Bathed in blue light, the third show in three nights (the first time that’s been done since 2006) starts off with a soaring Of the Girl. Footsteps gets a huge crowd reaction, and afterwards Ed, holding a ukulele, says “we’re…
Main Set: Of The Girl, Footsteps, Sleeping By Myself, Retrograde, Last Exit, Life Wasted, Dissident, Who Ever Said/((I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction), I Am Mine, Corduroy, Glorified G, Once, Even Flow, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sad, Dance Of The Clairvoyants, Go
encore 1: State Of Love And Trust, Breath, Black/(We Belong Together), Alive, Yellow Ledbetter
Bathed in blue light, the third show in three nights (the first time that’s been done since 2006) starts off with a soaring Of the Girl. Footsteps gets a huge crowd reaction, and afterwards Ed, holding a ukulele, says “we’re gonna play a few more in first gear, then we’re gonna ramp it up,” adding
“I wanted to honor the history of music here in St. Louis, sometimes overshadowed by what came out of Chicago, but there’s a reason you’ve got a music note on your hockey jersey,”
pointing up to the retired jerseys in the rafters. He continues, talking about how the ukulele is a “gateway instrument” for musicians who are just starting out, pointing out some kids up front. He goes on to say that it’s his wedding anniversary while idly strumming the ukulele, which isn’t making any sound, saying all of PJ is lucky to be married to “badass women.” He mentions that his ukulele isn’t cheap, it was made in Hawaii out of rare wood “which you can’t even take out of the country,” and finally acknowledges the lack of sound coming through, to which he exclaims “goddamnit” and SMASHES the little ukulele on the front monitor, reducing it to splinters. Was it a setup? Maybe. Another (plugged in) ukulele is brought out for Sleeping By Myself quickly. Retrograde is the kick-the-stools-over song tonight, and Matt absolutely destroys the outro, creating a thunderous cacophony that ramps up the energy, the entire band is surging. Mike seemingly becomes possessed during the Life Wasted solo, feeding off the energy in the building and falls over on the monitor, finishing the searing solo practically prone and extending the guitar head out to the fans on the rail afterwards. Dissident becomes a huge singalong, and Who Ever Said gets yet another runout, 8 shows in a row now. Corduroy is fantastic, taking all the energy in the building and giving it an outlet. Small Town is played to the back, possibly the first time that’s ever been done in a main set. Sad is dedicated to Debbie, Ed says “we’re thinking about you.” A raucous Go ends the set, and Ed drops the mic afterwards with a loud thud. After State, Ed gives Josh a shoutout and says that he pointed out backstage that today was the 30th anniversary of Singles (the movie premiere, not the soundtrack) and they go right into Breath. The Black solo is powerful and emotional, Mike at his best. After the closing bow, Ed pats his heart a few times before leaving the stage.