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11/10/2001 Cake, Rahzel, Spoon (Ithaca, NY at Cornell University – Barton Hall)

By Eric | November 10, 2001 11:59 pm

This was my 100th concert!!!! And what a band to spend it with! We drove down to Ithaca and were one of the first people in line. Aside from the dumbass girl at the gate giving me the wrong side of the ticket stub, I got in pretty easy, and for the first time, I was the *FIRST* person into the venue! We waited around for an hour until Spoon came on, and totally SUCKED. I don’t care for emo, but these guys were just atrocious. A great band for people with ADD, as every song was a minute and a half long, tops. Thank God they only got a half hour to do their schtick and leave. Rahzel was up next. A member of the Roots crew, this guy can do beat box and sing at the same time! His DJ, JS-1, wasn’t doing too much of anything, and Rahzel did all kinds of beatbox and rapping and sound effects and whatnot, and he was damn impressive! 40 minutes later, its Cake time!! They opened with Arco Arena, and second, played (suprisingly!) Sad Songs and Waltzes!! I was riveted from that point on, bouncing around to every song they played. A suprisingly large amount of Motorcade songs, they played a few set songs, then started playing whatever the crowd was yelling for, which ended up being a lot of old stuff! I was yelling for Comanche, which I got, Mary and Trice wanted Stickshifts and Safetybelts, which they also got, among others. In all, they also played (these are out of order, sorry!) Ruby Sees All, Is This Love?, Frank Sinatra, The Distance, Nugget, Never There, Sheep Go To Heaven, Opera Singer, Meanwhile, Rich James…, Comfort Eagle, Love You Madly, and closed the main set with Short Skirt / Long Jacket. Then for the encore we got Italian Leather Sofa, Haze Of Love, and they closed with Jolene. There were singalongs abound, and during Sheep Go To Heaven, John McCrea, the lead singer, pointed out a girl at the barrier, and remarked “Why aren’t you singing? You’re in the front row and you’re not singing? What kind of bullshit is that?”. Needless to say the girl wasn’t happy, but the rest of us got a huge kick out of it! The entire show was a hell of a lot of fun, and measured up to everything I thought a Cake show would be. What better band to bestow upon Woopop’s 100th concert!!

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