Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Share ‘Funk E. Dead Hot Sergeant Peppers’ Medley: Pro-Shot Video


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong recently embarked on a four-night Halloween run using the theme “Red Hot Sergeant Peppers.” The quartet worked Beatles and Red Hot Chili Peppers into setlists and medleys along with originals over the course of the run. PPPP shared pro-shot video from the “Dead Hot Sergeant Peppers” finale which also featured Grateful Dead covers thrown in.

The action started on Halloween at The National in Richmond with the crowd singing “Happy Birthday To You” in honor of frontman Greg Ormont’s birthday. Pigeons continued the run at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre on November 1 and brought their Halloween festivities to a close with two shows at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on November 2 and 3. The four-piece wound up debuting over 15 covers during the four-night stand including The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes such as “Give It Away” and “Around The World.” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong also dug into their repertoire to perform covers that had been shelved for as long as six years.

Members of the band dressed the part by wearing red Sergeant Peppers jackets featuring custom patches on the back with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ iconography. All four musicians also sported white pants that included black tribal designs from the Chili Peppers’ album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. On the first night in Atlanta, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong were joined by the Terminus Horns for “Fun In Funk” and “Live It Up.” As mentioned and reported, the November 3rd finale was a “Dead Hot Sergeant Peppers” performance containing a mix of originals and Grateful Dead, Beatles and Red Hot Chili Peppers covers. Watch the band pull off “Funk E Zekiel” > “Drive My Car” > “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” > “Drive My Car” > “Funk E Zekiel” > “By The Way” > “Shakedown Street” > “Somethin’ For Ya” in Atlanta on November 3:

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Red Hot Sergeant Peppers Setlists

October 31 @ The National (Richmond)

Set One: Happy Birthday Greg > Poseidon > Offshoot > Around The World* > Jam > Time To Ride > Birthday > Time To Ride, Skipjack > Eleanor Rigby* > Skipjack, Melting Lights > Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band^ > Melting Lights > Can’t Stop*#, Julia > Twist And Shout > Julia

Set Two: Walk Outside > Dear Prudence* > Walk Outside > Otherside@ > Walk Outside, Somethin’ For Ya > You Won’t See Me* > The End* > While My Guitar Gently Weeps*& > Walkabout > Give It Away* > Walkabout > The Liquid, Dawn A New Day, I Am The Walrus* > Horizon

Encore: Zydeko% > Hey Jude^

  • * First time played
  • ^ Last time played 10/26/2012
  • # w/ Sunny Day intro
  • @ Last time played 11/02/2013 (first complete version)
  • & w/ “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “25 or 6 to 4” teases
  • % Unfinished

November 1 @ Neighborhood Theatre (Charlotte)

Set One: Whoopie, Doc, By The Way*# > Porcupine, In My Life* > Henrietta > Give It Away > Walkabout > Lightning, Funk E Zekiel > Drive My Car^ > Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?^ > Drive My Car > Funk E Zekiel > Taxman > Funk E Zekiel

Set Two: Pop Off > While My Guitar Gently Weeps > Otherside > Moonwalk, Fortress, Spacejam > The Hop > F.U. > I Am The Walrus > With A Little Help From My Friends* > Around The World > Jam > Burning Up My Time > Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band > The End > Get Back > The End

Encore: Ocean Flows

  • * First time played
  • # w/ “Get On Top” tease
  • ^ Last time played 5/30/2014

November 2 @ Variety Playhouse (Atlanta)

Set One: Too Long > Aeroplane > Upfunk, Julia > Twist And Shout > Julia, Drunk People > Otherside > Drunk People, Fun In Funk*, Live It Up*, Walk Outside > Dear Prudence > Walk Outside

Set Two: Overrun, Melting Lights > Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band > Melting Lights > With A Little Help From My Friends > Around The World > Jam > Come Together > Time To Ride, Sunny Day > Eleanor Rigby > Sunny Day > Can’t Stop, Whirled > Mellowship Slinky In B Major^ > Whirled

Encore: Avalanche > Tomorrow Never Knows^ > Avalanche

  • * w/ Terminus Horns
  • ^ First time played

November 3 @ Variety Playhouse (Atlanta)

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