On June 21, 2008 Daniel Johnston played a show at Lupo’s in Providence, Rhode Island. Lupo’s was fancier than I remembered it, and also there were couches set up on the floor in front of the stage. Eliot and I enjoyed a standing view where we were free to roam from wall to wall, shoulder to shoulder, swaying with the sweet sounds of the father of low-fi orchestration.
It was truly an honor to see him play live. I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for the man himself, and the music that makes the man. But I must admit, seeing him play live I had other feelings. A total awe inspired moment through each song. Seeing the fervor behind every word, and the passion for music, especially for the Beatles, brought the feelings home again & again.
Here are some video clips we were able to take at the show; some classic Beatles covers along with the original originals, and friendly Christmas wishes from the man himself. Unfortunately, some of the audio isn’t the best. His acoustic songs come through a lot clearer than his sets with The Capitol Years. Enjoy!
Daniel Johnston plays “Walking the Cow”
“Man Obsessed” - a stirring rendition.
Daniel Johnston doing justice to John Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”
Daniel Johnston singing “Hey Joe”
Daniel Johnston covers The Beatles, “I’m So Tired” and plays “Speeding Motorcycle” and rocks out with “Rock n’ Roll EGA”. A real crescendo!
Daniel Johnston closes the show with “True Love Will Find You in the End”. Truth.