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10/19/2004 The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts (Rochester, NY @ Auditorium Theatre)

By Eric | October 19, 2004 11:59 pm

A tuesday night at the Auditorium Theatre, a beautiful place to see a show, as always. I got there just as Sam Roberts was starting, and he was definately entertaining as an opener, but I still can’t get into him. Not sure what it is, I liked him well enough in Syracuse also, but not well enough I guess. Still, he certainly kept my interest during his set. Then it was time for the Hip. Coming out to a rousing welcome from the packed house, they rocked the place. The setlist was a bit peculiar however this particular night, as expected the focus was on In Between Evolution, but there was a focus on Phantom Power for some reason as well, as the playing of Membership was a surprise. We got Wheat Kings again, but oddly enough, nothing off of Road Apples, Day For Night nor Music @ Work whatsoever, and in what had to be a rarity, the conspicuious absence of Nautical Disaster. It doesn’t matter much to me, but there were more than a couple complaints after the show that I heard. (Shades of PJ not playing Jeremy in Buffalo?) Regardless, the show was excellent as always, and I came away with a new-found appreciation for the IBE songs, moreso than Darien Lake for some reason.

Complete Setlist: You’re Everywhere, Fully Completely, Poets, Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park, Ahead By A Century, Summer’s Killing Us, Courage, Membership, It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night, Bobcaygeon, Fireworks, Mean Streak, At The Hundredth Meridian, Goodnight Josephine, Springtime In Vienna, New Orleans Is Sinking. 1st Encore: Vaccination Scar, Wheat Kings, Silver Jet 2nd Encore: Heaven Is A Better Place Today, Blow At High Dough

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