7.7.2011 Sorry folks, this concert is no longer available due to lack of permission from her legal staff.
Update, thanks to Aurelie@ About Tracy Chapman for a setlist
What a gem this concert is! I worked with Tracy Chapman a couple of times before the release of her brilliant self titled debut album Tracy Chapman on Elektra Records.
Just months later her career skyrocketed after the albums release and her subsequent performance at The Nelson Mandela 70th birthday tribute concert at Wembley Stadium.
On this show she was opening for Jessie Colin Young and Tracy had just come back from LA where she had finished recording her debut album. She was talkative and incredibly charming during this performance for her home crowd in Boston. I think it was this night that I was introduced to her new manager Elliot Roberts, I couldn't help but ask him if he was indeed the Mr. Roberts of Bob Dylan and Neil Young fame, and indeed he was. No doubt Tracy was at this time heading places. I also remember an incident where Tracy had just recieved a new guitar with a built in pickup and when the show started the volume on her guitar was turned down so I had to make my way down from the balcony, through the crowd and on to the stage to turn the volume up with Mr Roberts frantically waving his hands. I can't hear that on this recording though..it might have been on a later date that I believe could have been in May 1988. Anyhow enjoy this brilliant songwriter from a truly memorable night back in 1987.
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Oh, and check out the lineup at Nightstage that week!