Umphrey’s McGee Dusts Off Paul Simon Cover In Cleveland


On Saturday, Umphrey’s McGee brought their Winter Tour to Cleveland for a gig at the Masonic Auditorium. The six-piece act dusted off a rarity to begin their night and capped it by unearthing their cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Lose Your Lover” for the first time in nearly five years at the historic venue.

For the second night in a row, the prog-jam rockers got things going with a tune that has become a rarity in recent years reaching for “Padgett’s Profile.” The song was offered up for the first time since June 2, 2018 – a span of 73 shows – and just the eighth take on it since 2014. “Attachments” kicked off their first segue-filled run of the night as they stitched the it’s not you cut together with “Water.” While the old-school classic made its way into recent setlists, last night’s take was just the fourth since 2017. “Glory” closed out the stretch with “You & You Alone” coming ahead of the set-closing run on another lesser-played song “Little Gift” and “Cut The Cables.”

Longtime fan-favorite “Hurt Bird Bath” kicked off the second stanza. “Half Delayed” was used as the catalyst for a jam-heavy sequence as Umphrey’s would dig on “All In Time” and an expansive “Utopian Fir” that would feature the first “No Comment” in 108 shows dropped in its midst. “Booth Love” finished off the extended stretch with the pairing of “Much Obliged” and a return to “All In Time” bringing the frame to an end. A “Drums” segment opened up their encore as they would look to their cover of “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” to finish off their night. The tune from Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years had sat untouched since April 3, 2014 – a gap of 476 shows.

Setlist (via All Things Umphrey’s)

Set I: Padgett’s Profile, Attachments > Water > Glory, You & You Alone, Little Gift > Cut the Cable

Set II: Hurt Bird Bath, Half Delayed > All In Time > Utopian Fir > No Comment > Utopian Fir > Booth Love, Much Obliged > All In Time

Encore: Drums > 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

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