-- 15 July 2003 --

2003 Index


DATE: 15 July 2003
The Birchmere
Alexandria, VA, USA
SHOW COMMENTS: Band — Julie Wolf (keyboards, accordian, vocals), Steve Lucas (bass), Ben Riley (drums).


  • Tried And Tested
  • Lovers In A Dangerous Time
  • Mighty Trucks Of Midnight
  • Burn
  • Wait No More
  • Postcards From Cambodia
  • Bone In My Ear
  • All Our Dark Tomorrows
  • Trickle Down

  • Pacing The Cage
  • Open
  • Night Train
  • You've Never Seen Everything
  • If I Had A Rocket Launcher
  • To Raise The Morning Star
  • Last Night Of The World
  • Messenger Wind

  • The Whole Night Sky
  • Call It Democracy
  • Celestial Horses
  • Let The Bad Air Out


    Submitted by Raymond Forton, Alan Thornburg, Jim Cox, Sean Sharp, and Ruth Alice White who contributed the following:

    New lyrics to Burn — "Vietnam was yesterday, Kabul bad guy was today" and "commies" are now bad guys. Bruce invited the audience to sing along on this one, but I don't notice enthusiastic audience participation. However
    there is applause. Afterward someone yells out what about weapons of mass destruction. Bruce says "you can abbreviate that WMD. It sort of puts it on the same plane as WD40, or just W... you just never know what will come out of this town, do you?"

    During Bone In My Ear, asked what he is playing (it looks like a small green ukulele) Bruce says he plays a South American Charango, and explains that traditionally they are made of armadillo shell. Someone reminds him he has one like that and he says yes he does, but this one is a solid body electric one made in Toronto.

    In All Our Dark Tomorrows, electronic birds add an eiry sound that continue for a minute after the vocals and instruments stop.

    Kevin Kinstler had this to add:

    The third verse of the song Burn had been updated with a reference to Kabul and Baghdad. The man also remembered that the first time he played Postcards From Cambodia in front of humans was at the Birchmere last August. After this, a fellow in the audience asked Bruce to wait before playing his next song, while he went to the gents to relieve himself. Bruce then told the audience the history of the charango. This was initiated by my friend who asked what is was. Bruce thoroughly explained the instrument's South American orgin, and also commented that the other night someone asked him if it was his first guitar (due to it's small size).

    Julie Wolf complimented Bruce's songs immensely. She is a real talent on both keyboards and accordion. Bruce's vocal howling at the end of Night Train was amazing. It takes a lot of vocal chord prowess to do that. His voice has never been better. Excellent range throughout. He lit the place up with the guitar solo on To Raise The Morning Star. Hendrix style solo with superb feedback and guitar mastery. That was a real treat!

    The Wilbers also tell us:

    Before Pacing The Cage, the audience began yelling for songs, to which Bruce replied, "I'm glad you know the names of the songs — you know the names of songs we don't even know — so many songs so little time." After You've Never Seen Everything, Bruce said that he's waiting for a voice to say "have a nice day."



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