Anyone catch Eric Johnson in Foxboro MA last night?

mykljpao

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Opening date of his current tour. First time I've had a chance to see EJ live and it was both rewarding and surprising. I just HAD to hear that iconic tone live. Didn't seem quite dialed in last night; a little too much delay made some of his extraordinary chordal moves somewhat indistinct and the trademark violin lead tone seemed too muffled to my ears; not the usual slight bite that I hear on record. A few mistakes which really surprised me and he seemed to get caught playing behind on a couple tunes. He did a a couple solo acoustic tunes, one of which was just breathtaking and a solo electric piece that was to die for. Even ventured into some Jazz territory (oh no!) with great success. His drummer and bassist were killer. The drums sounded great but the soundman should have been docked for what he presented to the house for the bassist. Most of his extraordinary chops were totally lost in a muffled roar of indistinct wool. It really was a shame because just watching his hands was impressive. Jazz bass through some large double bottomed newish Fender rig. That and an interlude of raging uncontrolled feedback through the system that had the band retreating from the stage to save their ears! **** happens but kill everything fast and then bring it back up...this went on for about 15 seconds. Band was uber professional about it and just picked up where they left off once it was under control. Curious about others' take on the night.
Killer venue: Showcase Live at Patriot's Place. Not a single obscured seat in the house. Nice stage and world class audio system. Good food too, surprisingly, lol.
Happy New Year to all.
 

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Opening date of his current tour. First time I've had a chance to see EJ live and it was both rewarding and surprising. I just HAD to hear that iconic tone live. Didn't seem quite dialed in last night; a little too much delay made some of his extraordinary chordal moves somewhat indistinct and the trademark violin lead tone seemed too muffled to my ears; not the usual slight bite that I hear on record. A few mistakes which really surprised me and he seemed to get caught playing behind on a couple tunes. He did a a couple solo acoustic tunes, one of which was just breathtaking and a solo electric piece that was to die for. Even ventured into some Jazz territory (oh no!) with great success. His drummer and bassist were killer. The drums sounded great but the soundman should have been docked for what he presented to the house for the bassist. Most of his extraordinary chops were totally lost in a muffled roar of indistinct wool. It really was a shame because just watching his hands was impressive. Jazz bass through some large double bottomed newish Fender rig. That and an interlude of raging uncontrolled feedback through the system that had the band retreating from the stage to save their ears! **** happens but kill everything fast and then bring it back up...this went on for about 15 seconds. Band was uber professional about it and just picked up where they left off once it was under control. Curious about others' take on the night.
Killer venue: Showcase Live at Patriot's Place. Not a single obscured seat in the house. Nice stage and world class audio system. Good food too, surprisingly, lol.
Happy New Year to all.

I thought about going but I was too exhausted after work to deal with southbound Boston traffic.

I love SCL, one of my favorite venues. Going there later on this year to see Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth/Leslie West & Lynch Mob.
 

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Opening date of his current tour. First time I've had a chance to see EJ live and it was both rewarding and surprising. I just HAD to hear that iconic tone live. Didn't seem quite dialed in last night; a little too much delay made some of his extraordinary chordal moves somewhat indistinct and the trademark violin lead tone seemed too muffled to my ears; not the usual slight bite that I hear on record. A few mistakes which really surprised me and he seemed to get caught playing behind on a couple tunes. He did a a couple solo acoustic tunes, one of which was just breathtaking and a solo electric piece that was to die for. Even ventured into some Jazz territory (oh no!) with great success. His drummer and bassist were killer. The drums sounded great but the soundman should have been docked for what he presented to the house for the bassist. Most of his extraordinary chops were totally lost in a muffled roar of indistinct wool. It really was a shame because just watching his hands was impressive. Jazz bass through some large double bottomed newish Fender rig. That and an interlude of raging uncontrolled feedback through the system that had the band retreating from the stage to save their ears! **** happens but kill everything fast and then bring it back up...this went on for about 15 seconds. Band was uber professional about it and just picked up where they left off once it was under control. Curious about others' take on the night.
Killer venue: Showcase Live at Patriot's Place. Not a single obscured seat in the house. Nice stage and world class audio system. Good food too, surprisingly, lol.
Happy New Year to all.

Thanks for sharing. I didn't know that. I should practice!

PS, Ronnie Earl will be playing this Sat there 1/7th... I will be siting in...

Tomo
 

mykljpao

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Tomo, I rather thought you might be sitting in Sat. One more reason to get there if my Potential gig falls through. The vids from Northampton were great. Please PM or email me.
I want to discuss your 6? fender pro. Need some advice; I have an opportunity to pick up a '67 pro with a '49 Gibson L7 but only as a package.

PVH; lol, one of the few times it pays to be outside of the metro Boston area. Usually, I'm not willing to deal with the traffic to go in town to hear the best music.

BTW. Frank Vignola will be at the Ziterion in New Bedford Feb 2, I think. Quite the gypsy jazz player amongst his other accomplishments.
 

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Sounds like they were loud. Did you have to wear earplugs?
I saw him a few times in the 80s in Houston, thankfully the soundmen were great.
 

Matt L

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EJ was loud as hell when I saw him in '96 on the Venus Isle tour.

Would love to see him again, but Foxboro is probably as close as he'll get to me.
 

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I was there as well...EJ was not particularly loud at all; maybe that's part of the tonal difference. There was an interview way back with EJ in the 80's where he said he couldn't really get his sound at lower volumes like Scott Henderson could (interesting comment I thought).


The venue was very nice and the soundman was indeed sleeping at the wheel for the feedback issue it would seem.

Eric seems like he is trying out some new idea improv-wise which may account for some of the comments by the OP...it sure was fun to see him out on the road again.

He played Mr. PC with an interesting melody tagged onto the turnaround on the way out of the tune as well.

The venue is very comfortable and unique for the region.

Uli Jon and later Michael Schenker will be playing there as well.
 

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EJ was loud as hell when I saw him in '96 on the Venus Isle tour.

Would love to see him again, but Foxboro is probably as close as he'll get to me.

Shoulda caught him on his last tour, I'm 99% sure he played at the Tupelo Hall in Londonderry, NH
 

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Not too loud IMHO He even had some sort of baffle constructed that was on the floor in front of his rig presumably in deference to the patrons in the direct line of fire, lol. My wife opted for plugs, though. Loud enough to get some visceral kick but far from uncomfortable.
My guess is that he'll have everything dialed in shortly into the tour.

The best aspect of the night was that the band seemed to be having a great time with a good number of nods and laughs amongst them when someone either did something extraordinary (even for them) or slipped a little. If it ain't fun it ain't worth the aggravation, lol.
 

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He never comes to New England and he plays in Foxboro? What about Boston or Northampton EJ? Don't get me wrong, I am a Patriot fan, how about the Iron Horse music hall or even the new place in NWest CT.
 

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He never comes to New England and he plays in Foxboro? What about Boston or Northampton EJ? Don't get me wrong, I am a Patriot fan, how about the Iron Horse music hall or even the new place in NWest CT.

Good question where can he or similar player can play in Boston???

Tomo
 

mykljpao

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Sommerville Theatre, the Regent in Arlington; great vibe, comfy and excellent sound. Berklee performance center??

The turnout for EJ was excellent. Nearly sold out if not totally full. Years ago I caught Larry Carlton with the Sapphire Blues Band at the Regent. Bought tix to both shows that same night. 2nd show was so empty that they invited everyone to stay so there would be some semblance of an audience! Incredible show. The band played like they were at a sold out show at Madison Square Garden.
I figured the place would be jammed with students from Berklee, Conservatory, etc. but the owner later told me it has proven too far to travel??? Go figure.
I remember hitching into Boston if necessary to see someone great at the
Boston Tea Party......not to date myself, or anything, lol.
 

kingsleyd

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I figured the place would be jammed with students from Berklee, Conservatory, etc. but the owner later told me it has proven too far to travel??? Go figure.
I remember hitching into Boston if necessary to see someone great at the
Boston Tea Party......not to date myself, or anything, lol.

You're dating yourself more with the hitchhiking than the BTP reference, M! :rotflmao

EJ has played a lot of places around there. I've seen him in Boston @ Berklee PC, the Paradise, the club behind the Green Monster @ Fenway (can't remember the name) and the Middle East. Also seen him @ the Cohasset Music Circus (my hometown! I grew up just up the hill from there), the aforementioned Tupelo Music Hall, Club Casino in Hampton Beach, the ballpark in Saco, ME...
 

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Another vote for Showcase Live...I just saw Jim Breuer there; awesome small pro venue
 

mykljpao

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You're dating yourself more with the hitchhiking than the BTP reference, M! :rotflmao

EJ has played a lot of places around there. I've seen him in Boston @ Berklee PC, the Paradise, the club behind the Green Monster @ Fenway (can't remember the name) and the Middle East. Also seen him @ the Cohasset Music Circus (my hometown! I grew up just up the hill from there), the aforementioned Tupelo Music Hall, Club Casino in Hampton Beach, the ballpark in Saco, ME...

Why, ah do b'lieve ah resemble that remahk, suh. How are you and your significant harem, K? Enjoying the slower pace down south? HNY to you and yours.
 




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