Perpetual Groove Reunite With Former Keyboardist & Perform Entire Album In Atlanta

Jam act Perpetual Groove recently completed a three-show New Year’s Run at Terminal West in Atlanta. The first night featured a dream setlist created by a fan, the second night saw the group welcome a former member and perform one of their studio albums in its entirety, while New Year’s Eve was a three-set rocker filled with gems.

Leading up to the run the band asked fans to submit setlists that didn’t include any songs from LIVELOVEDIE as they would be playing their 2007 studio album in its entirety the following evening. The winning setlist used on the 29th was chock full of classics focusing on the early years of the band. Most of the songs came from PGroove’s 2004 studio album, All This Everything including both parts of the title track. For the encore on the 29th, the quartet followed “Space Paranoids” with a cover of “When The Levee Breaks” that saw contributions from guitarist Damien Perry.

Perpetual Groove treated fans on the 30th to a set that included each and every song from 2007’s LIVELOVEDIE. Damien Perry returned for “Mayday” and later added to “Speed Queen.” The big surprise in the LIVELOVEDIE set was the inclusion of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” a cover debut, within “Speed Queen.” Th encore saw the quartet joined by former keyboardist John Hruby for a version of “Breeze” that included a cover of The Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” within. PGroove ended the night with “Walkin In Place.”

For New Year’s Eve, PGroove kicked off the festivities with an acoustic set. The foursome pulled from nearly every era between opening with “Best Of Anything” and closing the unplugged performance with “Three Weeks.” Perpetual Groove included their fan favorite cover of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” as part of the first set. The second set began with “Fall” and included such heavy rotation staples as “Lemurs,” “Mr. Transistor” and “Sweet Oblivious Antidote” as well as a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Digging In The Dirt.” Perpetual Groove opened the third set with “Robot Waltz” which they worked into the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight before bringing Damien Perry back out for a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” Old school classics “TTFPJ” and “Teakwood Betz” came next ahead of the more recent cut “Paper Dolls.” A cover of NIN’s “Closer” and the end of “Robot Waltz” served as the encore. PGroove returns to the road in February.

Setlists

12/29

Set: Life> All This Everything pt1, All This Everything pt2, 53 More things to do in Zero Gravity, Andromeda, Long Past Settled In, Crockett & Tubbs, The Universe, Stealy Man, Left to Drifting, Scooter, Gone round the twist, Occams Blazer, For Now Forget, …and Everything

Encore: Space Paranoids, When the Levee Breaks*

*with Damien Perry

12/30

Set: Save For One, Two Shores, To Shed Light or Cast Shadows, Mayday*, It Starts Where It Ends, Crapshoot, Dust, So much as Goodbye, Legends of Preston, Speed Queen* > War Pigs*# > Speed Queen > Only Always

Encore: Breeze%> Pepper%*> Breeze%, Walkin in Place

  • * w/Damien Perry
  • %w/John Hruby
  • # First time Played

12/31

Set One: Best of Anything, Straight Down, Lost Connection, Holy Ship, Naive Melody, Free Ride > When I Get My Hands On You > To The Show, Three Weeks

Set Two: Fall, Cairo, Lemurs, Digging in the Dirt, Mr. Transistor, Sweet Oblivious Antidote

Set Three: Robot Waltz > Auld Lang Syne > Can’t You Hear Me Knocking*, TTFPJ, Teakwood Betz, Paper Dolls

Encore: Closer > Robot Waltz

* w/Damien Perry

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