I snapped up the tickets a year ago when they first came up and managed to get front row centre stalls - so it felt like she was just singing and talking to us.
Of course, no photos during the performance but these were her guitars lined up ready
and, yes, she was that close to where we sat!
She even gave us all a slide show of pics of her since the 70s which were amazing, and talked us through her musical life - getting special applause for her meetings with Nelson Mandela, who used to listen to her music while in prison.
She showed a shot of the type-written programme from Bob Dylan's Picnic at Blackbushe Airport in 1978, where we first saw Joan perform, below blue skies with pink balloons overhead, brought back some memories - here are some (forever faded!) snaps from my scrapbook, with my original £6 ticket:
again, we weren't far from the front
and the crowd stretched way back
Ahhh, happy memories . . .
Anyway, this Friday, Joan played all the old favourites and a sprinkling of new blues material which was incredible. Just her, solo on the stage - piano and guitars - and that powerful voice as good as ever.
I savoured every note of my favourite - "The Weakness In Me" - take a listen
and drove right up the length of the Mersey - had the dock road all to ourselves - heads still buzzing with the final song - Willow - lovely clip here from a rehearsal studio:
and if you're wanting more - try Rosie - she sang it with as much vigour and enjoyment as she always has: