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foxesfred
Aug 07 2014
at 11:12 AM
Like many of you I have followed Pat for 30ish years. My very favorite experiences are his live performances! I’d like to ask all if you could recall and /or describe any of those very special live shows that you had the good fortune to attend.I have one in mind from the 80’s and want to see if anyone else felt its artistic impact.
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Bikenjazz
Oct 12 2014
at 8:21 PM
Bookmark and Share Seems that there is a continuing thread concerning First Circle..........amazing live performance as was the transforming "Still Life Talking" tour.....seen in Portland, Oregon, and seeing the group at the now defunct "Place" near Sea-Tac airport in Seattle. But by far it was an outdoor concert in August 1995-96? at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon................stunning night outdoors...........it was the "We Live Here" tour.....till the end of the world it was that night.............temporarily transformed more than a few people in three hours.....
MarcNebo
Oct 09 2014
at 7:53 AM
Bookmark and Share I have lost track of how many times I have seen Pat Metheny live. My best guess would be fifty times. The last time was this year with the Pat Metheny Unity Group. The show was excellent, but what made it so memorable was that I partially sponsored the gig. The best benefit was meeting Pat and the band backstage after the show. Will be hard to top that night.
foxesfred
Oct 08 2014
at 10:37 AM
Bookmark and Share Thanks to all for your most interesting responses. I am not surprised that several responded that it was the First Circle tour that stood out from many, many excellent shows. That was the tour I had in mind from my original post. I caught them at Centennial Hall on the campus of the Univ. of Arizona in Tucson. I arrived late as they had like a 4:00 start time. I was so late, that I parked my car illegally right next to the building. I ran in and as soon as I sat down Lyle comes down the aisle blowing trumpet on Forward March. Pat was on stage and really getting a kick out of the crowd’s reaction. They played the tune and the place is going wild. Pat moves right in to Yolanda You’ll Learn and after picking up his synth the entire place was on their feet and the music is melting impressions into our nervous systems that we’d never forget. To think of the emotion the group can conjure up by hitting the notes of what we know as electric amplified music! Pat was having a GREAT TIME. He laughed as much as he did playing w/ Bruce Hornsby on this summer’s Campfire tour. All of his shows have equally great moments, but this one was ELECTRIC LIVE.....
toneman
Oct 05 2014
at 7:35 PM
Bookmark and Share in response to the initial question - so hard to pick one as each has been unique and memorable, but the medal goes to the virgin experience for me which was First Cirlce tour (Pedro!) at the Ontario Place Forum in Toronto - the one that used to rotate & you could sit on the grass under the stars. life changing for me. posted about it here before and one of you noted how that night Pat himself made a comment to the effect, we’re really on tonight. in my experience there hasn’t been a show where he has not been dazzling in some respect.
blisterfree
Sep 06 2014
at 3:32 PM
Bookmark and Share I think what Pat has proven he can do, time and again, is to write symbolic works of fiction, sort of the soundtrack to **our** lives as opposed to his own, necessarily. Yes, there’s a smattering of autobiography and socially-conscious journalism here and there as well, I suppose, but it’s hard to do that sort of thing with instrumental music, especially jazz. Frankly it doesn’t matter to me where Pat gets his inspiration, and I would even probably find it a burden if every album had some huge, poignant backstory that I had to know in order to "get" the music. That’s what Dylan is for. With Pat, it’s a Secret Story, a Way Up, an Imaginary Day, and every listen is a little bit different from the last, based on my mood, based on what’s happening in my life. That’s the beauty of fiction over non-fiction. Of course sometimes it’s not about finding transient meaning of any sort, but simply enjoying the jam. Pat does that pretty well too, eh?
foper
Sep 05 2014
at 7:18 AM
Bookmark and Share Blister… I didn’t mean to imply that no emotion exists in Pat regarding his music. I do think the music itself drives him emotionally. But, if you’ve watched his many interviews, it’s all about the music itself and not really from any specific inspiration in his life. The closest thing I can come to is Pat’s comments on ‘TWU’. He admits TWU was inspired by what he was observing of our time, the attitudes of our society; that it was sort of ‘protest’ to those sentiments. My memory about ‘Secret Story’ had something to do about a breakup or something like that. I don’t know if Pat actually said this or if it’s just rumored. ‘A Map of the World’ is the closest I’ve seen where he actually wrote something that perfectly fit the situation. If you’ve watched that movie that ended with that scene where Pat is playing the theme song, it was absolutely perfect. I don’t know if Pat felt the conflicting emotions of pain and joy that came out in that scene when he wrote that song; but I feel it. But I get the impression Pat approaches writing and playing from a standpoint of ‘how can I become a better musician. How can I push myself to that next level?’ Perhaps ‘mechanical’ wasn’t an accurate term. It’s about the music and not some connection to an event in his life or emotion; at least most of the time.
blisterfree
Aug 28 2014
at 7:24 PM
Bookmark and Share Pat’s music born from something mechanical, as opposed to emotional? I just don’t see that at all. I’m a late bloomer here and have only seen Pat a handful of times, all within the last few years, but it’s still absolutely clear when watching him that what he’s doing is about as far removed from being "an exercise for its own sake" as one could humanly get (as if what we’re hearing on the records weren’t equally as revealing). Of course the music means different things to different people, and no doubt Pat recognizes this, thus his reluctance to put too fine a point on inspiration and interpretation. But as I believe he stated in a recent interview, it’s all about speaking a musical vocabulary fluently, without really thinking about which words to use. The words just flow, otherwise they get in the way of communication. Clearly Pat uses different words in different contexts to achieve different results, but it seems to me that the entire lexicon is so well developed that writing and performing are beyond anything rote or mechanical. Of course Pat has his distinctive and familiar phrasings, but when a PM tune comes on you know it right away from the boundless ideas flowing directly from the man to the instrument, unfiltered.
bxl12378
Aug 28 2014
at 2:25 AM
Bookmark and Share I understand very well those last comments.I had the chance to talk to Pat back in 2002 before a gig he was going to play later on that night. So what do you tell your absolute idol, face to face? I asked him if he was aware of his music meaning so much to people. I told him that AYGWM had changed my life, that I take it with me where ever I go and that I had listened to it some several thousand times...Pat was very polite and thanked me but I guess that he must have been thinking that there was something wrong with me...For him it’s just something he wrote, a musical proces. For us, it’s that tune that helpes us, closing our eyes, to see that coast line again, or those beautiful mountains, our children, our deceased friends our relatives, etc.But still, when ever I’ve seen Pat perform , it was always with a lot of commitment.And that’s what makes it so great. He must have played AYGWM some hundred, thousand times but still plays it as it were the first.
foper
Aug 27 2014
at 3:50 PM
Bookmark and Share mort… I hung around after the Kin/Campfire show at Wolf Trap and Pat didn’t come out. The security people came up to us and told us the place was closed. When I mentioned I was hoping Pat would come back out on stage for a meet and greet, she said he had other obligations. I think it had something to do with being in the DC area and Ben is from DC. I’ve also heard Pat talk about how he approaches music as being more of being simply about the music and not with any intent of inspiration, or something to that effect. I think I remember him saying that’s why titles are hard for him, because the tunes aren’t born out of any inspiration. It seems so mechanical to me. But I am in the same place you are that Pat’s music has also brought me out of some really dark places; and if I had the opportunity to tell him, after all these years, I would. I just hope he understands that, even though he doesn’t play to inspire, his music not only inspires people emotionally on a plethora of different levels, but also on a musical level.
mortbike
Aug 27 2014
at 12:19 AM
Bookmark and Share it is so hard to pick just one, but during the first circle tour we saw the group in santa Barbara , next night , LA then they added a show at UCI bren center. it was general admission , so I arrived very early. there were no lights on or anybody in the ticket booth. I wandered over to the stage door where the crew was unloading equipment, after a while 2 cars pulled up , out came pat and the band. I was wearing a first circle shirt, pat asked me how I liked the show, I somehow got "great" out , they signed my shirt, still have it!!!!.. pat then invited me in to watch the sound check, after it was over he came down and we spoke for about 10 minutes , couple of things I took from this, pat is very down to earth and easy to talk to. also when I told him his music pulled me out of some deep dark places, he said, I don’t write music meant to inspire, I just play what I hear. someone wrote about pat coming out after the show, I have waited as well,,, it is always worth it. one night after a show in san diego, he was getting ready to leave and said did everybody get a picture or something you want signed?,, the last few tours he has not come out, I hope im wrong, has anyone stayed around and did he come out????????
bluepno
Aug 26 2014
at 1:32 PM
Bookmark and Share Chet Baker ...Lulu Whites Boston near the end.
bluepno
Aug 26 2014
at 1:25 PM
Bookmark and Share at the jarrett concert he nearly walk off after 15 minutes of the playing unless a photogragher was thrown out...he pointed directly at the guy... Then he went on and played an amazing evening of music.
bluepno
Aug 26 2014
at 1:14 PM
Bookmark and Share Pat sitting in with some biker rock band must’ve been 74-75 in north Connecticut..he did a Hendrix tribute.
bluepno
Aug 26 2014
at 1:12 PM
Bookmark and Share Miles davis at Kix Boston...we want Miles tour...Bill Evans lulu whites and Jazz Workshop...Pat metheny Speaking of Now, the orpheum Boston...metheny Higgins Haden Paradise theater Boston...Gary Burton Dreams So Real tour west Hartford Conn w/ Chicorea Return To Forever...The Pat metheny Grup free concert at Bushnell park brand spankin new white Album stuff. Art Blakey Jazz Messengers at jonathan Swifts Cambridge...Paul Winter Consort Constitution Plaza Conn...Minnie Ripperton/ Weather Report Weslyan University...Horace Silver Lulu whites Boston.Miles avery Fisher Hall Bill Cosby sat in front of us...Miles opera house Boston....Jarrett solo...Wang theater..Tord Gustavson Charles Hotel Cambridge....Lyle Mays Willow Jazz club Cambridge. Thx for jogging the memories. ok..Stephanne grappelli Charles Hotel Boston w. Bucky Pizzarrelli. Dave Holland and Jim Hall duets cambridge.
sunship
Aug 25 2014
at 3:14 PM
Bookmark and Share I guess mine was in 1993 at the Tilles Center at CW Post College on Long Island.I guess technically it was in support of Letter From Home. They opened with Forward March (walking through the crowd down the aisles) jumped into Phase Dance. I remember First Circle, AYGWM?, Minuano, Have You Heard. What a fantastic night. - Then I wound up sneaking back stage and talked to him for about 20 minutes. All types of stuff, we talked about Holdsworth, Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, and about Pat’s upcoming album, in which he told us, "I cant wait for you guys to hear the new album" in his midwestern drawl. That album turned out to be Secret Story. He was really charged up before that release.
harn
Aug 25 2014
at 9:44 AM
Bookmark and Share Mine would have to be Manchester Apollo (UK) May 4th 1985 on the First Circle tour, simply because it was the first time I’d seen Pat play live and it was mind blowing. Every concert I’d attended up to that point was forgotten, there was a new benchmark! I seem to remember it began with a strange (to me at that time) wailing sound which turned out to be Pat on the Synclavier, he walked out from the side of the stage playing while the rest of the band came through the audience like a marching band playing "Forward March" I spent the next two hours with my spine tingling at the wonderful music, most of which I was unfamiliar with at that time, well I was only 15! Pat signed my program afterwards, I still have it. A non musical highlight was in 2005 on the Way Up tour. I went to the Hammersmith date and was staying over the road at the Novotel. We were in the bar afterwards and all of the band except Pat himself, came in and sat at the next table, it turned out they were staying there too. We had a really good chat to Lyle Mays who was quite a character, very unlike his studious stage persona! Great people, great music, it doesn’t really get any better than that!
bxl12378
Aug 25 2014
at 6:46 AM
Bookmark and Share My favourite show will always be the one where I saw and heard the PMG perform live for the first time(for me that is) AYGWM?That tune is my absolute drug and I must have put in on some 15,000 times by now(yeah I know, there’s some medical help for me somewhere out there).Was about 20 years ago and I cried when it started, not ashamed to say so...Second best? Last June at the Hammersmith Apollo. Am still not over that one...a lot of emotions.
Arlie
Aug 18 2014
at 7:20 PM
Bookmark and Share I may be dreaming this, but during a show in the late 1980’s at Pittsburgh’s Station Square amphitheater (which was a former train station located along the banks of the Monongahela River, with train tracks running right behind the stage), a train came along behind the band as they were playing "Last Train Home". Pat did not seem to be amused, but I thought it was magical.
jk
Aug 17 2014
at 4:12 PM
Bookmark and Share wow. just got up from a nap, and i’m thinking (half asleep) - i don’t know what was memorable. then the memories came pouring in. of the close to 70 pat experiences, very many were quite memorable. 36 years worth. pat man, you are old!!
foper
Aug 14 2014
at 10:49 AM
Bookmark and Share Great story Will. I think Pat is pretty notorious for stopping for autographs and chats and such. Rather than doing the backstage pass thing, he likes to come out on the stage (if he has time) at the end of a show and meet any lingering fans. I didn’t hang around at Blues Alley because I was with a girl and didn’t think she’d want to just sit around. But when I saw him at Merriweather Post Pavilion in (I think it was) ’81 my friend and I decided to stay seated and wait until the crowd thinned out so we didn’t have to fight traffic. Then suddenly Pat and the group came out on the stage and started signed stuff and chatting. So we decided to chance it and make our way down there. After some pretty convincing begging the little security guard girl let us go on through. We managed to get his autograph on our tickets. I was too poor to buy any of this memorabilia. After moving here and there over the years, I have since lost that ticket. But my friend still has his.
tiny_tim
Aug 14 2014
at 4:17 AM
Bookmark and Share Lisbon, Portugal at the Coliseu - June 2003...."Speaking of Now" Tour, saw it with some friends, dropped them back to the parking garage and came back to the Coliseu front entrance. Steve Rodby was speaking with a couple of music students, one an Italian Double Bass player, and her classical piano friend (who had never seen a jazz gig). I joined in and Steve had to go and out comes Antonio and we start speaking with him. After a while he asked where the Hot Clube was, one of the best Jazz Clubs on the Iberian Peninsula. I knew the way as a frequent visitor to the Hot Clube (whe it was at its original spot before the fire in Dec 2009) when I was in Lisbon for my professional work. We get there, head down to the cave, and the local band is gigging. The toilets are out the back in a lovely little garden. So I head to the garden and guess who was there with several musicians looking over their compostions and giving some pointers...PAT! First time to meet him face to face in all my years. A most magic night.
Willbur
Aug 13 2014
at 8:20 AM
Bookmark and Share Great story, foper and reminded me of a similar occurrence that happened to me. It was 1996 and I was at the Village Vanguard in NYC for the first time, to see Pat play with Joshua Redman during the "Wish" tour, with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins. The Vanguard is historic of course, but it’s a tiny place, downstairs and seats about 120. I also got there early and got a table up front next to the stage - and then nature called for me also and I made my way thru some narrow, winding area behind the check-in counter and opening the door to the men’s room, there was Pat. Not really the way I envisioned meeting a hero of mine but since Pat was on his way out, I did blurt out a surprised "Hi Pat!" and got a "Hey, how are ya?" Of course I did not try to extend the conversation under those circumstances. But Pat is so cool - at the end of their set, as they were walking offstage, my sister who was with me, blurts out "Hey Pat!?" He stops, steps forward, leans down and goes "Yes?" (GULP) I’m thinking, uh, WTF sis? And she asks "Was that ’James’ you just finished with?" Pat says "Yeah it was!" And I always remembered that, that someone of his stature would stop and answer some stupid question an adoring fan would blurt out. Pat may be a better human being than he is a musician, which of course says a lot.
foper
Aug 09 2014
at 10:42 AM
Bookmark and Share I saw Pat at Blues Alley back in ’83 with Billy Higgins and Charlie Haden. Blues Alley is a really small place. I got there early and got a table right up front. You could count the nose hairs. The place is an old townhouse converted into a concert venue. So the steps to the right of the stage go up to the bathroom. I had to go. When I got to the top of the steps there was a room off to the side that was the sitting room for the band before the show. There wasn’t a door but a curtain. I heard them talking and peeked my head in. I think Pat said something like “hey dude, how ya doin’” So I chatted for a couple of minutes. When the show started Pat started with an improvised solo on his Synclavier. I guess the equipment sapped up so much power it kept tripping the circuit breaker. After the third trip he gave that up and picked up his acoustic and did a solo on that. It was a long time ago but I remember leaving there in a daze. The one show I absolutely regret not seeing was ‘The Way up’ tour.
HAMBONE
Aug 09 2014
at 10:26 AM
Bookmark and Share This one has been brought up before and I still have to say the Travels tour in 83 was my all-time favorite PMG show.It was amazing in every sense. Nothing since has topped it, although a few have come close ( SON, TWU and most recent UG). But my all-time favorite show still remains Joni Mitchell’s S&L. Such a great experience from the band, music and crowd I was with on that magical night in Philly, summer of 79. Ah, the good ole days!...
bootybandit
Aug 08 2014
at 10:55 AM
Bookmark and Share ’First Circle’ tour, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, De. Had seen PMG Live a few times prior. First time my wife had seen them with me. When they performed ’First Circle’ (mid-show); the bands and the audiences adrenaline kept rising, and at the conclusion of the number, the entire house just ’Flipped-Out’; jumping out of their seats. I’ve never seen anything even close to that at a jazz show. There was nowhere else on the planet I would have rather been at the time. I’ve been a Huge ’Yes’ fan (seeing them 40 plus times), and they could accomplish this at the Spectrum in Philly. But this topped anything I had been a part of there. Absolutely Fantastic! BTW, many other great moments by Pat and Co. over the years; but this night took the cake. Thanks for asking. Peace
BobSmith
Aug 08 2014
at 9:05 AM
Bookmark and Share I remember all of the shows I’ve seen but the one that stands out as the most enjoyable was Seattle Paramount Sep 87 for the Still Life Tour. It was the first time I had seen the group in 3 years and I’d been listening to the CD for a few months and was really amped up. I had great seats and was able to catch all the action. My most striking memory is them doing an encore of a still-as-yet unnamed Letter from Home with Pat on the little soprano guitar. You could have heard a pin drop.
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