And boy, did they deliver. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Saturday night was the best McLovins show I've seen (and I've seen quite a few, my friends). It seems like every time I go to a show, the band is always so much tighter, so much on it than what I can recall.
But it was a funked-out version of Shakedown Street that really got things going. People were up and dancing and there were glowsticks all around! I love the way they cover the Grateful Dead tune - it's fresh but retains the essence of the original.
My other favorite moment from the first set was a Phish cover: Meatstick Reprise. Dear reader, if you are not familiar with such a song, please do your homework. A new song called Mon Ami finished the set.
Check it out:
To me, Virtual Circle was the highlight of the show. The song just really gets me: I love its fast-paced, almost frenzied feel. This time, it tore the place down. Halfway through the guitar tones morphed into something much more metally, which had the crowd doing a jazzed-up robot... myself included.
Deep Monster Trance was on fire, and could I get through Bedheadded Crystal Bugger without a sweat? Nope.
The boys did Little Wing as the encore; a sweet ending to a very sweet night.
I was glad to see that there were lots of high school-age kids in the crowd - I would love to see these guys totally infiltrate the masses of youth.
Happy (Almost) New Year's!