, attached to 2004-06-21

Review by Wazoo

Wazoo This was more of an event than a show, but it was interesting nonetheless. After destroying SPAC two-nights in a row, the boys were doing Letterman and decided to play a mini-set on the marquee; one would guess as a thank you to the NYC fans that could not otherwise get tickets or time off to see final shows.

It was interesting to hear the same song twice in a row, and the versions of SASS actually had different feels. The first had a sense of urgency and the second version had more emotion to it. I thought that first was a sound check which needed to be complete in time for the “taped live” cameras to roll for Late Night, but I guess it was the one that got aired, and they just did two versions and picked the one they liked best.

With their official Letterman work done, they went into 5-song “radio friendly” tour of some classics – I would have preferred one or two songs 2-4 times as long, but I think the idea was cool – one more for the road. The most interesting thing about this show – and it does not come through on the tape – is the Wilson chant. As this was in front of the theatre, fans were up and down both sides of the street for a few blocks, and numerous office workers were staring out the window and passersbys were trying not to stare. When all of the people started chanting Wilson – echoing off the concrete canyons – I wonder what they thought – what could Wilson possibly mean?

Listening again, Tweezer was pretty interesting, and with the reprise, it was not a bad way to go out for what I thought would be my last show.


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