A long time ago, Jonathan Richman was talking to my friend in Iceland. She said, ‘If I was up there onstage, I would just be dancing around!’ And that made me cry. But then Jonathan Richman said, ‘When you're playing by yourself in front of a lot of people, it's like there's a matador and a bull, and you don't know which one you are. But the one thing you do know is that the crowd wants to see one of you die and one of you survive.’ That made me so relaxed. (source)
According to Pitchfork, Chan Marshall (Cat Power) said the above, but… say what? If factual, the bull reference would seem to reference Picasso in some way and we know about the role of Pablo Picasso's confidence in Jonathan Richman's songbook. Perhaps it's a joke, or a reference to Taurus, Jonathan's zodiac sign… Or a new song? At any rate it would be interesting to see Jonathan Richman and Cat Power touring together.
Until that happens, what could be better than seeing Jonathan Richman supporting Wilco this month?
Sun 16 Sep Columbia MO The Blue Note/Outdoors
Tue 18 Sep Santa Fe NM Santa Fe Opera
Wed 19 Sep Tucson AZ TCC Music Hall
Sat 22 Sep Berkeley CA Greek Theatre
Sun 23 Sep Reno NV Grand Sierra Theatre
Tue 25 Sep Jacksonville OR Britt Pavilion
Wed 26 Sep Redding CA The Cascade Theatre
Fri 28 Sep Palm Desert CA McCallum Theatre
Sat 29 Sep Avila Beach CA Avila Beach Resort
Here's a video promoting Wilco at the Hollywood Bowl on 30 September, but with Joanna Newsom opening that date instead of Jonathan Richman. Still an amazing lineup.
September 30: Wilco at the Hollywood Bowl via