Wednesday night Jonny Lang performed to a sold out Weesner Family Ampitheater at the MN Zoo in Apple Valley. It was my first time seeing Lang live and it was a completely different experience than listening to any of Lang’s music.
Opening for Lang was Zane Carney, who also played in Lang’s band. Carney who has been called “The Future Of Electric Guitar” by Huffington Post – is a Singer-Songwriter and GRAMMY® Nominated Guitarist. Carney performed solo and was laid back and played original music along with a few covers. His electric guitar abilities were very impressive. I heard sounds coming from his guitar that I had not previously heard from any guitar. It will be interesting to follow Carney’s progress and see where his career goes. I foresee great things in Carney’s future.
There was a short break, then Lang came on stage with his band around 8:30 pm. My first impression was that Lang was younger than I expected. His long hair has been replaced with a crewcut, which made him appear even younger. I’ve followed Lang for 20 years and expected him to look older. He looks like the boy next door, performing in a plain grey t shirt and jeans and seemed friendly and humble. Once he started singing, Lang seemed to transform. He looked like he was squeezing the notes from every muscle in his body and his guitar.
The crowd really appreciated his performance and gave him standing ovations throughout his set. There were a lot of “Jonny” screams from his fans (mostly female) and a lot of dancing and singing from the audience. I have never seen anyone perform quite like Lang. He was so immersed in his performance and seemed to put everything into every note and every guitar lick. After each song, I almost expected him to collapse from exhaustion.
It was a very enjoyable experience and I would encourage everyone to see Jonny in concert and also to keep an eye out for Zane Carney.