One of my favorite things about seeing live shows (well, after the music) are the crazy comments that you hear along the way. Here are a few choice selections from spring/summer 2017.
There was a couple of times that it gave me too much courage. I got an ass whoopin’. Don Henley on drinking tequila
This isn’t a show, this is mommy time. Tift Merritt on life with a one year old, said after a sip of tequila
I need you Silas! Call from the crowd
To whoever said that, I don’t think that you do. Just ask my wife. Silas Nello
It’s basically like I take all my shit and bring it to your house. Sean Rowe on house concerts
The new album is called Pile Driver because that’s pretty much what I do. I put a pile of stuff in my car and I drive it around. The Suitcase Junket
Everybody tip Nicky cause we’re not going to. Just kidding. She makes more money than we do. K Phillips after the waitress approached the stage to ask if the band wanted drinks.
This is gonna be an interactive concert, just tell out what you want. Don Henley, responding to shouts from the crowd
It’s a work day, honey. I gotta job to do. Don Henley, perhaps regretting the comment a few minutes later, to a woman in the crowd trying to talk to him
Truth is, it’s easier to do what you tell me to do. Jackson Browne. After someone yelled out a request of “play what you want”
If it makes you feel any better, I’m gonna play it tomorrow and you won’t be there. Will Hoge to a woman who complained that he skipped a song on the printed set list that she grabbed off the stage after the show.
Do you care if I tune? Fuck it, I won’t. Tommy Stinson
It probably looks great but it’s probably the last thing you’ll see. Joe Walsh on the lasers flashing around the venue
There has to be some order here. Certain songs have to be done in order. We could do “Running on Empty” but then we’d have to leave. Jackson Browne in response to a repeated request for the song
Will you be putting any happy songs about our relationship on it?
Probably not. Will Hoge on the conversation that he had with his wife when he was about to begin a new album
Velveeta is what cheese eats. Don Henley
Cole told me that Toronto has the most beautiful women that he’s ever seen. And he’s traveled all over the US. Tristen about her bassist while performing in guess where
No one gives a shit for Jackson Browne. Jackson Browne covering a Randy Newman song – yes, that’s the line (“A Piece of the Pie”)
Though he’s taking the piss out of me, he’s taking the piss out of our culture. Browne explaining the song’s meaning
The only time I play daytime shows is when I play festivals, which I try not to do anymore. Or my kids elementary school and they drink more than you do so I think I can get through this. Will Hoge while playing a daytime show
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