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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
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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