---15 March 2000 --

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DATE:15 March 2000
VENUE/SHOW: The Colonial Theater
LOCATION: Keene, New Hampshire, USA


First set:
  • You Don't Have To Play The Horses
  • When You Give It Away
  • The Trouble With Normal
  • Look How Far
  • Let The Bad Air Out
  • Down To The Delta
  • If I Had A Rocket Launcher
  • Waiting For A Miracle

    Second set:
  • Pacing The Cage
  • Live On My Mind
  • If A Tree Falls
  • End Of All Rivers
  • Isn't That What Friends Are For
  • Mango
  • Night Train
  • Call It Democracy
  • Feast of Fools
  • Last Night Of The World

    Encore 1:
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Stolen Land

    Encore 2:
  • Dialogue With The Devil
  • All The Diamonds


    Setlist source: Glen Ohlund

    Russ Kelly reported that:

    Bruce took the stage at about 8:15 p.m. and went right into "Horses." At its finish, a woman yelled, "You're awesome!" Bruce cracked up and gave her a "theatre" bow. He was in good spirits this night. During the 3rd song, "Normal," I looked to my left and saw a boy about 9 years-old singing along word for word. I was more than impressed.

    1/2 hour into the first set, Bruce had just finished "Look How Far," He began to play what I thought was "Use Me While You Can." He approaches the mic and says, "I'm going to do something unorthodox right now. I'm going to take an unscheduled break to go to the can. I'll be right back." And before anyone could guess whether he was joking, he left the stage to disbelieving laughter. My friend, who had never seen Bruce before, was immediately impressed with anyone performer who would walk off stage in the middle of a show to go to the bathroom. Guts! Bruce and band were gone for a solid 15 minutes. He returned to spirited applause and made no comment. Instead, he picked up his guitar and launched into "Let the Bad Air Out." He wore a smirk throughout the first verses and into the chorus.

    I love this guy's sense of humor. It's sick enough to work. On a serious note, I really enjoyed the live version of this song. He even did the different voices at the end, going from high to deep.

    "Down to the Delta" included a long bass solo by Steve Lucas which he seemed to enjoy. The untitled instrumental was prefaced with, "I've had a lot of peculiar suggestions for titles for this song. Don't feel obliged to top them."

    As usual, people were yelling out requests. One man yells, "Play what you want to play." Bruce smiled. Then, some guy screams, "Freebird!!!" Bruce pretends to pull out a gun and shoots in the guys general direction. Much laughter. He then plays "Friends."

    After playing "Democracy" Bruce comments that, "They don't even call it Democracy anymore. They just call it business."

    "Feast of Fools", as it has been, is introduced with a fairly long explanation of why he wrote it. He comments that it has several "implications", including a connection to, "the meek inheriting the earth."

    "Dialogue With The Devil" is introduced as being an "old song, older than the other old one." During "Diamonds," Steve Lucas (usually the bassist) plays some sort of drum. Both of the last 2 songs are wonderfully sung and played. The show ended at about 11:25 p.m. Bruce also has a large chime next to him that he occasionally kicks during a song. Ben Riley (the drummer) is fun to watch, he really seems to enjoy playing with Bruce. He sings along (no mic) with many of the songs, smiling all the way.

    All in all, just a great show. More than my money's worth. He is such a professional and so very passionate about each song. I have tremendous admiration for the way he carries himself and the way he respects his audience. Even if he did "go to the can" 1/2 hour into the show. The honesty is what makes him such a special performer to me. The crowd was very appreciative and went home happy. Hopefully, Bruce did as well.


    SOURCE: Audience; Core Sound Binaural Mics to Sharp MD-MS722 minidisc recorder

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