richard thompson dream attic2 Richard Thompson At Chicagos Vic Theatrecb 125211 Richard Thompson At Chicagos Vic TheatreHow many times have you seen a performer come on stage and begin his show by playing only songs from his new album for about an hour?   For me that would be never.  Until Friday night.  Richard Thompson’s new album was recorded in front of a live audience which is also unusual.  But such is the captivating eclecticism of Thompson’s music that a full house at the Vic Theater followed The Richard Thompson Band through every twist and turn. 

The song, “Sidney Wells,” featured a guitar solo that was so inventive that I could not recall, in my lifetime, its rival.  After an intermission, Richard and the band returned for some older material including “Wall of Death” and “Tear-Stained Letter.”  How many rock artists who began recording in the mid-60’s are still recording material as good or better than they did 30 or 40 years ago.  There’s Richard Thompson and…..?

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  1. John says:

    A great, great show. The first half, which was the new album played live, was the best part. Inventive jamming, great guitar work & interplay between the instruments. I was thinking that it very much like a very “on” Grateful Dead at their most active. No Vincent Black Lightening (maybe he’s a little tired of playing it?).

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