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Final American tour for John McLaughlin

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by GeorgiaHonk, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. GeorgiaHonk

    GeorgiaHonk Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2003
    Auburn, Georgia
    I've never had the opportunity to see John McLaughlin in concert, so I am incredibly excited to be seeing him here in Atlanta in 12 days. He feels that, at 75 years old, this will be his last large scale tour. Jimmy Herring is sharing the bill, and they plan to revisit some of the material from the early Mahavishnu Orchestra albums. His music seems to be about challenging himself and his audience, and I appreciate a musical challenge. I'm curious if any of you have seen them already and if so what were your thoughts?

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  2. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted

    Not seen him live. Huge fan of the first Mahavishnu, less so if his later output. Still a great gig - I’d be excited too
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Do go see/hear him.
    He is a singular artist.
    There is no one else like him.
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  4. Walker

    Walker Tele-Holic

    Jan 18, 2007
    Yeah, it seems that arthritis is catching up with him and he feels this will be his last large scale tour where he can still play at his best. I saw a recording of the show on YouTube and really enjoyed it. I wish I could see them live.
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  5. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Saw him in an acoustic show with Al Di Meola and Paco de Lucia around '80-'81 (?) Three amazing guitarists, each did solo bits plus played together. Performance of a lifetime.
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  6. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

    Oct 18, 2013
    I've seen him a handful of times, and even met him once. He's been an idol of mine since the 70s. I was thrilled beyond belief to hear him play the Mahavishnu material in DC last week.
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  7. Randypttt

    Randypttt Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 8, 2010
    Elyria Oh
    I just saw him 2 days ago in Ann Arbor Mi (see my thread). Great show. I've seen him a few times beginning in the 70's but not for a long time now. I was actually more interested in his current band and material than I was the older stuff. It's just the finest ensemble he's had since his first Orchestra imho.
    But don't get me wrong I loved all of it.
    Enjoy yourself!
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  8. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    Saw that tour too. At the University of Chicago concert hall.
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  9. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 2, 2015
    I saw Mahavishnu Orchestra twice in the '70s, both shows were epic. This is your chance! Wish I could see this new group live.
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  10. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Gotta see him, MO and Shakti fan here.
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  11. GeorgiaHonk

    GeorgiaHonk Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2003
    Auburn, Georgia
    The show was epic. Having never seen Jimmy Herring, he was very impressive. I especially enjoyed his take on Les Brers in A Minor. The Mahavishnu was everything I'd hoped. The finest pure musician I've ever seen in person. Chops, taste, feel, and passion were there in spades, but what impressed me most was his skill as a bandleader and his extraordinary talent as a composer. His onstage enthusiasm was contagious and he looked NOTHING like a man at the tail end of a career. Something tells me he will continue his amazing musical output for the foreseeable future. And that's good news.
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  12. johnnywizzo

    johnnywizzo Tele-Meister

    Dec 20, 2014
    I've seen him first with Miles Davis, then with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the last time was with the Five Peace Band. He is amazing!
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