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Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)

10 July 2005 2,195 views No Comment

Intro Music – Shine It All Around ReMix/No Quarter/Shine It All Around/Black Dog/That’s The Way/Takamba/Four Sticks/Darkness Darkness/Hey Hey What Can I Do/Tin Pan Valley/Mighty Rearranger/Gallows Pole/When the Levee Breaks
Encore: Enchanter/Whole Lotta Love

This from Chris
I was lucky enough to nab a 6th Row, Center Aisle seat for the Sunday evening show at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. This is a beautiful old downtown theater with domed ceilings, all carved, painted and gilded. I was told the capacity was 3600 and it appeared to be a full house.

We were treated to an opening blue/funk trio whose name I did not hear. The drummer and five-string bassist worked well together and the leadman had guitaring, vocal phrasing, and extremely interesting song arrangements that far exceeded his technical vocal ability. I very much enjoyed the brief gig.

The whole house stood up and got loud as soon as the lights went back down, and we stayed on our feet for the entire show. The crowd stayed intensely involved, applauding wildly for the songs they knew (regardless of the degree of rearrangement) and still applauding loudly for the ones they did not know as well. I believe it was at least three separate times that Robert commented about how great the crowd was and how much he appreciated the energy and interaction. And, I think we did a great job with our opportunities to add vocals!! At one point, Robert led an ad-lib call-and-response during the intro to a song. The first two were fairly simple, then the third was a very difficult, multi-note wail that the crowd botched so badly (expectedly) that Robert had a great laugh and said “Maybe someday!”.

For me, there were a few key differences going into this show as compared to the Biloxi show I saw in March. I had a much better seat, I was familiar with Mighty Rearranger, and I was familiar with the newly evolved arrangements of such songs and No Quarter, Black Dog, Levee, etc. However, even taking these factors into consideration, I think this night blew away the night in Biloxi.

The new arrangement of Gallows Pole is interesting but I think it loses some of the sensation of urgency and despair that the song needs to create for the listener. My highlights for the night were No Quarter, Takamba, Tin Pan Valley, Enchanter, Levee, Black Dog, and That’s The Way (which is I song I’ve always loved). A great night that I would love to travel back in time and hear again.

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