Jackson Browne with David Lindley at Glastonbury 2010 | Review

Who: Jackson Browne with David Lindley

Who: Jackson Browne with David Lindley.

Where and when: Acoustic stage, 10pm Sunday.

Dress code: The kind of patterned shirt that might occasion a warning to viewers were they ever worn during a TV programme. Jackson's silk number is a jagged blue, Lindley's a black and white ethnic pattern. Neither shirt is nice on the eye, but that doesn't seem to bother the wearers much.

What happened: Laurel Canyon legend Browne and longtime collaborator Lindley are the last act to take to the acoustic stage at this Glastonbury anniversary. They're scheduled against Stevie Wonder, which seems to bother Browne more than just a little bit (he wants to watch him play), but a loyal crowd know where they'd rather be. Ninety minutes of guitar virtuousity, crafted pop songs and wry badinage follow.

Who's watching: It's a compact crowd and it's also safe to say that there's no one under 30 in attendance. But the audience are attentive, responsive and eager to show their appreciation for the gourmet fare on offer.

High point: Take It Easy closed the set and its opening chords garnered the biggest cheers of the night. A special mention, however, goes to Lindley's homespun ditty about the point in a man's life when he starts to grow breasts. It's called How About When a Man Gets Boobs. As Browne confirms: "David has a lot of uncoventional songs".

Low point: There was no immediate candidate, such was the quality of the fare on offer – so at a pinch, let's say the amount of tuning between songs.

In a tweet: Old stagers band together to counter Stevie. They may not have the crowd, but they do have the boobs.


Paul MacInnes

The GuardianTramp

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