Appearances are not what they seem to be when Rickie Lee Jones came onto stage at 4th and B, April 6, 2007. This was the last of the second part of her four legged tour. She was accompanied by a young looking group of musicians.
Her show opened loudly with a harder edge than what you would usually identify with Rickie Lee Jones. Perhaps the influence of her intense and sometimes distracting band members. There were sound problems throughout the show but as the evening progressed - Ms. Jones had the audience captivated.
She opened her show with songs for her latest CD but was hard to hear the lyrics over the music. Which was a shame since her phrasing of songs are so poetic. She was mesmerizing to watch- there were moments that it seemed as if she left the stage and was actually in the song she was singing.
Ms. Jones was relaxed, serious, fun and captivating. Her face has a gray pallor of a smoker and has developed some character. She is still beautiful and curvy but covered it up in comfort and hippie styled clothing. Her beauty comes thru especiallly when she smiled and laughed at herself or the situation or the song. Her eyes were narrow and would sometimes sparkle from the stage lights. Then, there were moments when her eyes would reflect the sparks whithin her and the moments when her universe would connect either with the audience or with her and her band, you knew she still had a lot of living and creating to do.
Ms. Jones had control of the stage and her group in a strange, mystical way- she would signal with a finger to lips or a tilt of her head. The music fluctuated in volume- like it would start off loud and intimidating then Rickie Lee would gradually bring it down to a soft gentle whisper.
She did play some of her older songs, like Coolsville, Last Stand to name a few. The audience would yell out their favorites, the most requested was "Chuckie In Love". She did eventually attempt to play audience's request as her encore song. As she stumbled thru it, trying to remember the words or the music, it appeared she had forgotten the song. I prefer to think she has chosen to move forward and leave the past behind- only to be faintly remembered from time to time.
Overall, it was a very entrancing evening with a familiar and evolving friend. I wonder what the last leg of the 4th part of the 4 legged tour will be like?
I had never been to the Henry Fonda Theater,
but every seat in the house was good.
Rickie is my all time favorite, so I was really into her. A security guard came by and asked my partner if I was OK just because I had my head down, so into her music, if I was OK.Pretty funny
She is so beautiful!
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