Your Favorite Thing
The Last Night
Hardly Getting Over It
Brasilia Crossed With Trenton
Too Far Down
Outdoor (mostly) festival downtown. Bob played a solo acoustic set on the Northwest Airlines Stage.
Thanks to Mark Weygandt, from whose website (now defunct) this information was retrieved, along with the informal show reviews and comments below, which were originally posted to the Sugar internet mailing list:
-------------------------------------- From: amc Much less chatty than Chicago - probably had to do with the 20,000 people watching the set. Surprised there were no new songs, but then in retrospect, he'd probably rather play them to a more accepting/understanding crowd (I'd guess at least 1/2 the crowd was waiting for Semisonic). All in all though, a good solid acoustic set by the Bob. Brasilia was awesome, even in that large a setting. Hardly Getting Over It was unexpected, until I realized he was playing in the Twin Cities to a mass audience who were there "just for the hits". "Too Far Down" must have been big for him in Chicago for him to do it here, as he nailed it and again it's a relative rarity for him to play. He hauled the electric with him onstage but never got the chance to play it. --------------------------------- From: Pete I missed the first 4 songs of the set. The group I was with didn't seem to be in any hurry since they were more interested in Semisonic. Bob played very well. Although we didn't hear any electronics, you could tell he's been experimenting with rhythms the way he played "Brasilia". His guitar was used as much for percussion as it was for anything else. Bob is definitely better when he's playing to a crowd who knows and appreciates him. There was just too much chatter in the crowd and I only got about 45 minutes worth of him. --------------------------------- From: PETER Nikolai He did not paly any of the new stuff and I was really looking forward to hearing it. So I was a bit disappointed in the show. He played all the hits, including Brasilia. But it was the same show tht I have seen a thousand times from Bob. I really hope he comes back through so I can see those songs again. I was impressed with the size of the crowd. --------------------------------- From: mnhall Got back from Mill City at 1:00 this morning. Bob was in good form. Hearing the warehouse district ringing with bob's twelve string was an extremely nice feeling. Sound was great. Just the right mix of vocal and guitar, guitar sound wasn't too bright. The DAT accompaniment to the new songs and the electric guitar were .... OH WAIT THAT'S RIGHT THERE WERE NO FUCKING DAT TRACKS OR NEW SONGS OR ELECTRIC GUITAR BECAUSE GOD FORBID WE SHOULD LET THE COOLEST GUY THERE TAKE MORE THAN HIS 57 MINUTES TO DO HIS THING. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WAITING TO HEAR SEMISONIC, AND WE CAN'T LET THEM DOWN, CAN WE? I know that's not fair to semisonic fans, but I still needed to say it.... Highlights: Hoover Dam Hardly Getting Over It The Last Night Brasilia Celebrated Summer ----------------------------------- From: Marc Wood From the Granary Music message board: > Much less chatty than Chicago - probably had to do with the 20,000 people > watching the set. Surprised there were no new songs, but then in > retrospect, he'd probably rather play them to a more > accepting/understanding crowd (I'd guess at least 1/2 the crowd was waiting > for Semisonic). All in all though, a good solid acoustic set by the Bob. He certainly didn't say much. The only interesting thing he said was an incredulous response to his introduction from some City Pages people ("I don't have to say the "H-D" word, I don't have to say the "S" word...")--"What on earth is the H-D word?" I don't know if the audience was waiting for Semisonic, though. Most people left the area after his set because Semisonic wasn't coming on for another hour yet. I have to say I was surprised by the audience, though. Considering that this is the home of Husker Du, there weren't too many people in the audience who looked old enough to have been out of junior high back when "New Day Rising" was released. I got the feeling he wasn't really allowed much more than an hour. I wouldn't say he rushed through the set, but he certainly didn't waste any time talking, and didn't bother with an encore or doing any electric, DAT-backed stuff. Still, what he did play was excellent. It was my first acoustic Bob show, so I got to experience the scat-singing he substitutes for guitar solos, especially on Wishing Well. Brasilia was great, with an interesting, percussive-guitar thing during the "I wish that I could tell my story..." verse. "New #1" was a highlight--you almost didn't miss the drums and bass, it was so intense. It was cool to hear some Husker stuff, too--the 2 acoustic numbers from Candy Apple Grey and Celebrated Summer. It was painfully short, no doubt about that. But my wife, who was seeing Bob live for the first time, was impressed--"He wore me out just watching him." ----------------------------------- From: djland First, apologies to anyone who ended up going to the City Center food court to look for me. 4-month old Nate tends to throw a wrench into all well-laid plans. Crowd was pretty good, they at least seemed informed as to who Bob was and recognized the radio singles (yes, Bob got radio airplay here). They weren't very animated, though. Seemed like a lot of mild Bob fans, as could be expected for a festival concert headliner. I ended up next to a person trying to gain hipster points by talking about how Grant was a much better songwriter. Seemed like the kind of person who wrote a lot of comparison/contrast papers in high school. It was a kind of Starsky vs. Hutch pontificating. He mentioned that he'd never seen an acoustic Bob show before, although he'd seen Husker Du. I replied that I'd seen Bob 3 times acoustic, 1 electric but that I was 12 when Husker Du broke up. I wish some people would just get over it. Nostalgia kills. Bob took the stage; typical 2 chairs, Bob in a t-shirt and the 12 string. Played Wishing Well first. It was a "usual" show, and Bob's voice wasn't the greatest, but he managed to reaffirm that he is the best acoustic performer I will ever see in my lifetime. Brasilia had a different cut time strum/mute bridge. He did some impressive finger-picking throughout. Got to see the look in Bob's eyes that Kubrick would have turned into a cinematic moment. Celebrated Summer tricked the crowd (again). He was limited to an hour, which was ridiculous considering Semisonic was already set up and checked and it takes 15 minutes to put away 2 folding chairs.
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