Friday, October 14, 2016


with Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle,
Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois, Milk Carton Kids
Massey Hall, Toronto
October 14, 2016

Patty Griffin was a no-show.
But Ron Sexsmith was there and he told two Canadian jokes.
Steve Earle was there too, and he said “fuck” twice.
He also did Copperhead Road.
The lovely Emmylou Harris was there as well,
the centre of attention as she should be, of course.
And she did her tribute to Kate McGarrigle.
Daniel Lanois was also there.
And so were the highly-entertaining Milk Carton Kids, who said
(after the aforementioned artists each finished playing a song):
“Well, you’ve already got your money’s worth.”
But oh, then there was Robert Plant.

Yes, Robert Plant!
He did Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down.
And then he did Elvis Presley!
I shit you not.
Robert Plant did Elvis Presley in Massey Hall!
(written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
and released by the King of Rock and Roll in 1958).
Hearing Robert Plant sing this great song
caught me completely by surprise.
I was so moved.
It was the highlite moment of the night for me!

by Elvis Presley (1958)...