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FoWlivePic After releasing a somewhat lackluster live performance on DVD to horrible reviews from critics and fans alike, they proceed to blow fans away with their new full band acoustic tour. I was fortunate enough to get great seats at their performance in Minneapolis at the Cedar "Cultural" Center. I put "cultural" in quotes for the same reason the band ripped on it all night. It's got a long and great tradition in the Twin Cities and has been home to legendary live shows, but it's basically a night club with some folding chairs and the band had some fun with the name. They were on fire with entertaining sarcasm all night and they tailored their comments to the Twin Cities. This is only one of the things that had the crowd eating out of the palms of their hands the entire night. All 4 members mastered their instruments and delivered their parts with zest, talent and flair. They were technically good while also entertaining and they just seemed to have fun. The crowd was as into the show as any audience I've ever seen. I'd say the closest thing I've seen are the last couple of Brian Wilson tours. This is one of the greatest American bands currently making music. The show was great and the selection of songs seemed like something that was handpicked...by me! All my faves were played! 3 of the best songs they played were brand new! They're recording a new album and they've got another classic song called "Summer Place" that I would put up against any song they've written. Other highlights included the lounge version of "Stacy's Mom," "Bright Future in Sales," "Someone To Love," and the medley of covers which included songs from The Cars, Blue Oyster Cult and of course, Peaches and Herb!

Here's the set list...This is roughly from memory...And there was the cover medley somewhere in there!

Set list

  1. Please Don't Rock Me Tonight
  2. Little Red Light
  3. Someone to Love
  4. The Summer Place
  5. Fire Island
  6. Cold Comfort Flowers
  7. Hey Julie
  8. A Road Song
  9. Red Dragon Tattoo
  10. Valley Winter Song
  11. I-95
  12. Hackensack
  13. Fire in the Canyon
  14. Bright Future in Sales
  15. Radiation Vibe
  16. Survival Car
    Encore
  17. Cemetery Guns
  18. Troubled Times
  19. Stacy's Mom
  20. Joe Rey

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