Lucinda doesn't show sweet side

Lucinda doesn't show sweet side

There are 20 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 15, 2008, titled Lucinda doesn't show sweet side. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

It was the third week of the Lowell Summer Music Series, and a prettier night could not have been ordered.

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Papa Smurf

Boston, MA

#1 Jul 15, 2008
This was a great show. Were you even there? She yelled at a bunch of idiots. This being 2008, certain audience members thought that we had all come out that night to hear them scream inanities at the stage between every song. She was right. More performers should tell idiots to shut the f#%k up more often.
musicjaime

Charlestown, MA

#2 Jul 15, 2008
I'm with Smurf on this. I was front and center and thought it was a fantastic show. She obviously was upset at the idiot who yelled to play some Pink Floyd. OK, she over-reacted a bit and later apoligized. But after the "meltdown" she and the band cranked it up to a frenzied level at times. A crack back-up band with extraordinary talent. The "downer" set was a pretty typical acoustic oriented start to a Lucinda show including many of the favorites of fans who have actually listened to her music. I had 10 other friends at the show and all of them thought it was great. Last night warming up for Mellencamp she stuck to the rock stuff and blew the roof off the place. Way to go Lu. As Neil would say "So all you critics sit alone, you're no better than me for what you've shown".
KidH

Tewksbury, MA

#3 Jul 15, 2008
Wow - I had a totally different reaction from the 1st two posts (Smurf and musicjaime). I was very disappointed. Musically the band was fine (excellent, in fact), but her demeanor and choice of songs were terrible. I know her history (temperamental performer). Still no excuse.

Her choice of songs was brutal. Started out slow and went downhill for the next five or six. Kick it up girl!

When she finally did, she'd already lost me. I've seen her 3 or 4 times, and this was probably the last time.

Far too little from the earlier albums (Happy Woman Blues, LW, SOW). The last 3-4 albums haven't done much for me. Seemed like she wanted to bring everyone into her depression.

And what's with the covers?? She's written so many GREAT songs, but she covers The Doors and AC/DC???

I was really ready for a great show and was totally disappointed. And many around me were just as disappointed.
Britt

Waltham, MA

#4 Jul 15, 2008
I actually agree with what everyone has said so far. Boarding House is a great venue, but sometimes I find the shows there are too generic (catering to a family-friendly audience I suppose), so it was refreshing to see someone like Lucinda show real emotion on stage, albeit a bit too much perhaps. I hate it when people yell out songs during a concert. Hey Dummy, that's a performer on stage, not a juke box. On the other hand, Lucinda's been around long enough to be able to ignore idiots like that and move on. The biggest problem I had with the show was her reading her own lyrics from a music stand. What happened to memorizing them?
Patty M

Sterling Heights, MI

#5 Jul 16, 2008
I was ready to slit my wrists by the 3rd or 4th song, great emotions coming from that gal, but a bit of a bummer...we wanted some southern kick ass music and know she can give it. Maybe she should take a longer break between gigs to rest up and give us what we paid for...$35 bucks at the gate!!
maha

Austin, TX

#6 Jul 16, 2008
I thought the show had it's moments but they were few and far between. I'm not surprised by the meltdown since she's always seemed a little unstable to me anyhow but she showed total disrespect to the entire PAYING audience, not just the dope who shouted out. We work hard, pay good money for these shows, and it ticks me off when they cop the attitude. Her music is good, but not that good. LW, your time has come to ride off into the sunset and maybe just write songs because performance-wise, between reading lyrics and the total appearance of being annoyed, you should be paying US to come.
TLD

Princeton, MA

#7 Jul 16, 2008
I was at the show & I feel the reviewer was unfair. I thought it was a good show that had an unfortunate incident in it. Why does the reviewer call it a downer when Lucinda & her band do beautiful versions of the first six songs. The person who yelled out "Pink Floyd" was an idiot and got what he deserved. He must have thought he was being funny. Lucinda overreacted in my opinion and should have cooled it. It was her behavior that actually killed the vibe of the show for awhile.(Also hurt the momentum of the band; who I thought were outstanding on this night). They got it back together; and I thought the last hour of the show was very good. Is the reviewer familiar with Lucinda's music or did she just do a little reading up on her before attending the show?
Tim

United States

#8 Jul 16, 2008
Clearly, you are not a fan of Lucinda's, which is fine. In the future, just please refrain from writing reviews on music that you obviously have little to no understanding of. It will come as a huge shock to 90% of musicians that their sole job in life is providing you with a pleasurable pop experience. Lucinda's show was rocky at times, but anybody who has any experience with Lucinda's live show knows that this is far from 'out of the ordinary'. The show was below her abilities, but still an excellent way to spend an evening.
Papa Smurf

Boston, MA

#9 Jul 16, 2008
Forgetting, for a moment, the pluses and/or minuses of the show...

Please stop refering to the ticket price. It was less than half of what I've paid for ANY concert for at least the last ten years.

I usually don't get out of Wendy's for less than $30, sheesh !!
BoB

Newington, CT

#10 Jul 16, 2008
AC/DC was not a mea culpa, she's been doing this song almost every show. And Riders on the Storm 'seamlessly' into Joy...it was not seamless, and it shows your 'speeding through this review'.
It was an awesome show, in spite of the rudeness of the audience. I've seen her better, but will see her again.
BoB

Newington, CT

#11 Jul 16, 2008
The person I brought had never seen her or heard her music and really loved it. I also thought it was a great show, not the best, but not the same old same old. AC/DC cover, but with an interesting weird beat, really great. I've seen the Grateful Dead many many times, many times they were really slow, but also some great ones, because it's LIVE DUMMY. Can't wait until Greenfield...
BoB

Newington, CT

#12 Jul 16, 2008
$35 was a steal for a ticket....when's the last time you've been to a concert G
randma...the 60's?
and free for kids? OY VEY !!!
Mike

Cheshire, CT

#13 Jul 17, 2008
maha said:

"Her music is good, but not that good"

Luicinda is probably one of the top 3 songwriter/performers in the country.
I have to agree that show was kind of
a bummer, but Lucinda on a bad night is still just about better then anything else out there at the moment.
marseedoats

San Jose, CA

#15 Jul 17, 2008
BTW--Kellie only sings Angel From Montgomery on that site. The other vocals are from other performers.
Nikita69

Merrimack, NH

#16 Jul 18, 2008
I've heard plenty of Lucinda's recorded music, but I have to say that after hearing her beautiful voice
live at this show, I have more of an appreciation for what a great artist she is.

I was a bit shocked when she had her "meltdown", but I can also understand why she had it. Most people don't understand how rude it is to yell out songs to a performer, as if she needed our help with her setlist for the night. Were these people teenagers, I could understand, but grown men need to get a clue.

And it seems as though the woman reviewing the Lucinda Williams concert is clueless. To say that the "highlight" was when Lucinda covered AC/DC?? Are you kidding me? You obviously don't know good music when you hear it...
Harry McClendon

Merrimack, NH

#17 Jul 18, 2008
Kathleen,

I have to take exception with your review of the Lucinda Williams show, while I will agree that her meltdown was a little troubling.....the show itself was fantastic....the sound was top rate and as far as her playing a downer set...are you at all familiar with her material??? Songs like "Blue" and "Ventura" are her bread and butter, slow melancholic adult angst at it's best. I mean we are talking about arguably one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the last twenty years and you claim that the highlight of her set was an AC/DC COVER??##@!@#.
Peter Connolly

Mattapan, MA

#18 Jul 19, 2008
What an interesting array of responses! This was the first time I've seen Lucinda Williams live and it won't be the last. My advice to those who were impatient, angry and disappointed is to take a long look at your expectations. I expect a performer to give her best given the complications of travel, temperament and life in general-- given that, no disappointments for me. If she chooses to start a show with slow, sad songs that's because she's in charge and gets to pick the song list. Lucinda Williams sings songs of loss and desperation, perseverence and the triumph in just getting through sometimes. The setting was beautiful, but a half-dozen "fans" treated it like a barroom shouting out "Pick it up!" and such comments, culminating in the churlish "Pink Floyd" gasp at humor. If you know Lucinda, you know she's tempermental, so why be surprised at the reaction. She seemed to miss the point that these few loud voices represented a minority and lashed out as if the crowd in general was against her-- which it wasn't-- it was the usual laid-back Lowell summer crowd. And for those who cultivated patience, what a great encore of rock-n-roll! You go, girl!

Peace out.
boston33

Rockland, MA

#19 Jul 19, 2008
for a review without word limits that took a much more in depth approach to covering the show check out www.bostonmusicspotlight.com/article.php...
jared

United States

#20 Jul 22, 2008
Not sure what show you were at. The show I saw was amazing. The first set was melancholy but the band played every note beautifully. The only annoyance was the fat shirtless guy yelling "Ritiously" and the other guy yelling "Pink Floyd" in between all the songs. 3 time Grammy Award winners do not deserve to be treated that way.

Lucinda was genuinely upset and while she expressed her frustration with the audience (and I'm sure it was really intended for the few members yelling requests) all the audience could do was chuckle away the tension. Come on Lowell, where's your concert etiquette?
Michael Travis

United States

#21 Jul 22, 2008
This may come as news to some, but performers "inter-act' with the audience, and this particular audience was sullen and non-responsive.

Lucinda Williams did give a fine performance..against all odds, and in front of a disinterested collection of individuals whose motto it seemed, was, "Go ahead, entertain me, I dare you! "

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