Rickie Lee Jones Stays True to 'Defiant' Songs, Performs With Bob Dylan in Israel
Rickie Lee Jones is having a busy 2011. On July 5, she unveiled the 'Live in Stockholm DVD,' which features nearly two hours of music and was recorded last year at Sweden's historic Berns Salonger.
Backed by bassist Joey Maromba and percussionist Lionel Cole, Jones delivers well-known songs like 'Chuck E's in Love,' 'Young Blood' and 'Satellites,' as well as some rarities like the opener, 'It Takes You There.' In addition, she is recording a version of the classic Band song 'The Weight' for an album that will benefit victims of Multiple Sclerosis. Finally, Jones is spending part of the summer on tour, performing her first two albums -- her 1979 self-titled debut and 1981's 'Pirates' -- in their entirety. Spinner recently caught up with the talented and unpredictable artist to discuss the DVD, her career and performing in Israel with Bob Dylan.
What was it about this particular show that made you decide to film it for DVD?
[Director] Ian McCrudden's wife is Swedish and she said it was a really beautiful theater. Then he had crew and friends living in Stockholm, so it was a good show for him to film technically. That's the main reason.
How did you go about choosing the set list for the show? It seems like it touches on almost every phase of your career.
Well, generally, that's what I do: I play stuff from my whole life. There are probably 10 staples that I usually do in a show and then the other 10 are depending on how I feel. Also, I don't have a set list, so the camera affects how I feel and it maybe takes a little longer for me to come out of my shell. Sometimes I can be camera-shy, but this video looked like it caught a show pretty authentically,