Goose Jams On Phish & Presents ‘Austin Powers’ Halloween Concert In Worcester

The band loaded the setlist on Halloween with songs from the 'Austin Powers' film franchise.

By Scott Bernstein Nov 1, 2021 9:59 am PDT

Goose celebrated Halloween with concerts at Worcester’s The Palladium on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s show featured a brief jam on the Phish classic “David Bowie” among its highlights, while Goose devoted this year’s Halloween “Netflox & Chill” performance to the movie theme Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

The quintet began the run on Saturday with a 30-minute “Wysteria Lane”/”Time To Flee” pairing. Goose then took on “Jive II” and “The Whales” before debuting “Rockdale,” a song from proto-Goose band Vasudo. “Seekers On The Ridge Part 1” followed and for the first time didn’t lead into the second part of the song. Instead, the five-piece took the beloved “Tumble” deep to end the set.

“Arrow” led into “Bob Don” to get Saturday’s second set underway. Next came a “Ghostbusters Rap” based on Run D.M.C.’s contribution to Ghostbusters II. Goose slickly segued into “David Bowie” and took aim at Worcester native Tony Scavone by singing “Fuck You Tony Scavone” instead of “David Bowie” as pointed out in crew member Jon “Coach” Lombardi’s setlist notes. Scavone, a concert promoter and Disc Jam founder, faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. A cover of Fat Freddy’s Drop’s “Fish In The Sea” came next before Goose worked “White Lights” into the end of “Arrow” to conclude the set. Saturday’s two-song encore consisted of “Moby” and a take on Sergio Mendes’ “Mas Que Nada.”

The members of Goose dressed as characters from the Austin Powers franchise on Halloween. Multi-instrumentalist Peter Anspach was Austin Powers, guitarist Rick Mitarotonda was Dr. Evil, drummer Ben Atkind was Mini-Me, bassist Trevor Weekz was Mustafa and percussionist Jeff Arevalo was Scott Evil. Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova,” which as JiveGoose noted (multiple stats and facts in this article also come from JiveGoose) is featured on both the Spy Who Shagged Me and International Man Of Mystery soundtracks, opened with its first appearance since July 2, 2018.

Last night’s first cover debut was “Draggin’ The Line” by Tommy James. From there, Goose played “Earthling Or Alien?,” dusted off their take on The Who’s “My Generation” for the first time since August 2, 2018 and performed “A Western Sun.” Another new cover came next with Neil Diamond’s “I’m A Believer” which was connected to the set-closing “So Ready” by an “Earthling Or Alien?” reprise.

The final set of the weekend saw debuts of covers featuring songs on Austin Powers soundtracks including The Guess Who’s “American Woman,” “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf and Devo’s “Whip It.” Goose also worked in the “Seekers On The Ridge Part 2” that went missing a night earlier and had Mitarotonda rap as Dr. Evil in a debut cover of Grover Washington, Jr.’s “Just The Two Of Us.” Beloved fan-favorite “Hot Tea” ended the frame before Goose said farewell with their first fast “All I Need” since December 7, 2019 as last night’s encore.

Goose Fall Tour 2021 continues this weekend in Atlanta. Livestreams are available via Watch pro-shot video of Saturday’s “Wysteria Lane” and Sunday’s “Soul Bossa Nova” below:

Stream Goose’s jam on “David Bowie” below:

Listen to an audience recording of Saturday’s show taped by J. Cable and J. Lynch:

Setlists (via Coach)

Saturday, October 30

Set 1: Wysteria Lane > Time to Flee, Jive II, Whales, Rockdale {1}, Seekers On The Ridge pt 1 {2}, Tumble

Set 2: Arrow > Bob Don, Ghostbusters Rap {3} > Fish in the Sea {4}, White Lights > Arrow

Encore: Moby > Mas Que Nada {5}

Coach’s Notes:

  • {1} Vasudo, FTP
  • {2} FTP without pt 2
  • {3} Run DMC. David Bowie tease with lyrics, “Fuck You Tony Scavone”
  • {4} Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • {5} Sergio Mendes

Sunday, October 31

Set One: Soul Bossa Nova {1}, Draggin’ The Line {2}, Earthling or Alien? {3}, My Generation {4} > A Western Sun, I’m A Believer {5} > Earthling Or Alien? > So Ready

Set Two: American Woman {6}, The Labyrinth > Magic Carpet Ride {7}, Into The Myst > Whip It {8}, Seekers On The Ridge pt. 2 {9}, Just The Two Of Us {10}, Hot Tea

Encore: All I Need {11}

Coach’s Notes:

  • {1} Quincy Jones, LTP 7.12.18
  • {2} Tommy James, FTP
  • {3} Dini asked the crowd if they were Earthling or Alien
  • {4} The Who
  • {5} The Monkees, FTP
  • {6} The Guess Who, FTP, Dini started the song from off stage
  • {7} Steppenwolf, FTP
  • {8} DEVO, FTP
  • {9} This was the first time Seekers On The Ridge has been split up.
  • {10} Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers, FTP, Rick did the Dr. Evil rap
  • {11} Fast & original version of AIN, LTP 12.7.19 Boulder CO, Fox Theater
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