Clips & Pix: Jackson Browne/Running On Empty

Jackson Browne has been one of my favorite artists for many years. When I recently learned he is touring, I simply couldn’t resist and got a ticket for a show on May 13 in Bethlehem, Pa. I was lucky, since the concert was almost sold out, though the ticket wasn’t exactly cheap. Still, I’m completely psyched!

Running On Empty was the first song by Browne I ever heard in the late ’70s/early ’80s. The title track of his fifth album from December 1977 immediately grabbed me and still does. The entire record is amazing and is one of the best ’70s albums, in my opinion.

Apparently, the above clip was captured during a gig in Adelaide, Australia in March this year. It shows Browne’s current touring band, which consists of Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Shane Fontayne (guitar), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), Jeff Young (keyboards) and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel). While it is perhaps impossible to replace the amazing David Lindley, who played lap steel guitar on the original recording, it surely sounds like Leisz is doing a great job.

Browne’s current tour schedule shows some 40 dates across the country between early May and early August.

Sources: Wikipedia, Jackson Browne official website, YouTube

5 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Jackson Browne/Running On Empty”

  1. You sure sound excited. Have you seen him before? I saw him in the early 90’s touring with John Hiatt. I agree with you on “Running On Empty”- a great album and I think Jackson Browne’s best song.. “I don’t know about anyone but me”- what a great line.

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    1. Nope, May 13 will be the first time. I think Jackson Browne is a terrific songwriter – so yes, I’m really psyched.😀

      It’s amazing how many great artists I haven’t seen yet. While I’ve been going to concerts for about 30 years, I only used to see 1-2 shows a year. Only during the past few years has the concert bug really gotten to me, and I’ve become much more active in that regard.

      I feel I still have a lot of catching up to do, which isn’t an easy proposition, given ticket prices nowadays – not to mention that most of my favorite artists are in their late 60s and 70s, so you have to wonder how long they are going to tour!

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      1. Is there anyone who you wish you had seen
        that- it’s too late to see now? In the early 90’s Bill Monroe was in the Pittsburgh area and my parents went. I was busy at the time and thought I will go see him next time. I should have known better- there was no next time. Same with Ray Charles. Those two stick out as ones I wish I had seen and had the chance to see…

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      2. Of course, the first I’d have to mention are The Beatles, though I was a baby at the time so obviously never had a chance to see them. At least I’ve been to Paul McCartney twice, and he played many Beatles songs – priceless! Hendrix would be another artist in the department of wish I could have seen, but never had a chance to do so!

        Artists I could have seen based on my age and now regret I didn’t include Steely Dan (with Walter Becker), Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King.

        I was very close to seeing Aretha Franklin last month, but the show got canceled due to illness. I read her doctor ordered rest for two months, so I doubt she’ll ever perform again, especially since she officially retired from touring last year.

        I also would love to see Neil Young, who I don’t think has done a lot of touring during recent years. However, I just read yesterday that he announced some dates with Crazy Horse in California. I’m hoping they’re adding shows in other states. Any place I could reach by car within 3-4 hours would be fair game!

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