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Morrissey bailed on a scheduled show in New Zealand.


Dunedin-based Morrissey fan Hamish McNeilly, who saw the singer in 2016 when he last performed in Auckland, was disappointed by the cancellation.

"You are used to sadness as a Morrissey fan, but this makes me miserable now."


While I have tremendous empathy for Hamish, perhaps he can take some solace in that his quote made me laugh out loud.
Morrissey is the biggest d-bag in music. I bet he cancels more than 50% of his scheduled shows.
 

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Golden Smog/The Jayhawks on Saturday night at the Palace was a great time. I missed the show last year, so I was glad I could attend this year.

Steve Gorman sat in behind the kit for Golden Smog on their opening set. Tim O'Reagan did come out for a song on acoustic, filling in for Jeff Tweedy on the Faces cover, Glad and Sorry.

As for the Jayhawks it was one of the best sets I have seen them do in a while, I think they hit every album from Hollywood Town Hall to current. Highlight for me was Waiting for the Sun with an extended intro.

Doing double duty, felt like Louris let other band members take vocals for a few more songs than normal. Karen Grotberg just killed it on the Joni Mitchell classic, River.
 

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Golden Smog/The Jayhawks on Saturday night at the Palace was a great time. I missed the show last year, so I was glad I could attend this year.

Steve Gorman sat in behind the kit for Golden Smog on their opening set. Tim O'Reagan did come out for a song on acoustic, filling in for Jeff Tweedy on the Faces cover, Glad and Sorry.

As for the Jayhawks it was one of the best sets I have seen them do in a while, I think they hit every album from Hollywood Town Hall to current. Highlight for me was Waiting for the Sun with an extended intro.

Doing double duty, felt like Louris let other band members take vocals for a few more songs than normal. Karen Grotberg just killed it on the Joni Mitchell classic, River.
I forgot to include that a special guest, Buddy, certainly enjoyed the show.

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One last show for 2023 was a 4th road trip to Chicagoland. Last night the Lemonheads preformed a 30th Anniversary Salute to Come on Feel at Space in Evanston. As good of a venue as there is IMO.

It was as good as I have seen Evan Dando perform in the past 15 years at least. His voice sounded strong, big benefit it's not a tour but a stand alone 3 night residency. He made the trip up from his now homeland, Brazil. Other than a 1 song restart because he forgot his capo, he was pretty focused.

3 piece band, unfortunately without Juliana Hatfield. They open with The Killing Moon, by Echo and the Bunnymen. After that right into the album.

These types of shows are good and bad, for me anyway. The lack of spontaneity, takes some the excitement away, but that was outweighed by how many good songs are on that album.

After the a album was completed (Jello Fund was skipped due to lack of a piano), he did a 10 song solo acoustic set, all covers. The Outdoor Type was a huge crowd campfire sing-along. Also included was Frying Pan, one of my highlights for all of 2023.

The band came back out for 4 song encore that concluded with Hospital and Drug Buddy.

Very fun night.

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Turns out the Lemonheads show we should have gone to was in Zagreb, Croatia. This setlist is insane. I don't think I have ever seen Dando clock past 90 minutes. This had to be well over 2 hours. They played the full album It's a Shame About Ray, and then essentially another full show that included tons of my favorite covers and some solo stuff. I'm jealous for the Europeans getting to enjoy this. Maybe I can find a way to get to Munich this weekend...

May 3, at the Vintage Industrial Bar (from setlist.com)

  1. Rockin' Stroll
  2. Confetti
  3. It's a Shame About Ray
  4. Rudderless
  5. My Drug Buddy
  6. The Turnpike Down
  7. Bit Part
  8. Alison's Starting to Happen
  9. Hannah & Gabi
  10. Kitchen
  11. Ceiling Fan in My Spoon
  12. Frank Mills
    (Galt MacDermot cover)
    Encore:
  13. Hard Drive
    (Evan Dando song)
  14. Frying Pan
    (Victoria Williams cover)
  15. Being Around
  16. I'm Set Free
    (The Velvet Underground cover)
  17. Into Your Arms
  18. The Outdoor Type
    (Smudge cover)
  19. My Idea
    (Chris Brokaw cover)
  20. Round Here
    (Florida Georgia Line cover)
  21. Hospital
  22. Tenderfoot
    (Smudge cover)
  23. Style
  24. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
    (John Prine cover)
  25. Why Do You Do This to Yourself?
    (Evan Dando song)
  26. Abandoned
    (Lucinda Williams cover)
  27. Down About It
  28. The Great Big No
    Encore 2:
  29. Break Me
  30. Stove
  31. Dawn Can't Decide
  32. If I Could Talk I'd Tell You
  33. Ride With Me
  34. Streets of Baltimore
    (Tompall and The Glaser Brothers cover)
Turns out, I may have overestimated the "well over 2 hours part". The Lemonheads show I saw in Evanston (Night 2) was 30 songs and just under 1:45. Dando is quite economical with stage banter.

All 3 sets at Space were 30-32 tunes.




Glad I did not have to fly over the pond to see it, though it would be cool for the Twin Cities to get such a gig. I'm sure any of the 3 were great, but glad the show I was limited to due to circumstances was the Night 2, Come On Feel tribute.

I have already seen A Shame About Ray played in full on the 20th & 30th Anniversary tours, plus Frying Pan was truly amazing.
 


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Just purchased tickets for Beth Orton at the Parkway Theater. Love Beth, but I wish she wasn't at the Parkway. Not sure how many of you have seen a concert there, but I am not a fan. So many better venues for music.
 

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Pumped that Dead and Company are playing at the Sphere in Vegas. I already have a trip booked and will be in Vegas during one of the nights. Got to get tickets as they will sell out in no time.
 

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Actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) has been side hustling as a singer. He and Chicago musician Jason Narducy have done several gigs in which they tackle covering a full album, most notably Murmur. This month they have been taking it on the road.

Knowing that Mike Mills has given it a full endorsement and that Narducy's cohort in the Bob Mould Band, Jon Wurster would be behind the kit prompted me to take a flier. I figured if those two can replicate Hüsker Dü & SUGAR, they can also handle the guys from Athens, GA.

It was a fun night, the almost sold out crowd gave it's full approval.

Opening set was Murmur + There She Goes.

1st encore they played Chronic Town and 5-6 others. Finished with a 2nd encore of another at least half dozen songs. Backing band was really strong, not just Wurster and Narducy, who mostly played guitar plus the Mills backing vox.

Lots of Reckoning and 3 from Life's Rich Pageant. Only 2 songs post-IRS were Country Feedback and Nightswimming.

No opening band, but they played 80s throwback videos on the curtain. Not sure if I have seen them do that this century.

Knowing the odds of ever seeing REM again are essentially nil, this was a fine substitute.
 
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Pumped that Dead and Company are playing at the Sphere in Vegas. I already have a trip booked and will be in Vegas during one of the nights. Got to get tickets as they will sell out in no time.
Getting tickets to that was super stressful and very, very expensive. I hate the whole process of getting the pre-sale code, then waiting for the whole thing to go live, then getting placed in a waiting room, then having a time limit to complete your purchase, and then the shame felt for spending as much as I did...

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Actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) has been side hustling as a singer. He and Chicago musician Jason Narducy have done several gigs in which they tackle covering a full album, most notably Murmur. This month they have been taking it on the road.

Knowing that Mike Mills has given it a full endorsement and that Narducy's cohort in the Bob Mould Band, Jon Wurster would be behind the kit prompted me to take a flier. I figured if those two can replicate Hüsker Dü & SUGAR, they can also handle the guys from Athens, GA.

It was a fun night, the almost sold out crowd gave it's full approval.

Opening set was Murmur + There She Goes.

1st encore they played Chronic Town and 5-6 others. Finished with a 2nd encore of another at least half dozen songs. Backing band was really strong, not just Wurster and Narducy, who mostly played guitar plus the Mills backing vox.

Lots of Reckoning and 3 from Life's Rich Pageant. Only 2 songs post-IRS were Country Feedback and Nightswimming.

No opening band, but they played 80s throwback videos on the curtain. Not sure if I have seen them do that this century.

Knowing the odds of ever seeing REM again are essentially nil, this was a fine substitute.
Murmer is a top-three album for me.
 

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Actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) has been side hustling as a singer. He and Chicago musician Jason Narducy have done several gigs in which they tackle covering a full album, most notably Murmur. This month they have been taking it on the road.

Knowing that Mike Mills has given it a full endorsement and that Narducy's cohort in the Bob Mould Band, Jon Wurster would be behind the kit prompted me to take a flier. I figured if those two can replicate Hüsker Dü & SUGAR, they can also handle the guys from Athens, GA.

It was a fun night, the almost sold out crowd gave it's full approval.

Opening set was Murmur + There She Goes.

1st encore they played Chronic Town and 5-6 others. Finished with a 2nd encore of another at least half dozen songs. Backing band was really strong, not just Wurster and Narducy, who mostly played guitar plus the Mills backing vox.

Lots of Reckoning and 3 from Life's Rich Pageant. Only 2 songs post-IRS were Country Feedback and Nightswimming.

No opening band, but they played 80s throwback videos on the curtain. Not sure if I have seen them do that this century.

Knowing the odds of ever seeing REM again are essentially nil, this was a fine substitute.

At the famed 40 Watt Club in Athens, it was not only Mills that endorsed the tribute. Full Berry-Buck-Mills-Stipe salute.

 




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