What Time Is It?
Big Fat Funky Booty
Yo Mama’s A Pajama
Freeway Of The Plains >
Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong
Forty Or Fifty
Refrigerator Car >
Shinbone Alley* >
Jimmy Olsen’s Blues
More Than She Knows
Spanish Castle Magic
Two Princes >
Off My Line
* – with drums/bass/jam
Reviews (collected and provided by Sinko)
If you told me it was 1992 (instead of 2002), I would believe you, because the original Kryptonite 4 are back and sounding as good as ever.
I´ll let the tapers post the set list, but I can tell you the encore was: Spanish Castle Magic, and then Two Princes –> Off My Line. (I left as Off My Line was finishing up, so I´m assuming that´s the last song they played)
Spanish Castle rocked, and that was the special treat of the night for me, a nice rare cover song.
The rest of the set was all the stuff from PFOK and TIUD that they´ve currently been playing, and of course HOUSE, which is technically a released song from YGTBIS. So every song was a “released” song, even Spanish Castle, released on the Hendrix tribute.
But it all sounds great! I seem to remember Eric going OFF on several songs, especially a ripping solo on Funky Booty. It´s also cool to know that Freeway is always gonna segue in Kerosene these days. Aaron took an extended drum solo during Shinbone, and then Mark took his turn. With all the solos and jamming during Shinbone, there was no segue into Hard To Exist.
I bought a ticket at the door, so it wasn´t sold out, but it was a lively full crowd. There was even a “Two Princes” contingent!! First row in front of Chris was a group of 20-something looking people, who by the end of the show, especially during the encore, were yelling for Two Princes!
Chris handled it pretty well. At first, he was like “don´t worry, we´ll play all of your favorites”, but by the end of the show, it was SOOO obvious that Princes would be the encore, and this guy was still yelling for Princes, even putting a “Two” sign in the air, as if he was thinking the band would neglect to play it if he didn´t yell his request!! Finally, Chris was like “Two Princes? Could you hum a few bars, I´m not familiar with it”. That was funny.
The Wetlands show had some better fringe tunes, like At This Hour and Yo Baby, and I would have loved some fun extras like that for the Irving Plaza hometown show, but I can´t complain, the band sounds terrific.
A great show, and I hope the band continues to tour and stay together.
I was on line with Frank D´auria and Freddy (a few ol´ skool BT fans/´Gales gang)when Redbone approached with the news of Timmy Vega´s death. We were all quite saddened, such a young man was taken from us, so quickly….´why?´ is always the question we ask when we grieve. I had just lost a veryt close friend to AIDS earlier in the week, so the hurt that people who were close to Timmy are feeling (like Redbone, Gina, etc) is fresh in my mind. I only hung out with him a few times and will always remember his amazing art, I always thought of it as the official art of the new jam band age.
The Spin Doctors dedicated their set to him both before and after the gig. It was a great show. Tavia, Redbone, Fred, Frank and I danced like crazy. The place was about 3/4 full, so it was pleasantly comfortable. The Spins were always a great party band and they seem to have found their stride as they look to see if they can bury the past differences and get back to being a band. When I think of that we have lost (Bobby, Woody, Wetlands, ´Gales, possibly Mikey from WSP, etc etc etc) in the past few years in the jam band community the Spin Doctors are one of the last remaining, in tact, bands. I hope they find that this mini tour worked for them, they get back in the studio, right some new material and test drive it out on the road. Imagine this, next year @ Red Rocks, the Spins open for BT and we get a Spinning Traveler/Blues Doctor show! That would be great!! They were tight last night, played a great set, though it would be hard to top what they did 9/7/01 @ Wetlands.
The only complaint I have, is the complaint I have always had with the Spin Docs and that is Barron´s unwillingness to just chill out and let the other band membes shine during their solos. He seems addicted to having attention sometimes. When the band is jamming, instead of walking offstage for a bit, letting them air it out and soak up the energy he climbs atop the stacks of speakers and sits and watches, alomost asking everyone, ´Hey, look @ me!´ Or when Eric is wailing in the guitar, he´ll do something to distract attention away from the solo, jump around like a freak, etc. I think his stage presence is great @ other times, when he is singing, the way he plays with the crowd, but, please put the ego in check and let the other guys shine in the spotlight. Maybe the band is used to it. It always drove me bananas.They were throwing some heavy jamming @ us last night, some of it was evil man, great shit!!
I think that they looked VERY happy last night, they were hugging like crazy and wore smiles a mile wide. I think that this reunion may work and hopefully you´ll find them in a town near you soon! (…)
The crowd was so enthusiastic, very appreciative, incredibly happy that these guys have decided to make a go of it. Let´s hope it works!
I never thought I´d get to see the Spins and after all this time. Thanks to Mark for shaking hands and giving out M&M´s. Thanks to Chris to singing his ass off and coming out and sitting down after the show. Thanks to Aaron for smacking the skins so hard I was waiting for his arms to fall off. And thanks to Eric for coming back and blowing my mind with the guitar playing I always wanted to hear live. I can´t say enough good stuff. Irving was packed and that made me really happy! I hope they will continue later in the year, because I´d see them every week if I could. House and Hungry Hamed´s and Off My line smoked!!!!!!!! The jams were awesome. And that “´68 skinny white boy neck” can still rock it! And definitely if you guys come back around, change up that setlist. Next time, Laraby´s Gang and You Let Your Heart!!!!!!
After weighing in the other day to suggest it might be better if the Spins worked in some non-album material, it´s only fair to note that, at Irving Plaza, they didn´t, and that it was STILL one of the best shows ever. Other than Spanish Castle Magic in the encore, there was nothing that they didn´t play at the Wetlands last year, but it was a completely different show. They were tight as ever, and Schenkman was off the hook. Now I remember why I used to think he was the best guitarist ever. Like everyone else, I´d love to see them play some more, but if not, I want to thank them for one of the all-time great shows (even if you didn´t really remember me, Chris. Hope you like the disc anyway).
Well we had a great time on stage.For me it was like mondo perso all over again, only not as long. I wish we could go back to playing three sets. But anyway. Thanks to everybody for coming down and to all the tapers who taped the show. Also please say a little prayer for the friends and family of TIM VEGA. Rest in peace and god bless you –
Mark, Chris, Arron and Eric
Review by SPinsterlady (on the old “spinsmb” board): “i was at irving plaza (which had filled up nicely by the time they took the stage) last night and these guys were definitely having a great time! the vibe was so good – looks like everyone, including the band, is happy to have them back. chris has the most eclectic way of moving – i think his body just goes along with the poetry in his head! mark & eric were, of course, incredible, but aaron was by far the sexiest guy on stage – primal rhythm and the best hair!! ;-)”