Ed Kowalczyk has come a long way in the past 20 years. Almost full circle from an artist’s prospect. He started out in York, PA, and probably played small venues, but suddenly he was standing in front of sold out stadium tours. Now he’s back doing what I think he’s awesome at; playing small intimate gigs in front of true fans, celebrating his music and dedication to his fans. He has even grown a beard 🙂
When I bought my favourite album 20 years ago I did not expect to one day sit in the same room as Big Ed, listening to all 14 tracks in acoustic version.
Throwing Copper celebrated 20 years in 2014 and Ed K went on a long tour to promote it, and at the same time bring a generation together who really appreciates his music.
First time I had the privilege of seeing Live was when they performed at the awesome festival in Denmark, Roskilde Festival, in 1995, where they entertained approx. 50,000 people on the main (orange) stage, mostly drunk and drug dazed young people with at times questionable intentions. I was too in a somewhat haze probably due to lack of sleep, too much music, beer and partying, but it was such a great evening I shared with my friends. The weather was awesome, or so I believe, and the music was flowing through the hot summer evening … perfect atmosphere.
Fast forward 20 years and my Throwing Copper experience has come full circle too. I got tickets to see him 13 February in the City Winery, New York, with my wonderful wife on our Valentine’s date.
The audience was all the same age group so I can only assume that many of these people have been following Ed for a few decades. When 98% of them started to sing along to the songs, my suspicions were confirmed. It was the acoustic version, as I mentioned further up, and each track was played with such emotions and tenderness that almost made it unreal. He had synchronised his performance with a guy playing various instruments to the tracks, and was joined by a younger artist playing a selection of guitars, incl. a piece that looked like an electric ukulele.
The tickets I had bought months ago were meet ‘n greet, which too me was the ultimate fan experience although I had no idea what I would do or say when I met him. Knowing me, I would say something completely weird, giggle awkwardly or just hug him spontaneously. Unfortunately, or perhaps thankfully for him, we got stuck in traffic going into the City and never made it to the meeting. Perhaps next time!
I have to admit, I almost lost my cool and was ready to tear up the Shit Towne, as the waitress claimed that my ticket was only for meet ‘n greet. But, she would happily sell me tickets for the gig to which I shared some of my Irish proverbs and communicated fairly honestly. I was really selling the drama, but it was defused when the manager came to offer us seats at no extra cost. Honestly, I had no idea that I would have to buy meet ‘n greet as well as regular tickets. It just doesn’t seem logical. Why buy two tickets?
And, if they had checked the guest list for the meet ‘n greet they would’ve noticed we did not show up as we got stuck in famous NYC rush hour traffic!!
Anyway, and the most important thing, I got to listen to Ed Kowalczyk with my beautiful wife, celebrating Valentine’s Day and in the company of beautiful people.
Thanks Ed. I seriously hope that I will get to meet you one day, shake your hand and share my appreciation for the joys your music has brought to my life.
“I love life and everything in it, I just like songs about the end of the World” – Ed Kowalczyk, City Winery February 2015.