Saturday was the final night of the SK6ers Hi-Ate-Us tour. Yes, Hiatus. In that they are taking a break and we don’t know when we’ll be seeing them again. In July the hiatus was announced and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it to a show since they were not coming to CT. My friend Jen who got me in to the Sixers 6 years ago and I decided that we needed to be there, so we made it happen.
I won’t get into how shitty Webster Hall is as a venue in this review and that because of this I was in tears before the band even came on stage and not for any reason that I thought I’d be tearing up at the show. There may be another post about this later though, or just a letter sent to management. We’ll see!
I will say that otherwise this review was difficult to write. The show left me speechless. As a music fan, I think you look forward to these kinds of shows – but as a blogger? Speechless isn’t ideal. I can’t just post a blank page with a setlist and have you “get it”. I’m still not sure that anything I write will allow you to “get it”, but I’ll try. They played from roughly 7:30-10:15. Nearly 3 hours – but it seemed like the show was over in a blink of an eye. The whole train ride to the show we reminisced on some of the memories that we had from shows past (This was my 25th show, Jen has lost count and there are some that we didn’t go to together as well)
I thought the setlist was a nice mix of past, present and future. Yes, future – they debuted a new song “I Don’t Want To Die On The Road”. Instead of doing just 1 or 2 covers, they did a medley of 7 covers that they had done over the years. As they were singing this medley the memories came coming back of which shows I had heard them perform the covers at before.
I didn’t take many photos. I took 9 during the show. 6 were of the backs of people’s heads. Once we moved to the back of the venue I took 1 decent shot, tried to zoom in on just Stephen and got frustrated. I decided rather than spend half the show annoyed I couldn’t get the “perfect” shot, I’d put the camera away and just take it all in.
The theme of the night was – “You keep clapping, we’ll keep playing” the only thing in our way of them playing all night was the curfew at the venue. There were 4 encores. One song was played in the crowd. My setlist notebook had a front and back page filled with the setlist (first time that ever happened and probably the last!)
There are 2 lyrics that I think sum up the evening – “Celebrate before it’s too late” and “See you later, see you soon”
The next chapter will continue next month, when I go see Stephen solo in Fairfield. (Hopefully Jen can come too!) Maybe then it’ll really hit me that it is “over” (for now) because right now it all just seems like a blurry dream.
Flower in Rain
Roots and Wings
4th Street Moon
Song For Lovers
Start the Day Early
We Belong Here
I Don’t Want To Die On The Road
Such A Way
Medley – Cripple Creek / Fat Bottom Girls / Piano Man / Baby It’s Cold Outside / Rock N Roll All Night / Let’s Go Crazy / Time of My Life
4th of July
See You Later, See You Soon
E: Satisfied Man
2nd E: Mabeline
3rd E: Shady Esperanto
My Favorite Place
4th E: In Front of the World