American Girl
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I hope you enjoyed the last couple of episodes talking to Jon Scott. It was a real highlight of the year for me! We're back to the song reviews though and just in time to wrap up the debut album by talking about the iconic track, American Girl.


One of my very favourite live versions of this song is from the 30th Anniversary tour concert in Tom's hometown of Gainesville, Florida that was included as part of Peter Bogdanovich's fantastic Runnin' Down a Dream documentary. If you haven't seen that yet, you can find it on Amazon Prime. The band closed their set with this song, as they did on the 40th Anniversary tour, making it the last song Tom played live before an audience. Check out the Gatorville performance here: https://youtu.be/-lAz7SPRLKk. As they closed that show with American Girl, they opened the halftime show of Superbowl 42 in Glendale, Arizona with it. Listen to the crowd go crazy when they hear that opening lick: https://youtu.be/Vul_EYQEJJU


I also talked about Roger McGuinn's connection to the song and you check out his 1977 cover here: https://youtu.be/DGunZd732qQ


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