The Ogden Theatre
Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock
Audio By Chuck Miller
moe. made their jubilant return to Denver as makeup for two missed shows in July. Their drummer Vinnie Amico came down with a case of mono and they had to postpon several shows at the end of the summer tour. The wait was long, but worthwhile, as the shows added openers for both nights that included local favorites Yamn and The Congress.
Set One: Burner, Apparition, Floating Leave, Low Gravity, Ricochet, Home Sweet Home^
^w Chuck Garvey
As the opener for a band like moe., it’s important to hit it hard. With lots of potential new fans in the audience and only forty-five minutes to play, it’s important to make an impression quickly. That’s exactly what Yamn did at the Ogden. Soaring through the various sounds of jam and incorporating riff-y electronic effects, Yamn wowed the early arrivers. They proved to the crowd that they are still a force to contend with on the local scene. Given their absence they couldn’t have asked for a better show to reintroduce themselves to the hometown crowd. The highlight was a Chuck Garvey sit-in on Motely Crue’s “Home Sweet Home.” Yamn is known for their random covers of classic rock tunes, but this was an unexpected treat.
After a short set break the five guys named moe. took the stage looking a bit more Grizzly Adams than usual. Al stepped up to his guitar donning a salt and pepper beard and Rob came out looking generally unshaven. They opened with a classic “Graffenberg.”
moe. Live at Ogden Theatre on November 30, 2012.
Set One: Dr. Graffenberg, Hi and Lo> The Pit, Not Coming Down> Wormwood> Deep This Time, Recreational Chemistry
Set Two: Silver Sun> Puebla> Interstellar Overdrive> Head, Awesome Gary> Brent Black*
Encore: Four> The Ghost Of Ralph’s Mom
*Rob Teased the “Peanuts Theme Song” during his bass solo while wearing a Storm Trooper mask.
moe. came back with a tasty “Four” into a brief “The Ghost of Ralph’s Mom” encore to end the first night at The Ogden. With the opener, moe. pushed right up against the 2:00 AM curfew, but managed to squeak this one out at the buzzer. This was a solid show that ventured into the realm of space and deep jam throughout both sets. It definitely felt like the show was for the fans. Night two would prove to be a show more suited for the masses.
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