Annie Lennox concert in Nashville


Karen and I drove to Nashville yesterday to see Annie Lennox perform at the Ryman. The drive down went by quickly as we talked and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors in the trees lining the highway.

Upon arriving on Music Row, we parked and grabbed some great BBQ at Jack’s before heading to the venue. After checking out our seat locations, we went back into the lobby and stood on the top balcony to do some “people-watching”. The people coming into the venue were an interesting mix of mostly middle-aged people and included several gay couples.

We were particularly intrigued by a tall, pale man with dark features who was wearing a long, black overcoat and several rings with large, fake stones. He was shepherding a young man around who appeared be of South American descent and we quickly decided that he was a vampire and the young man his unwitting victim. This, of course, sent us into gales of laughter as we pondered whether we should alert the young man to his inevitable fate.

The concert was opened by Carina Round, a cutesy singer who wore a frilly black and white dress with hot pink high heels. She later explained that she’d bought them for $9 at a local thrift store and they were a size too big. Her voice and singing style was unique and took a few songs to get accustomed to, but her vocal prowess and humor soon reeled us in.

The crowd went crazy as the opening chords of “No More I Love You’s” filled the venue and Ms. Lennox took the stage. I was familiar with every song, save one, and her voice was flawless. She held nothing back, ad-libbing and prancing around the stage like someone twenty years her junior.

Toward the end of the show, she left the stage to thunderous applause and a video began playing about a trip she made recently to South Africa. After returning to the stage and performing “Sing”, she spoke of how the trip had changed her life beyond description and how morally reprehensible it is for the world to stand by as millions of people die from AIDS.

Her final song was “Why”, my favorite Annie Lennox song and the one that I was most looking forward to. It was divine. I had to close my eyes a few times just to revel in the knowledge that she was singing it for me.

This is the set list, as closely as I can remember it.

No More I Love You’s
Little Bird
Walking on Broken Glass
Pavement Cracks
Dark Road
Here Comes the Rain Again
A Thousand Beautiful Things
Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves
Waiting In Vain
There Must Be an Angel
Ghosts in My Machine
Thorn In My Side
Sweet Dreams

We considered hanging around outside the tour buses, because we had heard that Annie usually meets those fans that wait for her. It felt a little intrusive though, and knowing we had a long drive ahead of us, we decided to head for home.

All in all, we had a fantastic evening. I didn’t take any pictures at the concert, but I don’t think I’ll forget it any time soon.

Author: Brian

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10 thoughts on “Annie Lennox concert in Nashville”

  1. i love it! you gave me chills. i miss seeing shows at the ryman. my two faves were the live recording of oh brother where art thou “down from the mountain” and patty griffin, which ended up being the recording for her “a kiss in time” cd. the ryman is magic. sweet nashville. i miss it so much.

  2. You amaze me with your memory, Brian. I couldn’t pull up the songs or the order again if you paid me! All I remember is the sheer bliss of it all!

    Vampire Man was something right out of an Anne Rice book, that’s for sure. Not so creepy but certainly interesting was the couple wearing near-identical tweed hats, Mr. and Mrs. Hat-alike. What was THAT all about?

    I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a performance as powerful as this, nor a performer who gave so much. Annie is a force to be reckoned with–voice AND soul! Thanks for instigating this, Mister Brian.

  3. @ ohchicken: Also check out Norah Jone’s concert that was recorded there. It’s a great venue!

    @ Karen: I remembered most of the songs, but not the order. I found a set list from another recent concert and I could tell it was accurate, except a few songs were different. I’m still not sure I have everything exactly in order, but I think they’re all in there.

  4. I’m glad you guys had a great time. There’s something almost magical about The Ryman, although sadly, the only show I’ve seen there is The Jonas Brothers.

  5. My wife and I drove five hours to see the same concert and also ate at Jack’s (too much brisket for me). We also considered hanging around to see if Annie would come out, but it seemed intrusive to us too so we headed back to the hotel.

  6. Wow, Jim!!

    I read online that some fans met Annie after our show and she signed things. I guess she expects it and might be sad if no one bothered to wait. However, it did feel like she had already done her “job” for the evening and might like some peace and quiet.

    Wasn’t “Why” delicious??? 8O

  7. My husband thought I had written this! We also drove 5 hours–although we arrived on Saturday. Ate at Jack’s–and my husband, Jim, had too much brisket–as he ordered more! I also saw vampire man–but my husband didn’t see him.

    This was our 25th anniversary present to each other. Annie Lennox is beyond words to describe. I cried all through her last song, WHY. Her voice is incredible. She has so much compassion, grace, talent–stage presence. I loved every minute of her show—and wanted more,

    We, too, considered hanging around her tour buses–but my husband urged me on. Oh, how I wish I had stayed.

  8. Margot,

    That is so cool that we ate at the same place and saw some of the same people. Perhaps we even saw each other.

    You’re right… Annie is beyond words. “Why” is so special to me, because it’s long been one of my favorite songs and I usually listen to it at night when I’m going to sleep. There’s nothing like drifting off while Annie sings you a lullaby.

    Happy anniversary to you and your husband. Twenty-five years is amazing!!

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