Last night we spent an evening with Joan Baez… the concert was at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and it was the third time we had seen Joan perform there. The acoustics in the Hall are the best and particularly suited to Joan’s unaccompanied songs.
The journey into town at one point seemed to be a slow affair with traffic being particularly bad inbound. Then we realised that another living legend was also performing in Brum, Cliff Richard & The Shadows at the NIA. After parking up we mingled with Cliff’s fans as we made our way into the ICC and Symphony Hall. Time for a quick drink in the bar where we chatted to Brummie’s own legend, Steve Gibbons and his wife Suzi, also there for the concert.
Joan performed well with a mixture of old and new material backed by some great musicians. Maybe a little more subdued than previously but nevertheless she still slipped in her inevitable take on Bob Dylan much to the delight of the audience. Everyone came away smiling after a wonderful evening.
We then took ourselves off the The Wellington Real Ale Pub for a quick pint of Purity Ales “Mad Goose”. I really thought I was in heaven. But things got even better when on the way back to the Car Park we accidently bumped into Joan doing some late night sight seeing. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet this living legend, so we told her how much we had enjoyed the show and she received us graciously with both of us receiving a hug. Now I’m in heaven.
What a wonderful end to a brilliant evening.