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Natalie Merchant Mesmerizes Her Fans Friday At Cobb Energy

Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant performed Friday night at the Cobb Energy Centre in Marietta. The former 10,000 Maniacs leader is supporting her recent release, Leave Your Sleep. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Billboard Folk Albums at No. 1, at No.1, and ITunes, No. 3.

And while the AJC wasn’t there to review it, photographer Matt Alexandre was covering the show with his camera. Check out the 9-photo online gallery: Natalie Merchant plays Cobb Energy Centre  . Tell us your impressions of the show and how Ms. Merchant has developed as an artist.

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(Photo Credit: Matt Alexandre/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries.

15 comments Add your comment

Bubba Watson

August 28th, 2010
7:33 am

Her voice was absolutely perfect. She has an incredible gift.

W. E. Ryals

August 28th, 2010
10:49 am

I’d say sh’s still got It. A little more meloncollie than she used to be, but she hasn’t lost a thing in the voice. Between her and Allison Krauss, is what heaven must sound like!

Mindy J.

August 28th, 2010
11:57 am

Loved the concert! She has the most amazing and beautiful voice. It was over two hours of great entertainment.


August 28th, 2010
12:24 pm



August 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

Simply amazing. She delivered two concerts for the price of one. Listening to her rich unique voice is a religious experience. No Autotune for this performer. She is a true talent.

Single Maniac

August 28th, 2010
5:25 pm

Too much of the New Stuff…….after the 9th, 10th, 11th, Song, It got a little Tiresome. The Older Songs are what People want to Hear and she did deliver later. Natalie still has that tremendous, beautiful, and Powerful Voice. And for a 48 Year old Woman she’s still Dreamy !

no longer a maniac

August 28th, 2010
11:43 pm

Way too much of the new stuff. She was singing mother goose lyrics. Way to melencholy. Perhaps she should have mixed the new in with the old. 12 new songs in a row… had to leave.

Brian Torpy

August 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

Read any E. E. Cummings lately? Natalie has and she made that abundantly clear Friday night. Apparently Natalie just got a library card and went to the New York Public Library and wants everyone to know about it.
I love her voice and the band was great, but talk about pretentious. Nobody, but nobody loves Natalie as much as Natalie


August 29th, 2010
8:46 pm

It was the end of the tour, so Natalie took advantage of that and shoved all the children’s poetry rhymes on her audience. The fans expected a 50/50 mix based on what they read in AJC and the way she performed other concerts on the tour. The woman sitting next to me yelled “I am so freaking disappointed”. I might not have her fourth word correct. When Natalie said goodnight without doing any popular songs, I was beside myself. Fortunately, she did cover some hits in her double encore, but I left feeling cheated when she did not do “Because the Night”


August 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

What a waste of a night. Love her voice and band was very good. I could not stand her preaching anymore and we walked out after about 5 songs. She was insulting to the venue and a bit condecending to the audience. Pretentious and a huge buzz kill. When the woman at the door asked if we were coming back my husband laughed and said no. Very cool idea with the poetry and songs but don’t be so selfish and cater to your own preferences and give the audience a nice mix of old and new.


August 30th, 2010
9:06 am

The concert was absolutely brilliant and one of a kind. What has not been mentioned was her crackshot band of eight musicians who flawlessly traversed the paths between musical styles. For the remark about not playing “Because the Night,” that would probably be something you should shout out for a Springsteen concert as he was the one who wrote the song. Also, the “who loves Natalie more than Natalie” statement probably should be reversed to the writer; sounds like you were the one who felt your own love above all others. The venue was 3/4th’s of the way full, and I never saw a single person leave or heard of any complaints. As far as the mix of new and old, please people, really? She just finished working on a double album of material for the past seven years; why shouldn’t she perform songs off of that gift of labor and love which she’s put not only herself, but over 125 musicians onto the album? Natalie performed for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The first 90 minutes was new material, and the last 70 minutes was a mix of solo and 10,000 Maniacs songs – the entire night her voice was spot on perfect! For the couple that wrote they walked out early, well, I doubt they were the type of couple that have any novels beside their bed.

Dolores Toolis

August 30th, 2010
12:12 pm

I seen her in Chicago twice this year and would pay to see her again. I love her new stuff. I don’t get these people who expect very little of new material and a lot of old stuff. What planet are they living on, all artists promote their new material. I do agree each show is different because she has so many old materials to draw from. The dissapointed folks are the minority and should return to their alien planet. Natalie concert is like a two for one show. Her voice is beautiful and she is very humorous, and playful. I hope she wins a grammy for this. Best wishes

John Smith

August 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

Do you want to see a pattern then . Lets go to the ticketmaster fan reviews of the entire tour shall we?
Click this link or paste it in your browser.


August 30th, 2010
4:03 pm

So, what you’re saying is that next time, before you buy tickets to any concert, you might take an extra moment and research things. Basically, you are blaming yourself for not looking into those reviews or listening to her new album prior to attending, correct? You’re angry and looking to strike out at a performer because you do not seem to think that their new material lives up to your worldly expectations? I see, I see; it is more of a lesson that you yourself have learned, right? Instead of reading the interview from the AJC the week prior, or doing any research online from her stops from last November up until the Atlanta stop at the end of August, you are venting now after the fact.
It’s too bad that every single person in our section was mesmerized by an incredible two part concert.


September 15th, 2010
10:17 pm

John Smith: How about we look at the ticketmaster site with (High to Low) instead of (Low to High) – most people actually ENJOYED the concert.

Humpty: Get a life. : )