In the review of the Hold Steady show, there's much complaining about the chosen venue - the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, where alcohol is only permitted outside (it was raining) and the sound bounces all over the place. But with no viable 1,000-capacity over-21 club, we were lucky to even get the show. Props to Brian Drusky for bringing tours like this to town.
-- I had a seat in row J right in the middle (behind two people who were 8 feet tall) and it was hard to even make out what the Hold Steady's Craig Finn was singing, a shame considering how great the lyrics are. When I moved back under the balcony, closer to the soundboard, it was much better, probably because the sound was getting trapped in a smaller space.
-- Kenny Steinberg, prominent lawyer and avid concert-goer, writes, "Sound was terrible through most of the balcony, but at the back center it was merely awful, slightly better than terrible. Vocals were completely washed out, and it was a strain to hear guitar solos. And I wouldn't have known that there was an organ or a pedal steel for the Drive-By Truckers unless I actually saw it. I thought it was my old ears but my seat mates agreed. If one knows all of the words to all of the songs it isn't as much of an issue - our brains fill in the parts we don't hear, kind of like going to a Dylan show and figuring out in the middle of the song just what song it is!"
-- There was one funny moment in an otherwise serious Truckers' set when Mike Cooley started doing the midtempo country tune "Bob," and then stopped, saying, "Let's do another song. Ya'll are sitting down and that's just bummin' me out."
-- The Hold Steady's Craig Finn said at the end of the show something along the line of "We've never played with anyone who shares the love and joy of rock 'n' roll like the Drive-By Truckers." True. What a great pairing.
- The Hold Steady set list:
Hot Soft Light
Sequestered in Memphis
Cattle and Creeping Things
Joke About Jamaica
Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
One of the Cutters
Stuck Between Stations
Lord, I'm Discouraged
Your Little Hoodrat Friend
How a Resurrection Really Feels
Encore (with various Drive-By Truckers)
Ride On (AC/DC)
Chill Out Tent
Look Out Cleveland (The Band)