Meat Puppets, Cass McCombs
The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
words/video/photo by Boombox Photo
I have been going to concerts since 1996 when I was 13, somehow I have missed seeing the Meat Puppets despite a few chances to do so. Sadly after this evening of blistering loud rock and roll I was kicking myself the entire 50 minute ride home. I was thankful to be able to go to this show, things have been a little tight as of late but I got a offer I couldn’t refuse. So off I went to the beautiful Delmar Loop, home of the famous Blueberry Hill.
The Duck Room is a midsize venue located in the Blueberry Hill’s basement, it host a monthly show by Chuck Berry that draws people from all over the world. The Duck Room has a great sound and a great feel to it, a bar in the back of the room and ducks that line the walls, hence the name. I got their about 10 minutes past showtime thanks to a last minute delay and a gas stop. Cass McComb was on stage when I got their playing their second song of the set. They sounded great and are from the Bay Area of California.
They are a four piece band and they had the crowd feeling the good vibes of their laid back rock style. Beers were drank and great times were had out in audience. Loud cheers and whistles filled the song breaks, safe to say the crowd enjoyed them.
I have a deep love for the slide guitar and I was super happy when I saw their guitar player Buddy switch it up and tore down the Duck electric slide style. It was incredible sounding and was a highlight of their set for me as I really love that instrument and Buddy rocked it.
After 40 Minutes of great tunes and rocking the Duck, Cass McComb said goodnight and left the stage for the band of the evening. The good humored sound engineer came out and exchange a few jokes and words with the fans up front. As most people found the bar I found my way up to the front of the stage for a show I was growing more excited for by the minute.
After a very brief intermission the legendary Meat Puppets came on stage, plugged in and got to work.
This show was LOUD, I have heard people say that before but these guys were turned up to 12, one higher than 11.
After 3 or 4 songs they decided to give the crowd a few Acoustic jams the song ” Seven Spanish Angels ” sounded amazing and was well received by the appreciative crowd.
These guys were really connected to each other and kept looking back at the others as to say, should we keep this jam rolling. It was almost like they each were challenging each other to set the bar a bit higher which resulted in a incredible performances.
Curt Kirkwood is a god on the guitar, I had no clue. He made sounds come out of his guitar that I did not know were possible prior to this night.
The Meat Puppets spent over 70 minutes rocking the house, The Meat Puppets took the shortest intermission I have ever witnessed. A mere 2 minutes at most and they were back for more.
After rocking a 2 column set list it was time to cal it a night. It was past 1 in the morning when I ventured back outside in the cold St. Louis night to my car. My ears ringing with that wonderful feeling that only comes from seeing a kick ass show. I went home, ate pizza drank a few beers and crashed. Super thankful I did not pass this one up.
Meat Puppets are on tour right now through December go see them live at a show near you. P.s bring ear plugs.
2014 Tour Dates:
October 25 Pittsburgh, PA // Club Cafe
October 27 Philadelphia, PA//Underground Arts
October 28 Pawtucket, RI//The Met
October 29 Cambridge, MA//The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
October 30 South Burlington, VT//Showcase Lounge
October 31 Brooklyn, NY//Rough Trade NYC
November 1 Brooklyn, NY//Rough Trade NYC
November 2 Washington, DC//Black Cat
November 4 Chapel Hill, NC//Local 506
November 5 Atlanta, GA//Center Stage
November 7 Houston, TX//Fitzgerald’s
November 28 Phoenix, AZ // Crescent Ballroom
November 29 San Diego, CA//The Casbah
December 2 Los Angeles, CA//Troubadour
December 3 San Francisco, CA//The Independent
December 5 Seattle, WA//Neumos
December 6 Portland, OR//Doug Fir Lounge