: honesty, pain, healing and hope. Halfway through the boys slowed it down and Jake talked about being on tour in Dublin and receiving the horrible news. About flying home and spending Clarence's last week with him. Then Jake stopped talking. He wiped his eyes. And began to heal, again, before our eyes. During the song's sax solo Jake slipped in a few classic Clarence riffs, including the one from 'Dancing in the Dark'. He was celebrating his uncle's continued presence in his life -- which he said is stronger now that it ever was -- and so were we.
Final show of the Oz tour kicks off in a few hours in Cronulla at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla. 'Springsteen & Us' cohorts Mary and Piera have flown up from Melbourne to be there. Should be a bittersweet night.
|Jordan Millar has been Jake's NSW opener. The young man wields a mean acoustic guitar.|
|Unlike the stage at The Basement -- which was barely a foot off the floor -- the Bridge Hotel's loomed like a ship's bow over a table-dotted sea. Jake's already a taller-than-average musician; there were times he loomed over us like Godzilla over the Tokyo skyline. The raised stage also created moody and at times spooky lighting effects|
|Jake began his set with an acoustic song written "the last time I was here" that included mentions of the Australian Central Coast, New Zealand and the Cape of Good Horn in South Africa. It was a harbinger of the personal night that was to come.|
|Jake need only lunge for his saxophone to draw applause. During Friday night's show he blew so hard he looked ready to pass out. Last night's playing was more soulful, more connected to the emotion of each song.|
|Jake once again asked the Gold Coast's Rachel Gilligan to accompany him on backing vox for a pair of acoustic songs.|
|Can't write much about the look on Matt's face other than it was temporary. It couldn't have been a result of Brett Mayer's guitar playing. Could it?|
|Woke up this morning with the sax part of 'Song for Hope' looping through my brain. While the Bridge Hotel crowd at times fell dead silent, it responded to Jake's entreaties to stomp, clap and sing along.|
|Jake busted a guitar string during 'Carry Me Through' so Matt hopped on stage and quickly tuned a replacement. Another sublime finale.|