Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Cory Wong & Daniel Donato At Red Rocks For David Bowie Bust Out & More

Watch Wong and more join UM for “Night Nurse” followed by Donato getting in on the fun for Bowie’s “Golden Years.”

By Nate Todd Jun 17, 2024 3:11 pm PDT

Umphrey’s McGee brought their summer tour to Colorado’s Red Rocks on Saturday. UM welcomed openers Daniel Donato and Cory Wong to close out the first set.

The first frame got underway with a pair of tunes from the band’s two most recent studio albums, instrumental “You Got The Wrong Guy” (You Walked Up Shaking In Your Boots But You Stood Tall And Left A Raging Bull) and “Hiccup” (Asking For A Friend). The first set also included a well-explored “Ringo.”


The collaborations commenced on the penultimate song of the first frame when Wong emerged to contribute to “Night Nurse” along with his bandmate Petar Janjic on percussion alongside Cosmic Country’s Will Clark joining Andy Farag in perc world.

Wong laid down some of his signature funky guitar on the groove track and also shredded up the Rocks followed by a four-man drum solo anchored by Kris Myers. Watch the “Night Nurse” performance below:

Umphrey’s McGee (See 847 videos) , Cory Wong (See 46 videos) , Will Clark and Petar Janjic

Donato then came out to join UM and Wong for the set-closer, a bust out cover of David Bowie’s “Golden Years,” last played by Umphrey’s on March 10, 2017 for a gap of 547 shows, as per All Things Umphreys. Led by guitarist Brendan Bayliss, Donato added some twang and swapped fierce riffage with UM guitarist Jake Cinninger while Cory added a jazzy auto-wah exploration on the Station to Station (1976) standout. Check out that performance:

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Umphrey’s McGee (See 847 videos) , Cory Wong (See 46 videos) and Daniel Donato (See 58 videos)

Set two got underway with a nearly 16-minute “Hurt Bird Bath” followed by a pairing of “Hajimemashite” and “Concessions.” After 2023 single “Staircase,” “Dump City” saw a jam on Mile Davis’ “It’s About That Time,” ahead of set closer “Slacker.”

Umphrey’s McGee returned to encore with “Den” and “Puppet String.” UM’s summer tour continues on Thursday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Scroll down for their itinerary with ticket info.

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Setlist (via All Things Umphreys)

Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Hiccup > Crucial Taunt, Ringo > The Triple Wide > Cut the Cable, Night Nurse[1], Golden Years[2]

Set 2: Hurt Bird Bath, Hajimemashite > Concessions, Staircase, Dump City[3], Slacker

Encore: Den, Puppet String


  • [1] with Cory Wong on guitar along with Will Clark and Petar Janjic on percussion
  • [2] with Cory Wong and Daniel Donato on guitar
  • [3] with It’s About That Time (Miles Davis) jam
  • Show Notes:

    last Golden Years 2017-03-10 (547 shows)

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