First, the customary fashion report. Bruce was wearing olive cargo pants and a blueish Hawaiian shirt with palm trees and hula dancers ringing the bottom. The first set was nice, but not overly impressive or exciting until "Down to the Delta" which featured Steve playing some really inspired bass leads. The second set was great. The big surprise was "Understanding Nothing". At the conclusion Bruce said, "speaking of moist spice forests" and I immediately thought that he was referring to the hot, sweaty room. But, when he started playing Mango, I knew the he had meant something else. He made a lengthy political introduction to "Call It Democracy" the gist of which was that America needed a third party. Not that Canada is an ideal because it's fucked-up too, but in a benign sort of way. And Canada's third party doesn't exactly keep the other two honest, just leaning that way. Following this was "Democracy" and then a ripping "Feast of Fools". Then he took the show home in fine form from there. It was a fun night and a great show.
Bruce was intense on Sunday at the Fat Fry, he held the manzer like it was a bayonetted rifle and neck veins were bulging out. Slims was a different Bruce, relaxed and enjoying himself. Time for just one moment... Bruce was talking about End of all Rivers, unrecorded new song but everyones heard about right, because of the internet. That got a laugh, but leave it to Suzanne to bring it back to real time, she yelled to Bruce to turn up his guitar . Bruce said he could arrange that, that he was there to please us, and thanks.