Review by Jay Jylkka from Nov. 5, 2022:
OK, it has been 24 hours since I experienced Michael On Fire at Trinity House in Livonia, MI.....solo for over 2 hours......AWESOME!
I was trying to think of other musicians he reminds me of... maybe a little Bob Dylan, or Paul Simon, or John Melencamp, or Bruce Springsteen, or Van Morrison, or Harry Chapin .... certainly some hefty company.....Then I settled on maybe Chris Rea.....Who you ask? Look him up. The stories, the guitar... including slide.....the reflectiveness, the voice (a bit)..... marching to his own muse.
But, I am still left with a sense that all my comparisons are off. I really don't know anyone quite like him after over 50 years of shows, and more of carefully listening to so many artists.
He had a set list, which seemed to go out the window fairly fast, he had a pile of lyrics, but they always seemed out of order. He cautiously maneuvered in a tight space full of chords on the floor and lyrics falling all around him, choosing to never actually sit on the stool right behind him. But that is the joy of Michael On Fire...the chaotic spontaneity, the naked genius , the care to thank everyone, almost all by their name, for attending... many who have been part of his life seemingly forever, and others who introduced themselves to him for the first time.
I for one will do everything I can to tell everyone and anyone that to see Michael On Fire is a rare and wonderful trip. Thank you Michael, and please don't change.