A little while back I went to go see Arlo Guthrie in Concert for his Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour. I have been a fan of Arlo Guthrie for a little while now, so when a friend informed me that he was coming to Omaha, we bought tickets right away. Then when I found out that he would probably be singing his song “Alice’s Restaurant” I became even more excited. Because he did this song so much on tours when he was younger and because the song is about the draft for the Vietnam War he no longer felt the need to sing it on every tour but now it’s the 50th anniversary and he’s singing it again.
The concert was held at the Holland Center in Omaha NE. My friend and I showed up nice and early and went to the merchandise table where I got a “Group W Bench” t-shirt and an Arlo Guthrie CD called “Running Down the Road” both of which I am very happy with, even though I wanted to just buy everything at the table. There was also, for those that are interested, a bar where you could get alcoholic beverages during the show and at intermission.
The concert itself was fantastic. It started off will the silliest little video to the ‘Motorcycle Song’. After that, Arlo came on stage and the show really began. Arlo has a fantastic stage presence and a great sense of humor. Also, with his long life in music, he has A LOT of stories to tell and even more talent to tell them. I’m sure he could go on for hours talking about all these experiences that he’s had and I would love to just sit down with him and listen to all of them. A few hours at a concert was just as enjoyable though and, even with a cold, his singing was still great. He also sang a wide variety of songs like ‘Saint James Infirmary’, ‘Coming into Los Angeles’, and ‘This Land is Your Land’ all of which were done beautifully. Then came the moment right after intermission where he went into the old classic ‘Alice’s Restaurant’. During the song he had clips from the movie playing behind him and had lyrics up at the end for everyone to sing along. He told the story of Alice’s Restaurant just as well as he did fifty years ago but changed a few of the lyrics so it could apply to what is going on the world now. It was very well done and is just as important of a song now as it was in the 60’s.
Overall, an amazing concert, just as one can expect from Arlo Guthrie. The tour is over now, but if you ever get a chance to go see him live in concert, I would highly recommend it. It’s worth every penny.