John Prine and the ramblings from his webmistress

Prine show diary:

#46prine arrow04/28/2018- Champaign, IL

#45prine arrow
11/11/2016 - Davenport, IA

#44prine arrow03/12/2016 Nashville, TN

#43prine arrow03/11/2016 Nashville, TN

#42prine arrow11/01/2014 Milwaukee, WI

#41prine arrow09/14/2013 Cedar Rapids, IA

#40prine arrow12/18/2012 Nashville, TN

#39prine arrow04/13/2012 Champaign, IL

06/17/2011 Davenport, IA

#37 09/17/2010 Madison, WI

#36John Prine Chat House 05/13/2010 Maywood, IL

#35John Prine Chat House
09/12/09 Kansas City, MO

#34John Prine Chat House02/27/09 St Louis, MO

John Prine Chat House02/09/08 Whitewater, WI
#32John Prine Chat House03/10/07 Davenport, IA
#31John Prine Chat House08/26/06 Des Moines, IA
#30John Prine Chat House05/10/06 Madison WI
#29John Prine Chat House05/08/06 Wausau WI
#28John Prine Chat House01/28/06 St Louis, MO
#27John Prine Chat House10/01/05 Nashville, TN
#26, 25John Prine concert in GA and AL04/14-16/05 Atlanta, GA & Birmingham, AL
#24John Prine Chat House10/06/04 Des Moines, IA
#23John Prine Chat House04/23/04 Des Moines, IA
#22, 21John Prine Chat House03/26-27/04 Madison & Milwaukee WI
#20John Prine Chat House09/05/03 Champaign, IL
#19John Prine Chat House04/19/03 Cedar Rapids, IA
#18John Prine Chat House04/18/03 Peoria, IL
#17John Prine Chat House09/13/02  Kalamazoo, MI
#16John Prine Chat House05/19/02 Green Bay, WI
#15John Prine Chat House05/18/02 Rockford, IL
#14John Prine Chat House09/28/01 Lincoln NE
#11, 12, 13John Prine Chat House4/4--7/01 Oshkosh, Milwaukee & Madison WI
#10John Prine Chat House09/29/00 Ames IA
# 9John Prine Chat House02/26/00  Maywood, IL
# 8John Prine Chat House11/20/99  Chicago, IL
# 7John Prine Chat House11/13/99  Nashville, TN
# 6, 5, 4John Prine Chat House06/07-10/99 Crushfest  Madison, LaCrosse & Milwaukee, WI
# 3John Prine Chat House08/16/97 Wogstock  Indianapolis, IN
# 2John Prine Chat House03/22/97 Peoria, IL
# 1John Prine Chat House1995 My Prine Story & start of the Prine Shrine


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Prine & Snider play to a most appreciative audience

May 17, 2002
One of my prayers to the porcelain god this morning was to pllleeeeaaasseeee let "them" all go to Rockford and I'll meet up with them in Green Bay. Was that really me on my knees in this Burly biker's home hoping this? Did I really count teeth of the Carnival workers in that bar last night (they started it)? Was that me in the thrift store tap shoes shuffling off to Buffalo at the pool table? Did I take a poll of whose names began with a number? Yeah, it was me, preparing for a Pre Prine Party gathering.

I have sworn off alcohol from this moment on... until the next time.

By 11:30 our group that met in Burlington Wisconsin the day before at our incredibly accommodating host's house, Crusher, were ready to head to Rockford. The trip was uneventful.

We checked in to our hotel, and wouldn't you know it, our room was the one that was just outside the lobby, in direct view of security... hmmm

With such a great view of the lobby we met up with fellow Prine Shriners Mary Mac, Glenn, Lyla, Leonardo, his brother, Eric, Meagan, Shawn, Amy, and Megan's mom as they arrived.

Our concert convoy headed the few miles downtown to the Coronado Theatre. We met down the block at the nearest bar, you could watch the people arriving to the concert ... at 7:30 everyone started filing out towards the Coronado. Once inside, I was stupefied by the ornateness of this place. I thought the 3 police cars and the dozen security people (oh yeah, I looked for them first) at the front door were my personal welcoming committee.

They allowed cameras inside... but not for the show, it was to take photos of the millions of dollars spent on the renovation of this grand old theatre. Walking in through the doors, I felt we were outside in a palace courtyard during some renaissance period. The "stars" twinkled on the dark sky and the gargoyles peered down at us.

The place was full... the energy was high and the lights were dimmed.

On the stage appeared a dashing young man to introduce Oh Boy Recording Artist "Todd Snider"

Todd (did you know he played a hitchhiker in the movie "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") Snider arrived, clean cut, clean shaven and in shoes to a rousing standing ovation - it was obvious that the crowd knew who he was. He flashed that big toothy grin and broke into his set
1: Can't Complain (from Viva Satellite)
2: Lonely Girl (Happy to Be Here)
3: What's Wrong With You (Happy To Be Here [and one of my personal all time favorite Snider songs]) I nearly needed a double extra strength Depends when he started singing this song about a jealous woman.
4: Stuck All Night (New Connection)
5: Statistician Blues (New Connection)
6: Class of 85 (New Connection)
7: Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues (hidden track on Songs for the Daily Planet)
8: Vinyl Records (New Connection)

Todd with the stage presence of a big gangly farmboy, and mannerisms of a blind man one minute and in a musical daze the next is truly a must see - you just can't help but like him. The crowd was so wild for him that at one point Todd said: "If I stay and play much longer they won't let me play with John Prine anymore" 

Lights went up, smokers, drinkers, and cashspenders hurried toward the lobby. So did I. I wanted to get my CD's signed because Todd comes out and signs CD's, and he'll talk to you too... appreciating to hear your interpretations as much as you are to get to hear him. I have tried to stay solely focused on John Prine, but this Snider guy is hard to ignore. He's cut his wisdom teeth on Prine. He spelled my name wrong, scribbled it out, freaked out a little, put a mustache on his photo, and signed it right. You just have to like him.

Once again, the theatre darkened as the crowd straggled to their seats and on their feet with a long welcoming standing O as Prine hit the stage with his signature show starter:
1: Spanish Pipedream,
he remembered playing it in Rockford years ago on some guys picnic table the last time he was here... a voice in the cried out "Willow Creek" - I can only assume that that is where the picnic table was.

2: Six O'clock News (Souvenirs, John Prine Live, John Prine) from the crowd bellows: "Jason Wilber, You Rock Baby!" Raised eyebrows and grins shared the stage and John replied with "Don't tell him that, we'll have to pay him more!"

3: Souvenirs "That's for Steve Goodman"

"In January 1966 I was drafted and went to downtown Chicago with 5 of my buddies to take the aptitude test. I just took the answer sheet and marked it with A-B-B-C-D-A without ever opening looking at the questions. Well.... the test results came back and I was a f*ckin' mechanical genius! (Holy Tamale's Prine fans, he said the "F" word.... shades of Johnny pasts are emerging!) They put me in charge of a construction crew, of course, I didn't know what I was doing.... I think we buried a bulldozer because we had 1 too many."
4: Fish and Whistle

"Anne, was my first wife - that was two wives ago. When I was with her I was writing songs left and right - not like now. Sunday night would come around, and it would always seem weird to me, maybe because I had to go to work on Monday morning. I don't know, Sunday nights were just weird... so I wrote this song and it was originally called "The Late Sunday Early Monday Blues" but I was watching the Late Night Sunday Movie and a John Garfield movie was on....."
5: Late John Garfield Blues

6: Picture Show
7: Grandpa was a Carpenter

A chorus of outcries break out for 'Paradise', 'Flag Decal', 'Illegal Smile' and so on... another voice boomed over all the rest "Play anything you want to John" - with a nod towards the voice John did just that. He began to sing 'Far From Me' when he realized he was a verse short... stopped, shook his head and laughed "I guess it's better to start a song at the beginning instead of the middle" and he started the song again at the beginning that we all know.
8: Far From Me

"If you ever get invited to your ex's wedding this would be a good song to sing:"
9: All the Best.

John explained that he had just flown in last night from Texas to do a TV show with Bonnie Raitt. - he seemed a bit surprised that someone would fly him in and out for just one song. (don't worry, news of the upcoming airing of that show will be soon, the show isn't slated for a few months yet and I promise you will be the first to know)
10: Angel From Montgomery

During the show, the late comers were still arriving, and people were beginning to shoot photographs. The ushers were loud, even more obnoxious than a drunk at a concert. The security people were down front standing in everyone's way taking away cameras and film and this lasted through several songs, to the point where John finally said while picking his guitar "We'll wait 'til you get seated" and a voice from the crowd hollered "down in front" - this all for the staff of the Coronado... probably the only thing they really should work on.
11: Dear Abby

John explained that he makes up a lot of songs, but the last verse was probably the only real true verse.....
12: Donald and Lydia

"This fellow developed a unique ability to travel within his mind when his wife goes on a rant about something he did or didn't do. He didn't have a lot of money so he just went somewhere in his head."
13: The Other Side Of Town

"This next song was written for a movie that was so important that it's never been released. I usually sing this with Iris DeMent, so I will sing her part too" 
14: In Spite of Ourselves
15: Sam Stone
16: Bear Creek
17: Ain't Hurtin' Nobody (that's for Waylon)
Now that I have been to a few shows, and sort of got the actions and the songs down, I'm checking everything else out. I notice that that cute little electric guitar of Billy Prine's has had the strap replaced with a nice thick leather no sense in trying to pass off my "Nixon's the One" or "Lindsay, it's the second hardest job in America" buttons to add to the collection on the old strap.

"Jason just bought a new house, he eats at Dairy Queen when we're on the road to save money.... 

"Dave Jacques is from Worcestershire Massachusetts - (one loud voice grunts out a loud Woooo) and Prine and Jacques exchange knowing grins..... "No matter where we play, there's usually one guy from Worcestershire"

18: Sins of Memphisto (this one always makes me think of my Catholic girl High School days... since we were at St Mary's and we had real Bells of St Mary's out in front of the school.... and most of us were working on ways to get past the nuns and sin, sin, sin.....)

After the song, switching guitars and playing a few chords another voice from the front offers "Yesssssssssssssss" - John turned around laughed "You know, I got 20 songs that start out that same way" "Thank God for capos!"
19: Hello In There

"Anybody here from Crystal Lake?" the crowd whooops...... "Well this ain't that lake"

20: Lake Marie - by the end of this song, the crowd and the band were so pumped up that John was playing air guitar. Strings were popping and hooking in mid air, he was trying to get the broken strings out of the way and play his last 2 or 3 strings. It is always one of my favorite parts of a Prine show. The "how many strings is gonna bust during Lake Marie" raffle.

"When you work for the government you would accumulate sick leave. So when I accumulated 8 hours of sick leave.... I'd get sick. I wrote this one on my mail route:"
21: Illegal smile....
With his mind to the other side of town and his mouth doing the lyrics, he realized he was at the end of the song without singing the whole song.... "Well I sat down in my closet, with all my overalls - No I didn't.... Last time I checked my bankroll..." The whole crowd knew the words, and John looked out, "Your turn to sing" the lights went up and the crowd obliged the beaming and proud man idol on stage.

"My dad was a big Roy Acuff fan... this one's for you dad....Todd Snider is going to help me out with this one:"
22: Paradise

Snider stood along side Dave Jacques and played along, watching Prine's every motion and strum... as if he was learning the song right then and there... until his turn to step up alongside John.

The crowd had been on it's feet since the end of Lake Marie... clapping, screaming, begging for more. I always think that the last show was better than the one before.... and this show was the best so far. I usually get all irritated by the voices that keep hollering him to play certain songs, like he's up there doing a request show or something.... like he's not going to sing the "good ones" - but this show was not about a lot of misplaced hollering, it almost seemed like the hecklers was placed there. The crowd was as silent as mouse when John played, and they cheered and clapped and swayed and jumped out of their seats at the right times.

Johnny, you gotta come to Rockford a lot more... and bring that tall talented blonde guy with you.


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