||[Aug. 15th, 2005|11:03 am]
I finally got to meet Stuart at the show this last weekend: Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, PA on 8/13/2005. The show was amazing, and I loved the opportunity to finally hear him perform live and talk with him. He had a tremendous amount of energy and passion throughout the first set. The second set was somewhat more subdued, but still tremendous. I think that was partially the result of the influx of people from the outdoor music festival. |
The street outside had been closed off for vendors and music acts, and all the people were walking around with these giant travel mugs which vendors would fill up with beer for $4. The outdoor stuff seemed to stop between Stuart's sets and all the drunken people filed into the bar where he was playing. The ambient noise/annoying behavior level went way up. Even sitting only a couple of feet away from him, and with the amplification equipment turned up, it became increasingly more difficult to lose myself in his music. Not that it stopped those of us who were there to listen from digging everything he was laying down.
He was also playing yesterday on the street stage, but that was a "family-friendly" venue. He encouraged all of us to come back the next day, and most people said they would. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay up there for two days. In talking with him, he agreed that if you had to make it to one of the shows, the Saturday show was probably the better choice of the two.
In exciting news, Stuart said that he would be making another tour soon in which he hits several big cities throughout the northeast. So those of us who never get the chance to see him will finally have several opportunities.
Anyway, I wanted to share the set-list for the night in case anyone is interested. He performed two sets, each with 10 songs. He did lots of new songs from the upcoming album, and I am definitely planning to get my copy as soon as possible. I can't believe with as many albums as he's made that his art just keeps getting better!
What (which he introduced as the 100th name of God)
Doppelganger Body Donor
Nothing In Between