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Moore Theater, Seattle

27 July 2004 2,406 views No Comment

Set List: (Not Confirmed)
Trouble* / Sake Of The World* / Ode To A Butterfly# / Windmills* / Son Of Sam [Elliot Smith cover] / Reasons Why# / Somewhere Out There* / Smoothie Song# / All I Want^ / Anthony# / Going To California / Hickory Wind [Byrds cover, featuring Pete Droge] / Electric Green [featuring Pete Droge] / Caleb Meyer [Gillian Welch cover] / Dam Would Break^ / La Lune* / This Side# / Taxman [Beatles cover] / Comes A Time* / The Fox# / ENCORE: Francesca* / Gallows Pole
* Mutual Admiration Society song # Nickel Creek song ^ Toad The Wet Sprocket/Glen Phillips song
Thanks Scott Swanson

This From Michael Wagner
My wife (who despises the naughty devils known as Led Zeppelin) and I went to see MAS Tuesday night. Not knowing what to expect or having much knowledge of Nickel Creek or TTWS, we were pleasantly impressed with the musicianship of all on stage. 

We arrived around 7:15 to find the main floor of the Moore Theatre filling up quickly. We grabbed seats about 40 feet from the stage and waited. We had no idea who the opening act was or what to expect from MAS. I knew Nickel Creek was good and JPJ……well, yeah! There was low volume pre-concert music playing and the crowd was eager, yet pretty laid back. A few people (not many) had their Led Zeppelin shirts on. It was 85-90 degrees outside so many were in shorts and T-shirts.

The show started at 8:10 PM with no opening act. The band strolled on stage in a very casual manner – no fancy intro or pretentious attitudes. JPJ quickly positioned himself in the background. The band opened with a slow catchy number. Pretty mellow but nice. JPJ was dressed in black jeans and a purple short sleeved shirt. His hair was short and he looked very very healthy…unlike a couple other non-active ex-bandmates….I don’t know the songs they played, but it began to pickup. The fiddles, mandolins, acoustic guitars, violin, bass and drums were very exciting and fresh. There was much jamming in a folksy bluegrass type of music-no electric guitars! There was several times where JPJ injected bass solos…it appeared he felt obligated at times to give the fans what they really wanted to see.

His bandmates knew the crowd was drawn to him. He, however, was quite unselfish and seemed shy as content to “promote” the other members on stage and he did. MAS played two Zeppelin songs. The first was an instrumental of Going to California in which Jonesy, for the only time during the night, put down the bass for a mandolin. The crowd came to their feet and cheered very loud. He played the song center stage with one other member on acoustic guitar. You got the sense they were just saying “thanks” for all the years. The second Zep song was Gallows Pole. It was a rocker, but never really got going like the P/P versions. JPJ spoke to the crowd at one point and was cracking some jokes about his bandmates leaving their instruments n the floor while he was trying to play. My wife, much to her shock, was amazed about what a fine musician JPJ is and how he cute he was! She was also amazed about how well he can play! The band played about an hour and a half plus, including two encores. They also played a version of the Beatles “Tax Man” which for me was their most rocking song. We left and my wife asked me to put a photo of JPJ on out screensaver!!!

This from Isham Kimbell
My wife and I were able to catch the 7/27 show of Mutual Admiration Society- with JPJ playing bass. The set was quite eclectic and entertaining, with loads of talent in each musician. The Toad the Wet Sprocket singer, Glenn Phillips, is wonderful and worked well with the style of music (a kind of pop/rock- blue grass). I’m not much of a fan of the style in general, but since the musicians are this good, and there were some nice “twists” to the traditional tunes, it really worked well. Nickel Creek brother and sister combo are truly talented folks.

Apparently, John and the drummer had to learn 25 songs in 4 days, as this was the 1st city on the tour, and there was very little time to prepare. The set was tight, with a few tech glitches, but overall refreshingly original. Gallows Pole and Going to California were the only Zep tunes played (no vocals on Cal.), and they came off well. Clearly, there were plenty of Zep fans present who howled every time JPJ was at the forefront.

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