So last night I went to see They Might Be Giants play up at the Somerville theater.
A friend of mine asked me a couple months ago if I’d like to go see them. I said sure. I’ve seen them once before, at Lupo’s in Providence, and it was a good time. So after work yesterday I headed up to the “T” stop to catch the subway into Boston. We met up at South Station and then up the Red Line we went to Davis Square. We stepped out and presto! There was Somerville theater. It couldn’t have been any easier to find.
We still had a half hour before the show started so we found a local eatery / coffee shop and got a mocha latte with an espresso shot. Normally I don’t drink caffeine that late at night but I figured I’d need it to stay up late past my bedtime. Plus it was pretty dang tasty with the “elephant ear” pastry and pastichio muffin we had.
When we went to the theater, the lobby was pretty packed. The show was sold out, but of course there was a scalper out front trying to sell tickets. We made our way upstairs to the balcony and had an usher guide us to our seats in the darken theater. We sat down in the super cramped seats: there was no room between my knees and the seat ahead of me. Though we were only in the 2nd row of the balcony and on the end of the row by center stage; so great seats other then the lack of knee space.
The opening act, Apollo Sunshine, was on stage, and the bass player with his red hair and beard was so getting into his music. It was kinda infectious. So much that I got their first CD downstairs after the show for $10.
While they were still playing, an usher came by with another couple and asked us what seats we were in. So we told him, he asked for our tickets and then stated that our seats were all the way on the other side of the theater. He pointed them out for us, and we got up and moved. The new seats didn’t seem any better as far as leg room was concerned, but we still a had a great view of the stage.
There was a short intermission while the road crew took down Apollo Sunshine’s gear and set up TMBG’s stuff. Then they came out and played a great set. And as luck has it nowadays, the set list is up on the internets, from the This Might Be A Wiki:
* Doctor Worm
* Why Does The Sun Shine?
* Clap Your Hands
* The Guitar
* Particle Man
* I Love To Sing
* Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal
* Hot Topics
* Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head
* Withered Hope
* Experimental Film
* Robot Parade
* New York City
* The Mesopotamians
* Damn Good Times
* Alphabet Of Nations
* Take Out The Trash
* James K. Polk
* She’s An Angel
* Ana Ng
* Cyclops Rock
* One Dozen Monkeys
* Birdhouse In Your Soul
They played a few new songs from their most recent album, but it was a lot of old songs as well, which I just loved. Hearing She’s An Angel and Older were great. Heck, hearing all those old songs were great. I wish I had brought my camera to take pictures, but I wasn’t sure if they were allowed or not (as the venue’s website wasn’t too clear on it).
During the show they shot off some confetti, and the lighting guy loved to flash the white super-bright lights on the audience, I was blinded several times. John F was a ham for the entire act, at one time walking across the front of the stage holding his guitar low enough so the audience could reach up and strum / touch it. Another time during I’m Having An Heart Attack he started sings like “I’m having a heart attack for you” and kissing his fingers and then pointing them at audience members. A funny guy.
Overall, it was a great show and a great time (I just wish we had more leg room!).