Setlist submitted to the Project by Dave Piner and Zak Zimmer
Dave Piner wrote:
This was my first Bruce Cockburn concert. The concert was sold out, which was unsurprising given the small size of the Ark (maybe 200 seats) and the popularity of Bruce. There was a good vibe in the air. People came anticipating a good show. They/we were not disappointed. Bruce was very appreciative of the warmth of the audience, though he did not do much talking. No stories were told other than what was in his music. He was dressed in a yellow shirt over a yellow tank top, everyman pants and shoes.
His band (bass and drums) was very good. I had read previous comments regarding his bandmates before I went to the concert. I was skeptical about the glowing comments on the band's talents given the seeming simplicity of some of Bruce's songs. But really, the guys were incredible. Bruce let each of them stretch out too. Bruce himself wailed on electric guitar while grinning. He was enjoying himself in front of his disciples.
As mentioned in other concert comments, Feast of Fools was especially well received. Same goes for Pacing the Cage (my favorite) and "Lions". Hey, even "Bad Air" sounded good, with the drummer yelling "bad air out" behind Bruce. After so much thought provoking music, his decision to play Tequila as an encore was a good choice. He really got into it, as did everyone else after getting over the initial shock of hearing Tequila from Bruce Cockburn. His ultimate closer was All the Diamonds, which appeared to be the only song he played in standard tuning. All in all, a great night. Everyone left happy. The only downer was the jerk in the back shouting out his requests at will. If you are lucky enough to hear Bruce live, trust his ability to pick good songs.