Howard Jones is such a sweet heart.
His show this evening was phenomenal. The last two years, he has done all acoustic. This time he had a short acoustic set and then a longer one with two other musicians, and electronic. He played some new tunes, and revamped some old ones to add a bit more power. He even covered the Killers song ‘Human’! It was absolutely gorgeous with Howard singing.. his voice is well suited to the song.
This time I had my real camera, and got a LOT of really good shots, especially during the electronic set, because we were standing at the stage and I set the camera on the stage & pointed it up at him, zoomed in. I love my camera.
Just a few of the 160+ shots I kept:
One . Two . Three . Four . Five . Six
At intermission before the electronic set, the guy next to us said “hey! You went to Milwaukie!” – it was Mr. Bjorn, one of our teachers. LOL He was there with his wife, and they were rocking out. So funny to see him at a concert… :}
At the beginning of the second verse of one song (I can’t think of the title to save my life, but it’s an oldie) he started to sing, and the mic died. He smacked it a few times, tried it again, swore, waited for a techie to come out with a new mic – and no techie. Howard was not a happy man. He pointed at his bandmates to continue the song and keep the audience busy, and went backstage. It took another 2 full minutes for a techie to come out with a new mic – absolutely crap. Poor Howard. But he came out and started where they had left off, since the other two people had continued the song pattern. It was kind of scary seeing Howard upset.
He seemed to be having a lot of fun the rest of the show though, being all smiles and joking around as usual. He was talking about how the three of them were a trio, but when you say “trio” you usually think of a jazz combo. He started thinking aloud of new words for them, like “trio electronic” or “the electronic troix”, and one guy behind me yelled “electrio!” Howard liked that one. “Yeah, that’s it! Electrio! ..and we can all go on an Electronisy together.” *lol*
After the show we stuck around for a while, and sure enough, his manager came out and told us few stragglers that we were to meet up in the foyer. Howard appeared shortly after for autographs. No pictures with him this time, as they were leaving tonight and didn’t have the time. But, when it was my turn in queue, he grinned and said “Hi! How are you?” lol. I said “wonderful!” and asked how he was doing, and he shyly said “oh, I’m great!” He signed my tour book while I voiced the usual “thanks for coming back to Portland, it was lovely to see you again” stuff, and he quietly answered “yes, thank you, glad you came..”. When he was done signing, I put my hand on his shoulder and told him to enjoy the rest of his evening. *lol* I’m such a dork. But he smiled sweetly and said thanks.
It’s so cute being right next to him.. he’s not too much taller than me, and just a little bit pudgy. :} His eyes are a very interesting mixture of grey/hazel.. really pretty.
All in all, it was a fantastic evening. I’m so glad Howard loves Portland, and the Aladdin Theatre in particular – the staff there are generally really nice.
Howard just finished a new album, so he’ll probably be back in less than a year. Hee!