The Gig: Loretta Lynn
Where: Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
When: Saturday 15 September 2012
In One Word: Privileged
The last time I went to a concert to see an iconic woman perform was a couple of years ago in Las Vegas. I saw Cher and well, as much as I wanted to feel good about the experience, I felt ripped off. Lots of money spent on a pretty crummy forty five minute set.
With Loretta Lynn, I had no idea what to expect. The woman is pushing eighty and quite frankly, I wondered whether she still had the chops to pull it off. The show started shortly after 8pm but instead of Loretta, we got her daughters, Patsy and Peggy who took to the stage to perform three songs because Loretta was still “getting ready.” Not the news I wanted to hear. They performed well, but I was looking forward to Loretta, not her kids.
By the time Loretta Lynn finally walked onto the stage at 8:23, I was ready to be disappointed. She started in with a cover song, “Let Your Love Flow” – not the strongest opening, but gradually, she settled in, and began engaging the audience with stories about her early beginnings in music; this, coupled with singing fan favourites – at least the ones she remembered – “She’s Got You” (another cover), “The Pill,” “Honky Tonk Girl” and others was what I was hoping for. Her voice seemed as strong as ever and she had some fun moments onstage with her band, The Coalminers.
I felt privileged to see her perform. Loretta Lynn exceeded my expectations. She delivered an incredible experience for which I am more than thankful.
P.S. – it’s pretty cool when somebody Loretta’s age can inspire the audience to rush the stage for her finale which was of course, “Coalminer’s Daughter.”
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