Release opens, ending the streak of unique openers at 15. Before the show, pen and paper was passed around the front row looking for requests, just like in LA on the west coast leg. Matt destroys the ending of Immortality,…
Main Set: Release, Even Flow, Corduroy, Immortality, Dance Of The Clairvoyants, Quick Escape, Daughter/(W.M.A./Leash/Glorified G), Given To Fly, Seven O'Clock, Do The Evolution, Animal, Present Tense, In Hiding, Jeremy, Why Go, Crazy Mary, Porch
encore 1: Smile, Black, Alive
Release opens, ending the streak of unique openers at 15. Before the show, pen and paper was passed around the front row looking for requests, just like in LA on the west coast leg. Matt destroys the ending of Immortality, prompting Ed to talk about all the drummers that we’ve lost, including Charlie Watts and Taylor Hawkins, and says they love Matt so much and they’re glad he’s back. Band is tight and Ed sounds great, much improved over Berlin. Ed holds the mic out to the crowd during Quick Escape, which has a long, extended ending with Mike going absolutely out of this world on the solo. Ed talks about how they played Zurich exactly 22 years ago, and he met his wife the night before that show, in Milan, and now there’s “a lot of daughters…women of the world are gonna take over,” leading into…Daughter. After the W.M.A. tag, the guitars get a little funkier and crunchier, and Ed starts into Leash, getting into it, almost screaming the lyrics, and then the tag ends with “…glorified version of a pellet gun…” repeated quietly. Near the end of Animal, Ed stops the song and calls out a woman in the crowd who he saw hit the person in front of them in the back of the head, saying “violence is not allowed…you’re outta here…” and the song is resumed. In Hiding is brought back for the first time since 2018, a welcome surprise. The crowd continues singing during Jeff’s bass outro on Jeremy, Ed joins in and they keep it going until the song finishes. After Smile, Ed says they’ve seen a lot of people traveling between shows and wanted to thank them somehow, he takes the sheet of paper with the requests, looks it over, says “we aren’t going to play any of these tonight,” but hints that they’ll see what they can do over the next few shows. Mike’s Black solo is stellar, Ed acknowledges him afterwards and adds a short improv with the lyrics “…all the pain, and misery, hopelessness, darkest paths…” A Ten-heavy night, with Superblood Wolfmoon, River Cross, State of Love and Trust, Better Man, and Yellow Ledbetter/Indifference all cut from the original list.