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posted Friday, February 2, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 05
Howard Jones opts for stories over music in Benaroya Hall show
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Howard Jones opts for stories over music in Benaroya Hall show

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

HOWARD JONES
NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL
BENAROYA HALL
January 24


I'm not sure why it took me so long to see Howard Jones in concert. I was a fan as far back as the '80s, when he broke through with his second studio album Dream Into Action. I loved listening to his songs on the radio, even buying some of them on cassette and playing them on my Sony Walkman. It wasn't until a week ago that I finally got to witness the electro-pop artist in person for the first time when he performed to a full house at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.

But this was a different kind of show. Billed as 'Howard Jones Solo - The Songs and The Stories', this concert featured Jones, or 'HoJo', as he's also referred to by fans, all by himself sharing stories and playing some of his songs. Unfortunately, it wasn't an equal balance of the two, as the talking outweighed the music. And unlike another '80s favorite, Rick Springfield, who brought a similar stories + songs performance to Seattle a few years ago and included a slideshow with really interesting discussion points, Jones appeared unrehearsed and thus his stories were relayed in more of a babble. I'm not sure he even knew what he was going to talk about before he went on stage.

It was nice knowing Jones shared a helicopter ride with the members of Queen and that he stumbled across David Bowie backstage at 'Live Aid', but this came across more as pub chatter than real stories.

As for the music, I understood Jones would be playing solo and acoustic, but I was really hoping he'd include pre-recorded backgrounds for a fuller sound. He did not. It was a bare bones performance, just HoJo and a keyboard. This was perfect for slower numbers like 'No One is to Blame' and 'Hide and Seek', which he played during the massive 'Live Aid' event in 1985. But for mid-tempo and dancier material, such as 'New Song' and 'Life in One Day', the faster pulse of these songs was definitely missed; after all, they were recorded as synth-pop tracks, not ballads. What did make some of these numbers fun was audience participation; this was a crowd of Jones diehards who knew every word to everything he played and they sang along without being asked.

I did, however, love his introduction to 'Like to Get to Know You Well', in which he shared with concert goers that he recorded the song with the intent of it becoming an international hit, so when he sent the track to Japan for the final touches it was refused by the record label there because the title of the song translated in Japanese to something very naughty. I also enjoyed the track being slowed down at Benaroya Hall to really appreciate the lyrics, which emphasize unity.

'Everlasting Love' and 'Things Can Only Get Better' provided bright moments during the show, but HoJo's cover of Wham!'s 'Careless Whisper' was depressing and over done; it's a simple song about guilt, not about dying.

He's older, though Jones looks very much the same as he did three decades ago. Wearing black faded jeans and black biker jacket with patches, his blond hair still coiffed flawlessly, he still made some audience members - both female and male - weak at the knees. The English singer-songwriter traveled to Seattle, the first tour stop on this itinerary, with his wife and before appearing at Benaroya Hall the couple visited the Seattle Art Museum and one of many Starbucks shops in the city, where he tried the coffee chain's new blonde espresso.

I really, really, really wanted to love this performance. But I only just liked it. More intriguing stories and added instrumental backgrounds would have made the difference.

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