Richard Thompson celebrates 70th birthday with all-star London concert (WITH VIDEOS, SETLIST)

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Royal Albert Hall in London hosted a concert celebrating Richard Thompson’s 70th birthday, Sept. 30.

Richard Thompson, who moved to Montclair last year, turned 70 in April, and celebrated, a little belatedly, with an all-star concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, Sept. 30.

Guests included David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Thompson’s ex-wife and ex-musical partner Linda Thompson, their son Teddy Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü, Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers, Maddy Pryor and Martin Carthy of Steeleye Span, Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap) and many others. Zara Phillips of Montclair and Christine Collister, a former member of Thompson’s band, performed backing vocals.

The setlist and some videos from the show are below.

Click here for Cindy Stagoff’s NJArts.net interview with Thompson, and here for her NJArts.net interview with Phillips. Both were published in February.

Thompson performs at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Jan. 18; visit mccarter.org for tickets.

Here is the show’s setlist, according to setlist.fm. And here is a review, from theartsdesk.com.

FIRST SET
“The Storm Won’t Come”
“Tobacco Road” (with Hugh Cornwell)
“Peaches” (with Hugh Cornwell)
“The Most Beautiful Girl in Hollywood” (with Hugh Cornwell)
“Blues in a Bottle” (with Ashley Hutchings)
“Jack O’Diamonds” (with Ashley Hutchings)
“Down Where the Drunkards Roll” (with Ashley Hutchings)
“Turning of the Tide” (with Bob Mould)
“If I Can’t Change Your Mind” (with Bob Mould)
“Withered and Died” (with Kate Rusby)
“As the Lights Go Out” (with Kate Rusby)
“The Bonnie Lass o’ Fyvie”
“Fare Thee Well (with Martin Carthy)
“Fine Horseman (with Marry Waterson)
“The Great Valerio” (with Eliza Carthy)
“Hug You Like a Mountain” (with Eliza Carthy)

SECOND SET
“Beeswing” (with Alistair Anderson)
Instrumental (with Alistair Anderson)
“Persuasion” (with Teddy Thompson)
“Ghost in the Wind” (with Danny Thompson, Dave Mattacks and Christine Collister)
“Sweetheart on the Barricade”
“Who Knows Where The Time Goes?” (with Olivia Chaney)
“House on the Hill” (with Olivia Chaney)
“Sheath and Knife” (with Maddy Prior)
“Grey Funnel Line” (with Maddy Prior)
“Keep Your Distance” (with The Rails)
“That’s Enough” (with Linda Thompson and other family members)
“Cry Me a River” (with Judith Owen)
“She Puts the Bitch in Obituary” (with Derek Smalls)
“The Swimming Song” (with Loudon Wainwright III)
“I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” (with Loudon Wainwright III)
“Dimming of the Day” (with David Gilmour)
“Fat Old Sun” (with David Gilmour)

ENCORE
“Meet on the Ledge” (with Ensemble)

“DIMMING OF THE DAY” WITH DAVID GILMOUR

“FAT OLD SUN” WITH DAVID GILMOUR

“TURNING OF THE TIDE” WITH BOB MOULD

“THAT’S ENOUGH” WITH LINDA THOMPSON AND OTHERS

“I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT” WITH LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III

“MEET ON THE LEDGE” WITH ENSEMBLE

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2 thoughts on “Richard Thompson celebrates 70th birthday with all-star London concert (WITH VIDEOS, SETLIST)

  1. I was there last night and it was an Excellent Gig.
    One thing you really should check that the set list
    was correct as there is No song called “Hug you like a mountain”
    It was in fact the Jazz Classic “Cry me a river”.
    Other Artists included Kate Rusby, Maddy Prior And
    loudon wainwright 😊

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