Jon Brion with Lisa Germano Robyn Hitchcock, Neil Finn, Liam Finn, Grant Lee Phillips
Concert appearance: Fri., 8 Nov. 2002
West Hollywood, California US
Arms of Love
I Feel Beautiful
Golden Years (David Bowie)
On Broadway (Drifters)
More Than This (Roxy Music)
Day Tripper (The Beatles)
A Day In the Life (The Beatles)
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My (The Beatles)
I'm So Tired (The Beatles)
You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
The Only Living Boy In New York (Paul Simon)
from the Crowded House list:
Jon Brion's regular Friday night Largo show in addition to being as entertaining as ever was complemented by a host of guest appearances tonight. Prior to Jon starting his set, Lisa Germano was introduced and performed a new song on piano which she said was written yesterday as she awaited news of an operation her father was undergoing, followed by a song from her new album. She then made way for what turned out to be Liam Finn's first ever solo appearance - he was encouraged to perform a short solo set by Jon Brion. Beginning with a new song, he also performed Betchadupa material on Jon's acoustic guitar.
Introduced by comedian Paul Tomkins, Jon then performed a roughly 2 hour set of his usual musical, multi-instrumental wizardry which ended with Lisa Germano joining him for her "Paper Doll".
Around half past midnight after an intermission, Neil and Jon stepped up and began a set with "I Can't Get Started" - the Gershwin song popularised by Bunny Berigan which Neil had taken to performing for his Father on a few of the East Coast dates of his Summer tour. A version of The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" followed with a few lyrical trips.
Jon requested "Wherever You Are" and Neil obliged as Jon backed him on piano. Thereafter Lisa Germano joined Jon and Neil to trade verses on a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" - just as they did in July at the Showbox in Seattle.
Jon then asked Neil to play "Walking On The Spot" because he wanted to hear it, and Neil gave a solo piano performance to end his guest set.
At that point Robyn Hitchcock was summoned from the crowd and played "Into The Arms Of Love" before Grant Lee Phillips was invited to join the party on "I Feel Beautiful" and then embarked on a series of Robyn-led covers the first of which was David Bowie's "Golden Years" seguing briefly into "On Broadway" - Neil couldn't resist the temptation to fill the vacant drum stool, and remained there for a cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This".
Then followed an array of Beatles covers with Liam on drums (Neil attesting that he was "really good") and Grant on bass: Day Tripper, A Day In The Life, Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, and I'm So Tired were all performed.
While contemplating a suitable song to end the night, Jon played the choral introduction to the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Robyn Hitchcock pointed out that the chords were the same as Simon & Garfunkle's "Only Living Boy In New York" so Neil started singing that instead before reverting to the Stones' song with Jon Brion doing James Brown's show ending routine complete with his jacket for a cape. This completed a fantastic 4 hours entertainment at close to 2am.
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