The Eels with Steve Perry of Journey at the Fitzgerald Theater – May 25, 2014

26 May

The Eels at the Fitzgerald Theater

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In retrospect, we all should have seen it coming. When Mark Oliver Everett opened up the Eels show with a gruff, sweet take on Disney‘s “When You Wish Upon a Star” he was obviously tapping into a deep wish for the return of a lost American star. When he first spoke to the crowd and announced that we were going on a journey – “But it’s a bummer journey” – before assuring us that it would end up alright, he was laying down some heavy hints for us to pick up. But it wasn’t until Steve Perry – Steve “The Voice” Perry from Journey, who hasn’t really sung in 20 some years – was midway through putting his silky spin on “It’s a Motherfucker” as our brains collectively short-circuited that we could even start to realize what was happening, what had happened. I’m still not sure that it happened, but I know that it did because “Open Arms” and “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’” killed, and there’s video proof:

“It’s a Motherfucker” – The Eels with Steve Perry. Steve Motherfucking Perry. from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

This would have been a lovely Eels show regardless. Backed by percussion that included a full drum kit, timpani and bells, upright bass, trumpet and pedal steel, this show had – for all of E’s protestations about being lovelorn and lost – a warm and human touch to it. After playing an eclectic set that included amped up versions of some of his biggest hits E ran out into the crowd and did a lap through the Fitz, giving and taking hugs, before dedicating “I Like the Way This is Going” to “the 19 girls I hugged.”

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Tunes like “A Line In The Dirt” did carry the wry sorrow and pain of broken relationships with them, but they were balanced out by the determined, more forward-looking, “Mistakes of Youth” and other tunes, and the cover of “Fools Rush In” was sweet and resigned, from a man experienced enough to know what comes next.

“Fresh Feelin'” – The Eels at the Fitzgerald Theater from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

Except, with an Eels show, you can never really know what comes next. And sometimes, you get Steve Perry, and you all get to sing “Na na na na na na” into the night.

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Setlist
When You Wish Upon a Star
Things The Grandchildren Should Know
Parallels
Mansions of Los Feliz
My Timing is Off
A Line In The Dirt
Where I’m From
Lockdown Hurricane
A Daisy Through Concrete
Grace Kelly Blues
Fresh Feeling
I Like Birds
My Beloved Monster
Gentleman’s Choice
Mistakes of My Youth
Where I’m Going

Encore
I Like the Way This is Going
Blinking Lights
Last Stop: This Town

Encore #2
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) (Rube Bloom/Johnny Mercer)
Turn on Your Radio (Harry Nilsson)

Encore #3 WITH STEVE PERRY
It’s a Motherfucker
Open Arms (Journey)
Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ (Journey)

More video to come!

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  1. Former Journey frontman Steve Perry joins Eels on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul | Local Current Blog | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio - May 26, 2014

    […] Cake in 15 has a great rundown of the collective excitement that ensued when Everett brought out Perry, including video of the first song in the encore: […]

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