TOUR DATES & SETLISTS
---21 October 1997 --
DATE: 21 October 1997
VENUE/SHOW: Players Theater
LOCATION: Sarasota, Florida, USA.
This was only the second or third time Bruce had played in Florida in his whole career.
One of those other times is rumored to be in the early 1980's, opening for Warren Zevon.
The Trouble With Normal
If A Tree Falls
Listen For The Laugh
You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance
The Embers Of Eden
Mines Of Mozambique
Mistress Of Storms
World Of Wonders
Pacing The Cage
Bone In My Ear
Live On My Mind
If I Had A Rocket Launcher
The Charity Of Night
Get Up Jonah
Tie Me At The Crossroads
Rob Caldwell reports:
Quite simply, it was an excellent concert. One or two funny
moments, a good crowd, lively playing, and a great song selection. For the fashion spotters
out there, it was The Men In Black. The whole band. Black.
I figure the best thing to do would be to go through the set list and then
add any other interesting things from the show after:
-Trouble With Normal- He walks out playing this
incredible burning guitar solo that eventually segues into the song. I'm tellin'
ya- this should have been on the E.P. too...
-If A Tree Falls- the standard version, but still great
-Listen for the Laugh- the fast, sorta surf music version
-Fascist Architecture- band treatment
-You Pay Your Money- awesome, the extended middle
eastern flavored guitar intro is a nice touch. Who ever woulda thought you could
do this song on an acoustic?
-Embers of Eden- A fairly dark song, I wouldn't
call it one of his best, but its definitely up there.
-Night Train- standard version
-Birmingham Shadows- the long jazzy solo in the middle
got a big cheer from the crowd; really groovy.
-Mistress of Storms- no vibes, though I'm starting to
like both versions fairly equally...
-World of Wonders- I had *no* idea what song this was
for the first few minutes until he started singing. Totally revamped,
finger picking guitar style. Just incredible. Worth the price of admission
-Mines of Mozambique- standard version with spoken
-Bone In My Ear- when he first picked it up, I thought
the feather hanging off the charango was a price tag... D'oh! (Homer Simpson
sound). The audience *really* liked this song.
-Live On My Mind- the red lighting in the beginning
worked really well with the song, great bass solo too.
-Strange Waters- lots of emotion in Bruce's face during
this one, eyes closed, ripping on the guitar.
-Rocket Launcher- standard version, though it seemed
like he was trying to add a few new things to the guitar solo.
-Stolen Land- almost a "Hendrixian" guitar
solo with feedback and wailing. Breathtaking. He even
sorta "growled" the words in parts.
-The Charity of Night- a great mellowing down after the
previous three songs.
-Sahara Gold (!)- I had hoped he'd play this one. Fits
really well with the Charity Of Night songs he's doing.
-Get Up Jonah- The one song of the new ones I'm kinda
tired of. A good version, nonetheless...
-Silver Wheels (!)- Yes!, and with a little new guitar
-Tie Me At The Crossroads- The band really got into
this one; a rousing version.
So, that was the set list. A few other moments:
During one part of the show, two people (one very drunk)
yelled out the name of a high school in Ottawa. A little later, Bruce
commented something like "So, we have people here who went to
school in Ottawa?" To which one voice replied yes. Bruce said he thought he
heard two previously. The one remaining yelled "She passed out!"
(meaning the drunk sounding one from earlier). :-)
Anyway, so then Bruce says he still always hates walking
into high schools, looking down those long corridors of lockers
gives him a little twitch. He says something to the effect of that its a
good thing its not socially acceptable in Canada for people to go up in
towers with guns or he would have been one of them. Anyway, it was all said
in jest of course. Another funny moment.
After the show, me and my friend who I went with go with
Ramcey (from the Humans list) and his nephew out to the tour bus to wait for Bruce. Only two
other people thought of this besides us! Didn't even have to wait
long, Bruce came out in about 10 minutes and was as laid back and cool as
usual. He graciously signed the postcard picture (from Gavin's Woodpile) for
me and then signed Ramcey's stuff. I knew I should have brought more!
They were headed to New Orleans right after the show, so we bid
our farewell and headed off into the Charity of Night.
I still think a great piece of tour merchandise would have been
Charity of Nightlights...
KNOWN RECORDING: Yes
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