PHILADELPHIA, PA--Went to see Fountains of Wayne last night, in a full-band acoustic performance. The tix were a gift from a certain pseudonymous blogger who graciously offered us a place to crash and a night off. Wonderful.
Full-band acoustic is a relatively rare thing, even post-Unplugged, But I found it sort of evens out the up-tempo and down-tempo songs, so that, for example, "Red Dragon Tattoo" and "Valley Winter Song" feel more similar than they might seem at first glance.
Anyway, set list. Some of these are new, and off the upcoming record (for which no date was given).
They took the stage to the 50's staple "Theme from A Summer Place," and threatened to play "La Bamba," but didn't.
Please Don't Rock Me Tonight
Little Red Light
Someone To Love
The Summer Place (new)
Cold Comfort Flowers (new)
A Road Song (new)
Red Dragon Tattoo
Valley Winter Song
Fire in the Canyon
Bright Future in Sales
Cemetary Games (new)
Stage banter was, as always, funny and sharp. When the crowd gave only a smattering of applause as a new song was announced, Adam Schlesinger said he felt like The Rolling Stones announcing a new song. When "Hey Julie" required some audience participation, he joked that the song was in "17 time" and after a particularly lame audience member couldn't manage to keep the beat, joked again that she had believed him. When opener Mike Viola (more on him in another post) joined the band onstage, they found him a guitar, because "otherwise, you'd feel like a jerk." And Viola replied "Like Bez," which amused me more than it should have.
Great show, and the new record shows a lot of promise.