Roger McGuinn @ Queens Hall 20-06-09

June 27, 2009

ROGER MCGUINN
Queens Hall, Edinburgh, June 20 * * * * *

Tonight wasn’t just a gig. It was much more than that. For an hour-and-a-half Roger McGuinn, founding member of seminal 60s folk-rock group The Byrds, took the crowd on a musical journey through his life, regaling us along the way with stories and highlights from a career that blossomed during one of music’s most exciting times.
With seats taken and lights dimmed, and before he’d even stepped on stage, the unmistakable sound of McGuinn’s twelve string Rickenbacker guitar rang out, the warm summery twang of My Back Pages filling the old church and sparking the first of countless and enthusiastic rounds of applause.
Clad head to toe in black, it was with a smile and a glint in his eye that McGuinn informed the patchy crowd that he was going to take us through his “back pages”. From the first riff he learnt as a fourteen-year old through his “Beatle beat” explorations with The Byrds and concluding with a song he wrote with his wife, McGuinn was never less than captivating.
Not surprisingly it was Byrds’ songs like Mr. Tambourine Man, 8 Miles High and Turn Turn Turn which drew the most applause, the latter prompting the first of two justly deserved standing ovations.

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