Thursday, June 26, 2008

St Louis setlist

Fox Theatre, St Louis, Mo.
June 26, 2008


Lucinda/Ain't Goin Down to the Well
Way Down In The Hole
Falling Down
Black Market Baby
All The World Is Green
Heigh Ho
Get Behind The Mule
Day After Tomorrow
Cemetery Polka
Hang Down Your Head
A Little Rain (???)
Lucky Day
Johnsburg, IL
Lost In The Harbour
Make It Rain
Lie To Me
On The Other Side Of The World
Singapore
Dirt In The Ground
What's He Building?
16 Shells
Rain Dogs

Goin' Out West
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Innocent When You Dream


REVIEWS:

30 comments:

Nigel Smith said...

These set lists are getting better and better! Roll on Paris.

Julian said...

I hope he keeps playing Way Down In The Hole and Singapore through Europe. Roll on San Sebastian and Dublin.

henryporter said...

Shouldn't that be 'Heigh Ho'? Excellent setlist and no complaints about the venue, things are getting better and better.

Bone Machine said...

Excellent show. The shirts are pretty cool, too.

John said...

wow, that's the best setlist yet.
if this trend continues, i'll be a very happy man in atlanta.

Peoria Johnson said...

Great set list and theater and it would have been worth the ticket price to hear "Heigh Ho" alone, but the show was marred by sound system problems that even Waits commented about - TWICE. And was it my imagination or did the band have a little trouble keeping up?

StewBum said...

Are you sure he did "A Little Rain?" I don't remember that one, otherwise my setlist agrees....

Nick said...

I don't remember hearing A Little Rain, either.

The Eyeball Kid said...

I corrected the 'Hi ho'.
I wasn't at the shwo, so I'm not sure about "A little rain" - That's for you all to decide...

StewBum said...

The Post Dispatch review's setlist doesn't have 'A Little Rain'....

Tommy said...

Shirts - do you mean what Tom was wearing or are there actual souvenirs on sale with this tour? There was nothing on the last swing thru Atlanta, so I was sort of hoping to have a memento, aside from the great memories - I mean, since this concert has no ticket stubs to offer ;-)

Shirts? That'd be cool.

John Prine sold $5 John Prine flyswatters at his show here recently. That seems very Waitsian.

Charlie said...

Oh I really hope he plays Johnsburg, IL in Columbus. I absolutely love that song.

Peoria Johnson said...

There were three styles of t-shirts for sale in the theater based on Wait's oil spot photos. Each design was printed on a white, black or grey shirt although some of the sizes and colors were sold out. In very small print on the back is the name of the photo the design came from. Spot number one sort of looks like a man, spot number two sort of looks like a tree, and spot number three looks like an insect or a more classic (if there is such a thing) oil drip. A great item for messy people. No worries about spilling. And a cool concert memento - all for $20!

kmartini said...

That is one of the best set lists I've seen...but I still don't think it beats night #1 in Phoenix. I hope since he started with the best it means he will match it by ending (in the U.S.) with the best in Atlanta! Still can't believe I bought great seats for Atlanta just a week ago when both Phoenix shows sold out instantly.

Tommy said...

The Atlanta show is supposedly sold out. I snagged a front row ticket for ATL the minute they went on sale (the good part about my wife not being a TW fan - by going solo, I scored a killer seat).

Yes, I hope Atlanta will culminate all the best from previous setlists. Of course, one man's "Goin' Out West" is another man's "Down in the Hole", so the set list thing with Tom is rather subjective.

My only hope is that he doesn't repeat too many tunes from his last swing thru ATL. I'm holding out for "TT's Blues", "Come on Up to the House, "Innocent When you Dream", and "Invitation to the Blues" - any of those would create a state of Waitsian bliss.

J. Shea Stanley said...

Got to agree with everyone else. AMAZING concert. Great venue. The t-shirts are indeed very very cool.

I thought the band was better than the Orphans tour line-up. Much tighter, and a little better able to cover the catalogue stylistically. The addition of the saxophone/woodwinds was great! There were a couple of songs he played that he did at the Ryman in 2006, but honestly, they were songs you certainly don't mind hearing him perform again.

ldnearthesea said...

The St. Louis show was great, and though I would have liked for him to play "Invitation to The Blues" or another tune from the 70's, I really got a kick seeing him perform "Lie To Me" and "Make It Rain." Henry and Torrez are great performers, and I would have liked to have heard more of Young, who has a lot of talent too (but then again, that would have had to encompass Waits playing one of his old beatnik spoken word gems).
A highlight for me was "Day After Tomorrow." The crowd was silently hanging on each lyric sung, and Waits really put his heart into it.
I didn't think the acoustics were bad at all, and I do remember Waits making a comment about some strange noises: I thought they were part of the act! Did anyone get good photos from near the stage, and of the inside of the theatre or lobby? Was that photo from the St. Louis dispatch taken at the concert or a previous one?
By the way, an excellent buffet!
I had the pre-concert dinner at the theatre. Kudos to Fox Theatre, and I have to say there's not many buildlings like that around anywhere: simply fantastic!

Travis said...

Did anyone else at the St. Louis show notice the pair of congas stage right (audience member's left)? They weren't used the entire night, but before Tom got on the piano for 'Hang Down Your Head' a kid came out looked around confusedly, and then headed back off stage. My guess is that this was Sullivan Waits who must have misread some kind of stage cue. :)

FANTASTIC SHOW. I'll be riding this high for a long time...

Travis said...

Hi ldnearthesea: The photo in the Post Dispatch article was from another concert; Tom wasn't wearing that shirt. And 'Day After Tomorrow' was probably the highlight of the show for me, too. I was telling a friend of mine tonight how close to tears I was when he was playing. There were moments in the song when you could have heard a pin drop.

I took some photos (though they're definitely not professional quality) if anyone is interested. Email me.

Peter And said...

If my counting is right Tom has so far played about 50 different songs, and only Lucinda and Way Down in the Hole have made it all the way through. And who knows: He might throw in som other ones on his way to Europe, Milano (and me).

It's great that you never quite know what to expect, and you definetely can't accuse him of flattering.

I mean: I saw Stones twice within a year, and more than half the songs were changed. But they still play Satifaction every fuckin' time.

So far Tom has played quite a lot of songs from Rain Dogs, which probably is his most commercial album, but not never the "hits": Jersey Girl, Downtown Train or Jockey Full of bourbon.

When I saw Tom in Copenhagen in 1985, midway he was sitting by the piano and said: Now I'm gonnna sing a song about a girl. Someone shouted: "Jersey Girl!" (Rain Dogs had just come out, and Springsteen was BIG, doing his version at every show). But Tom just answered: "Yea, but before she moved to Jersey she lived in Alabama". And he didn't play it that evening.

That's class. And now he's started playing On the Other Side of the World, he might as well continue. It's a beautiful little song that I'd almost forgotten.

Peter And said...

Before I'm attacked: Of course Jersey Girl isn't from Rain Dogs, it was a slip...

Conrad said...

The congas on stage are for "Hoist that Rag," and, yes indeed, an earnest-looking younger guy comes out to play them when that song comes up. Waits did that song in Tulsa, but to my great disappointment, he never touched the megaphone that was tantalizingly close to him throughout the entire show. I was really hoping that he'd do "Chocolate Jesus," but it was not to be.

ldnearthesea said...

Tom did use the megaphone briefly on "Falling Down" I believe. It was during the third song if I'm not mistaken. He sang a few verses, then it was either the sax or guitar players part; he bent down and picked up the megaphone with his right hand, slowly uprighted himself, and started to sing through it. The crowd went a bit nuts, and from the second to the last row in orchestra, under the middle balcony, I could see this big smile on his face as he hoisted the megaphone to his mouth.

K. said...

well lucky for me i blew 4 front row tickets... somehow i thought the show was the 28th... what the hell. so i went down there tonight to find only a wedding reception and then get locked in at the will-call ticket booth for a good 20 minutes. i don't know how i did this, and now seeing the set list i'm even madder. i'll just have to wait till next time and probably go to chicago.

willytribs said...

The show was great, my first. I was in row number eight, couldn't have been happier. The megaphone came out during Heigh Ho, I believe. Falling Down was blissful, 16 Shells amazing, Heigh Ho for that matter was great.

Laura del Mar said...

k., if you're crazy enough, check ticketmaster for the atlanta show... i found good tickets...

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Leo said...

I haven't seen any mention of the song Russian Dance being performed in St. Louis. Half way through Raindogs they switched to Russian Dance for a while and then back to Raindogs to finish off. Maybe the setlist should say Raindogs/Russian Dance. Either way, best show I've ever seen.

Bob Fahey said...

Definitely didn't do "A Little Rain." After "Hang Down Your Head," he made a joke about the theater in Tulsa being haunted Enrico Caruso [Italian opera singer, 1873-1921], and then did "Lucky Day."
Definitely didn't touch the congas, and "Hoist That Rag" sure would have been fun.
Definitely did use the megaphone on one tune.
I'm 45 and I was an oooollld man at this show. It was mostly a 20-something crowd. When I saw him in 1999, they were learning long division. I guess most of us "older" folks stopped going to live shows.
URL for the Post-Dispatch "review" is http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/reviews.nsf/concert/story/ECA87A3150AE6E48862574750051C093?OpenDocument

Bob Fahey said...

Hey, it turns out Tom didn't make up the Enrico Caruso thing out of thin air. Caruso did play Tulsa's Brady Theater and is reputed to haunt it. Details in the Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_Theater