It was great catching up with SROCK and his wife and getting to meet Mike. Awesome people.
Chris Staples opened. I don't know his stuff at all. It was all low-key, soft, acoustic guitar stuff. I don't know if you could really make out what he was playing if you weren't directly inline with the stage/speakers.
TW's set/performance was strong. I'm usually not much of a fan of just singer & guitar performances, so I did wish he had a full band, but with that in mind I still really enjoyed and appreciated his set. And at least he used an SG and dirtied up/intensified the sound a bit, so that helped for me.
Lo Tom. They simply played the album, in order, retaining their own instruments the whole time, TW sang backup, and then did an encore which consisted of Covered Wagon and Overboard again. Someone had told me that that's what they did for a previous show, and I was really hoping that that wasn't true. But I would gladly take getting those two songs for a second time over getting nothing. Was really hoping they would sprinkle in stuff from Dave/Pedro and Starflyer 59.
Having said that, I thought their show was AWESOME. The album was amazing live. Even some of the songs that I either don't like as much as others, or that (to me) don't come across as impacting or powerful on the album were all elevated and so good live. It was just good rock n roll and it felt awesome. I would've taken the entire album through a second time if they did it.
It was my first time at the Tractor Tavern, but a guy that was there with us said he'd attended a number of shows there and that he had never seen the place so packed.
When they came out for the encore and were putting their gear on again TW played the first 5 notes of Criticism as Inspiration. That got a reaction from the crowd. And made Dave laugh.
THANKS DAVE & TW!!!!
BulletproofPunch didn't come look for me and try and figure out who I was and find me in the crowd and say hi. I thought that was a real dick move.
song currently in my head: "Here Come the Warm Jets" Brian Eno