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John Prine with Pat McLaughlin
Sept 5, 2003
The Virginia Theatre
Champaign, IL

by Reeda Buresh, webmistress of the John Prine Shrine

The Virginia is a 1548 seat theater that must have really been something to see in its heyday. It first opened on Dec 28, 1921 with live performances and silent movies. In much need of repair the Champaign parks district took it over in 2000 and began renovations. John Prine's sold out performance is as rich with beauty and history as this old building.

Pat McLaughlin, a fellow Iowan and favorite of this webmistress opened the show in his clucking strut like manner. He's just as much fun to watch as he is to hear with his method of keeping the beat that is an art form in itself. (forgive me for slaughtering the titles, they must be on his NEW CD "Next Five Miles"

1. Can't take that away from me
2. Little Child. Tiny Town
3. Bop and Weave. now look at you
4. I never intended 
" I think I might have to break a string with this song" -  5. I wish I would (one of my favorites)
6. This old house Down here City line -  "My wife hates this song"
7. It's All Right To Be A Redneck (made famous by Alan Jackson)
8. She's Gone
9. Julia

Out in the lobby - sales were booming at the Oh Boy booth. New John Prine tee shirts and koozies drew long lines, as well as flyswatters, keychains and Prine, Mclaughlin and Wilber CD's. They were flying off the table with the speed of a lost dog. They're available in the USA at Stock up with at least 2 Koozies, because you will no doubt lose one and that's okay.. It's your part in promoting' Prine!
(that was the commercial break)
Now back to the show.
John Prine, Jason Wilber and Dave Jacques took their places on stage and opened with the standard "Spanish Pipedream" also know as "Blow Up Your TV"John Prine concert at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL 9/05/2003 the song that confuses everyone and is probably one of the top Prine songs the shrine gets questions about due to the title and popularity. They followed it up with the heartbreaking "Six O'clock news" Prine's song of incest loosely based on something that had personally happened to  someone dear in his life.

I winced as he sang, it sounded like it hurt at times, it was obvious that John was having a difficult time getting his throat to comply with his plans to put on a show.  "My voice is kind of screwed up" he explained as he opened a bottle of water and looked into the mug on his comfort table. He explained that had gone to the Urbana clinic earlier that day and told the doctor that he'd been playing for 30 years but  only had to cancel a couple of times. As he spoke to the doctor he passed on  the latest greatest miracle drugs - the prescription ended up with  'A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." Prine sipped his tea and honey then chased it down with "Souvenirs" dedicated to Steve Goodman.

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