Venue: The Pearl
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: August 21, 2015
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 6
Show Length: 90 minutes
$61.60 & $102.65
When Bruce Springsteen took the stage in 2004 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Jackson Browne, he praised the singer-songwriter, saying "This guy was simply one of the best. Each song was like a diamond."
Browne is a legendary singer-songwriter who captures both rock and folk elements, creating an amazing repertoire while at the same time working as a political activist.
Browne rose to musical prominence in the late 1960s in Greenwich Village, New York, first as part of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and then performing with Gentle Soul. He became a staff writer for Elektra Record's publishing company, Nina Music, and he also wrote songs for other singers including former girlfriend, Nico.
In 1972 Browne stepped out on his own with his debut album "Jackson Browne," which contained the Top 10 hits "Rock Me on the Water," "Jamaica Say You Will" and "Song for Adam." This was followed in 1973 by "For Everyman," which included his version of "These Days" (previously recorded while he was a member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). 1974's "Late for the Sky" included the title song of the album, plus "For a Dancer," "Before the Deluge" and "Fountain of Sorrow."
"The Pretender" was released in 1976 after the tragic suicide of Browne's wife Phyllis Major. It features "Linda Paloma," "Your Bright Baby Blues," "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate" and "Here Come Those Tears Again."
In 1977, Browne would release "Running on Empty," the biggest commercial success of his career. The "Running on Empty" track has become a staple of Browne's concerts and has been covered by numerous rock bands. The album also included hit songs "The Road," "Rosie" and "The Load-Out/Stay."
The 1970s also saw the rise of Brown's political activism. In 1979 he joined several musicians in founding the Musicians United for Safe Energy. He protested against the Diablo Canyon Power Plant and the building of the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant.
Browne's music also reflects his political activism with the 1986 album "Lives in the Balance." The titular song was a condemnation of Reaganism and U.S. policy in Central America as well as U.S.-backed wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Browne performed in a number of benefit concerts including Farm Aid, concerts for Amnesty International and the Christic Institute.
The 1980s saw fewer albums ("Hold Out" in 1980, "Lawyers in Love" in 1983 and "Lives in the Balance" in 1986, but many notable hits. "Somebody's Baby" was featured on the movie soundtrack for "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Browne has continued to perform, release albums and work for political and charitable groups. 1993's "I'm Alive" saw Browne introduce a more personal style . In 2002 he released "The Naked Ride Home," followed by "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1" in 2005 and "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2" in 2008. "Time the Conqueror," was released in 2008 and "Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino" was released in 2010.
He has also taken a spot in popular culture, appearing in an episode of "The Simpsons" and the movie "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." In the 2008 presidential election, Browne, a liberal Democrat, drew media attention when he sued John McCain, the Ohio Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee for using his hit, "Running on Empty," in an attack ad against Barack Obama without his permission. The matter was settled in 2009.
Browne continues to be politically active, working for such charitable and political groups and movements as Musicians United for Safe Energy, Abalone Alliance, Alliance for Survival, Vote for Change, No Nukes group and Artist for the Arts Foundation. He has performed numerous benefit concerts for causes from AIDS research to human rights. He has received a number of environmental awards.