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Australasian Tour 2001.

Welcome, these pages are intended to document the second AUSTRALASIAN TOUR by singer songwriter Richard Thompson.
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2001 Tour dates

New Zealand

3 February Auckland

Bruce Mason Theatre



5 February Sydney

Enmore Theatre


8 February Melbourne

Concert Hall


10 February Canberra



13 February Brisbane

Tivoli Theatre


15 February Perth

Octagon Theatre


17 February Adelaide



18 February Adelaide




February 3rd 2001.


Bruce Mason Theatre.

03/02/01 - Richard Thompson - the king of drizzle returns .


    Singer/guitarist Richard Thompson almost single-handedly invented British folk-rock with Fairport Convention. He has a reputation as the King of misery, and is admired by the likes of Neil Finn, Bob Mould, REM and others. Thompson inspires a legendary following of obsessive fans and who plays the Bruce Mason Centre tonight.

You are an Englishman but divide your time between the States and Britain. What percentage of your time are you in the States?

Probably two-thirds of the time. You go where the audience is and there are a lot of places to play here. I'll play anywhere that'll have me but I don't get too many calls from Ulan Bator. The past 18 months have been the busiest ever. It was self-inflicted. I had a lot of faith in the last album Mock Tudor so was determined to tour it to death, and we did three or four band tours and three or four solo tours. It was intense. I thought it was a strong record. On a record you are striving for three things, the songs, performance and production have all got to be good, and I think on that all were strong. I thought I had a good shot and was keen to push it hard.

Did it do the business anticipated?

Well no, it didn't, so I thought to hell with the world, I'll go and sulk for a few decades. I'm ready to record again but am just jumping labels and it depends where I land. The music business, not just record companies but agents and radio, has become so corporate that until the money people move out I think I'll keep my head down.

You could have your head down for a long time.

I don't know, the suits move in and fleece something for all it's worth, then move on. Perhaps they'll move back to hamburgers. It's always an exercise in trying to find your audience and it trying to find you.

You have a very loyal audience. Isn't self-distribution through the net a possibility?

Yeah, that's something we do but it can never be the whole picture. Internet sales are only about 3 per cent of the whole of retail , unless you are a niche artist like me where it might be 20 per cent. But you still have to deal with retail.

Your audience can be quite obsessive. Why do you bring that out of people?

I wish I knew, then I could exploit them. I think people identify with songs sometimes. People can be drawn to you in different ways, sometimes in some disturbing ways.

You get nutty letters , I guess.

Whoever you are you get a bit of that. Usually it's something to do with lyrics. You try to write the story of someone's life, but when you succeed it can have ramifications. It must be hard to be a high-profile female artist. There are a lot of cranks out there.

You have been described as the king of drizzle yet the times we've spoken you have a good sense of humour.

I'm just trying to write stuff to entertain myself. To me it's not miserable, it's about life. Also in folk music, mining disasters, shipwrecks and hideous murders are normal so I don't think there's anything really strange in writing about dark things. But I happen to be in the broad area of popular music where that is uncommon. But lyrically I think anything goes.

Any regrets?

Oh, I think so. I'd do records again and tours again and sign different contracts. I wish I'd been more focused at various times and been efficient.

What do you listen to these days when you go on tour or drive around the States?

I don't take anything on tour usually but listen to music a bit at home. Last thing I bought was Gracie Fields. In my car I've got the Incredible String Band's 5000 Layers of the Onion, some Django Reinhardt and Britney Spears. I quite enjoyed her, listening to the production and that. AndGeorge Shearing.

What will you play in your solo concert here?

I'll play whatever's appropriate but I have been playing a lot of that last album. I also trawl back to Fairport and I may even do some new things.

Reviewed from the NZ Herald today

05/02/01 - Performance: Richard Thompson

Review: David Lawrence

    When this mild-mannered English guitar hero wondered aloud during the first of two encores on Saturday night whether there was anything anyone wanted to hear, there were a dozen or so instant suggestions. He has been recording for close to 35 years, and the back catalogue is extensive. He had started with Sights and Sounds of London Town (the opening words are "Gillian she's" although my kids insist he sings "jelly and cheese") from his latest album, Mock Tudor, and much of the show was recent rather than vintage Thompson. He has a fervent and faithful following and everything was warmly received. But the older stuff went down best.

    Requests for the exuberant Valerie and the haunting Dimming of the Day (which slightly overstretched the serviceable vocals) were dutifully answered, although he didn't hark back as far as his Fairport Convention days. No Tear-stained Letter either, or Shoot Out the Lights or Hokey-Pokey or Walking On the Wire or Al Bowlly's in Heaven ... and nothing from his timeless collection of instrumentals, Strict Tempo. Still, what he played was a treat because he plays so well. You could swear he had a couple of assistants, but it was all from his own digits (except for an occasional touch of reverb) as he coaxed or wrung the full range from an acoustic Lowden. For someone whose lyrics have their fair share of death and despair, he comes over as a genial character, and there were a couple of jokey numbers, one updating Marie's Wedding to take in Madonna's nuptials and the other satirising Kenny G's "duet" with Louis Armstrong ("a meeting of great minds, how nice/like Einstein and Sporty Spice"). No one should have felt short-changed after a near two-hour set. It is just a pity he couldn't do a second show and correct the omissions. And then maybe a third ...

Forwarded from Rob Lake:


Sights and Sounds of London Town >>

When The Spell Is Broken >>

Crawl Back Under My Stone >>

Cold Kisses >>

Turning of the Tide >>

Ghost of You Walks >>

My Daddy Is A Mummy >>

Dry My Tears and Move On >>

1952 VBL >>

The Great Valerio >>

I Feel So Good >> Madonna Song >>

I Agree With Pat Metheny >>

Walking The Long Miles Home >>

From Galway To Graceland >>

Keep Your Distance >>

Uninhabited Man >>

Cooksferry Queen >>

Encore 1: >>

Words Unspoken, Sight Unseen >>

Valerie >>

Beeswing >>

Encore 2: >>

Wall of Death >>

Bathsheba Smiles >>

Dimming of the Day .

   An audience tape exists of this show, quality is excellent.


    Ticket prices were very reasonable ($50NZ), but still a few empty seats. RT in usual black, with beret. Didn't recognise the guitar but it was acoustic with no pick guard but an arm rest - a Ferrington?

    I requested "Persuasion", but he didn't play it. Can't complain, though, because he did play "I Agree With Pat Matheny", and also a tiny bit of "Oops, I Did It Again" - my two other requests. The lady who writes the first review at the page linked above, Cheryl, thought perhaps some Finns were there. I didn't see any, but wouldn't have, necessarily. A friend told me Neil was in England on the night. I know Tim was going to be playing in Palmerston North with Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn on Tuesday - which wouldn't have precluded him singing with OH (feel free to hit the delete button now, John) on the Saturday. So why the hell didn't he? Loved the new song "Word Unspoken, Sight Unseen" - absolutely gorgeous. The night and the music could not have been better. I am so pleased that he appeared solo, much as I would love to see him with the band at a later date. He joked early on: "I came a long way to see you guys. I hope you appreciate it. I expect you to clap really loud". The audience certainly obliged on that score! The audience was wonderfully enthusiastic and receptive. I must say I was rather lovely, too.

Sandi in Masterton (only a 7.5 hour drive from Auckland)

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