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This is a complete shot in the dark, but why not. Just in case anyone has or hears of anyone that is trying to sell a ticket for Saturday's show at the Troubadour, I could drive up from San Diego and attend. Cash in hand.

I didn't get a ticket when they went on sale because I was supposed to be out of state... alas, I am here in SD until Christmas. So if there's a ticket floating around, I'd go!

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(I wrote this for another forum I frequent, so some stuff is over-explained for our Mudcrutch crowd, but here you go :)).


Last night I went to the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The occasion was the 2nd annual Merry Minstrel Circus Guitar Jam, which is a charity show held for two purposes: to support the LA Unified School District’s music program, and the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund. Those causes are supported by Jonathan Wilson and Mike Campbell, respectively. Last year they just held one show, but due to demand, they held two this year.

Mike Campbell’s side band, The Dirty Knobs, led off with three songs, including Steppin’ Out from the Blues Breakers album. Mike was playing a black Les Paul custom with P90s. Benmont Tench added Hammond licks throughout. They also did a song called “Bride of Frankenstein” which is a nice rocker. I’ll see if I can find you guys a video clip of that from last night. It’s a cool riff.

Mike then left the stage and Susanna Hoffs strolled on with two acoustic guitarists. She played Mike Nesmith’s/Linda Ronstadt's “Different Drum,” which was very well received by the audience.

Next was Jonathan Wilson and his band. They did a few. As they were finishing one of their songs, I look towards the side door, where no one else is looking, and the door opens. In walks Jeff Lynne! He scurries up the stairs and into the backstage area. I don’t think anyone else saw him. It was such a shock to see him walk in.

Mike came back up and said they had a special surprise. “Mr. Walsh?” he calls out. Joe Walsh strolls on stage. They launch into Funk 49. This isn’t a complete video, but it’s not bad. Mike is playing a 1967 360/12 O.S.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNhaeVYN4oE]Joe Walsh & Mike Campbell - Funk No. 49 (Merry Minstrel Circus, December 2013) - YouTube[/ame]

After that, Joe switched guitars, turned up even louder, and then launched into this:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHBA38-nQqQ]Joe Walsh & Mike Campbell - Rocky Mountain Way (Merry Minstrel Circus, December 2013) - YouTube[/ame]

The place was rocking’. I have seen Mike Campbell almost 20 times by now, and I feel like Mike was the most animated I’ve ever seen him on stage, just because he was enjoying playing with these guys so much.

Once Rocky Mountain Way was over, Joe Walsh switched back to the Stratocaster. Mike then invites someone else on stage:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL4JRjZ9xDE]Jeff Lynne, Mike Campbell, Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench - Runaway (Merry Minstrel Circus, December 2013) - YouTube[/ame]

If you didn’t hear at the beginning, Jeff says that the “first song we’re going to do is a request from Mike.” It was so cool to hear ‘Runaway’ done live by these guys. And how cool that Benmont Tench was there to provide the faithful keyboard part. Benmont is one of the unsung rock heroes of the past 30+ years in my opinion.

Jeff and Joe hung around for one more song:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg4f12rUpgQ]Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench - Roll Over Beethoven - YouTube[/ame]

That was a tough act to follow. Lucinda Williams came on next and did a few songs. She did “Change the Locks” and then “Rockin’ In the Free World” from Neil Young. The first song was a J.J. Cale song, but I can’t remember which one.


Jackson Browne later came on and did about 5-6 songs. The last one was 'Doctor My Eyes,' which I'd never seen him do before.

The last song was "Up On Cripple Creek," which featured everyone but Joe Walsh and Jeff Lynne, who had ducked out earlier.

It was a fun night. My first time ever at the Troubadour. I didn’t order a Brandy Alexander, but next time!! If you’re in LA next year in the weekend preceding Christmas, this show is a must.

Edited by seltaeb
Fixing YouTube links.

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Rocky Mountain Way

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhzhDBtIi9E]Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh LIVE @ The Troubadour ~ MERRY MINSTREL MUSICAL CIRCUS II - YouTube[/ame]

Funk 49

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHGGu-CWgSE]Funk 49 - Joe Walsh LIVE @ The Troubadour ~ MERRY MINSTREL MUSICAL CIRCUS II - YouTube[/ame]

Doctor My Eyes

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncZj1oJxRCw]Merry Minstrel Musical Circus - Doctor My Eyes (The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA 12/21/13) - YouTube[/ame]

These Days

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSM8QXaTJ_o]Merry Minstrel Musical Circus -These Days (The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA 12/21/13) - YouTube[/ame]

Late for the Sky

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v1SojJ4rto]Merry Minstrel Musical Circus - Late For The Sky (The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA 12/21/13) - YouTube[/ame]

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