07/24/08 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
Sound Tribe Sector 9 opened
Set I: JaJunk> Higgins, Soul Food I> Ocean Billy, Nothing Too Fancy> Got Your Milk (Right Here)> Jimmy Stewart> Nothing Too Fancy, Syncopated Strangers, Rocker Part II> JaJunk, Come Closer
Famous words from Levon Helm about the first time The Band played NYC:
“New York, it was an adult portion. It was an adult dose. So it took a couple of trips to get into it. You just go in the first time and you get your ass kicked and you take off. As soon as it heals up, you come back and you try it again. Eventually, you fall right in love with it.”
My count has this as UM’s 30th gig inside the borough of Manhattan, their first appearance being nearly nine years ago at the Wetlands Preserve in October of 1999. These trips have brought UM through: Lion’s Den, Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, B.B. King’s, The Rocks Off Boat Cruise, Nokia Theatre, Central Park and CBGB.
The beginning of the set leaned heavy on improvisation and at the 30-minute mark of the set, the sold-out crowd was whipped into a frenzy by the screaming vocals of Ocean Billy. UM finished off the night with a cover of a mash-up that’s titled Come Closer (that’s a mash-up of Come Together by The Beatles and Closer by Nine Inch Nails).
READ ON after the jump for more pictures and reviews of the next three shows, as well as the link to download full-resolution pictures of the stage…
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