telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Seriously Serious Concert No. 8: The National, 5/28/09 by Barbecue Bros
May 29, 2009, 1:55 pm
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The rest of my photos from the show can be seen here.

I’ve traveled to Chapel Hill twice and now Raleigh once to see The National. Now, I’m not complaining, but I would love for them to play Amos’ or Neighborhood Theatre here in Charlotte. In any case, the show always proves to be worth the drive, and this was no exception.

Avent, Ratna and I left Charlotte at 4:45 and other than off and on rain, we made great time getting into Raleigh to pick up Scotty before heading downtown to meet others at Busy Bee Cafe. After a few drinks, we get up to leave and make the 4 block walk to the Lincoln Theatre in a light rain.

We arrive as the opener Colin Stetson finished his set. It sounded more or less like straight skronk and nothing that I was interested in, but he actually received enthusiastic applause from the Raleigh crowd.

Shortly after, Matt Berninger and co. took the stage to a sold-out Lincoln Theatre (which was a bit smaller than I had expected). What can I say except that the band is in tight live form, this time filling out the sound with Doveman as multi-instrumentalist (instead of Padma Newsome) and a three man horn section.

They started off with a new song “The Runaway” (one of three on the night), which I can’t say was an obvious opener (but then again The National aren’t usually worried about being obvious). They ran through the usual selection of songs mostly from Alligator and Boxer in about an hour and a half with a short, three song encore finishing with the always amazing “About Today.”

As opposed to the other two times I had seen them, Matt was much looser this show in terms of banter (in that he actually spoke at all between songs). He was funny and engaging, and perhaps that had something to do with the parents of the Devendorfs being in attendance from Southern Pines. However, I’m guessing it had more to do with the bottle of white wine he was drinking on stage.

After the show, Matt was talking to fans out front and was about to head back to the bus before Scotty and I grabbed him for a quick photo. He accepted and was very gracious about it.

After a quick High Life back at Busy Bee, we were off back on our way to Charlotte after a great night.

Setlist courtesy of The National message board forum:

1. The Runaway
2. Start a War
3. Mistaken For Strangers
4. Brainy
5. Secret Meeting
6. Baby, We’ll Be Fine
7. Slow Show
8. Vanderlylle Cry Baby
9. Squalor Victoria
10. Abel
11. Daughters of the Soho Riots
12. Ada
13. Apartment Story
14. Green Gloves
15. Blood Buzz Ohio
16. Fake Empire

Set Break

17. All the Wine
18. Mr. November
19. About Today

The rest of my photos from the show can be seen here.

Next Up: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Titus Andronicus at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte on 6/10/09


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Just remembered that I would have really liked to hear “So Far Around the Bend”

Comment by Tommy

[…] EP. LAM got it for me about a year ago, but for some reason hadn’t felt the urge to watch it until I saw The National last week. […]

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