One of the marks of a great concert is when the memories stick with you.
That’s been the case with Lindsey Buckingham’s amazing performance Friday at the Brady Theater in Tulsa. That’s one that will linger with me for a long, long time because it was, quite frankly, unforgettable.
When you’re watching a veteran musician in concert, there’s always the worry that he or she will perform on autopilot. Those concerns were completely ungrounded in Buckingham’s case.
It was clear Friday that Buckingham has a grand passion for more than just writing songs and fingerpicking in that wonderfully odd (maybe oddly wonderful would be a better way to put it) way of his. He showed in Tulsa a clear passion for playing his music live for an appreciative audience, and though the Brady Theater was only about half full, those fans who attended were loud and adoring.
As for Buckingham, he was definitely in the moment throughout the performance. Often, he sang with his eyes closed or fixed at a far-off point just above the heads of the floor-level audience. During those incredibly smoking guitar solos, he would screw up his face in concentration, and he several times finished with a big rock ‘n’ roll kick. After an amazing rendition of one of his new or old songs – and amazing renditions were the norm Friday – he often would pump his fist, raise his guitar aloft or shout “yeah!” away from the mike.
When the crowd rose to its feet for a pair of relatively new songs from his new album “Gift of Screws,” Buckingham smiled a little shyly, put his hand over his heart, mouthed “thank you” and blew kisses to the crowd.
After the loud crowd and his band indicated that one more song after the encore was warranted, he took the stage with just his acoustic guitar. As he played “Time Precious Time” from the new album, his fingers flowed over the strings with the delicate musicality of water over a falls.
And in the final moments, with his final notes fading and the audience cheering in adulation, Buckingham just stood on stage hugging his guitar with both arms and smiling beatifically.
From my excellent seat in about the sixth row center, I was able to snap a few shots of Buckingham during the concert. I rarely bother to take photos during shows but this was one I wanted to remember. Here are a few that show Buckingham fully engaged in making music just for us.
If you ever get the chance to see Lindsey Buckingham in concert, please take the opportunity. And know that unless there’s some kind of mishap or extenuating circumstance, I’ll be there, too.