My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses
Jay Pritzker Park Pavilion in Millennium Park
August 22, 2012
I wasn’t planning on writing on this show – or even going to this show for that matter – but a last second cheap pair of tickets and a deep love for my morning jacket has caused me to do the opposite on both friends. Alex Thompson wrote an extensive review of a My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses show for our blog a couple weeks ago, so feel free to look at that. I will keep my thoughts short and specific to the Chicago show.
First, Pritzker Pavilion is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues, as it is nested beautifully below the skyline and is very open and wonderful sounding. So to put one of the best sounding bands in rock music on such a wonderfully acoustic stage in the open air was just a great site. Second, in the 11 times I have seen the band, this was easily the farthest back I have ever seen My Morning Jacket– front of the lawn – and it was a different experience in that respect. It has been awesome to see the band make such a slow but incredible rise, but to see them now selling out huge outdoor amphitheaters is just awesome to see; they are one of the few bands these days that has had an organic, well-deserved rise(with the Black Keys somewhat being another), and it has all been earned through their passion for music and endless hardwork on the road.
As to the set itself, now six full albums, some EPs, and several covers into their career, the band can really load up a set. It’s crazy how almost every song in their set is a live staple. As a part of their Spontaneous Curation Series, where the band has had fans pick songs for the m to play in sets, their sets have included tons of rarely played early material like “War Begun” and “I Will Be There When You Die” as well as a sublime cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. They also put so many show-stopping songs back-to-back-to-back that the crowd just continued to reach new highs. For example, playing the ethereal “Steam Engine”, “Lay Low”, “Run Thru”, and ending in the rallying cry of “Gideon” before the encore is simply stunning. That would only be outdone by the encore’s finish, which went from “Wordless Chorus” into “Touch Me I’m Gonna Scream Pt. 2” into “Anytime” into the perfect show ender of “One Big Holiday” is simply outstanding.
That being said, at only about 2:15, it was actually one of the shorter Jacket shows I have seen (imagine that), and seeing it from a distance kept it from ranking among the top so many shows I have seen from them (leave that to New Year’s Eve, a Louisville homecoming show, and Bonnaroo). Again, I implore you to see these guys live, whether you like all their music or not, as chances are, their show will change your mind. Also, below is the setlist if you are interested.
Can’t Miss: ”“Victory Dance”, “Lay Low”, “Rocket Man”, “Touch Me I’m Gonna Scream Pt. 2”
Can’t Hit: I don’t believe in such things
Holding On To Black Metal
Off the Record
Outta My System
Lay Low, Run Thru
I Will Be There When You Die
Touch Me I’m About To Scream Part 1
Touch Me I’m About To Scream Part 2
One Big Holiday
*with Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses