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Roxy Theater, LA

31 July 2004 2,299 views No Comment

Set List: (Not Confirmed)
Sake Of The World* / Caleb Meyer / Windmills* / Smoothie Song# / Son Of Sam / La Lune* / Somewhere Out There* / This Side# / All I Want^ / Anthony# / Going To California / True^ / I Believe She’s Lying [Jon Brion cover] / Nowhere# / Trouble* / Ode To A Butterfly# / Dam Would Break^ / Reasons Why# / Taxman / Comes A Time* / Think About Your Troubles / The Fox# / ENCORE 1: She [Graham Parsons cover] / Gallows Pole / ENCORE 2: You Don’t Have To Move That Mountain#
Note: with Jon Brion on guitar for 2nd half of show
KEY: * Mutual Admiration Society song # Nickel Creek song ^ Toad The Wet Sprocket/Glen Phillips song
Thanks Scott Swanson

This from Erik Hemp 
Just got back from a long weekend in LA, and saw an inspiring show from Mutual Admiration Society, featuring John Paul Jones of course (and the reason I went). To prepare myself, I bought the MAS CD, it’s pretty good. I figured the musicians who made up MAS had to be good for Jonesy to agree to go out with them.

Well, it’s Saturday night, and our group pull up to the Roxy, where MAS and Jonesy will play tonight. Some Zep history here: the 1976 LA movie premiere of “The Song Remains The Same” was at the Roxy, along with many band photos outside the Roxy for this premiere. And looking at the building immediately to the left, is the legendary Rainbow Room, home of great Zep hijinks over the years. To the right, a few buildings down, the venue of Zep’s first LA shows as a band: the Whiskey a Go Go. And my immediate thought is how funny it must be for Jonesy to play here, sort of a “come full circle” feeling.

Our fellow Zep fans in Portland and Seattle did a nice job reporting the concert. Very much the same for this show, although a local guitarist and friend of the band, John Brian (I think), got up and played with them. He was very good. And the band played for close to two hours.

Jonesy was really enjoying himself, quite content to play bass (which he did most of the night) in the background with drummer Pete Thomas. Jonesy was smiling all night, and looked like he was having fun playing with this fine group of young musicians. He had some funny comments: One of the guitar players (Chris, I think), was having problems with his guitar sound, and announced he is quitting, to which Jonesy retorted, “Do we have a guitarist in the house?”. Another funny moment was when Jonesy was introducing “Going To California”. He had a little speech prepared, but the mike was to high for him. He was straining his neck speaking into the microphone, and said he “needed a box or something”. Being only 20 feet away in this intimate theater (holds 350-400 people), I called out, “lower the mike Jonesy”. He laughed at me and said, “I’m acting like I’ve never done this before!.” Sorry Jonesy, I was excited to see you again and had to help out! Interesting introduction to Going to California: something to the effect that “we used to play an acoustic set in front of large audiences, and they didn’t get it to keep quiet to hear the instruments (maybe all those firecrackers thrown onstage at the Forum, a few miles down the freeway where Zep excelled year after year). That followed with some incredible mandolin playing by JPJ!

The other Zep song was Gallows Pole, in the encore. Overall an inspiring show (especially compared to seeing Clapton at the Hollywood Bowl last night), and well worth the low cost for a ticket to see MAS. I encourage those lucky folks who have MAS coming to your town to get up and go see them. A very satisfying musical evening awaits.

Other Links: – Video Footage of “Gallows Pole”

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