Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown is Dead

The good feelings of another Bloody Mary Christmas morning with my parents in Houston were tempered somewhat by the sad news of James Brown's death today at the age of 73.

I was fortunate enough to see the Godfather play at Stubb's on May 10 (see review). I knew it might be my last chance to see James Brown and I wasn't going to miss him this time around.

I'd heard his more recent shows were hit-or-miss, but even though he couldn't sing or move like he did at the Apollo Theatre in 1962, there was still plenty of vitality in his performance. I'm not sure I'll ever get to see a more influential musician in the flesh.

Photo by Gary Miller

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