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Review: Jimmy Buffett at the Tweeter Center Mansfield, August 11, 2006

Review by Robert Gillis, published in the Boston City Paper 8/2006

Jimmy Buffett and the 2006 Coral Reefer Band

At the Tweeter Center (It will ALWAYS be Great Woods) Night One

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Set list: Singing in the Rain; Hot Hot Hot; Brown Eyed Girl; I Will Play for Gumbo; Pencil Thin Mustache; It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere (w/Mac); Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit; Come Monday; Floridays; Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes; Nothing But a Breeze; dedicated to friend in Quebec; Cheeseburger in Paradise; Why Don’t We Get Drunk; Party at the End of the World; One Particular Harbor; Peanut Butter Conspiracy; Star Spangled Banner (Jake and Robert Greenidge); The City (Mac); Knees of My Heart; Window on the World; Son of a Son of a Sailor; Coastal Confessions; Werewolves of London; Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana); Dixie Chicken (Little Feat Cover); Volcano; Margaritaville

Video of tailgating in Mansfield that day.

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Review: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WITH THE SEEGER SESSIONS BAND May 27, 2006

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
WITH THE SEEGER SESSIONS BAND
May 27, 2006 / Boston, MA / Tweeter Center
(Formerly Great Woods, Mansfield)

By Robert Gillis – published in the Boston City Paper June 2006

After a ten-city European tour, Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band returned to the US and started their tour here in Boston (well Mansfield) at the Tweeter Center (which will always be Great Woods to most of us around the area). Despite its 19000+ seats, the venue was intimate.

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In loving memory of Father John Joseph Kierce

In loving memory of Father John Joseph Kierce,
pastor of Saint Kevin Church, Uphams Corner, Dorchester for 50 years

by Robert Gillis
published in the Foxboro Reporter, 3/2006 and the Boston City Paper 6/2006

Without exception, every priest I have ever met — every single priest I have ever met in my entire life — has been an inspiration, a role model, and a good person doing a difficult, sometimes Herculean job.

I have laughed with many of them, and I cried with more than a few.

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Remembering Pope John Paul II

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 4/2005 and the Boston City Paper 4/2007

The legacy of Pope John Paul II will be chronicled, celebrated, debated, cherished, pondered, analyzed, and remembered for many years to come. He has been pope for all but 13 years of my life, and I miss him. Although I am relieved his suffering his ended, I grieve at his passing.

It’s been very hard to watch the Holy Father fail over the last few years.

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Red Sox Win the World Series

 

by Robert Gillis Published in The Foxboro Reporter 11/2004

“I can’t believe it,” Sue said.

“I can’t believe it either,” I said.

The Boston Red Sox had just won the World Series.

Under a blood-red lunar eclipse, surely a sign of divine providence, the Red Sox had just swept the Cardinals in four straight games.

The announcer was reminiscing about all the famous Sox players who never saw the series win, and then wondered how many of us have lost family members who were lifelong Sox fans who wanted to see just one series win?

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You can go home again; my visit to Dorchester and Saint Kevin School and Church


by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 6/2003 and the Boston City paper in 2006

It’s Friday afternoon, the last day of my vacation, and I’m feeling nostalgic. I don’t know why, but I can’t get my mind away from my old stomping grounds in Dorchester. My old neighborhood has been on my mind so much that it’s practically a compulsion that I take the only sunny day in recent memory, point the car north on route 95 and head back here I grew up, trusty digital camera at my side.

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The Great Blizzard of 1978, 25 years later

by Robert Gillis
published in the Foxboro Reporter 2/2003 and the Boston City Paper 2/2013.

There are images that stay with you. Throughout your life, some remain indelible. Certain events that you know are unique even as you live through them: You know that these are the events you’ll never forget. Despite the years, the images remain; every detail still clear.

“Major blizzard. Hurricane force.” Twenty-five years after the storm of the century, twenty-five years after digging out of the worst blizzard the state had ever seen (and the one all future storms would be measured by), no superlative, no description can accurately describe what happened to Massachusetts on the afternoon of Monday, February 6, 1978, and during the amazing week afterward.

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An interview with Joanna Levesque, aka “JoJo”

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 11/2002 and the Boston City Paper 7/2007

Before she achieved well-deserved fame as, “JoJo,” Joanna Levesque grew up here in Foxboro. This is an interview I conducted with Jo Jo in 2002.

It’s early August and today I’m heading to my favorite Foxboro café with that rare taste of excellence for a meeting/interview with Joanna Levesque, Foxboro’s 11-year-old singing sensation, and her mother, Diana. My wife Sue keeps the pastries and goodies coming.

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A final toast to Foxboro’s grand dame Betty Friedman

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 11/2001

Betty Friedman first contacted me about three years ago. Betty, a senior resident of the Doolittle Home, wrote saying that she had enjoyed one of my columns. I welcomed Betty’s letter; at that time I hadn’t received much written feedback about my work.

Since then, I’d received more than a few letters from her, and the last one, in June, requested that we meet. The request came at an unusually busy time for me, so I planned to meet with her in a few weeks.

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September 11, 2001

911by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 9/2001.

The anger and pain resonate through our souls, cutting deeper than anything we thought we could feel. We are collectively wounded.

There are no words, nothing that can be said to make sense of any of this. There is no adjective strong enough to describe the loss, the scope of the attacks, and the horrific aftermath that will be felt for generations.

All of us have suffered an immeasurable loss.

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Thoughts on Election 2000

By Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter November 2000

What an exciting and fascinating time this is. No one alive has ever seen a United States presidential election like this one — a virtual dead heat, a call for recounts, a collective citizenry seemingly speaking about nothing else.

Last week, I went into the country store to buy my morning Coca-Cola, and witnessed two seniors debate the legality of a new election. At work, everyone had an opinion.

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Remembering John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter July 1999

I was born just over a year after JFK’s assassination, so my memory of the man is only through history – and my father. Dad was a very devoted fan of JFK, and I remember finding him, on more than one occasion, listening to speeches JFK had made, or reading volumes about the slain president. Once, Dad was crying.

“Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” The question is often asked, and the responder will then fill you in on what a terrible time that was for the country and the impressions that would stay with them forever.

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