Thursday, May 16, 2002

Alan Jackson concert postponed




By Larry Nager, lnager@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Alan Jackson concert scheduled to open Riverbend tonight has been postponed due to rising river levels. Ticketholders can use their tickets for a rescheduled concert at a later date.

        According to the Riverbend web site “Riverbend is currently working with Jacksonšs managers to confirm a rescheduled performance date. Patrons should hold onto their tickets, which will be honored for the rescheduled date. ”

        Along with 13 years worth of hits, Jackson will - whenever he appears - perform new songs from his latest CD, Drive.

        Here are three reasons to see Alan Jackson:

        1. “Murder,” he sang. Mr. Jackson teamed with George Strait for the 2001 Country Music Association award-winning duet, “Murder on Music Row,” a hard-hitting song about the overcommercialization of country. Not many other country stars have the guts (or the clout) to bite the hand that feeds them.

        2. He's a writer as well as a singer. That's too rare in country today, because there's something special when people sing their own words. Although a lot of folks wrote songs in the aftermath of 9-11, no one did it with the grace of Mr. Jackson. His “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?” is powerful without being exploitative, emotional without being sappy.

        3. No Star Wars hype.

       



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