Think about the running order on a few of your favorite albums, and consider the last song. Even on some of the biggest albums of all time, it's almost always an afterthought or throwaway. Though it's not unusual for artists to use it as a closing statement of some kind, it's virtually never a single -- Adele's "Someone Like You" being the exception from this decade that proves the rule -- and unless it's "When the Levee Breaks" or something, it's almost guaranteed to make for a lousy live finale.
So as the "full album" concert trend has really taken hold in the past half-decade or so, most artists skirt the issue by performing a second set of choice catalog cuts -- all the other songs fans expect to hear. But when it's a double album whose running time blows well past the 90-minute mark, and one of the 20th century's most beloved pieces of music to boot, it's a little trickier.
That's Stevie Wonder's Songs In the Key of Life, and it would take almost until midnight Friday to bring the "live adaptation" of his 1976 masterpiece to a climax. But if there's anything the 64-year-old legend's multiplatinum multiple Grammy winner -- originally released in the fall of 1976 -- has to teach us today, it's that the journey can be as satisfying as the destination.