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Posted by admin On July - 21 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Chicago, IL. Take a band that played the night before in Denver. Put them in Chicago in front of a crowd that has just endured an unforgiving mid-July sun all day. After a long weekend at a Summer Music Festival. You’ve got yourself the ingredients for a low energy performance. Spoon started off with “Small Stakes” just as it got dark in Union Park Sunday night.
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I subconsciously steal this move from Britt Daniels when I play Guitar Hero. The “I’m playing a guitar … oh wait … It’s a machine gun!” move. Look at his eye. He’s looking down the barrel. Photo by Eric.

There was an effect on Britt’s mic all night that sounded like a kid’s Echo Mic (left). It was haunting and effective on “The Ghost of You Lingers,” but became kinda lame after they did it on four songs. It was a solid show, but it kinda stumbled along with the crowd half getting into it, half thinking about work tomorrow. Britt still did his usual, grinding with his ax, getting all up in the amp’s grill and showboating, but I was left wanting more from the headliner.Spoon
Thankfully, they closed the festival with my four favorite Spoon songs: “I Turn My Camera On,” “Underdog,” “Don’t Make Me a Target” and “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb.” Photo by Eric.

Also, Britt Daniels is a liar. His only banter was “Who was here for Public Enemy? That was insane. I’ll never forget it.” Bull. You weren’t here. As Andy and Matt can tell you, he was in Colorado on Saturday. Am I to believe he went Chicago-Denver-Chicago. He’s not us at Summer Camp. He’s no Festival Crasher. He actually kinda sucked at Lolla last year, too. Just sayin.

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