Tonight is the first of two the big Grushecky/Springsteen gigs in Oakland. Hopefully these will become an annual event as last November’s show was one of the best of the year. Here’s a shot of Joe from last week opening up for Ian Hunter. Can’t wait for tonight!
What a surprise this set turned out to be. I know exactly two Mott The Hoople tunes and went solely on the basis that this was the first rock show in the refurbished music hall in Carnegie, which is where I practically grew up (full disclosure: I am a Crafton kid). Even though he refrained from playing his most well known tunes till the end of the show, he and his band sounded great throughout the entire night playing classic rock and roll covers and I assume originals. Really nice to see the dude still has the chops!
There is a lot of incredible buzz blogging around Pittsburgh about this show. I have seen the band seven times now and I feel the praise not only for this show but the whole tour in general is very much well deserved. With a near perfect mammoth set list, the band playing better than I have ever seen them, and with an acoustically gorgeous (albeit stuffy…blechh) venue this was one show to remember. My favorite Wilco show, well almost but not quite. That would have to be my first show at The Fillmore. More groovy pics here.