The String Cheese Incident 12.30.12
1st Bank Center
Words & Photos By Kevin Hahn
Audio By Peter Coffan
As my fingers froze and my knees quivered I realized how lucky I really was… I was with some of the coolest and grooviest people I had ever come across, about to see my all-time most favorite band, and we were fifteen minutes away from my house! How in the hell did I have this good of luck? Maybe it was the Irish in me or all the karma I had stored up for purposes just like these. Or could it be the all-mighty power of Le Cheese? Is it possible for a group of musicians to control the universe around us and influence the way things might be perceived? Usually with questions like these I tend to scoff or laugh hysterically, as I am not one to believe in “unknown forces”, unless they come from Yoda himself. In this instance, The String Cheese Incident took the place of Yoda in providing us with insight and wisdom into a journey many of us had been waiting for since we left the magical forest known as Horning’s Hideout ever so long ago. No matter how cold it got or how freezing we were, nothing was going to stop us from raging our faces off at night two of Cheese’s Hometown Throwdown. And rage we did…
String Cheese Incident Live at 1st Bank Center on December 30, 2012.
Set One: Birdland > Wheel Hoss > Birdland, Rain, Black and White, Little Hands, Can't Wait Another Day, Pack It Up, Outside And Inside, Just One Story
Set Two: Texas > Kinky Reggae > It Is What It Is, I'll Be Waiting, Rhythm of the Road, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), Joyful Sound > Texas
Encore: Jump > Whiskey Before Breakfast
“Outside and Inside” has slowly become one of my favorite Cheese songs due to the pure shredding Michael Kang provides us and in my opinion some great lyrics. This version was fast and furious as Asian Trey ripped, roared, and ravished that electronic mandolin of his into a shrieking monster. Billy Nershi was trying his best to keep up, but nothing was going to come close to the ferocity of Kang’s playing and the expression on his face proved it. “Just One Story” was chosen as the set-closer and the crowd erupted when the final note was played. What a way to start off Night two!
But what about the other Set two songs you ask? I’ll explain:
-I’ll Be Waiting: Billions of songs possible and Cheese chooses this Adele snooze-fest? WTF!
-Joyful Sound: Wompy and wasteful of an amazing song… lyrics almost saved it
-Jump: Another horrible cover choice… Michael Travis needs to lay off the crazy pills
So what can we take from Night two of this anticipated hometown New Year’s run for Le Cheese? Again I explain:
-Billy needs a haircut/shave badly...
-Practice makes perfect! Being in the studio has helped Cheese tremendously…
-When they have fun on stage, we get to rage in the crowd
-Kang needs bigger muscles in order to actually rip his mandolin in half while playing
-Kyle is by far the funkiest keyboard master
-Keith still has a sexy/silky voice and we need to hear more of it! (Sweet Melinda anyone??)
-The EOTO boys will forever do their thing, so bring ear plugs!
In the end, Night two was a joyous occasion for all involved and I couldn't wait for Night three. To all involved and especially to Cheese, I say much love and thanks for the good times!
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