John Popper's wizard garb at the 9:30 Club show was appropriate, as
that night and the following gigs saw several tunes materialize that
had not been played in several years. Washington, DC got a full version
of "The Gunfighter" that had only been hinted at during the Red Rocks
shows this summer. The next night's show in Philadelphia gave fans the
first "All In The Groove" since its comeback at Red Rocks in 1998, and
a surprising "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" later in the set; the
first with the new lineup.
According to a leak from the Blues Traveler home office, the four
setlists have already been drawn up for the four-night run at Irving
Plaza later this week, and word is that not a single song will be
repeated over the entire run. Listmembers are speculating as to how
they plan on accomplishing this, but they are apparently delving into
the old catalog. Tops on the list of comeback tunes is "Trina Magna",
which won a recent poll on the Black-Cat mailing list and was chanted
for at the DC and Philadelphia shows. One thing is for certain,
however - these four shows are not to be missed. John will actually be
starting the New York festivities a day early with another rendition
of "The Star-Spangled Banner", this time before the New York
Knicks-Sacramento Kings game at Madison Square Garden tonight.
In other news, a few openers have been confirmed for the West coast
dates; singer-songwriter PJ Olsson is expected to open at both San
Diego shows as well as the date at West Hollywood's House of Blues.
Joining the band for their post-Thanksgiving California dates will be
local favorite Particle, who will open in Anaheim and San Francisco.
No openers have been announced for the recently-confirmed dates in
Eugene, OR and Seattle, nor has information been released on the
band's post-Irving Plaza cross-country run; this information will be
posted as soon as it becomes available.