JugeSTP posted this on the BelowEmpty.com forums:
just got back to the show seconds ago. I’m in a hotel about a 5 minute walk from the venue… that’s how I roll. Anyway, setlist first:
Between the lines
Country lick into plush
All in the Suit intro into Down
[/size]What made this one special was the intimate venue for sure. It was crowded as F and literally it was hard to move from anywhere in the room. Rose Hill Drive, the opener, was insanely good. Those guys are killer musicians, blew me away. The best STP opener I’d seen before them was Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and this band was even better. Anyway, pretty standard STP show by now. Robert did look a little slimmer than usual and he was the most energetic. He was really moving ALL OVER THE PLACE. Eric’s hair dye job is really bad. Scott still has the pooch belly but it looks like his weight is staying steady now. The guys smiled and seemed to get along. Musically the band is tight, and Scott sounded excellent.
[/size]Someone threw a cup of beer at the stage. Scott handled it really well, but Dean seemed a little rattled and pissed off. He shook his head and seemed bothered for most of the show after that. Scott just picked the cup up, dropped it in front of the crowd and waved his finger suggesting that was a no-no. It was a pretty funny move right in the middle of Dancin’ Days. After the song, Scott said “this isn’t the county fair, and you don’t get a stuffed animal for hitting the band with a cup of beer. In fact, you just lose $60-$70 and in this economy that’s not good” or something like that.
[/size]The peak of the night started with Interstate. I don’t normally say that but the version they played tonight was on fire. They carried that momentum right into Down and Huckleberry. Huckleberry was played a little sloppily, but the raw energy they had behind it more than made up for it. Scott also sounded as good as I’ve heard him since the #4 tour at the end of the night on trippin’. He belted it out and really gave it his all. I was surprised to see how well he sang that one. Down too. In the last 3 years I’ve seen STP maybe 5 times and that was the best Trippin version, by far, that they’ve done.
[/size]There were TONS of random licks and jams that I didn’t list above. My personal favorite, the ride the cliche lick in the bridge of still remains, happened.
[/size]Scott alternated drinking between a bottle of Fiji Water, Orange Gatorade, and a random thermos bottle with an unknown liquid inside. He seemed sober but who knows what was in the bottle… not that I care.
[/size]After STT they took an encore break. When they came back Dean kept trying to get Eric to play guitar, and it looked like he was saying he’d take drums. It was funny. Dean pleaded to switch roles about 2-3 times before Eric started ignoring him and then he gave up. Very funny moment.
[/size]That’s about all I got. I see them next Wednesday in Richmond so I’ll give a report on that too.