The John Butler Trio at Lollapalooza, August 3, 2008

If I had the chance to see these guys in the next few weeks I would be all over it. No special reason that I’m saying that. Just a comment. And speaking of comments, check out those comments on youtube from the folks who were there… Wow. Seems they liked the show.


7 Responses to “The John Butler Trio at Lollapalooza, August 3, 2008”

  1. 1 Linda T
    August 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Awwww man, that was great! “Funky Tonight” is always such a revved up song, no matter what version you listen to — but live with the Trio is just kick-ass!!! I loved the drum interlude and that crazy thing he did with the guitar-amp feedback at the end. And, only John Butler could make Mary Poppins seem funky!! LOL

    You do realize he is going to be in your area soon, right? He is part of a bill including G Love and Special Sauce and the Pornographers and several other bands as part of a festival in SF at hte end of August. (I saw this advertised at the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend.) I hope you get a chance to go. As for me, I’m going to do everything in my power to try to see him in Boston on Thursday, even if I have to jump the gates! 😀

    Thanks for the great vid!

  2. August 12, 2008 at 1:30 am

    You do realize he is going to be in your area soon, right? He is part of a bill including G Love and Special Sauce and the Pornographers and several other bands as part of a festival in SF at hte end of August

    No, I didn’t know that! How did I miss that?

    I checked the tour dates and there it is!
    Sunday 31st
    August Fort Mason Park
    San Francisco. CA

    I’m going to try to make it, but since I will be gone at a music festival the entire previous weekend, I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull it off…

    Have fun Thursday if you go…

  3. 3 fishwater
    August 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Didn’t get to see this in person, but they were streaming on the web – LOVED them!!

  4. 4 moonshadow
    August 21, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Fantastic video. Wow, do these guys rock in concert or what?!

  5. 5 moonshadow
    August 25, 2008 at 10:25 am

    t&jam, I didn’t know the best spot to post my recap, so I landed here. I hope that’s okay.

    I can be a bit long-winded. Here goes…..

    My husband and I arrived at the concert a bit early. JBT’s website listed the concert as starting at 6:30, but the tickets said 7:00. We arrived at the amphitheatre at 6:00 just in case the latter time was the correct one. We passed the time by buying a t-shirt each. They had a really cool brown tour shirt, but were out of my size. I settled for the women’s blue t-shirt. A little FYI here – If you buy one of the blue shirts, buy one that is a size larger than you would normally wear. I usually wear a size 6-8 so I bought a medium. The shirt is way too small. Twenty five bucks for a shirt I can’t even wear. Would anyone like a JBT t-shirt? Next we went in search of food. Slim pickins. I had Nacho cheese and chips. The cheese sauce was fake (of course) and cold. I was extraordinarily hungry so I managed to choke it down with the aid of a watered down coca cola. MMmmm….good! Ha.

    We then made our way down to our seats. Not too bad. Only 18 rows from the front. As the time reached 6:45 we assumed the show was to start at 7;00 just as the tickets read. 7:00 passed by…7:15…..7:30…..at 7:40-ish I smelled biodiesel. I’m guessing the band must have been held up by traffic. Who knows?! A few minutes after smelled the strong odor of biodiesel, the DJ from davefm came on stage to introduce the bands. He told the crowd thank you for coming to see G.Love and Special Sauce, which was followed by a cheer from the crowd. Then he said the opening act is the John Butler Trio, which was followed by a HUGE cheer from the crowd. The DJ threw his head back, laughed, and said “How did I know that was going to be the reaction?!”.

    (I realize the above wasn’t necessay to the recap but remember I warned that I can be long-winded!)

    Wow, wow, wow, the moment I’d been waiting for. Finally!

    At 7:55 the trio casually walked on stage. They opened with “Company Sin”. (After “Company Sin”, I thought to myself (no joke)…..How does t&jam remember all of the songs, and the order of them, for her recaps? Shoot, she records the concerts! I should have brought a pen or pencil so I could jot the set list down! ) I can tell you all that the last song they played was “Funky Tonight”. Each and every song absolutely rocked. And it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to, if not the best.

    The rest of the set list (in no particular order):

    -Used To Get High
    -Better Than
    -Ocean……John Butler is a phenom on guitar. Absolutely amazing. t&jam, when you witnessed him playing this song could you feel the ocean? The swelling and subsiding of the tide, the waves? How he is able to capture the ocean, I don’t know. But he does. The word “amazing” doesn’t do him or the song justice.
    -Gov Did Nothing….John, Shannon, and Michael captured the catastrophic event that was Katrina. The helicopters, the water, the anguish, the despair, the anger……the sounds came through their instruments and their voices.
    -Zebra…One of my favorite JBT songs. We can be whatever we want to be. The choice is ours. Rock on John, rock on!
    -Good Excuse….Halfway through this song, John yells “Turn off your Fox News, people!”. I love John Butler.
    -Funky Tonight

    I was so caught in the moment of the concert, I cannot remember if the solos were during Good Excuse or Funky Tonight. What I do remember is Shannon did an awesome job with his double bass solo. Michael on drums. The man is fierce.

    I’m sorry my recap isn’t the best. All I can say is I would buy the same ill-fitting tshirt over and over again if it gained me more opportunities to see these guys play.

    Finally, after their time on stage, they signed CD’s at a table by the merch stand. The concert-goers poured out of the seating area, up the stairs to the signing table. My husband and I decided to pass because we just weren’t up to standing in line with a bunch of quasi-sober twenty-somethings. About 15-20 minutes later, and bored out of our minds as we waited for GLove to take the stage, we headed to the merch stand to see if they were still signing. They were! Cool. I decided to buy a CD (Live At St. Gallen) to have signed. When we got in line we were about 50 people back. When the line was cut we were about 20 people back. I was so upset. I had just bought a $30 CD and I wasn’t going to be able to get it signed. Everyone around us looked every bit a dejected as I did, and they all starting leaving the line. Suddenly there were only 7 or 8 people in front of us. My husband kept saying to me, ” Go ahead, they’re still there signing. Go ahead!”. Stepping waay outside of my comfort zone, I was making my way up to the signing table as quickly as I could when John rose from his chair. At that point, the only person standing between me and John Butler was a 6 foot 3 inch security woman. Fortunately for me, I was good at side-stepping the 6’3″ security women. John was descending the stairs just as I reached him. I said “Excuse me” as I leaned toward him and put my right hand on the front of his left shoulder. He then turned, put his right hand on my left shoulder and tilted his head to within an inch of mine so he could hear what I was going to say.

    This is what I WANTED to say :

    “Thank you for “Gov Did Nothing”. Thank you for “Something’s Gotta Give”. Thank you for speaking truth to power. A dear, dear family member of mine was killed in Iraq. Thank you for “Fire In The Sky”. It has helped me through the grieving process. I have cried in despair, until I’ve had no more tears, when I’ve listened to this song. I’ve felt anger while listening to this song. I have felt hope while listening to this song. Thank you John, for the words and the music.”

    This is what I DID say :

    “Thank you for lyrics that actually say something”.

    After I spoke, he leaned back, looked kind of suprised, and said, “You’re welcome”.

    I turned to walk away and he continued down the stairs.

    My husband asked me what I said to JB, and when I told my husband what I had said, I realized how foolish I must have sounded. All I can hope is that somehow, someway, John Butler was able to make sense of my words. I hope he knew my simple words were heartfelt and filled with gratitude.

    During the course of the evening, I spent money on a shirt that does not fit, I didn’t get to hear “FITS”, and I bought a CD that I wasn’t able to get signed.

    It was the best concert experience ever.

    I experienced live music of The John Butler Trio. I was able to meet and thank one of my musical heroes.

    – t&jam, my apologies for making this post so long. If you need to edit or shorten, I understand! I also apologize for using caps…I’m not sure how to do italics with html.

  6. August 25, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Moonshadow…thanks so much for the recap…I think I’ll put it where more people can see it, if you don’t mind! 🙂

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