I hold a special place in my heart for Trouble At The Henhouse, because it was on their tour for this release that I finally saw the band in concert. Yes, for a fan of the band, this is pathetically late in the game. Whatever. It is what it is.
We were in a hot, dusty field with 50,000 of our closest, sweatiest friends. It was the Saturday afternoon of a 3-day festival. Leading up to the main event were Odds, Porno For Pyros, and Live… which would have been lots had not the Hip been headliners… and then the Hip came on and blew the rest back to where they came from with their sheer athletic, encompassing rock. To experience that sound live was unforgettable. All in all, I’d call that a pretty fucking good afternoon spent, wouldn’t you? Hells yeah!
We’d been close to right down front during Odds and Porno, but about halfway through Live’s set (in which they essentially played Throwing Copper from start to finish – woo!), I took a rather hard kick to the side of my head from an asshole crowd surfer, and that was enough for us to move back a few rows, out of the fray. Still, we were close enough to enjoy the Hip’s set immensely, and this show will forever be burned into my brain, one of those life moments I’ll never, ever forget. They could have played all night, we all would have stayed. We were rapt, the entire time.
For any of you who care, I even kept a copy of the set list from that date:
700 Ft. Ceiling
Springtime In Vienna
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
At The Hundredth Meridian
Ahead By A Century
New Orleans Is Sinking
Put It Off
Fire in The Hole
Fifty Mission Cap
Damn. Only two tracks pre-Fully Completely, and no Courage. Still an amazing show.