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The Sound of Trains in Chicago

May 21st 2012
May 19th Chicago, IL

May 19th, 2012: Chicago, IL

Set One:
Tangled Hangers
Severe Tire Damage
Congo Man Chant ->
Get Up, Stand Up
You Can’t Do That ->
Super Stupid ->
You Can’t Do That

Set Two:
A New Africa ->
Watching the River Flow
Hey Man
Many Rivers to Cross
One For Brother Mike
Take Me to the River

We awake to the deafening sound of Chicago’s public trains zooming by directly overhead as they whisk people to and from their destinations. Really makes me think of how fast-paced the world really is. The very sound of it still rings through my head. It’s a hot day in Chicago, pushing 91 degrees by mid-afternoon.

The room–an old converted taxi repair shop–is the stage that the band graces this evening. Floating above their heads are these over sized balloon orbs. “The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor.”
The first set kicks off with “Tangled Hangers,” followed by “Severe Tire Damage,” which is one of the songs that got me interested in Steve’s music all those years ago.
The second set emerges with “A New Africa,” leading right into “Watching the River Flow,” with a really cool, seamless transition from song to song that shows once again how tight this band is getting as the tour progresses.
“Anorexia,” the first time this is played on this tour, brings me back to the days of Zero. “Many Rivers to Cross” is beautifully crafted tonight, as though Steve’s guitar is weeping the song out. What a blessing it is to be a part of this tour!





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