As good as it gets
Thompson is worth the price of admission, and then some. Listening to a CD is, of course, entirely satisfying. But, one you take in a live performance, he will become your new Gold Standard by which all others are judged, whether you catch him solo, or with his band. That said, the two are completely different experiences, with the former having a feel that suggests a one-on-one with Thompson sitting in your living room. Pour another lager, sit back, and relax. You will not be disappointed, either way.