Last night, I had the great pleasure to interview Melissa Etheridge for our online music show #FHTZ, and afterwards, I got to experience her live onstage for the first time in my life. Of course, I expected a good show from an established and renowned musician like Melissa, but then I actually witnessed a phenomenal concert!
The songlist included all the classics I could wish for and the songs from her latest release, This is ME, sounded like classics already. The band, with the renowned producer Jerry Wonda on bass, was very strong and supported Melissa’s charismatic stage presence perfectly. The show was 2 hours long and not one minute boring. I am not a big fan of jam sessions during or in between songs, but Melissa and the band incorporated the jams in the songs to make them an integral part of the composition.
All songs were performed nearly to perfection, but my favourite songs of the evening were Like A Preacher, Monster, Take My Number, Come To My Window, and the iconic I Want To Come Over. I can highly recommend going to see Melissa Etheridge live, especially with this band.
I like to share an interesting anecdote from yesterday’s interview: Melissa and I talked for about 15 minutes about how she navigates the stormy waters of the music industry and therefore focused on the business side of things. After we turned off the cameras, Melissa jokingly asked, “No question about me being gay?” and laughed out loud. I found that reaction to be very funny.