Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Conclude Dead Hot Sergeant Peppers Run In Atlanta


Photos by: Ian Rawn

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong :: 11.03.18 :
Variety Playhouse :: Atlanta

Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought a four-night Halloween run to a close at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Saturday night. While the theme for the run was “Red Hot Sergeant Peppers,” the quartet threw Grateful Dead covers into their mix of originals and Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beatles songs for a “Dead Hot Sergeant Peppers” finale on Saturday. Kitchen Dwellers opened and dressed as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on Saturday. PPPP kicked off their first of two sets with “Posideon” and then covered “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles. Next came a medley of their own “Horizon” and the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World.” The first set on Saturday also featured a wild “Funk E Zekiel” > “Drive My Car” > “Road” > “Drive My Car” > “Funk E Kekiel” sequence and takes on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “By The Way” and the Dead’s “Shakedown Street.”

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked off the second set on Saturday with the rare original “J-Town,” which they jammed into the Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away.” The Blood Sugar Sex Magik classic bled into the Dead’s “Slipknot!” instrumental. Next came a mashup of the original “Couldn’t We All” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Walkabout.” More covers were in store as the mashup was followed by takes on “Dancin’ In The Streets,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Norweigan Wood” and another go at “Slipknot!” that dissolved into “Su Casa.” The set concluded with a cover of the Dead’s “King Solomon’s Marbles,” originals “F.U.” and “Zydeko” and a singalong version of “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ended the show and run with an encore featuring their own “Schwanthem” and the Chili Peppers’ “Suck My Kiss.” Photographer Ian Rawn was on hand to capture the action. Check out a full gallery of his work below:


Set One: Poseidon > I Am The Walrus > Horizon > Eyes Of The World > Horizon > Funk E Zekiel > Drive My Car > Road > Drive My Car > Funk E Zekiel > By The Way# > Shakedown Street > Somethin’ For Ya > The Liquid, Doc

Set Two: J-Town^ > Give It Away > Slipknot > CWAlkabout* > The End^ > Dancin’ In The Streets > While My Guitar Gently Weeps% > Norwegian Wood > Slipknot > Su Casa, King Solomon’s Marbles > F.U., Zydeko^ > Hey Jude

Encore: Schwanthem, Suck My Kiss

  • # w/ “Get On Top” tease
  • ^ Unfinished
  • * Mash up of Couldn’t We All & Walkabout
  • % w/ “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “25 or 6 to 4” teases