Quebec City got a pretty fantastic setlist last night. I went to tweet the highlights and literally ran out of characters, so let’s see: started with Of the Girl (always awesome as a slow burner start), Last Exit (thereby lending credence to my #lastexittheory), You Are, Whipping, NAIS, I’m Open (!!), MFC, EV playing the Needle and the Damage Done solo, Thumbing My Way, Wash, Sad, Surrender…. Whoa. That’s a lot of awesome AND they hit a lot of the awesome regulars as well. Really, a pretty thoroughly awesome setlist.
Here’s a pretty solid capture of this EV solo beauty.
And it’s a little wibbly wobbly, but here’s that Wash:
I swear, Bono is the only person on the planet who makes EV look normal height. In my youth, U2 was in my absolute top tier. My adoration has since waned, but I have a soft spot for their goofball over-the-top, overly-earnest ways, I won’t lie. Here they’re rocking out together and it’s pretty fun, though EV doesn’t seem all that convinced with Bono’s rewrite. Heh heh. It starts at around 4:30, before that U2 is playing with Green Day, if you’re up for that sort of thing.
When I saw Uncle Neil a few weeks ago, he played four songs (count ’em) in the first hour of the show. The first one was 20 minutes long. Good times, my friends, good times.
Looks from the TFT concert chronology that these two Bridge School shows were the first they played with the mighty Jack Irons after firing Dave A. So much good stuff here it boggles the mind. The videos aren’t super high quality, but the sound is pretty much perfect (the second night has better sound + video).
Walking the Cow, Elderly Woman, Corduroy, Daughter/(American Pie), Black, Footsteps, Yellow Ledbetter, (encore) Let Me Sleep, PLUS Piece of Crap with Young Neil at the very end
Night 2: Wash, Not for You, Immortality, Elderly Woman, Daughter/(Tonight’s the Night), Black, (encore) Bee Girl (!)
I’m particularly fond of this “Elderly Woman”: such a nice grin from Ed on the “hello….my God it’s been so long…” It HAD been a long time: their previous show was in April (these were in October).
Ed had a hard time with this the first time he tried to play it, but pulled it off beautifully when he brought it back out.
And he got a little help from Young Neil himself the next night.
Happy one year since PJ20, and happy MIA in Philly! Can’t wait to see what happens tonight! I’m such a sucker for these kinds of messy collaborations. This one makes me feel as smiley and dancey as everyone on stage seems to be. All that dancing and tambourine bashing is good for the soul. [Also, goodness, I really like this song].
Also, here’s a little bonus. This was making the rounds yesterday on Twitter (via @JeffAmentsArmy and @Kary_PJ) and it’s too good not to include here. With Liam Finn, Mudhoney’s Dan Peters, Glen Hansard, and Joseph Arthur helping out. I love this song live.