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This document is clearly a work-in-progress, and probably will be forever. Jackson Browne's performing career has never been documented in any great detail and there are a number of valid reasons for this. His shows in the 60s, and early and mid 70s were low-key, often at comparatively obscure venues and rarely publicised other than at a local level; unlike many other major artists there was no concerted effort on the part of fans to record his shows and so the available recordings, audience or radio, from the early years are limited. Although he has attracted considerable commercial and critical success Jackson's fanbase has never had the more extreme element that has documented the lives of Bob Dylan, Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen. This website goes some way to addressing that situation.

When I first constructed this website it was really a spin-off from other research and it concluded with the year 1995 simply because Russ Paris already had pages dealing with 1996 onwards. It would have been discourteous to purloin his work, so I simply added a link. However, Russ has now passed that information on to me for inclusion here, and I thank him for the enormous amount that he has done. These pages now represent an attempt to list all known performances together with set lists where available. I would like to point out that, while I am fond of Jackson Browne's music I am not his biggest fan; but, as I was collecting tapes of his shows in the early 70s, I am fairly confident regarding sources and details for many of those early recordings. I have now added all the extra info that Russ supplied - some of which is not concert related - and expanded that information as much as I can, but there are still many details that remain sketchy, unconfirmed or just absent. More recent set lists have come from Dime [which is usually 99% accurate], other download sites (over 500 shows available on one), and setlist.fm, whose accuracy I cannot vouch for. Memories can be fickle, and clearly audio evidence is preferred, but not definitive. Certainly there is information at setlist.fm that I consider doubtful. I have identified setlists acquired from there and it is left to the reader to decide how reliable they are. Some partial setlists have been included and some have not.
Russ did end his efforts during 2012 so more recent information is probably incomplete, and any assistance in filling gaps would be very much appreciated. I have done a little research on YouTube, but the prospect of trawling through everything available there fills me with trepidation. The issue of notating cover versions remains unresolved - my treatment of these is inconsistent and needs a decision. It is assumed that followers will know Jackson's songs reasonably well, and therefore be able to distinguish other artists' material. However, given that setlist.fm consistently refers to These Days as a Nico cover, that cannot be assumed with any degree of certainty.

Information comes from many sources and a proportion of it remains unconfirmed. Magazines that published itineraries together with newspaper ads and posters etc have been referenced for the pre-internet days, but it is obvious that these are not always completely accurate. The earliest performances will probably never be chronicled completely, and there are many gaps at the beginning. Anecdotal evidence has been incorporated but this can be misleading as memories fade and data is easily transposed. It is possible that some older set lists are incorrect as, on occasion, evidence conflicts. An attempt has been made to compile details of the musicians who accompanied Jackson but this is complicated and help would be appreciated. It may be of interest to some readers to know which shows were solo and this information would be welcome. Although many of the earlier dates remain unconfirmed specific unknown information is often highlighted. If you have anything - ticket stub, review, radio broadcast, newspaper ad etc. - that verifies or disproves a date, or adds a new show please feel free to email petel99@virginmedia.com .

Compiled by Pete Long 2014, 2015, 2016. Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance, and to Russ Paris.

In an attempt at standardisation I have adopted many of the conventions used by Simon Montgomery in his Joni Mitchell Chronology. Jackson's own website may be accessed here.
I also have a Kate & Anna McGarrigle gigography here.

Date format is YYYY.MM.DD

Latest Update: January 2016

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1965
The Paradox
Tustin, CA
Fall - dates unknown
Thursday guest nights with Steve Noonan.
1966.02
The Paradox
Tustin, CA
date unknown
With the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - winning a talent contest.

1966
The Golden Bear
Huntington Beach, CA
dates unknown
With the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band opening on different dates for the Sir Douglas Quintet and Lovin' Spoonful.

1966.06.28 - 07.03
The Ice House
Glendale, CA
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band supporting Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. Jackson's presence unconfirmed.

1966
The Paradox
Tustin, CA
dates unknown

1966
The Four Muses
San Clemente, CA
dates unknown

1966.08
The Paradox
Tustin, CA
dates unknown
At one solo performance Dick Rosmini records Jackson's set.
1967.02
SUNY
Stony Brook, NY
Jackson reportedly played a low key show in a dorm lounge at SUNY together with Steve Noonan and Tim Buckley. While the SUNY Statesman newspaper sometimes advertised informal concerts it has no mention of this particular event. Greil Marcus noted elsewhere that the show was a couple of weeks after Jefferson Airplane had made its first East Coast appearances at SUNY which was on February 8, 1967. Tim Buckley certainly played there together with The Doors on September 23, 1967 while Steve Noonan with Soft White Underbelly appeared supporting Phil Ochs on October 21, 1967.

1967.02
The Dom
New York City, NY
dates unknown
Accompanying Nico on guitar. Solo performances also during 5 or 6 (?) week period.

1967.04.28&29
The Paradox
Tustin, CA

1967
The Troubadour
Los Angeles, CA
dates unknown

1967
The Ice House
Pasadena, CA
dates unknown

1967
The Golden Bear
Huntington Beach, CA
dates unknown
1968.02.12
Rowan & Martin's Laugh In
Burbank, CA
broadcast date
With the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Promo film.

1968.02.24
SUNY Gym
Stony Brook, NY
Opening for Judy Collins.Review

1968.03.17
Pasadena Exhibition Hall
Pasadena, CA
St Paddy's Medicine Show with Clear Light, Iron Butterfly, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Steppenwolf, Canned Heat, Penny Nichols, Gordon Alexander, Blues Berry Jam, Alexander's Rag Time Band, The Rockets, The Fields And The Peace Officers. Newspaper ad.

1968
Lloyd Thaxton TV show
   
date unknown
As part of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; substituting for an absent member.

1968.04.16-21
The Ash Grove
Los Angeles, CA
Opening for Hearts & Flowers. Poster.
1969.05.09&10
Artie Fatbuckle's Cellar
Los Angeles, CA
Supported by Penny Nichols and Jonn Beland.

1969.08.09
The Four Muses
San Clemente, CA

1969.08.23
Rouge et Noir
Seal Beach, CA
Perhaps not a concert. There are recordings of Jackson singing at a friend's house in Seal Beach on this date.

1969.08.29&30
The Four Muses
San Clemente, CA

1969.09.04&05
McCabe's Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, CA
Also Rick Ruskin.

1969.09.16-21
The Troubadour
Santa Monica, CA
Opening for Linda Ronstadt. At some point in 1969, possibly earlier, Jackson met David Lindley for the first time. It was during this run at The Troubadour that they first played together when Lindley joined Jackson on stage for These Days. It is possible that Jimmy Fadden of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played harmonica with them also. Review.

1969.09.29
Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
Long Beach, CA
Benefit for the New Directions Children's School. Also advertised were the Everly Brothers, The Sunshine Company, Steve Martin, Camp Hilltop, Elyse Weisberg, Pamela Polland, Tim Rose, Longbranch Pennywhistle and others.

1969
The Golden Bear
Huntington Beach, CA
date unknown
Opening for Hamilton Camp and The True Brethren.

1969
McCabe's Guitar Shop
Santa Monica, CA
date unknown
Opening for Bryndle at McCabe's first official concert.

1970.05.22
Baxter Hall, Caltech
Pasadena, CA
Benefit for the Foothill Free Clinic with Kate Wallace, Symbia and Ancient Clay.

1970.08
Jabberwocky Club, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

date unknown

1970.12.12&13
 
Dorothy Chandler Music Pavilion 
Los Angeles Music Center
Los Angeles, CA
 
Opening for Laura Nyro.
1970.12.18
San Diego Community Concourse
San Diego, CA 
Opening for Laura Nyro.
1970.12.19
Berkeley Community Theater 
Berkeley, CA 
Opening for Laura Nyro.
1970.12.22-24
Fillmore East 
New York City, NY 
Opening for Laura Nyro. Review.

1971.02.06
Royal Festival Hall 
London, England
Opening for Laura Nyro.

1971.03.06
Duke Indoor Stadium, Duke University 
Durham, NC

1971.03.27 two sets
Jabberwocky Club, Syracuse University 
Syracuse, NY
With Tom Jones on second guitar for some songs. Opening for Bonnie Raitt. Possibly played the previous night also. Two sets: Under The Falling Sky / World To Gain / Together Again / Mae Jean / Last Time I Was Home / Jesus In 3/4 Time / My Opening Farewell / From Silver Lake / Rock Me On The Water / Jamaica Say You Will / Together Again / Take It Underground / When You Lose Your Money / Our Lady Of The Well / These Days / Someday Morning / Shadow Dream Song / Song For Adam / Looking Into You

1971.03.30-04.04
The Troubadour
Santa Monica, CA
Opening for Melanie.

1971.11.11-14
The Main Point
Bryn Mawr, PA
Opening for Bonnie Raitt.

1971.11.14
The Gene Shay Show WMMR 
Philadelphia, PA
Set: Song For Adam / My Opening Farewell / Take It Easy / Jamaica Say You Will. Interviewed between songs.

1971.11.22
The Performing Arts Center
Milwaukee, WI
Also appearing were the Beach Boys and Yes.