"I have 14 friends -- that's two more than Jesus," [Robyn ]Hitchcock said, only to follow up with a remark that had everyone in the audience rolling, "Jesus -- the missing years. He was doing stand-up then. That explains why they took such drastic measures to shut him up."
Hitchcock's wry, thought-provoking humor feels at times out of place. At other times, however, that very same humor is the type of comic relief necessary after a deeply moving scene in a film. Filled with plenty of laughs filled and equally poignant moments, his music and his monologues fit together perfectly like a quirky old couple who knows what the other is going to say or do even before they do.
Nearing 62, Hitchcock played a career-spanning set, including songs from the Soft Boys to last year's album The Man Upstairs. With his white mop of hair looking like Peter Pan would have today had he been in a rock and roll band, the boy who never grew up could no longer avoid the certain fate his age brings.