I was looking forward to this – because I’d seen Lisa Fischer in her role with the Rolling Stones and she’s at the emotional heart of the film 20 Feet From Stardom and I’d checked out some of her other sessions and solo work. In short: I was a fan. But it wasn’t great. And I had to say so. Though that was less Fischer’s fault and more the band. I think they were an incongruous presence really. Not in any sort of good way either.
The other weird thing about going to this was gig was that in the lead-up I had interviewed Fischer. It was fine. She was lovely. But in my stay-at-home-dad-daze I had completely forgotten it was even happening. I’d dropped the kid at daycare and I had a friend staying – we’d had a few drinks the night before. And the phone rang. Fischer does her own interviews. No publicist, no operator patching in. She just called me. I answered. And heard a really calm, smooth voice say, “is this Simon? It’s Lisa speaking. Lisa Fischer”. Oh yeah, of course. I ran down to the other end of the house, no notes, had a chat for 20-30 minutes. Felt like a bit of a twit forgetting it was even on the cards.
Here’s the review of the gig I wrote for the paper.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.