Whew! She's doing her Fare Thee Well Tour - over a year of gigs - then retiring. And it turned out her last US show was scheduled for the theater I worked at in high school, almost fifty years ago. (Yikes!) So we made the trip from Maine to New York and stayed with friends. My wife and I had each seen her when Joan and we were younger, and this seemed like last call, so. Great show. She doesn't have the range she used to, and she has the vocal chords of someone who's used them a lot. But she still belts 'em out and makes 'em sound great, and she's learned a lot about working an audience. Plus, her guitar work is a lot more varied and less mechanical than it used to be. A bunch of Dylan tunes, a couple of Tom Waits, a John Lennon, a Richard Farina, a lot of old folk tunes (natch). And, also natch, Diamonds and Rust. Her son played drums (who'd expect a drum solo at a Joan Baez show?), and made 'em sing. She had a backup singer with a soulful voice and the range Joan used to have. Here instrumental guy played fiddle, mando, guitar, banjo, upright bass, and piano. Sounded great on all six, never upstaged Joan. Visiting the theater was also great. We ended up being seated by the usher who was working my old position (balcony, left entrance). So we talked shop for a few minutes and that was fun, too. (Man, why did I ever quit?) Anyhow, she's off the the Europe leg of the tour now. It was a real nice send-off for Joan. She's really wrapping it up on a high note. And there were a lot of movie cameras there: Someone's making a documentary about her, which, she says, tells all. We'll see what that means soon enough!