moe. – January 24, 2008 – The Pageant, St. Louis, MO

I decided to do a little moe. Midwest Mini-Tour, so I took off work on 1/24/08 & 1/25/08 for a nice 4 day weekend. Getting up early on Thursday, I had Kaylee drive me to the Metra train station for the ride into Chicago. I was waiting in the station when I heard the news that the train was delayed due to a freight train derailment in the Antioch yard. OH no – would I get downtown in time?? Fortunately, the train was only about 20 minutes late and I arrived at Union Station with 15 minutes to spare. I was able to board the Amtrak train bound for St. Louis!

Just a bit out of Chicago>, the train came to a complete stop. It seems that a switch was frozen and had to be thawed & thrown manually. This gave us about a 20 minute delay. After riding for an hour or so, we again came upon a frozen switch and another delay. Argh! Aside from these delays, the Amtrak ride was uneventful, although I must say that the train made for a comfortable trip. We arrived at the St. Louis Amtrak station around 4:30 in the afternoon.

The St.Louis Station was quite small and rather isolated. There were no taxi's at all! I had to walk about ½ mile to the Hyatt in order to catch a cab. I finally arrived at the Cheshire Inn, a pretty interesting hotel. It has an Olde English theme, with dark wood trim, heavy furniture, wood burning fireplaces, old paintings on the walls, and an overall old-world ambiance. I made my way to my room, where I changed & relaxed for awhile.

Finally it was time. I checked my supplies, donned my coat, hat & gloves, and headed out. It was quite cold as I walked over to the Pagaent, about 1.7 miles from the hotel. It was actually a nice walk, but I was ready to get into a warmer environment and have a nice cold beer. I entered the venue and commenced to grab a Fat Tire. I wandered around for a while, checking out the place & talking to people. I finally moved down to the floor, Chuck-side, to stake out a spot for the fun.

moe. took the stage around 8:30 to the resounding strains of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Set 1:
Deep This Time,
Recreational Chemistry >
Bring It Back Home,
Spine of a Dog >
Buster >
Wind It Up

Deep This Time made for a good opener – the lines 'looking at 40, acting like a child' resonated with me, although I mentally modified the lyric to 'moving through 40'. <G> There were some great jams & segues. Overall, a nice solid first set. There was about a half hour setbreak (more Fat Tires & a pee break).

Set 2:
Down Boy >
George >
Lost Along the Way,
Darkness,
Mexico >
Recreational Chemistry

OK, now this second set really kicked ass. Down Boy came on strong and moved into a fantastic George. Darkness was pretty good live – better than I expected, although I don't care too much for the 'laa la la la' parts. Mexico is one of my favs and I wasn't disapointed. There was this odd moment when Chuck messed up something with his gear. Al commented 'Chuckie fucked up' and the music shifted a bit. Then Al gave an explanation of the Mexico lyrics, then they finished the song. After a bit, Rob started this weird chant thing, which Chuck picked up. Sick shit! Chuck became Rockstar Chuckie, standing on his monitors and walking into the wing, jamming hard all the way. Al took the cue & made similar moves on his side. Raging guitars – wow! They blazed the ending of Rec Chem to finish the set. Nice! I can't wait to re-hear this show.

Encore
Raise a Glass,
Buster

This was my first chance to see the RAG encore with all the moe.rons on stage, and it was pretty cool. Then moe. cranked out a short but sweet Buster, and the evening ended.

I walked back to the hotel and fell into a deep, well deserved sleep. What a day!!

(originally posted in my MySpace blog. You can see more at myspace.com/unkl_russ

Mon 2/18/2008 6:41 AM