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Kris Kristofferson – Florence, Indiana

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers performed at the Belterra Casino Resort and Spa, Florence, Indiana on Saturday the 16th of November 2019. Our group collects gig memories to share with fans who weren’t able to attend and to save memories.

Doug Colosio, who plays keys in the band, took this snap from inside the venue

Please Don’t Tell Me

This video clip is from the end of the set. Kris has ended his shows for many years with this song, Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends. In recent years, some have speculated that the song has implied that Kris was about to give up touring.

Video Credit Florence Thomas

2018/2019

At 83, he certainly has many more gigs behind him than in front of him, but for now, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. 2018 and 2019 might be the busiest touring years to date. He has toured Europe (a few times), Australia, New Zealand, and covered most of the USA (a few times).

Gigging

Accompanied by Scott Joss, Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham (some of the Strangers who backed Merle Haggard), his recent gigs have a different atmosphere to the previously solo gigs – But then Kris’ live performances have evolved over the years. He performed with backing bands in the 80s, was one of the legendary Highwaymen – The supergroup with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and he has performed with an endless list of artists in between.

Fan Feedback

  • Great concert, love seeing this master of music, appreciates his audience, sees how much he is loved by all of us
  • Actually, I hate seeing him this way. I love him, admire him, think he’s the greatest songwriter ever, but, it’s time
  • This was tonight’s concert in Florence, Indiana….absolutely awesome show!
  • He makes me sad now
  • Beautiful!

Thoughts

I guess we are all getting older, and this can have unpleasant side effects. For many fans, Kris has been that “man in the mirror” – The man does have a knack of showing us who we are.

The very thought of Kris ever not performing on stage or being with us gives me the chills. I think I might feel, for now, that I’m with him – I don’t want to know when the story ends.

If you have any fans pics, vids or comments to add to this, please send them in.

Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

This could be our last good night together
We may never pass this way again
Just let me enjoy it ’til it’s over, or forever
Please don’t tell me how the story ends

See the way our shadows come together
Softer than your fingers on my skin
Someday these may be all we remember of each other
Please don’t tell me how the story ends

Never’s just the echo of forever
Lonesome as a love that might have been
Let me go on lovin’ and believin’ ’til it’s over
Please don’t tell me how the story ends

Kris Kristofferson lyrics

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Kris Kristofferson Fargo 2019

Kris Kristofferson Fargo 2019 – What a night!

The gig at the Fargo Theatre went as smooth as a polished train. The evening never stopped there. After a band member from Dempsey’s left a note on the bus, Kris and his wife went downtown and kept the evening alive – Thrilling fans and friends alike.

Ed Gonzales said, “Saw him (Kris) again in Fargo last night. Feeling Nostalgic.
48 years of listening to his songs. The voice isn’t the same, but the words don’t change. He is truly an amazing storyteller. To miss his Willie Nelson award next week so as not to have to cancel a show demonstrates his dedication to the music. He sure doesn’t need to do this for the money. Truly a wonderful man and legacy.

It was a wonderful evening, and Doug Colosio shared this pic that Lisa Kristofferson took from the wings.

Night Out in Fargo

Kris and Lisa Kristofferson went out after the gig. The story goes that they arrived at Dempsey’s around 11.30 pm, and Kris joined the band, 32 Below, for some stage time.

See what Matthew Tinjum had to say ….

Here’s the Real Story

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Kristofferson Sioux Falls 2019

Kris Kristofferson Sioux Falls 2019 with the Strangers – at the Washington Pavillion on 10 November – The audience was quieter than usual but showed their appreciation with their feet.

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Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 10 November 2019. Kris Kristofferson and the band did 16 songs, took a short break, then delivered another 13.

Tom Schmitz was in the audience. The setlist was comprehensive. Kris and the band did 16 songs, took a short break, then delivered another 13. This never left much time for talk, but the audience was attentive. Why Me” got everyone onto their feet – a standing ovation.

Kris – As he is.

Photo credit Tom Schmitz

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Fan Comments

I was so happy at the concert in Sioux Falls SD. I smiled for two hours , blessed to be in front row listening to Kris and now I have an admiration for Scott Joss so personable – Heart Sky

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Kristofferson, Wellington 2019

Kris Kristofferson Wellington 2019 – with the Strangers at the Michael Fowler Centre on 11 October.

Ticket stub

Judy Hefford is a long time Kris Fan. She attended the gig in Wellington on 11 October 2019 and is now (like many others), a dedicated Scott Joss. Scott seems to have won as many many fans on his Australia/New Zealand tour as he did in Europe. People warm to him and his wife, Judy. They are known for being a generous, open and friendly couple. Oh, did I mention that Scott Joss is a helluva fiddler, too? Judy told Scott’s fan group

After seeing Scott’s recent posts would like to share some of my thoughts on going to the show in Wellington, N Z. (My first live show since seeing Jim Reeves!) I thought I was crossing something off my bucket list, but it’s still on there – to see Kris, and Scott, again! Any chance I get, Kris is just so unbelievably great.

Senator Scott Brown was in the Audience

The pictures in his tweet about the evening show just how special this night was to him as well as Kris Kristofferson and the whole lineup


As has been suggested, I spoke to Judy who was standing alone at the merchandise counter, she immediately asked my name and chatted like we were old friends, just so nice and friendly!


The Michael Fowler Centre was fully booked, and the acoustics are great. Kris’s voice was stronger than I had expected. He didn’t move around like he used to, but each time he smiled or ‘sparked’ the audience erupted so loudly – NZ audiences are renown for being reserved – But not this time.


Nobody around me seemed to know who Scott was, but during intermission, all were talking about how good he was. And his smile! I was proud to be able to tell them about him and Judy. Scott made a huge number of fans that night. His new CD sold out, apparently by the 2nd concert. I tried several shops the next day to get it and although none had it they did say they would try to get it in.


Sitting in the row behind me a lady said it was her 3rd show, she “loved Kris to bits” and was going to all 5 shows from the bottom to the top of New Zealand. Envy from me!


During the standing ovation at the end, I was delighted to see my sophisticated step-son clapping, stamping, and yahoo-ing his enjoyment of the show along with the rest of us.


On the way out I was embarrassed to find myself patting Judy’s arm as I told her I had my photo taken with Scott, and how wonderful the show was. She’s just that kind of person – just lovely. Judy and Scott are a great couple.

Other Fans Agree

Love your post. I went to four out of five concerts in New Zealand. Each one was awesome and memorable to me! Wellington definitely was the best. The interaction with Kris and Scott was awesome & so was the crowd. I took three family members who are now number one fans! The band was a huge blessing. New Zealand thanks you for travelling to far. We love & appreciate Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers!

Vicki Krzanich

From Wellington

This footage from backstage shows that the guys had a great time performing this gig

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Kristofferson Morwell 2019

Kris Kristofferson performed with Scott Joss, Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham at Kernot Hall, Morwell on 24 September as part of their extensive Australia / New Zealand tour.

Venue

Kernot Hall, Morwell.

Australian Tour

The tour has been a great success so far. This night was no different. Australia welcomed Kris and the band with open arms, and they have had a wonderful time, despite the hectic schedule.

Fantastic night, I couldn’t stop smiling. Sadly it couldn’t last forever but it certainly was a night to remember. Kris’s voice was so strong and never wavered and he looked very well.

Patricia Ann

Australian Tour Promo Video

A quick flip through the photographs taken by the band members shows that they have made the most of their time Down Under. Scott Joss enjoys long, scenic walks exploring the area with his wife. Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham have been making time to take in some tours. They are all, including Kris, looking surprisingly relaxed – Almost as if they were on vacation.

Morwell Setlist

Gig Pic

Taken at the Morwell Gig, with thanks to Patricia Ann

Fans have spoken very highly of Scott and Judy Joss – many have never seen any of the band members before this tour. Scott has been doing most of the meeting and greeting. His wife, Judy has been running the busy merchandise stall.

Scott was fantastic very friendly and easy to talk with, as was Judy. I certainly hope that this will not be last time I see of any of them again.

Patricia Ann

We are confident it won’t be, Patricia – Your country has been so very welcoming that I am sure they will want to return.

Scott Joss’ latest album features Kris Kristofferson and has been very well received by fans worldwide.

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Strangers in Brisbane

Strangers in Brisbane 2019

Kris and the Strangers in Brisbane 2019 is a concert with a very human review. A tale of men, mentors and just a touch of magic on Saturday, 5th October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Scotty Wilko joined us (Kris Kristofferson Appreciation Group) in May this year. At the time, he was hoping that Kris Kristofferson might tour Australia. It seemed very unlikely. Kris had been touring extensively with the Strangers and everyone figured that all of the guys might be long overdue for a break once the Euro tour ended – If it ended. The schedule and booking list just kept on growing, and the tour seemed endless, much to the delight of fans on this side of the pond.

The Australia / New Zealand tour was announced just a few weeks later. Nobody saw it coming, but Scotty’s hope had become a reality. He shared the good news with our fan group.

Howdy Everyone – I got my tickets for Kris today for Brisbane Australia. Yeah Baby. Can’t wait I hope he sings Why Me Lord. The Pilgrim chapter 33. Holy Creation etc etc
So many other great songs

Scott Wilko, 19 June 2019

Tickets to see Kris on stage are like gold dust – So fans were surprised when Scotty announced soon after that he was selling the two tickets he had recently snapped up – Great tickets, just a few rows from the front, are hard to come by. His explanation was brief – Just that he was unable to attend. He did say that he was crying as he typed the post – But we do live an emoji world. Many of us wished we lived in Australia (some considered flying out!) – We hoped the tickets would go to someone who really appreciated them.

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Just before the concert, Scotty told us his story. It went something like this.

Truth Be Told

I posted something about how I couldn’t make the Kris Kristofferson concert tonight in Brisbane a while back.
There was a bit more to this Story and I would like to share with you lovely people.
About 3 months ago I went through difficult times in my life.

I got made redundant from my job
My beautiful dog had a big 1kg tumour removed
My partner of over 10 years walked out on me for no reason, and more.

I sat looking at my TWO Kris Kristofferson tickets, thinking that there was just no way in hell that I was going to that concert by myself – I’d feed the tickets to my paper shredder before that happened. I had tried re-selling them on a number of sites, but somehow, they just never sold.

A couple of nights later, I was looking up at the stars asking the universe, why? Why me? Was I meant to go? It occurred to me that I would really have liked to be telling everyone (fellow fans) that I was about to go to the show by myself, and couldn’t wait. But …

I rang the venue. Unbelievably, there was a poster that I could have if I turned up and just collected it. It was then that I thought that somehow, my angels wanted me at that concert. I wrote the post –

Thank you, everyone, and bless you all too. I missed out on seeing the Highwaymen a long time ago for stupid reasons I’m not missing out on this.

Scotty Wilko

Kristofferson and the Strangers, Brisbane

We are a group of Kris Kristofferson / Strangers fans. We share our momentoes, stories, pictures and memories with each other – often as review posts on our websites or in our group. Scotty’s feedback from the Brisbane concert is even more of a pleasure to share than usual.

Favourite Songs – Check

Most fans have one or more favourite songs, and they enjoy a concert a lot more if these songs are on the setlist. Kris and the Strangers performed both of the songs at the top of Scotty’s wish list. He was hoping they would perform Why Me and Pilgrim 33.

Shipwrecked in the Eighties

Recordings can be tricky at gigs. We enjoy watching them, as long as capturing them doesn’t spoil the experience for either the fan or anyone else in the audience. Scotty managed to get some footage for us – Kris sounds wonderful, the band are polished but spontaneous, and the crowd is engaged and singing along. Perfect. A lovely and lively time, enjoyed by all.


And the truth slowly dawns that you’re lost and alone in deep water
And you don’t even know how much longer there is to go on

Scotty – from the Venue


I am here at the Kristofferson concert – I can’t believe it
You won’t believe it. I asked for a poster and Scott Joss took it
He is going to ask Kris and all of the Strangers to sign it!
Wow 😲 how cool is that? If this message sounds all over the place it is because I’m shaking as I’m typing it.
I can’t believe it – Jesus loves me.
Thank you everyone for your kind words – I love you all.

Strangers in Brisbane
Kris and the strangers signed the poster for me. I’m going to get it framed with the concert ticket and the picture of Scott Joss all in one frame and mount it on my wall in my music room.
I have guitars a banjo plus a ukulele and a 3 string cigar box guitar in my music room or should I say man cave. Music is the gateway to the soul it’s beautiful

Meet and Greet with Scott Joss

What a man and legend. I learnt a lot tonight – Scott spoke about his experiences sharing the stage with Merle Haggard – Another one of my country heroes – as a member of his band. As he spoke, it actually felt like Merle was with us.

Summary

Kris Kristofferson concerts can be a very personal experience for a fan. Kris communicates. On one level, his albums over the decades make up part of the soundtrack to a persons life – Either directly, or through a parent or a key person. On another level, Kris music talks to people when they face the most challenging of times in their loves or life – and is also a songwriter who has created songs which other artists have interpreted and made their own. A lot happens in the mind, spirit and heart of a fan at a gig while they sing along and tap their toes.

The strangers compliment Kris extremely well. They are all professional artists in their own right, collectively upholding their part of the huge legacy of Merle Haggard. There is nothing simple about “Three chords and truth”.

The concert in Brisbane was a memorable one for Scotty Wilko who provided the insight and material for this review.

The stage work exceeded expectations – So the concert itself was great (in the least overused sense of the word).

Scott Joss

Scott Joss was incredibly kind and helpful to this one person in the crowd. Scott is known for his grace and charm as well as for his skill – but he went beyond anything that could have been expected or asked of him on Saturday night.

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Scott's ready for the show!! 🙄

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Kris, Doug and Jeff

Kris went out of his way to provide an autograph that will be treasured for life, and this just would not have worked out so perfectly if not for Doug Colosio and Jeff Ingraham doing their bit to make sure that the prized autographed poster was produced with a full house of autographs.

I would also like to add a special thank you to the guys who do all they can to keep fans updated on how the tour is going, the sights and the trivia that means so much to your fans. Thank you for allowing us to share the little things about your lives that keep things real for us.

Great job – and thank you for going the extra mile on top of the thousands upon thousands of miles that you have already travelled taking your art and music to the fans.

I might be crying as I write this. We live in an emoji world after all – So I think that’s ok. On Saturday the 5th of October this year, you delighted thousands of fans and did the same for one individual fan, too. We think you are amazing.



Kris Kristofferson, Tom Ghent and John Lincoln Wright 1986

Kristofferson and Ghent 1986

Stagecoach, Blood and Orchids and the Last days of Jesse James were released, the miniseries Amerika was in production. The album, Repossessed, hit the stores. Kris Kristofferson was as busy in 1986 as he is today.

Moments that Matter

Life is made up of many moments. Even in 1986, Kris kept some time aside for himself, his friends, fellow songwriters and performers.

Kristofferson and Ghent (who wrote the song Whisky, Whisky which Kris recorded) had a surprise encounter.

Kris Kristofferson, Tom Ghent and John Lincoln Wright 1986

Courtesy Tom Ghent

This was taken backstage at a bandshell concert in Webster Ma. in 1986…..
Much to everyone’s surprise and delight, Kris had walked out on stage and joined me as I was singing “Whiskey Whiskey” In this photo, I have just introduced him to the late John Lincoln Wright who was sharing the bill with me.

Tom Ghent – Facebook post

Wonder if it is Raining there tonight

Listen to Tom Ghent on YouTube : This is from 1967

Tom Ghent is on Facebook – Merchandise may be available

Live show record

Kristofferson Denmark 2019 : Heartland Festival

Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers performed at Heartland Festival on the 31 May 2019 in Denmark.

The festival took place over 3 days at Egeskov Castle.

The setlist for the evening included a well rounded selection from the Kristofferson catalogue, with some tunes brought in by his backing band, the Strangers, who once backed Kristofferson’s friend (and fellow country singer) Merle Haggard.

Heartland Festival Setlist Denmark 2019

  • 1. Shipwrecked in the Eighties
  • 2. That’s the Way Love Goes
  • 3. Darby’s Castle
  • 4. Me and Bobby McGee
  • 5. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
  • 6. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  • 7. Okie From Muskogee
  • 8. Casey’s Last Ride
  • 9. From Here to Forever
  • 10. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)
  • 11. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
  • 12. I’d Rather Be Sorry
  • 13. Sing Me Back Home
  • 14. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
  • 15. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
  • 16. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
  • 17. For the Good Times
  • 18. A Moment of Forever
  • 19. Why Me
  • 20. Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

Photographs by Marc Roed

Marc Roed, a local photographer, was there. He shared his photographs with us. Please respect copyright. We use them here with kind permission. All rights remain with the photographer.

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