Ameristar Casino-Star Pavillion
8:00pm Central SOLD OUT
Seating capacity: 1500
No Opening Act! (according to the venue)
Kansas City (I), 26 April 2007 set list:
Gonna Move The gang’s all here, except the set lister, who waited until the last moment to sit down in front of the computer…
Give Me Tonight Brian G rocks the sax, funk line, Taylor big and brassy and bold, a veritable hair color TV spot…
Hell of a Day Taylor is in fine voice, an easy go of this song, a little Josh and Loren instrumental movement towards the tag chords, can feel it coming, wait for it… jam: Another Brick in the Wall, Part II (Pink Floyd), tag: Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson), Josh wails after the tag, Taylor wailing more of the Pink Floyd chorus, wailing from the fangirls, the wailing wall, back to HOAD.
Dream Myself Awake Taylor Hicks sings a song, with a band backing him up, in Kansas City. Missouri. The United States. The World. The Universe.
The Deal Gentle yet urgent tonight. Good stuff. Brian G brings the sweet stuff. But why does the deal have to be made so freaking quickly? Can we make another lunch date? I’ll have my people call your people.
My Friend Honky tonk fusion. Like that strange red snapper dish you once ordered that came with kiwi salsa. Tasty. Fast, fun, freaky, oh and some harmonica action, wobble wobble blow blow honk honk shoota shoota blow…
Somehow A bit more restrained beat, Taylor has turned his volume control up to 11, and Brian G comes in scratchy and itchy, this sweet angsty song has become an “I’m Every Woman” power ballad. Except not disco, and not a woman.
Soul Thing Grindy, razzy, fast, and hot. “Yea Yea” call and response as Josh works it hard, excellent Loren jam, the endless Dave Matthews vibe, new tag: Eastbound and Down (Jerry Reed)
Just to Feel That Way A nice vibe tonight, slower, deeper, we can rebuild him…nice vocal work, something different and stronger tonight. It’s the bionic song.
Medicated Goo (Traffic) Kids, keep your hands inside the car. Damn I love this, I love Josh and his freaky talent, I love Brian G’s big syncopated blows in the background, I love the jam jam jam, tag: Harlem/Cold Baloney (Bill Withers), possible tag: While You See a Chance (Steve Winwood), yikes, a veritable Spring Break of Drunken Happiness.
Heaven Knows Starts off with a riffy take on: tag: What’d I Say (Ray Charles), crazy good, long “come home,” drifty, dreamy vocals, extending the lines, playing with this in a new way, possible tag: Ain’t That Peculiar (Marvin Gaye), scatty line now, back to full power, direct, yet funky Brian G blow and Boogie ba-dunka segue into…
The Maze Scat, funk, ka-chunk. possible extended tag: Rough God Goes Riding (Van Morrison), tag: You Don’t Know Like I Know (Sam And Dave)
The Right Place The set lister gets lost in the endless tags that must be recorded, some guy sings quite affectingly in the background…
The Runaround Starts hot and humid, [lost sound], back in to the vocal step chord descent on “Aced” and Loren does some boogie woogie keyboards in the background, Brian G contributes a lot of CO2 to the atmosphere, tag: Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed) with harmonica intro tease, tag: Goin’ Up the Country (Canned Heat), lots of hot harp, tag: Willie Brown Blues (Ry Cooder/Joe Seneca), new tag: Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison), Josh comes in to make his burnt offering to the gods, harmonica is flying high, Loren again with the boogie woogie, fast furious frankly amazing, big blues jamband ending. Adrenalin rush, big time.
[Stool report, not a medical condition, somewhere to sit]
The Fall Taylor and guitar and stool, soft and sweet, he dials it back, so good. Second chorus high and plaintive, a lovely little ditty.
Take Me to the Pilot (Elton John) New cover for the tour.
da Capo Set List
04/27/07 Ameristar Casino, Kansas City, MO
tag: Eastbound and Down (Jerry Reed)
Give Me Tonight
Hell of a Day
jam: Another Brick in the Wall, Part II (Pink Floyd)
Heart and Soul
tag: Can’t Trust Your Neighbor (Johnnie Taylor)
segue: Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry)
Compared to What
Just to Feel That Way
Hold on to Your Love
tag: Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte)
tag: Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison)
Medicated Goo (Traffic)
tag: What’d I Say (Ray Charles) call and response
tag: Ain’t That Peculiar (Marvin Gaye)
tag: You Don’t Know Like I Know (Sam and Dave)
[lost sound, need update from on-site person]
The Right Place (we missed it, but it was there)
tag: Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison), same as above but this time with harmonica
Encore: a stool is produced for His Highness
Take Me to the Pilot (Elton John)
Two days in one spot must feel good now and again. There are 3 things that visitors need to know about Kansas City: jazz,blues and BBQ.
Here’s some choices for the first two:
For barbeque, you might as well start with Arthur Bryant’s. You can get it at the venue, but, if you have time, head to the original on Brooklyn Avenue.
“….the single best restaurant in the world is Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque at 18th & Brooklyn in Kansas City – Calvin Trillin, Playboy Magazine.