- State Theater 12-31-98
- from Chris H.
The band hasn't looked this good since 1993. They were tight, and Pirner
The older songs were tremendous. Endless Farewell was not only a terrific
surprise, but Pirner played at least two trumpet solos as well. The best
thing about it was a very soulful and apologetic Pirner. The song comes
off rather flat on record, but this performance was outstanding.
Cartoon was great as always.
Never Really Been was also a great surprise. Incredibly slowed down,
probably two to three times as slow as the original on MTBB. And
naturally, the 1993
lyric was changed to 2003.
Plus, SA was very energetic in playing all your favs from the latest two
records. We 3, similar to Endless Farewell, was very heartfelt and
Keep It Up (forgive me) Rocked!
And Runaway Train was hilarious. It was done in a lounge/barroom
bluesy/rockabilly sort of style. Very Funny.
The Chaka Khan song was nice too.
Pirner apologized twice for the price of the tickets (around $100 for a
pair after Ticketbastard got through with you). The second time he did so,
he was standing atop his monitor and almost fell into the stage. It became
apparent at this point Dave was very drunk. (probably around the end of
the set - maybe after Never Really Been?) Anyway, I don't think Pirner
picked up his guitar after that - maybe for Bittersweatheart, but I think
it was likely he couldn't play a chord if he wanted to.
Anyway, a very good show all in all. Also, Pirner's parents and his
brother and sister were about three rows in front of me - His dad did not
look all that
amused or interested in the performance. Oh Well.
p.s. Karl was in a State Trooper/security guard uniform with a patch of
state of Texas on the shoulder. Very cool.
Another review of the 12/31/98 show, from Brian from the AOL
- Hi everyone,
- I just returned from the Soul Asylum show on NYE at the Historic State
Theatre in Minneapolis, and I must say that the boys have never looked
- I personally have never seen a band with more energy right from the
start of the show, and that includes the other seven times I've seen Soul
Asylum in the past.
- The Jayhawks took the stage around 8:00, and they were all decked out in
fancy clothes, including Kraig Johnson, whom I wasn't sure was going to be
there with them. Jessy Greene was also there, lending her amazing skill on
- the violin to the Jayhawks. The band was so well dressed that Gary even
said at one point what a great suit Kraig had on, and commented that he
- looked like Greg Brady, a valid comment, actually.
- As for them musically, I like the way Gary writes songs, and he is a
- great guitar player. But they just don't move around on stage ... I
- feel any particular attachment to them. Kraig shook his hips a bit, but
- was more subdued here than at the Golden Smog show. They played a pretty
- tight set, though, and were greeted warmly, if not over-enthusiastically
- Before the boys came on, a few strings of Christmas lights were hung up
- around the stage, and some glittery paper was put up. They even had a
- screen in the background, where some lights were flashed during the
- Soul Asylum, it was truly a visual spectacle.
- Soul Asylum hit the stage around 9:30. They weren't dressed up like the
- Jayhawks, but Dave had cut his hair from the last time I saw him. Jessy
- introduced the band, and they were off. The set list was as follows:
- "Just Like Anyone" - traditionally a closing song, so I didn't
- it, but it made a great opener. Dave was so full of energy you could see
- He spun around the stage like a madman; I've seen him fall over before,
- honestly thought it would happen again, but fortunately he kept his
- "I Will Still Be Laughing" - sounded as good as it always
does, and Dan
- has that bitchin guitar solo at the end.
- "No Time For Waiting" - this song never really appeals to me
- to say that I don't like it, but there are other things I'd rather hear
- (ie -"Creatures of Habit").
- "See You Later" - Dave's kazoo was noticeably absent here, but
I still love hearing this one live.
- "Black Gold" - until this point, the crowd was very sedate. We
all wanted to stand up, but since no one else did, we didn't really want
to start a trend.
- But here everyone got up, and most didn't sit again until the show was
over. I have more versions of this song than any other, but I always enjoy
- seeing them do it live.
- "Endless Farewell" - yes, you read that correctly. I can't
- think of any show in which the boys did this song ever, even when
- was out. Jessy came on stage with her violin, and Dave played the
- at the beginning. When the lyrics started, I couldn't believe it. Dave
- so torn walking around the stage singing this one, it almost made me
- "Cartoon" - seeing as I wasn't a) a fan when "Hang
Time" was released b)
- at the First Avenue shows in July or c) at any of the post-MB20 shows, I
- had never seen "Cartoon" done live. Sure, I've heard live
versions on tape,
- but I'm sure you all know it's just not the same. All I said before the
- show (and I'm sure the people I was with can back me up here) was that I
wanted to see them do "Cartoon." And it was probably the single
best concert moment
- of my life. Dave just picked up his guitar, and they broke into that
- oh-so-familiar opening chord. I thought the concert couldn't get any
- at this point ...
- "Cradle Chain" - my fave song from "Candy", I hadn't
heard them do it in
- a long time. It's always amazing live, and this was no exception. Dave
- even got the lyrics right this time.
- "Somebody to Shove" - but in a different way. Jessy came out
- played the intro on her violin, while Dave had his acoustic guitar.
- They played it like the Unplugged version ... until about half way
- the song, Dave switched to the electric, and they pumped it up like the
- regular version. Couldn't get any better than that ...
- "New York Blackout" - being from NY myself, I feel a small
- this song. I think I've only heard them play it in NY, so it was good to
- it somewhere else.
- "Blood Into Wine" - again, a song I don't particularly feel
- about, but it always sounds nice.
- "Misery" - like "Black Gold", this is a song I can
hear over and over
- again, and not get tired of it. Sounded especially good at this show.
- "Never Really Been" - a double treat for me. Another song I
- heard live until now, it was arranged completely differently. Dave
- have his guitar at all, and I didn't even recognize it until he started
- A great twist, but it's tough to describe unless you had been there
- one of the people I was with could help me out here).
- "Close" - always a live favorite, I've seen it done better
- But "Close" on an off-day is still unreal.
- "Bittersweetheart" - completely out of the blue, this is my
- song from "LYDLS" and it sounded great. It always makes me
wanna dance. I guess
- I was dancing. Anyway, it couldn't get any better than that ...
- "School's Out" - this song just plain rocks. And it was loud
- Enough said.
- "Candy From a Stranger" - watching Dave do his dance here is
- fun. A solid closer, like usual.
- "We 3" - yet another of the never-seen-before songs, needless
to say I was impressed. I did notice people kinda hugging and swaying
- one.Did I miss the part where this was a happy love song?
- "Keep it Up" - chaos reigned here. Dave gave Jessy his
electric guitar, and Kraig came back on stage. While Dave was still
setting Jessy up, Dan
- said, "Chop, chop over there. We have to get moving" (or
- that). Anyway, the song sounded great, Dan and Kraig were having fun,
- Kraig showing me once again why he is the funniest person I've ever seen
- stage. Dave tried to fix Jessy's guitar work, but I think he just
- screwing her up. In any case, it was a lot of fun. At the end, Dave
- gave Jessy a hug and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the O'Jeez!"
- "Runaway Train" - but again, like you've never seen it before.
- asked for people who could sing, which included himself, Jessy, Kraig
- They all gathered around one microphone stand, holding what looked like
- lyric sheet. Dave, still sans guitar, started singing, and I eventually
- caught on that it was "Runaway Train." It had a bouncy feel to
it; the lyric
- sheet had the first couple of words to every line. For example, everyone
- sing, "Call you up", and Dave would finish the line himself.
- Dave finishes again, etc. It all added up to a humorous effect, and
- one that I'm having a hard time describing. At one point Dave and Kraig
- dancing together, grabbing each other's asses and stuff like that. Those
- make a great pair.
- "Tell Me Something Good" - remember Chaka Khan? Dave obviously
- Another real dance number, this time with Kraig and his brother dancing
- together, and Dave kinda by himself. It was a real feelgood song, and a
great way to end a great show.
- Dave apologized a couple of times for the high ticket prices, which I
- thought was nice, because it meant the band knew and cared what the fans
- be there. At the end, Dave wished everyone a happy new year, hoping that
- they would have a better one than 1998.
- As for those people I keep mentioning I was with, I'd like to
- personalize this a bit. Tammy and Katie - I hardly saw you guys, but I'm
glad you were there. Courtney - great to see you again; it was as much fun
as I've ever had
- at a show. Sarah - nice to finally meet you after all this time. And a
- special thanks to Jennifer and Kevin, who really went out of their way
- and were incredibly hospitable during my short time in Minnesota.
- Wow, this is long. Even so, I'm sure I've forgotten things, so feel
- free anyone to jump right in and add your own thoughts. As for me, I've
- said more
- than enough.
City Pages 12/31/98
SOUL ASYLUM and JAYHAWKS
- by CP Staff
- Thu, Dec 31, 1998
- 8 p.m. State Theatre
- Why should anyone pay almost 50 bucks to see Soul
- Asylum and the Jayhawks? Sure, these guys are American
- music institutions, but half a C-note doesn't even
- cover lobby drinks or the cost of paying your date's
- way (which men and women should do from time to time,
- especially on New Year's Eve). In the gig's defense,
- the venue determines the price, and this is the New
- Year's Eve event for a swath of local rock fans--most
- of whom have no interest in the club scene and are
- happy to collect their clams and splurge. Plus,
- there's a distinct possibility that Golden Smog's new
- material (better than either band's latest platter)
- will get a good airing before the ol' Lang's sign
- lights up. $40/$35 plus Ticketmaster fees. 8 p.m.
- State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 989-5151.
past new year shows