Well it sure was a pleasure getting to meet Headlight73 and his charming family. The good headlight indeed he is cause after welcoming me into his beautiful home for a pre-party power session, we took a very faded walk down to the Charlottesville Pavilion in the center of downtown. I tell u it was like hangin with a C'ville celebrity, seemed like everywhere we went someone wanted to shake Headlight's hand, say hello, or give'em a hug.
We got to the easy going, medium sized outdoor venue in the middle of the Dead Kenny G's short set that started well before the show time listed on the tickets, which was kinda lame cause they're an interesting group, Definitely worth seeing in a smaller venue. They've got an experimental, kind of spacey yet solid sound that I would like to hear more of. In fact I would have preferred just seeing them and Primus, but Gogol Bordello is pretty entertaining. I've only seen them once before, also opening for Primus, and while I would never pay and go to see them by themselves, I'd be quite content seeing them as an opener for just about anyone. They were playing a lot of their newer stuff, which sounds a lot like their older stuff, but the crowd seemed to be having a good time.
The crowd and security had a real decent, mellow vibe and it was a very pleasant unseasonably cool summer evening. If that crowd had any faults it was that they were possibly too laid back for the aggressive set Primus threw down.
Bookended by 2 giant inflatable astronauts with bizarre images projected through out the set in their face masks, the group assaulted the crowd with louder volume than I heard from the 2 shows I had seen of theirs at indoor venues over the years and this badass set list:
Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
The Toys Go Winding Down
Over the Falls
My Name is Mud
Over the Electric Grapevine
Drum and Whamola Jam
Too Many Puppies
Tommy the Cat > The Awakening > Tommy the Cat
Behind My Camel
While, as feared by many, Jay Lane is falling way short of Tim (Herb) Alexander or even Brain for that matter in the drumming department, the Band as whole is nastier and more aggressive than I've heard them since reuniting in 04. Claypool is on fire and sharp as ever. There entire set was all business, no filler stand up bass songs, just in your face, bare bones, action-jackson Primus with Kung FU grip.
Groundhog's Day ended abruptly just leaving the crowd hanging in mid air feeling like they'd been sucker punched.
Suck on that Charlottesville!
Good review, and "the Band as whole is nastier and more aggressive than I've heard them since reuniting in 04 "echos what I thought of them from a few weeks ago.
Oh yeah, Jay brings the Suck that's fo sho! The sound and attitude is way grimey. It's just amazing how ontop of it Claypool is. I find very it surprising that as the years go by I seem to get less interested in most of the jambands I used to enjoy so much, yet Les intrigues me more all the time. He's an incredibly unique talent and the way he incorporates his funk influences with his own very distinct style seems to always be gaining in sophistication. It's not unusual to hear him riff on the slap grooves of Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, or other 70's greats, but I even heard him doing some bars of "What is Hip?" the other night mid jam. He even seems more at home in Primus than in his own solo projects, he was like a pig in shit up there.
I new Lane would suck !!
I gotta' say Wino, Lane didn't really "suck" when I saw them; he was OK and if you didn't know better you'd think it was fine.
He just wasn't nearly as CRAZY as the other guys.
Lane is not enough to keep away from this version.
GO TO THE SHOW!