2012.08.08 – My Morning Jacket Soars Into Peabody Opera House with Band of Horses
Words by: Bradley Darby / Photos by: Aaron Barton
For the second time in as many years St. Louis was treated to a live show from My Morning Jacket. This year the Louisville indie rockers brought along Band of Horses and stopped by the beautiful Peabody Opera House to a packed crowd on a Wednesday night. Last year’s show at The Pageant, fresh off the release of Circuital was one of my top shows of the year. This tour actually allowed the fans of MMJ to assist in selecting the set each night. Titled the Spontaneous Curation Series, the idea is to allow fans to request their favorite songs via Twitter using a special hashtag. The band will choose the encore based on what the fans want to hear. Fans that have joined their Roll Call fan club have the option of choosing the opening song each night via the fan club forum as well. They even announce the following day who’s songs they played.
Band of Horses started right at 7:00PM and played through their hour-long set with lots of energy. They were a great opening act, and there was a good amount of people there to see Band of Horses in addition to the few thousand that left fans. As the band ripped through the set of 10 or songs including “Detlef Scrempf”, from Cease to Begin and the title track to their most recent album “Infinite Arms.” Vocalist Ben Bridwell mentioned that this was one of the only indoor venues on the tour and it was nice to be playing inside such a beautiful venue. Band of Horses was the reason my friend wanted to go to the show and I can certainly see why, they left the stage just before 8:00PM to a near standing ovation. They are releasing their new album next month, and I will be picking a copy up and seeking out another chance to see Band of Horses in the coming months.
My Morning Jacket took the stage just after 8:30PM and opened the set with “MasterPlan” and then “It Beats 4 You”, which appears on their debut album Z. Our first title track of the night, “Circuital”, followed as well as “Outta My System” from the same album before “Gideon”. It was clear that this set iist was going to span the bands entire catalog, but we got some rarities including “Where To Begin”, a song recorded for the soundtrack to the 2005 film Elizabethtown.
Jim James brought out Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses for “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” from Circuital. Prior to playing the song James mentioned the City Museum, a topic covered at last years show as well. James asked Ben if he had ever been there, and when Ben replied that he had not James went on to ask him if he had ever tried LSD. Jim James then stated that “if you have done LSD, you have been to City Museum in your mind, it’s the coolest fucking place on Earth.” James and Bridwell than exchanged versus for “Wonderful.”
A cover of the George Harrison song “Isn’t It A Pity” was unexpected, and unrecognized until a friend mentioned it after the show. They absolutely slayed it though, take my word for that. That was the lift off to the seven song finale that could have been written by me. “Victory Dance” , the opening track to the last album and the opening track of the 2011 show, into fan favorite and epic live song “Wordless Chorus”, which features James bouncing around the front of the stage interacting with the fans as much as possible with a towel draped over his head. “The Day is Coming” made way into the 2 part epic that is “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream.” Part One will lift your spirits and make you feel good, then part two kicks in and the vibe turns as the keys provided by Bo Koster kick in prior to the drop of the guitar and James hitting the high note during the chorus. It is my favorite My Morning Jacket song and one I wouldn’t want to miss live.
It was then another from Circuital, an album featured heavily again just a year after its release, “Holding on to Black Metal” into the uplifting fan favorite “One Big Holiday” to end the set. There wasn’t much of a break before Jim James came out to address the crowd once more. He mentioned the local bred Jay Farrar, a friend and band mate from one of James’ many side projects the New Multitudes. He then started the encore with a solo acoustic “I Will Be There When You Die” from The Tennessee Fire. The rest of the band joined him and they went in to “I’m Amazed”, probably the bands most recognizable song to most. As the band played their final song “Phone Went West” from 2001’s At Dawn, a song with a slight reggae vibe and a great way to end the show. It was nearing 11:00PM and the band had just played for 2 hours and 30 minutes, it was time for everyone to head home. My Morning Jacket rocked my face off yet again, and provided what will surely be a month-long ringing in my head from the level of awesomeness (and bass) they brought to the Peabody Opera House one Wednesday night in August.
SET LIST (from my notes and confirmed pieces via Setlist.fm)
Master Plan (It Still Moves)
It Beats 4 U (Z)
Outta My System (Circuital)
Rollin Back (It Still Moves)
Tonight I Want To Celebrate With You (Heartbreakin’ Man)
What a Wonderful Man (Z)
Mahgeetah (It Still Moves)
Wonderful (with Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses) (Circuital)
Where to Begin (Elizabethtown Soundtrack)
Steam Engine (It Still Moves)
Isn’t It a Pity (George Harrison cover)
Victory Dance (Circuital)
Wordless Chorus (Z)
The Day Is Coming (Circuital)
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1 (Evil Urges)
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2 (Evil Urges)
Holding on to Black Metal (Circuital)
One Big Holiday (It Still Moves)
E: I Will Be There When You Die (The Tennessee Fire)
E: I’m Amazed (Evil Urges)
E: Phone Went West (At Dawn)