setlist (thanks megs):
son of sam
between the bars
ugly before--a new song that's kinda slow
everything means nothing to me
confusion...talk of the town--a new song(i'm pretty sure that's the name of
i me mine--beatles cover
waltx #2 (xo)
wouldn't mama be proud
lost & found
*(i think this is nightime--it has
the lyrics at the end--stay in the
center and wait?--a new song that's kinda fast)
****from here on it was the full band all going
electric--at the beginning it
was just elliott and he kept adding more people and instruments thru this
point--at this point he got the power back on
From: Chris Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: 328 Performance Hall Definitely one of the more interesting shows I've been to!
Just before Elliott was to take the stage, the house lights went down and everyone
cheered. We looked around though and realized that the power had gone OUT. There were
thunderstorms in the area...the power would be out for the next hour. Everyone was joking
about how Elliott should do an unplugged show. That's exactly what he did. ES came onstage
with an acoustic guitar and his piano player. They opened with Son of Sam...no
amplification and no stage lights! The only lights were a couple of emergency lights at
the back and front of the room and candles and flashlights onstage. It was beautiful!
After about three or four songs, the roadies managed to get the PA, a couple of
microphones, and Elliott's guitar pickup working. The power was coming from the tour bus'
generator! For the next hour they played like that. Eventually his drummer came out and
played brushes. Sam Coomes joined them and sang back up vocals. During Waltz #2 (XO), the
power finally came back on. They took a short break and came back for the electric half of
their show. It was a beautiful show overall, the only drawback was that it got extremely
HOT while the power was out (no AC). Elliott complained about the heat at several points
during the show. Although he did mention how fun it was to play a show that way. Here's a
list of what I can remember was played in no particular order:
son of sam
everything means nothing to me
in the lost and found
a question mark
i me mine (beatles cover)
wouldn't mama be proud?
St. Ides Heaven
Waltz #2 (XO)
From: "Adam Wallace" email@example.com
On Tuesday, 9 May 2000, Elliott Smith finally came to Nashville, TN. What transpired that
night in the dingy 328 Performance Hall is sure to become legendary.
The excitement in the club was palpable, as artists of Elliott Smith's level of
interest don't come around very often. But just after 9 P.M., just as he was about to take
the stage, a storm erupted outside and power to the entire neighbourhood was out. As one
might imagine, everyone was THOROUGHLY bummed. But, being the consummate showman that he
is, Elliott didn't even pause before grabbing only an acoustic guitar, taking the stage
and playing "Son of Sam", singing at the top of his lungs without a mic. The
technical crew set up a couple of flashlights at the foot of the stage so that he could be
seen, which gave the performance an almost campfire sing-along feel. Then, Elliott was
joined on stage by the rest of the band. They played for about an hour with piano,
acoustic guitar, brushes and Sam singing harmony. When the power returned, the sound crew
set up (quickly), and the band came back and played electric for about another hour.
From: "Lindsay Davis" firstname.lastname@example.org
Amen! It's been a week since the concert, but I've finally gotten around to posting a
message about it. This was my first Elliott show, and easily one of the most beautiful
experiences of my life. Weren't we the luckiest audience to have the power go out? I was
hoping for an acoustic show anyway. The candlelit darkness and Elliott's quiet,
heartbreaking music complemented each other perfectly. If only he had been feeling better!
He obviously felt like crap with his cold, and not to mention the oppressive heat, but he
still gave his all.
My only regret is that I didn't get to stay afterwards and tell Elliott this myself. I
even had one of those nifty posters for him to sign! Alas, my friend who drove me to the
concert didn't want to stand in the rain.
Just in case any of you who were there remember, I was the blonde with glasses wearing
a navy blue shirt and jeans who was probably quite annoying and loud....ha ha. Can't help
it, I lost my mind when Elliott came on stage!! I was standing to Elliott's left, very
close to the front. I requested "Junk Bond Trader" and "Last Call"
many times, but to no avail.
Here's hoping that he comes back to Nashville on the next tour, and I can finally
confess my undying devotion! :-)
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