Loretta Lynn, possibly from her 2003 concert at the John Labatt Centre. The London Free Press/QMI Agency
The last time JBNBlog was lucky enough to review a Loretta Lynn concert (as far as memory goes) was late 2003 . . . the John Labatt Centre had just turned one & Loretta was said to be 68. Not that she figured that was anybody’s business. Then or now.
She was ailing — taking cortisone shots and seeming to battle a cold. She was seated for much of the show. The date had been postponed from earlier in 2003 when Lynn had pneumonia.
Among the memorable moments that night was Fist City: ”. . . .she was in warrior queen form when led into Fist City about another man-stealing rival. ‘This is the song I wrote about her after I beat the snot out of her,’ Lynn said (in 2003). ‘Her name is Ann Dunn — if you see her finish her off for me.’ ” . . . For her finale, Coal Miner’s Daughter, her twin daughters who perform as the Lynns, joined their superstar mother on stage. They had played a brief set earlier after sound system delays had stopped everything.
As one twin, Patsy, reminded Loretta about 103 albums and the Kennedy Centre honours awaiting her, the other, Peggy, held her mom’s arm to help her stand. Lynn obviously enjoyed their company.
It was enjoyable to see the business-minded daughters do their best to steer their mom away from her political populism when she said the country would be better if “we ran it (instead of leaving it) to just one man.”
Back to 2o12 . . . not that was an amazing moment. You could almost see the Lynn daughters going omigawd mom’s going to say something about George W., the president . . . she is going Dixie Chick on us . . . didn’t quite happen, but it was close . . . speaking of politics on stage, having just seen John Fogerty on Thursday, I see his song Gunslinger as the one strong man (or individual) approach to sorting out the USA in contrast with Loretta’s out & out populism. Which is to say Americana from both.
In both cases, hindsight is, like, 20/20.
When Loretta hits the stage at Centennial Hall tonight (Friday, 8 p.m.), there seems general agreement she is 80 . . . . not that she figures her age is anybody’s business. Other than her queenly own.