my top 200 tracks of all time, so there's that. And the band sounded pretty much like I remembered. Yes, they were old... both William and Jim are in their fifties now and the backing band, save for the drummer, looked just as old (not sure if they were original J&MC members or not). And I certainly haven't ever been to a concert where such an old band played, which was admittedly unsettling. The crowd also skewed to an age range I typically don't see at concerts so I actually in better (sadly), but despite the fact that the Reids couldn't exactly rock out at their age, they still played an amazing set -- and still fought constantly, as has been their history. Well, Jim didn't say much but at least for several early songs he had to tune his guitar in between tracks, resulting in a brief delay that William did not enjoy and he kept sniping at his brother vocally from the stage. Good times. But when they played, they sounded like I would have expected, maybe even better. Really a great show. The choice of songs was good too, particularly the three tracks that filled the encore -- "The Hardest Walk", "Taste of Cindy", and "Never Understand", all from debut album Psychocandy. As much as I fell for Automatic when I first heard it and loved later tracks like "Far Gone and Out", the band's high point almost certainly was their first impression as an artist, some 27 years ago, and there's little doubt that these songs have stood the test of time.
- Download The Jesus and Mary Chain - "The Hardest Walk".mp3