Standing alone, and having to project into such a space, Kristofferson shone back sending shards of reflected light from the guitar frets throughout the dark stage spaces of the historic theatre.
Assuming our seats a lot closer to the front with the help of an usher I soon realised what an honour we were being given to hear the writer of such monumental songs as, Me and Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down and Help Me Make it Through the Night, perform them in the way that they were probably created only with a voice and acoustic guitar before becoming hits for other artists.
But being alone on stage was only part of the bravery of the performer. After becoming a major screen actor and he would be forgiven for assuming the conservative nature of Hollywood or even Nashville for that matter Kristofferson has maintained his rage. He has continued to fight and be outspoken on social justice issues, the downtrodden, the improvised and the marginalised. Songs such as They Killed Him, Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down and In The News (God is On Our Side) still have poignancy in these current times.
Kristofferson gave us everything he had on the night and must have been spent after two hours on stage and coming at the end of a long tour. He made us laugh, cheer and clap along and it really was The Best of All Possible Worlds.
Review by Peter O'Keefe 2005