Subject: Johnny Cash in Santa Cruz, Nov. 8 1996
Just got back from the Johnny Cash concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Booker T from the MG's opened with a crowd warming selection of fine originals as well as covers of Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a clown" and someone else's (sorry) "Midnight Hour"... and of course "Green Onions"...
The audience was charged and when the Man in Black strode out, we all jumped to our feet and roared! A huge standing O! He seemed truly grateful and slightly taken aback throught the whole show for the power of the audience's reaction: the place was rockin! People rushed to the foot of the stage and the grooving mass remained for a couple of songs until security cleared them away. People were on their feet after almost every song! June Carter Cash got a big standing ovation at the beginning and end of her appearance, and the audience sang along with "Will the Circle". There was alot of audience sing-along and response, especially during "A Boy Named Sue", and Johnny pointed the mike to the audience at "MY NAME IS SUE! HOW DO YOU DO! NOW YOU GONNA DIE!!!"
By the way, I'm 29 male, a punk rocker, hardcore music fan, and I have loved Johnny Cash since I was three and my bad-boy dad gave me a tape recorder and the "Live at Folsom Prison" tape.. I listened to it constantly, knew all the songs, and my relatives thought it was funny how I'd pretend I was Johnny Cash. There is a picture of me at three with a little guitar and I know I'm saying: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash..." My uncle called me on the phone and said he was Johnny Cash , and I was (like any three year old would be) cool with Johnny calling me; I told him I dug his music, especially "Give my Love to Rose".
Anyway, here's the set list from the show:
This was the first and hopefully not the last time the Man in Black played Santa Cruz. It was really great.
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