Monday, August 18, 2008

The Black Crowes: Council Bluffs 8.15.08

So it took be the better of 15 years to come around to the fact that, besides their early mainstream Top 40 hits, I really, REALLY like the Black Crowes. It was our first time seeing them live at Stir Concert Cove in Council-Tuckey, IA on Friday night, but it certainly won't be the last. Their sound is this perfect mixture of southern rock, memphis blues, and a rock solid 'Stones-like groove. There were some tasty jams from start to finish on a perfect night on the river. Plenty of songs from their new album Warpaint, which is very good. And, it got Hacksaw's Seal of Approval, so you know it was a good show.

The crowd at the Cove is interesting, as at least 2/3 of the crowd brings lawn & camping chairs to sit in. To each his own, I guess. You can get away with that for some shows they get there, but whatever. We found our way up front to a relatively small crowd of fans up on the rail. Hell.....5th row for the Crowes? I'll take it. Some seasoned (okay, stoned) fans who had made the trip from out of town couldn't figure it out, either. But the place filled in nicely once the show started.

FWIW....I have all the adoration in the world for Kate Hudson, but how did Chris Robinson position himself in life to be the father of her child?? Great front man, yes, but Jesus Quincy Adams, that is a strange looking dude. He looks like a hillbilly Tom Green. Sorry....just a rude, random thought....

Since my camera has yet to be replaced from going swimming, the first image is a shitty picture from my cell phone. Hey, it's the best I can do. The Crowes play at the Val-Air Ballroom in Des Moines in December, so check them out if you get the chance.

The set list

Movin' On Down The Line ->
Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution
Good Friday
Peace Anyway
Locust Street
Rockin' Chair
Whoa Mule
Lay It All On Me
Downtown Money Waster ->
Thorn In My Pride
Oh Josephine
Twice As Hard
Wounded Bird
- encore -
Boomer's Story
Don't Do It


Cameron Ted said...

Is it possible I have ever heard any of those songs? Not sure if I have or not... Sounds like it has the possibility of turning into a 2 hour jam session. which I am not a fan of, but there may be nothing else going on in December, and the price ma be right. and who knows I may get the chance to touch the man who touched Goldie's daughter....

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was a decent show. I'm not sure I could name more than 5 songs they sing. Oh, by the way, you left an h out of a word. I'm not going to tell you where. It's kind of like where's waldo.

Yoshi said...
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Yoshi said...

No Hard to Handle, Jealous Again or She Talks to Angels? I would have been P.O.ed

Dixon said...

You've all heard the songs Good Friday, Thorn in in my Pride (personal favorite), and Twice as Hard at some point, I'm sure of it. The rest of them, probably not, unless you're a real fan.

Still....good toonage. Whatever my recommendation is worth, I'm giving it to you.

Dixon said...

Missing 'h' has been located and placed in its proper position. Good catch. If I've gotten that phrase wrong here, then I've never gotten it right any other time.

Tell him what he wins, Johnny!!

Michael said...

I saw the Black Crowes the last time they came through DM to the Val Air (summer 2007). It was the 4 or 5th time seeing them live for me...and it was the worst.
I don't mind their new stuff, but I do really like their old stuff when I first got into them. I know you got to push the new album and all but come on at least you have to throw a few bones to the fans.
Jealous Again was the only song they played that could be called a hit. Otherwise every song turned into a 20 minute jam (or at least seemed that way). I found it to be more than a little repetitive and didn't seem like anything had any energy. Too mellow.
I still like the BCs but I don't know if I would ever see them again. I don't think they will be able to top their 1996/1997 show at Supertoad which totally rocked.