First snow of the season in Boston and it was 6 inches of wet, heavy stuff that started coming down mid-morning and didn't stop. We managed to ignore it and headed into the Fenway area on schedule ... then found out on the way that JRAD had just posted that the doors would be opening at 6 instead of 7 to deal with the storm. Could be that this was actually more a response to Friday's slow, slow, slow security situation, which many people were complaining about on social media, than to the storm. People were complaining about inappropriate touching and there seems to be a rash of that lately.
We were early as always, but what this change of times meant to us was that we'd better eat dinner fast (we had 5:30 reservations at the HOB Restaurant and were on time) just in case people entering at 6 snagged our spot! The beer was cold, but they really don't do "food" well at the "HOB Restaurant." Oh well, the reason we go there is to get something in our stomachs and most of all, to be more assured of getting in early. We split up the tickets and Sarah and Dave grabbed the receipt and headed for the doors, with me not far behind. When I got there there was no line, and the search wasn't quite as extensive as it had been Friday.
So what this meant was that we had 90 minutes or so to cool our heels in our preferred corner. The merch table was exactly as it was yesterday ... nothing new there. But again, the beer was cold and the crowd really filled in quickly. As I say, the great majority of the people there were not going to miss a minute of this, snow be damned. The HOB was pretty packed by 8 and the guys came out a few minutes after that.
In some ways this was a very different concert from Friday. Friday events everywhere to our experience, and particularly in the Fenway area, are frantic, crowded, and wild. This Saturday (maybe because a few people opted to stay home?) was much more mellow, less crowded (we had room to dance all night), and developed at a more mature pace.
Here's Costello again:
Costello here. Here's what I think I heard:
House Of Blues
Night Two of Two
SOLD OUT ~ THANK YOU!
Set One (8:09pm - 9:19pm)
Promised Land >
Shakedown Street @ ->
Jam # ->
The Other One $ >
Viola Lee Blues % >
Cats Under The Stars ^
One More Saturday Night
Set Two (9:53pm - 12:01am)
Feel Like A Stranger & ->
Franklin’s Tower >
Dancing In The Streets * >
Eyes Of The World + ->
Jam @@ ->
Let It Grow ## >
Standing On The Moon $$>
Music Never Stopped Jam -
Truckin’ Reprise ->
Born Cross Eyed Jam
GDTRFB %% > WBYGN (Instrumental)
@ - Unfinished
# - With a “Love Supreme” (John Coltrane)
$ - With a Playin Tease (Band)
% - With a Throwin Stones Tease (Band), a China Cat Tease (TH), a DD/MB Duo Jam, with TH on Drums, & a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Tease (MB)
^ - With a “Walk Like An Egyptian” (The Bangles) tease (MB), a China Cat Tease (SM), a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Tease (SM) & a “St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins) Tease (SM)
& - With an Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin) Tease, a “Tom’s Diner” (Suzanne Vega) Tease (SM) and a Slipknot! Tease (Band)
* - With a DD Bass Solo, “Tell Me A Bedtime Story” (Herbie Hancock) Jam (MB) & Eyes Teases (Band)
+ - “Flipped” Version - Started with the “’73 Ending” Changes played in the key of Dancin’, and a DD Bass Solo
@@ - With a “Fly Like An Eagle” (Steve Miller) Tease (MB)
## - With an “Amazing Grace” (Traditional) Tease (TH), an “If You Think I’m Sexy” (Rod Stewart) // “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown) Jam that included audience vocals, and a Slipknot! Tease (Band)
$$ - Not played since Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, 2015-10-2, a gap of 88 shows
%% - With a Not Fade Away Tease (Band)
Pre Show Music: Costello’s Spotify Petty Mix:
Set Break Music: Metzger’s Spotify Early Rock N Roll Mix
Walk Out Music: Man in the Mirror / Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Thanks to the House of Blues Boston staff & crew for improving tonight's entry process for our fans. Our deepest gratitude to everyone that came out & supported the band in 2017. We'll see you all in 2018.
- Everyone was playing as excellently as they had the night before. In fact, I could repeat many observations from yesterday, such as Joe's great positioning, Dave's absolute funk (he and Marco did a duo jam, and I wouldn't have been surprised to hear him solo), and the absolutely stellar sound.
- Tommy was back to his regular guitar, no Wolf, and shockingly he did not have a scarf on. He seemed almost naked without it! But you'll be glad to hear that he was wearing a scally cap and a dorky cardigan sweater.
- The Dave jam at the end of Eyes definitely included "O Christmas Tree," which was taken over by Marco. Maybe Marco did a little Fly Like An Eagle later, but ...
- In the Truckin' outro they seemed to consider going into TOO, but realized they'd done that tune already and it was time to end the night. Joe had a few things to say though, and after introducing the band he thanked us at length for a fucking great 2017. Well Joe, the feeling's mutual!