It has been a while since I personally have gotten to a show and hitting up Umphrey’s McGee and The Werks last weekend was a perfect end to my drought. The Fillmore in downtown Detroit always provides a very intimate setting for every act I have seen there over the years. I love the beautiful cathedral ceilings and artwork.
Umphrey’s really gave us a great performance including a cover of Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” to commemorate the recent loss of their original drummer Mike Mirro. Brendon Bayliss gave a heartfelt speech during the song. Here is a video with audio of the performance featuring a slide show of pictures of Mike:
And here is a transcription of the speech Brenden gives:
“You know Detroit, looking out tonight, seeing so many people…words cannot express how good it feels to be onstage playing live music after so many years together we’ve been doing this. I don’t even know how many, it’s like 16 or something. Way back when we were in college we were starting this thing and it was like, when you’re in college you’re a kid, you have no idea what the fuck you’re supposed to do with the rest of your life, but they tell you you have 4 years to figure it out and you gotta do it well, right?
You know when we started, we were playing bars and 15, 16, 20 people would come out and we’d make about $18 and we were full of self doubt and we had no idea that it was going to get to this point where we are right now. And so I want you guys to know when you’re full of doubt and you have no idea what’s going on in your life and you’re down and you’re out, you’re not thinking anything is going anywhere, it happens to everybody, everybody in this room is in the same position. We all have no fucking clue what is going on. So just believe and have faith because everything will work out in the end. It works out for me, it works out for him, it works out for him, it works out for her, for you, for you, for him, for everybody.”
- Brendan Bayliss
Overall the show was amazing and the band played very tight in my opinion all night long. Opening with 40′s theme gave me a good idea early on that the band was here to give us a good show.
SET I: October Rain, 40′s Theme, Domino Theory, #5, In The Kitchen, Utopian Fir, The Message, Utopian Fir
Set II: Bright Lights, Big City, Hangover, Hurt Bird Bath, Don’t You Forget About Me, Bass Solo, August, Mulche’s Odyssey
Encore: Puppet String
Full downloads of the show are always available straight from the band at UMlive.net.
I know I will be listening to this one for some time now to help get through this winter and back into full fledged Festy Season! My festy gland has been tingling out of control for some time and I can’t wait for this snow to melt here in the mid-west so we can get ourselves back to Chillicothe.
Until next time,
This will be my first post as one of your Camp Counselors! I am so excited to be here at the festival and blogging for SCamp. Every year, the week before the fest we find ourselves constantly checking that 10 day report of what kind of weather we will be seeing over the weekend. For some reason it always seems to change every 5 minutes. Before coming to the festival, my +1 sent me this hilarious weather report that I feel is quite accurately how my weekend will go!
I hope you all enjoy it. Here’s JR Johnivan with your weather!
The forecast is looking partially UMmy, with a heady chance of moe. lazers. Possible wailer storms coming in Friday, right around 4:20
which is going to give way to a Level 9 STS watch later on in the evening, eventually ending with some massive dubstep, where on-site reporter Jason Hann will be live in the VIP lounge.
Saturday you’d have to be a conspirator not to love this weather, so make sure to eat your bowl of cornmeal in the afternoon cuz it’s a (karl denson’s) tiny universe out there, or maybe you wanna go with a pizza with THE WERKS on it, before getting an UM, Moe, UM, Moe, and make sure to put them sunglasses on cuz late night Ragbirds will be BRIGHT!!
Then we’ll start off first thing Sunday afternoon with an extended UM watch, before checking out some TAJ MAHAL-like weather – believe me, you’re gonna wanna eat plenty of LETTUCE for this one, oh – did I forget to mention this is Ragbirds season? Hope you have your sunglasses on Sunday too, cuz there will be plenty of Ragbirds crossings out. Thats right about the time we’ll ROCK into the FUTURE , then, we’ll have a 4 hour commercial from our main sponsor, TAB (Cola) before ending the weekend with some moe.
and that is your weather report son!
Enjoy your festy SCampers!