[UPDATE] Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Present Electric Kool-Aid Asheville Test New Year’s Eve Concert



  • Jan 6, 2020 • 1:00 pm PST

    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong posted pro-shot video of their complete December 31 concert in Asheville. View PPPP’s NYE show below:

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made their arena headlining debut at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, North Carolina on Monday and Tuesday with a two-night New Year’s Run. The quartet presented a three-set Electric Kool-Aid Asheville Test concert heavy on cover debuts and guest appearances to end 2019 and ring in 2020.

“High As Five” kicked off the action on New Year’s Eve and was followed by a debut cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” featuring drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos on vocals. “White Rabbit” led into “Melting Lights,” which gave way to an “Avalanche” that included the Pigeons’ debut of Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” within. The first set continued with “Fox & Toad” before the Here Come the Mummies Horns contributed to “King Kong.” More Hendrix followed as “King Kong” was split by “Purple Haze” before the beloved “Poseidon” was broken up by a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World.”


Pigeons opened their second set with a debut cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time” featuring a few lyric changes by guitarist Greg Ormont. “Time” bled into “The Hop” and then the horns returned for “F.U.” PPPP bookended the remainder of the frame with their own “Time To Ride.” The first part of the song was used to intro a countdown into 2020 ahead of the traditional “Auld Lang Syne.” Tuesday’s “Auld Lang Syne” came complete with a bit of “Puff The Magic Dragon” in the middle and was followed by a debut cover of Kool & The Gang’s “Get Down On It” featuring the horns and openers TAUK. More Kool & The Gang classics came next in the form of “Jungle Boogie,” “Hollywood Swinging” and “Celebration.” The horns stayed out for the rest of the Kool & The Gang covers, while all of TAUK added to “Jungle Boogie,” the entire band minus bassist Charlie Dolan was on hand for “Hollywood Swinging” and keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter contributed to “Celebration.”

After “Celebration” came a jam on “Tomorrow Never Knows” before Pigeons wrapped the set with the end of “Time To Ride.” PPPP began set three on New Year’s Eve with a “Walk Outside” sandwich featuring a filling of “Sir Real” and the “All Along The Watchtower”/”Evil Woman” mashup “All Along The Evil Woman.” A debut cover of Hendrix’s “Fire” was up next featuring Carter and his TAUK band mate, guitarist Matt Jalbert. Then, “Horizon” led into an “Offshoot” containing “Electric Slide Avenue” — a mashup of “Electric Slide” and “Electric Avenue.” Pigeons and the horns closed out the third set by performing “Dawn A New Day.” The quartet and horns delivered a “The Liquid” to start an encore that ended with “Ocean Flows.”

Fan-Shot Videos

Time > The Hop > F.U. Captured by Pigeon Fan Cam


Poseidon Jam Captured by Live For Live Music

All Along The Evil Woman Captured by Live For Live Music

Setlist (via PT PPPP)

Set One: High As Five, White Rabbit [1] > Melting Lights> Avalanche> Crosstown Traffic [2] > Avalanche, Fox and Toad, King Kong [3] > Purple Haze > King Kong, Poseidon > Eyes of the World > Poseidon

Set Two: Time [2,4] > The Hop > F.U. [3], Time to Ride [5] > Auld Lang Syne > Get Down On It [2,3,6] > Jungle Boogie [2,3,6] > Hollywood Swinging [2,3,7] > Celebration [2,3,4] > Time to Ride

Set Three: Walk Outside > Sir Real > All Along the Evil Woman [2,8] > Walk Outside, Fire [2,9], Horizon, Offshoot > Electric Avenue Slide [10,2] > Offshoot, Dawn A New Day [3]

Encore: The Liquid [3], Ocean Flows

  • [1] – with Gator on vocals
  • [2] – first time played
  • [3] – with Here Come the Mummies Horns
  • [4] – with A.C. of TAUK on keys
  • [5] – with NYE Countdown
  • [6] – with TAUK
  • [7] – with A.C., Matt and Isaac of TAUK
  • [8] – All Along The Watchtower / Evil Woman mash-up
  • [9] – with A.C. and Matt of TAUK; with “Rock and Roll” teases
  • [10] – Electric Slide / Electric Avenue mash-up with “Bawitdaba” teases