Keller Williams has established himself as a dynamic solo performer, but some of my favorite K-Dubs performances have come when he plays in a band with the String Cheese Incident. Therefore I was pretty excited to hear that Keller was putting a band together for a few gigs this summer called the WMDs. Williams rounded up some of his favorite musicians for his new band, including former ARU drummer Jeff Sipe, SCI bassist Keith Moseley, and guitarist Gibb Droll. The WMDs played one of their first gigs on Friday in Richmond, and a taper has kindly uploaded the show to the Live Music Archive.
Upon first listen I really like the arrangements of classic Keller tunes like Best Feeling and Play This. The band sounds tight, and Keller is clearly getting off on playing with some of his favorite musicians. It wouldn’t be a Keller Williams show without a shit-ton of covers, and the WMDs don’t disappoint, offering up tasty versions of Bird Song and Burning Down the House. The quality of the recording is terrific, so check it out for yourself and go see the WMDs this summer.
Pearl Jam started their European summer tour on Friday night in Portugal. The next night they were one of the headliners at the Festimad Sur in Madrid. The Madrid show was broadcast on the radio and uploaded to the major torrent sites soon afterwards. Even though the band hadn’t played together in a while, they sound tight as fuck. The setlist is extremely varied, covering material from throughout the band’s epic career. Since this was a festival show the band played a shortened set, yet they still managed to play seven songs during the two encores. Even Ween doesn’t play that many songs.
My favorite part of the show, outside of the Spanish announcers that introduce every song to the radio audience, is the second encore. The boys come out with Black from their debut album, and follow it up with I Believe In Miracles, Baba O’Riley and Yellow Ledbetter. Yellow Ledbetter now will always bring a smile to my face, thinking about the lyrics “potato waves make me fries.” Sadly Pearl Jam is only playing one gig in America this summer, when they headline Lollapalooza in August. It’s a shame, as these guys are clearly riding a peak with their live shows.
While we were searching all of the torrent sites for audio of Genesis’s opening show, we came across an interesting track from Sunday’s rehearsal. An intrepid taper setup his rig outside of the stadium and made a pretty good recording of the band playing the In The Cage medley. You can tell that Genesis spent months holed up perfecting this material before offering it up to the public. Perhaps The Police can learn a lesson or two about getting your band’s shit together from Phil, Mike and Tony. This track has whet our appetite, but we are ready to hear the whole show. Again, if anyone comes across audio from the tour please leave a comment or send us an e-mail.
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