[see comments below for setlist notes]
Solo acoustic except (*) solo electric and (+) DAT backing tracks.
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: ThHighRoad I was in the middle, and the place seemed pretty full to me, packed almost. Yes, Bob was in -very- good spirits. He joked about the Elian Gonzalez thing and the fisher man (he must have read the article the New York Post ran that morning on Donato, since he quoted parts of it verbatim). He also compared the wrestling industry to the HBO series "Oz" (someone had called out "How was the wrestling gig?"). Bob had a few surprises, including "Needle Hits E," "Too Far Down," (surprising given the positive vibes) and "No Reservations" (!!!!!!!!!), a lot more Sugar songs and less -Hubcap- songs than I would have expected, although, yes, he opened with "Wishing Well" (and no "Eternally Fried," unlike the last time I saw him at Irving Plaza. Oh well.). The three new songs were -excellent-, much better than most of LDAPS (I think), and I can't see why anyone would complain about them. "Sunset Safety Glass" had a great disco-ish backing (yes, disco, not MBV-esque, but it's great anyway), and a mirror ball dropped out of the ceiling for it. :) "High Fidelity" was also great, and very poppy for acoustic Bob (I swear, it sounds like it could be a Magnetic Fields song, almost. And that's a good thing, BTW). He also played a third new song (don't know the title), which did have a noisy, vaguely MBV-ish drum machine backing to it; also good. Bob threatened to play at least half of the "new album," but only those three songs. Some of the requests people called for were pretty surprising. Some called for "Whatever" (my fave HD tune, not that I expected Bob to play it) a few times, several "Chartered Trips," a "See a Little Light." For one request he joked "Yeah, that was a hit," and I think he said something about "You people must be real fans" (or something like that) at one point. Great show over all. The two openers: Araby were horrible college-radio stuff. Martha Wainwright was much better, although a bit stereotypically "folk" for my taste. ---------------------------- From: Ken W I was there. Great show. Loved the new stuff. If what Bob said about playing half the new album was true, I hope High Fidelity will be on it. I really like that song. I've wondered about it since he has been playing it live for a while now. Nice to hear Needle Hits E. I love that one too. The disco song was cool, but I really liked the other one with the drum machine sounding background. I'd love to hear it more. Especially the disco one seemed to drown out Bob. He seemed to really have fun playing those two. I hope to hear more new stuff soon. As much as I love all the songs, I need some more variety in his live stuff. I can only hear so much of some of those songs. I can do without See A Little Light though. Hearing it with the band did it for me for a lifetime. :) Brasilia would have been nice though. Since he is working on a new album, anyone else think that After All The Roads Have Lead to Nowhere should be on it? Or at least a studio b-side? -------------------------------- From: Robert Gebeloff Was it just me, or did Bob rip through Thumbtack in double-time? It was a great show, and Bob was obviously in a great mood, but hearing him clang through Thumbtack at what seemed to be the same pace as Celebrated Summer was a bit odd.. Okay, the tempo wasn' t THAT quick, but it was faster than usual, and I thought it rendered this usually super number to just ordinary... Too Far Down was pretty good, but he had earlier bagged Sinners halfway through, so maybe he just wasn't in the mood for his emotional songs... ------------------------------- From: drew Brilliant show. Here were all the songs I remember Bob playing (not in order): New #1 (cut short after he forgot the lyrics) Lonely Afternoon Celebrated Summer Sunset Safety Glass Semper Fi Surveyors and Cranes Fade to Black The Last Night Needle Hits E Your Favorite Thing No Reservations Hardly Getting over it Too Far Down If I Can't Change Your Mind Wishing Well Taking Everything Thumbtack Sinners and their Repentances That's all I can remember. There's one song missing in there and I'm totally tortured, but that's life when you forget to bring and pad and pen to the show. It was really nice to hear Needle Hits E, Thumbtack, No Reservations, and Celebrated Summer because he hadn't performed them here in NYC since I've been here. The crowd was good, and shouted for lots of stuff (I was the guy asking for eternally fried). Bob made some funny remarks about the Elian Gonzalez mess, and how a reporter at the Cincinnati show asked him about it. I asked him about the new album (screamed the question, actually). He just said it was going along. No real specific answer. One thing I've noticed. The three new songs with the DAT backing are all awesome songs (and once they've been put to record, I can buy it and die in peace), but he always plays those songs in the same order at every show (likely due to the DAT order), with Fade to Black also thrown in there at certain parts. No other new songs? I guess time will tell. But overall, it was a great show. Bob looked well, with some healthy beard stubble. So rugged! Played his heart out, which is what makes him so special. He could have played bible hymns and I'd still be at rapt attention.
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