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10. 12/29/2017 DENVER 1ST BANK CENTER
9. 3/3/2018 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OBH4 NIGHT II
8. 5/28-29/2016 RED ROCKS (RR2016)
7. 11/11-12/2005 FILLMORE SAN FRANCISCO (OKONOKOS SHOWS)
6. 12/31/2006 FILLMORE SAN FRANCISCO
5. 6/12/2004 BONNAROO 2004 MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE
4. 12/27-29/2012 CAPITOL THEATER, PORT CHESTER NEW YORK
by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
3. BONNAROO 2008 (6/13/2008) MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE @ BONNAROO FESTIVAL
My Morning Jacket....June 2008....an air of funky ignition, a vibe of invincibility....Evil Urges was just released on June 10th and the initial response saw the band ascend to the level of "Saturday Night Live" guests, selling out Radio City Music Hall in 20 minutes, taking over Madison Square Garden for New Year's Eve 2008 (an ambitious plan for a band's MSG debut), playing 2 hours & 40 minutes or more at every stop on the Evil Urges tour, and they were about to capture the hearts of the cult following they'd been amassing since 1999:
After a few tough lineup changes, spots opening for Neil Young, Wilco, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam, releasing five studio albums as well as a critically acclaimed, highly influential live album / DVD, and a total of 9 touring years (clocking countless miles on the road or hours on stage), My Morning Jacket were about to invent a new musical world where indie rock and the Grateful Dead converge over the course of 3 hours and 45 minutes.
There was much hype leading up to the show as the band hadn't appeared at the previous year's event, but their reputations stood proud among the live music-loving community:
My Morning Jacket slaughtered the crowd over 3 hours of molten lava in 2006, tore the house down in 2005 with a slew of new songs and tall puppets from Louisville's Squallis Puppeteers (a legendary Jacket collaborator during such East Coast-based events) and in 2004, this group made their names during the festival's fiery, torrential rock and roll baptism...coupled alongside their immense reputation for face-meltage, the band also released an album containing such polarizing tracks as "Highly Suspicious", "Librarian" and "Sec Walkin"...
Indeed, no small amount of pressure greeted My Morning Jacket's arrival to Bonnaroo 2008.
Whether Jim James, Patrick Hallahan, Bo Koster, Carl Broemel or Tom Blankenship were aware of the expectations, they didn't seem to give a shit, huddling up in game-face fervor, taking the stage in righteous rock and roll indignation.
The Jacket were there to conquer.
Opening with "Evil Urges" (heads bobbed in concentration during the phaser-drenched opening riff) straight into "Off The Record", the customary 2008 choice and legendary two-fer of the era, My Morning Jacket displayed the psychedelic eclecticism within their devout rock and roll show, piloting straight into the Who-ish tremens of "Gideon" a triumvirate of such power the crowd could be taken down any path from this point forth, willing to hang on for the rest of the ride.
So, setting the table with some comfort food, MMJ immediately gave the fans a taste of Evil Urges' eclectic exotica, new tracks "Highly Suspicious", "I'm Amazed", "Thank You Too!", "Touch Me Pt. I", "Sec Walkin" and "Two Halves" smattered in the first chunk of the set amongst "What A Wonderful Man", "Golden" and "Lay Low"....the Evil Urges songs receiving a mixed to warm response while the staying power of the final trio was already firmly established after three or four years.
This show bore witness to a 5 star rendition of "Golden" paired together with a 10/10 "Sec Walkin", full of gorgeous blue eyed dream vocals by Carl & Bo...the previous, traditional leanings of "Golden" and the mixed-flavor soul within the country of "Sec Walkin"'s urban sprawl gelling beautifully.
Juicing proceedings up a notch, Jim and Carl turned in another scorching version of "Lay Low", the guitars burning the midnight oil with precision, divine execution and savage frenzy.
But no matter what was expected, this was a night the band wanted to celebrate, blowing out new covers like Sly & The Family Stone's classic "Hot Fun In The Summertime" (Tom on backing vocals) and Funkadelic's "Hit It & Quit It" (coming right after "Lay Low"); The Jacket grooved on the two seminal funk acts' songs and hit the absolute apex when Carl hit the wah wah pedal on and shredded some absolutely righteous licks to open the song.
Then Jim joined him on the riff, doubling Eddie Hazel's blistering original guitar with absolute Sabbath-ian heaviness. Jim's tone was tight and reverb-heavy, the singer / guitarist ripping out the sick riff on his rarely played Fender Stratocaster, perfectly combining with Carl's nasty, lowdown and dirty barbecue sauce on the wah-wah, a Jacket rarity in the first place.
Their long-time favorite cover of Erykah Badu's "Tyrone" came out as well, but as the first notes began with Tom & Patrick's R&B groove, the infamous rain of rock and roll baptism returned from 2004 and began to fall. As the rain finally began to fall upon the unsuspecting crowd, Jim shouted "Rain! Let it rain! Feels fuckin awesome! It's Return to Thunderdome Part II!"
BLACK LIVES MATTER
By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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