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Another setlist post while I try to maintain the motivation to update this blog…

I went to my first Phish show ever on 10/15/10 at the North Charleston Coliseum and it was incredibly fun. I didn’t know that many songs, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had. The crowd was really laid back and calm (unlike the dmb crowd) and the sound was great.

I went with GPiC and Duggs which aided in the great times

North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

Set 1: Punch You In the Eye > Possum, Bathtub Gin, Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?[1], Boogie On Reggae Woman, Destiny Unbound, Backwards Down the Number Line, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, Joy, Buffalo Bill, Dog Faced Boy, Run Like an Antelope[2]

Set 2: Down with Disease > Prince Caspian > Twist, Roses Are Free > My Friend, My Friend > My Problem Right There, Tube > Mike’s Song > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Mexican Cousin, Weekapaug Groove, Suzy Greenberg > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Character Zero

[1] Dr. Jack McConnell on vocals and tap shoes.
[2] “Mike-O” substituted for “Marco Esquandolas.”

Notes: Bill Bailey featured Page’s dad, Dr. Jack McConnell, on vocals and tap shoes.

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The start of something new?

I’m back..ish. We’ll see for how long. I went to a dmb show last month which was a pretty big letdown for numerous reasons. But the band was awesome as usual.

The opening act (Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave) was fantastic. Easily the best opening act I’ve ever seen at a dmb show. I heard one song I had never heard before live (Still Water), but otherwise the set was mind-blowing like West Palm Shows. But it was still really good.

I was excited to hear Best of What’s Around. That was a nice surprise.
Stefan’s intro to Crush was awesome!
Two Step was amazing as always.
Dave teased Spoon twice and I thought I was gonna hear it played live (finally), but he stopped after one verse. I was pretty bummed because it would have completed “Before These Crowded Streets” for me.

November 17, 2010
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
Proudest Monkey »
Funny the Way It Is
Still Water
Don’t Drink the Water
I’ll Back You Up
Lie in Our Graves (Wonderful Tonight Interpolation by Dave)
Eh Hee
Spoon [tease] – Dave played the first few notes
Corn Bread feat. Trombone Shorty (Carter Intro, Down by the Riverside Interpolation by Rashawn & Jeff)
Digging a Ditch
Lying in the Hands of God
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Crush (Stefan Solo Intro with “Super Freak” interpolation)
The Best of What’s Around
What You Are (slow intro) »
You & Me
Two Step (Time Bomb Intro)
Dive In (Dave Solo)
Spoon [tease] – Dave played one verse
Grey Street

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Show Two-Four

I had a blast in Charlotte earlier this week. I had been anxiously awaiting the Dave Matthews Band show in the Other Carolina for MONTHS. And it certainly did not disappoint. We got to Charlotte with plenty of time to spare, met up with various friends, was able to hook said friends up with ticket upgrades for free, got many tasty adult beverages in my belly, and made it into the pit (!!!) with time to spare.

The pit was surprisingly awesome. I was afraid of pushing, shoving, and general douche-iness, but was pleasantly surprised by how great everyone was. The crowd was great, the band kicked ass, and setlist was a nice mix of new and old tunes. Despite being my 24th show (going to at least one show every year since ’98), I still heard two songs I had never heard live before.

The only low-light of the night was the encore. Just wasn’t very strong, but not something I really would complain too much about.

1. Boyd’s Solo on Lie In Our Graves
2. Minarets being played for the first time since 12/13/05
3. My first time hearing Minarets and Some Devil live

Dave Matthews Band
July 21, 2010
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Minarets »
The Stone (Can’t Help Falling in Love interpolation by Jeff)
One Sweet World
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Lying in the Hands of God
Lover Lay Down*
What Would You Say*
Some Devil
Why I Am
Don’t Drink the Water (included prelude)
Lie in Our Graves
You & Me »
Jimi Thing (Sexy MF Outro)*
Corn Bread (Carter Solo Intro and Down By the Riverside interpolation by Rashawn and Jeff)

* = featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone

West Palm Beach shows are next up!!!

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It’s like walking with the wounded

I went to see Third Eye Blind at the Music Farm. It was my first time visiting the venue and I enjoyed it. It was a typical small venue – crowded, bar in the back, not the best acoustics. Just like other building downtown, the Music Farm had the Charleston-vibe. Which really just means it’s an older building made of bricks.

This was my fifth time seeing Third Eye Blind and although there are only two original members remaining, I barely noticed any difference. Stephan (lead singer) kept mentioning how beautiful Charleston was and how happy they were to be there. Bands always say that stuff, but I actually think he meant it because my city is awesome unlike yours. Suckers.

Anyway, here’s the setlist.

The links I provided are to videos, but not from the show I was it. I’m just providing them in case you are interested. I felt these were highlights of the show.

Third Eye Blind 4/6/10
Music Farm, Charleston, SC

Instrumental Intro –> Faster
Losing a Whole Year
Can You Take Me
Never Let You Go
Motorcycle Driveby
Water Landing
Crystal Baller
Dao of St. Paul (Stephan Solo)
How’s It Going To Be (Brad Drum Solo towards the end)
Monotov’s Private Opera (Alternate Version)

Slow Motion (Stephan Solo)
Don’t Believe a Word
Semi-Charmed Life
God Of Wine (Feat. Joshua James)
Bonfire (reprise)

I love most of the songs that were played so I really enjoyed myself. I loved watching the crowd during “Monotov’s Private Opera.” Everyone was kinda of doing the same bouncing dance. It was kind of trance like.

All-in-all another great time in the Holy City.


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Fell In Love With the Girl at the Rock Show

I would hope at this point, it would not come as shock to you that I despise growing up. I pretty much cower in fear from all things “adult” and rarely pass up an opportunity to act like a child.

Last night was one of those unique times where I could not only act like I was younger, but also participate in an activity that I would have done in late high school/early college years.

That super awesome activity? Seeing Blink-182 in Charlotte!

Blink is a special band to me because they were my “punk-starter band.” Their music got me into a lot of other bands that I normally would not have listened to. Their lyrics are overly simple, but ridiculously fun to sing. I have a lot of memories of singing along to Blink songs during track practice in high school, on the team buses after meets, at dances, parties, and on road trips.

I almost always think of my best friends from home (token shout-out to PiC) and all the times we would sing along to this band. My favorite memory was probably on a road trip to Old Orchard Beach. My three best friends and myself were in a car with another friend’s father when “Damnit” came over the speakers. We had sung this song so many times we actually had different parts that we all would sing…(shut up, we were awesome). Needless to say, our friend’s dad was quite impressed with our harmonizing.

I made the trip to the Other Carolina on Tuesday afternoon and arrived around 5 pm. I met up with the All-American at his apartment and we promptly cracked up a beer. Before long, the All-American’s roommate and his friend arrived to join the fun. We arrived at the VZW Ampitheatre just as Asher Roth (“I Love College” guy) was performing. After hearing Roth say “Charlotte” and his own name about 30 times in 10 seconds, we decided to stay in the parking lot and tailgate. Despite the chilly weather, this was a success.

We met up with two of the Charlotte boys’ friends and soon made our way into the venue. The show was a lot of fun, but way too short. The crowd was full of rambunctious, drunk teenagers and well, that was actually okay with me. It was nice to see the youngins having the type of good time I had at my last Blink show back in 2002 or so. Thankfully, there weren’t any annoying kids around us. The only negative thing that happened was that the All-American almost got me killed on the way back from getting beers.

We were trying to find our friends on the lawn when he walked me into a wide open area. My initial joy was quickly replaced with intense fear as I realized he had led me directly into a most pit. I was ridiculously scared that some hormone-driven teen was going to knock me out. Luckily, we escaped with beers and bodies in tact.

As always, Blink put on a great show. They played most of their hits and told plenty of jokes in between songs.

Travis’ drum solo – He went nuts! His drum set was actually lifted above the stage and turned completely vertical while he was playing, which was pretty intense.
Hijinks – During the encore, Mark and Tom were faux fighting which consisted of each of them running to the others’ side of the stage to knock over their mic. It was funny to see the roadies scurry out to clean up the discarded equipment.

blink-182 Reunion Tour
Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC

Feeling This
The Rock Show
What’s My Age Again
Miss You
Stay Together for The Kids
Interlude from the Self-Titled Album –>
Stockholm Syndrome
First Date
Man Overboard
Don’t Leave Me
All The Small Things
Reckless Abandon
Anthem Part II

Travis Drum Solo —>
Damnit —>
Every Rose Has It’s Thorn (Chorus Only, Mark solo)


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No surprise here

Hey! It’s my 100th post! To celebrate I’ve prepared something extra special for all my readers…or you know, the exact opposite of that.

My Charleston Tour continued with (surprise, surprise) two food-related activities. If you don’t know me, you must think I’m a 300 pound lard-o who eats nonstop..

Cupcake – This is a little bakery on King Street (right next to Juanita Greenberg’s, which I mentioned in my last post) that specializes in cupcakes (who what have thought?). Actually, all the make is cupcakes. They have a few flavors that are there everyday and then they have a rotating special selection as well. The also do special orders.

The cupcakes were good, but I’m not huge into sugary foods, so the massive amount of frosting was a bit much for me. It’s a neat little place though and I’m sure I will visit it again at some point.

Poe’s Tavern – I have been dieing to visit this restaurant out on Sullivan’s Island. It’s named after Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed at nearby Fort Moultrie from 1827-1828. The food on the menu features names related to Poe’s work and the restaurant has tons of Poe-related materials scattered on the walls.

About a month ago I started reading “The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe,” so I was getting even more excited to check this place out.

And of course, it fell well short of expectations. There was nothing all that interesting in regards to Poe. I thought there would be some historical items, but it was mostly just paintings of Poe or movie posters.

The food is pretty good though. Burgers were slightly dry, but had some interesting toppings you could add – crabcake, chili, etc.

Not a failure by any means, but a slight disappointment.


1. I’m so happy football is back. I can’t describe the joy I had watching the Giants game yesterday. I missed it.

2. Looks like I’ll be heading up to Columbia this Saturday to see the Gamecocks play! I can’t wait for tailgating and live football!!

3. Possible trip to Charlotte in early October to visit the All-American and see Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy

4. Looks like I’ll be back in New England in late October with stops at Giants Stadium and Rentschler Field!


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Ants Marching Into Florida : Part II

I promise this will be my last dmb-related post in a while as I do not have any more concerts I plan on attending. You are almost free of my fanboyness!

We spent most of the day on Saturday just relaxing in the hotel. We got Moe’s for lunch, explored a little and then went to the Cruzan Ampitheatre. It was a little rainy, so we tailgated in the car. We made it to our seats just as the band was taking their places behind the curtain.

Our seats ended up being next to a guy who appeared to be sitting by himself. Periodically, he would talk to me about the show and before long we found out he was one of the fans staying at the same hotel as us. At one point he handed us these little monkey figurines that he had a bunch of. He said some girl staying at the hotel was handing them out to people. Although odd, I thanked him. The figurines turned out to be super awesome, but that’s neither here nor there.

We were in the fourth row, but way off to the left so part of view was blocked by security and stage stuff. Despite this, we could still see pretty well and had a blast. The show was incredible and the exclamation point was the set closer and encore.

I’ve wanted to hear “Halloween” live for as long as I can remember, but the band rarely plays it. PiC heard it earlier this year and I was super jealous. My dream was shot down about mid-set when our new friend showed me a text message on his phone. It was from someone else at the show who said the person who runs AntsMarching.org saw the setlist and “Halloween” was not on it. I was a little bummed out, but the show was going so well that I didn’t really care.

However, during the encore, Carter began to play a drum solo to start the final song. It sounded somewhat familiar, but I told myself it was too good to be true. The guy next to me and I joked that the band was playing “Cornbread” again.

Finally, we both decided to ignore the possible jinx and said “Are they going to play Halloween?” at about the same time. Moments later those distinctive first notes began and I yelled in excitement. The Ex got a kick out of the concert buddy and my sheer joy.

Once the show ended, we tried to snag some drumsticks, but Carter wasn’t looking our way. Slightly defeated we went back to the hotel and this time remained awake for the after party. There was a small band playing and tons of people hanging out. We got some food and mojitos and relaxed in the lobby. When the bar cleared out, we went out to walk around the pool, which some drunken fans had already jumped in.

Before long it was off to sleep and my incredible weekend was over. I had so much fun at all the concerts this year. I went to four different states to see five shows with numerous people. Each show was special for different reasons and were definitely highlights of my year.

Dave Matthews Band
August 15, 2009
Cruzan Amphitheatre (Palm Beach County Fairgrounds), West Palm Beach, FL
Bartender (If I Only Had a Brain Interpolation)
Stay or Leave
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Lying in the Hands of God »
Warehouse (Passion Intro -> Stop/Time Intro)
So Much to Say »
Ants Marching
Spaceman »
Corn Bread (Down by the Riverside Interpolation)
Crush (Stefan solo intro)
Why I Am
Shotgun – Dave dedicated this to Ashley (his wife)
Funny the Way It Is
Lie in Our Graves (no reprise) »
You & Me »
Two Step (extended outro)
Rye Whiskey (Dave Solo)
Halloween (Carter solo intro)


-TWO STEP. MY GOD, TWO STEP. This song has been blowing my mind all year since the Fenway show. It keeps getting better and better. Carter has an insane solo and the band goes NUTS at the end. The new outro they added this year is incredible. It’s such a perfect addition. What made this version even more special was some improv. At the normal ending point of the song, Dave did his standard “Thank you’s” and “Good nights!” but Carter and Stefan kept going. Surprised, Dave grabbed a new pick, spun  around and joined in. The rest of the band soon followed suit..it was awesome. You must watch.
0:00-1:43: Standard awesome ending.
1:43-4:06: New ending
4:06 – end: Dave says, “Good night” and the Improv starts.
-I was really excited to hear Warehouse because it’s been so long since I heard it live. Dave did the “Under The Table & Dreaming style intro, which was a nice change. Once the regular part of the song started, the crowd did the “Wooooo’s” and it was deafening. Really kicks in at the 0:27 mark
-Dave’s family was at the show and we could keep seeing him make funny faces towards his daughters who were on the side of the stage, it was pretty funny.
-Intro featured the curtain again, which dropped at the 2:15  mark.
-It started to rain during “Ants Marching,” and despite being under the pavilion, my whole left side got wet. There was so wind that blew the rain in just enough. I didn’t really mind though, it added to the fun of the night.
-I heard four songs I had never heard live before
-Boyd rocked out so hard. There were a view songs (Ants, LIOG) that he just ripped up when he had a solo. He rocked so hard his sunglasses when flying off.


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Ants Marching Into Florida : Part I


The day after seeing Darius Rucker was an exciting one for me. It was day # 2 of my vacation and time to head to West Palm Beach, Florida for a weekend of Dave Matthews Band!

Yes, yes I went to see them AGAIN. Get over it. These were my fourth and fifth shows of the year, which easily trumps my previous high of three.

After the weekend, I’ve now seen the band 23 TIMES since 1998. I’ve seen them play at 7 different venues in six different states (CT, MA, NY, NC, SC, FL). According to AntsMarching.org, I have heard 442 total songs (123 different songs).

In any event…The band was playing Friday and Saturday night at the Cruzan Ampitheatre and the guys who run the biggest DMB-obsessive website in the world (AntsMarching.org) who once again holding a gathering in honor of the shows. They set up a discount rate at a fantastic hotel and put together an after-party for each show. I missed out on the festivities last year, so there was no way I wasn’t making the trek this time around.

Even though I knew the weekend was going to be a blast, I never imagined it panning out the way it did. Thankfully, I had a good partner to go with me.

The Ex has become what I’ll call a medium-core fan of the band. She hasn’t reached the obsessive heights that myself or PiC have (which is probably a good thing for her), but she has really gotten into it. I knew there was no one else I could go with and still have as much fun as possible, so I was happy she could go too.

I know, I know…We’re weird. Despite being broken up for almost a year, we are still best friends. She may not tell me EVERYTHING about her life, but I’m sure it’s pretty close. I don’t care if it’s weird, because we had a damn good time.

In any event…we got up super early and made the long drive south. We took turns driving and napping (sometimes at the same time) and finally got to the hotel around 3 pm. Despite being over-tired still, we become as excited as kids on Christmas after seeing the beautiful PGA Resort & Spa. Easily the nicest place I’ve stayed at.

It was even more exciting to see all the dmb fans gathered and preparing for the concert. Some drank in their rooms, others hung at the pool, while the rest relaxed in the lobby bar. Every was amped for a fun weekend.

The Ex and I settled into our beds for a quick nap and then it was time to head to the venue! We arrived an hour or so before the band went out and cracked open some Bud Light Limes in the parking lot. This was easily the quickest I’ve ever gotten into a venue. There was very little traffic and zero hassle. I wish every concert venue was like this one.

The venue itself was pretty standard for a summer, concert amphitheater. It had pavilion seating and a lawn. It also had really lax security. Taking pictures/videos was no problem at all. Great place.

After picking up some $10 beers (one downside to venue), we went to our upper pavilion seats just as dmb was coming out. Despite being towards the lawn, our seats were pretty good.

The first night’s set was really, really good. Nothing mind-blowing, but solid overall. Every song was played well, but no real surprises. The only surprise was the band bringing out a trumpeter named Lasim Richards. I had never heard of him, but he was awesome. He added a nice change of pace to the four songs he guested on.

With the show over, the crowd was abuzz. Everyone enjoyed it, but they definitely left wanting more. Everyone hoped for an incredible second night…

…but first it was time to head back to the resort was the after party!

I was really excited to hang with the other fans, but it never happened. We got back to the hotel, saw the party in the lobby, and rushed back to the room for a quick bathroom stop. Sadly, we had a few too many concert beers and passed out. I came out of the bathroom to see the Ex sprawled out in a bed. I figured laying down for a second wouldn’t be a problem…next thing I knew it was Saturday…damnit.

Dave Matthews Band
August 14, 2009
Cruzan Amphitheatre (Palm Beach County Fairgrounds), West Palm Beach, FL
Funny the Way It Is
So Damn Lucky
Why I Am
You Might Die Trying
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken Outro)
Typical Situation
Burning Down the House
Squirm* (Mr. Okra Outro)
Jimi Thing* (“Sexy MF” Outro)
Shake Me Like a Monkey*
Alligator Pie
#41 »
Dancing Nancies
You & Me
Time Bomb
Little Thing [tease]
Grey Street
* = featuring Lasim Richards on trumpet

-They are still using the sweet curtain to open their shows. You can see the band’s silhouettes behind this white canvas
curtain as they start the first song. The curtain the flies out the way. It’s hard to explain, so just watch it here. Go to the 1 min mark
and then watch for about 30 seconds. And yes, the crowd was that loud.
-Great to hear “Burning Down the House” again. One of the best covers the band has ever done.
-New songs are getting tighter and tighter every show.
-I will never get tired of the “Sexy MF” outro to Jimi Thing
-# 41 was over 20 mins long and was the longest performance by the band this summer (so far)
-Dave was pretty funny all night too. He made reference to the strong smell of weed in the venue, teased Tim about
his show later in the night, etc.
-“You & Me” was the only song I had never heard live before
-Boyd put on a preview for what he was going to do the next night as he jammed out with Fonz.


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Hootie Sans Blowfish


It’s been a crazy few weeks and I have lots to write about…most of which no one will care about.

I’m going to try and break this up as much as possible so the entries aren’t so long.

First up is my first Country experience. Two Thursdays ago, I went to the Family Circle Cup (normally a tennis venue) to see Darius Rucker.

My first real concert was Hootie & The Blowfish back in the summer of 1996. Darius Rucker was of course the lead singer of that friggen awesome band. Well, for those who don’t know, Rucker is now a country singer. I generally hate that genre of music, but I don’t mind some of his songs, so when I heard he was playing here in his hometown, I decided to check it out.

I met up with the Ex, CF, CF’s boyfriend, and My Hero’s Wife. Our seats were up pretty high, but the venue was small, so we could still see/hear just fine. It was raining early in the night and I was getting a little iffy about staying, but just as the opening band was ending, the skies cleared up. It only misted on and off the rest of the night.

Rucker put on a really good show and kept mentioning how happy he was to be back in Charleston. He played most of the songs on his country album, but also played three Hootie songs. The latter were the highlights of the night for me.

Despite the numerous Hicks/Hillbillies, wet weather, and lack of knowledge of the music, I still had a fun time. It was a nice warm-up for my final dmb trip of the year, which I embarked on the next day….


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In the land of Jager Bombs

I just got back from a super quick trip to Queens/Long Island. I hung with Fun Bobby, the Ex mostly, but also Samsonite, and the Swan.
Highlights – White Castle, seeing Carter the Dog, Chipolte, the cheapest bar food ever and Hot Bagels.
Lowlights – The flight home which consisted of going from JFK to LaGuardia, having my flight delayed then being rerouted to Myrtle Beach because the Charleston airport closed at midnight and refused to stay open. I had to share a cab-van with four other people for the two hour ride back to Charleston.
The focal point of the visit was the dmb concert to celebrate the Ex’s birthday.  It took place at Jones Beach, which gave us a chance to lay on the beach for a few hours prior to tailgating.
Tailgating was a lot of fun. We bought some food, had some beers, and just enjoyed our surroundings.
The venue itself was awesome. It’s completely open-air and the stage is surrounded by water. See it here.
The show was awesome (as always). Everyone seemed to have a great time.
Show highlights:
1. I’ve seen three shows this year and all three have started with PNP —> Rapunzel. Weird.
2. Super Old School run with One Sweet World and then Seek Up
3. New ending to Alligator Pie
4. JIMI THING rocked. The crowd sang the first two verses before Dave finally joined back in. It’s an incredible moment when this happens. You hear thousands of people singing together while the band just plays.
4a. Dave did a little scat towards the end which was entertaining. Not to mention his crazy ass dance he did.
4b. Dave/Carter/Rashawn/Boyd busted out the Sexy MF outro (Prince song) which the crowd loved
4c. Jeff played two saxophones…at once! Rashawn was killin it too.
5. TWO STEP WAS HEAVEN. Carter had a long solo which rivaled the one I saw in Fenway. Timmy ripped it up just before Carter melted our faces. Just when I didn’t think it could get any better the band did a new closing which wrapped it up. Incredible end to the inital set. Fun Bobby’s mouth hit the floor and she cried a little. I said “Holy Shit. Wow. Holy Crap,” about five times after it ended.
6. It was definitely the Boyd show. Lots of solos and he got the crowd moving as usual.
7. I heard four songs live that I had never heard live before
Dave Matthews Band
July 22, 2009
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Jones Beach State Park), Wantagh, NY

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Pantala Naga Pampa »
One Sweet World
Seek Up
Why I Am
Grey Street
Dive In
Dancing Nancies
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken Outro)
Alligator Pie
Jimi Thing (Sexy MF Outro)
Funny the Way It Is
Shake Me Like a Monkey
You & Me
Time Bomb »
Two Step
Anyone Seen the Bridge »
Too Much [fake] »
Tripping Billies
Video proof
1. Carter drum solo on Two Step followed by the new ending. Try to ignore the moron camera man and his friends.
Carter’s solo is about 3 mins then it’s standard until 5:15 when the newer ending starts.
2. Boyd during Tripping Billies
3. Boyd during Dancing Nancies
4. Crowd singing Jimi Thing
5. Dave’s weird dance during Jimi Thing
6. Sexy MF outro to Jimi Thing


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