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The "Dude" Came To Tucson

Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
Fox Theatre
Tucson, AZ
April 17, 2013
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Review and photos by Mary Andrews

Two days prior to Jeff Bridges' highly anticipated concert at the Fox Theatre, there were reported "Dude" sightings at various locations in town. He was seen at restaurants, the local newsstand, the music store, or on the street 'taking in' the Tucson sights. The stories may be fact or fiction, but, fact is, he did appear on stage for a sold out show with his band, the Abiders.

Jeff Bridges is an actor, poet, songwriter, artist, photographer, singer, and humanitarian. Hopefully, I have not left out any of his accomplishments. He is best known for his characters, The Dude, Rooster Cogburn, and Bad Blake. The last one earned him an Oscar. The world became aware of his singing in the movie, "Crazy Heart."

Bridges and the band hit the stage with aplomb and launched into "Somebody Else" and "Hold On You." Then came the best part, the stories. He shared his experiences between each song for the rest of the set. All were little gold nuggets that created a sense of endearment for the audience.

He went into the band introductions early in the set: The guitarist, Chris Pelonis, Bassist, Randy Tico, drummer, Tom Lackner, and keyboardist and "mouth organ", Bill Flores, comprise the Abiders. Bridges paid homage to writers Stephen Bruton, T Bone Burnette, John Goodwin, Greg Brown, Tom Waits, and John Fogerty. All songs were well executed and genuinely delivered by Bridges.

He met T Bone Burnette many years ago on the set when co-star Kris Kristofferson invited his music friends, T Bone Burnette, Steve Bruton, and Ron Hawkins to the set of "Heaven's Gate." Bridges related that he wanted to sing from an early age, but it was his father, Lloyd Bridges, who encouraged the "whole family" to become actors. "From there you can do anything you want." And he was right!"

The other important thing on his mind was the recent release of the film "A Place At The Table" that is a documentary based on the subject of hunger in America. He specifically addressed the issue of kids not getting food and the fact that there is government money available that is not being used. "There is a wonderful organization called "Share Our Strength" and their campaign is called No Kids Hungry. They are going from state to state educating governors that there is money out there that can be used to feed kids not only during the school year, but also in the summertime." His mission is to spread the word about these summer meal programs.

The audience adored the "Dude" and forgave any mistakes during the set. Bridges responded to the enthusiastic demand of the crowd for an encore with a performance of "Weary Kind" and a foot stomping rendition of "Rock' n Roll Star." It was a fun show watching Jeff live his teenage rock n' roll dream!

Tucson Fox Theatre Set List: courtesy of Randy Tico (Thanks!)
1. Somebody Else
2. Hold On You
3. Ring Them Bells
4. The Quest
5. What A Little Love Can Do
6. Maybe I Missed The Point
7. I Don't Know
8. Whip
9. Van Gough
10. Brand New Angel
11. Blue Car
12. Looking Out My Back Door
13. Never Let Go
14. Fallin' and Flyin'
15. Slow Boat
16. Man In Me
17. Weary Kind
18. Rock'n Roll Star

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