[UPDATED] Umphrey’s McGee Debuts Beastie Boys Cover At Orpheum Theatre In Madison



  • Nov 5, 2017 • 11:20 am PST

    Video of the cover debut can now be viewed below.

Last night Umphrey’s McGee played their second of two shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. The prog-rock jam act treated the crowd at the historic 1,700-capacity venue to a two set show that featured the band teasing songs from a pair of classic rock acts, playing a 1980’s New Wave tune and using their encore to debut a Beastie Boys cover.

Umphrey’s opened up the night with “Educated Guess,” from their 2014 release Similar Skin. From there, the band offered up a seamless jam-filled run that began with the “Spires,” playing the Mantis track for the first time in 44 shows. “Out Of Order” followed, with the first “Space Funk Booty” in 48 gigs segueing into another bust out, as the Chicago-based act offered up “Hangover” for the first time since the Summer Camp Music Festival this past May – a span of 39 shows. The band closed out their third set of the weekend in Madison with “The Weight Around” and “Puppet String.”

The six-piece act began their second set of the night with “Dump City.” “Resolution,” which featured the band working in a jam of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” eventually wound its way into a “Stinko’s Ascension” that saw Umphrey’s fit in another tease from a classic rock act, as they peppered the tune with teases of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon.” The band reached back into their catalog for old-favorite “Professor Wormbog” next. A cover of Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran,” which was revived early this year after a three-plus year layoff, segued into “August” to close out the set.

When Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage the band had a bit of surprise for their fans as they swapped instruments for the debut performance of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” The Ill Communication cover saw Kris Myers step up to sing lead, with Brendan Bayliss on bass, Jake Cinninger on keys, Joel Cummins on guitar, Andy Farag on drums and Ryan Stasik on guitar.

Watch fan-shot video of “Sabotage” captured by Marian Moon:

Setlist (via All Things Umphrey’s)

Set 1: Educated Guess, Spires -> Out Of Order > Space Funk Booty -> Hangover, Mullet (Over), The Weight Around, Puppet String

Set 2: Dump City, Resolution[1] > Stinko’s Ascension[2], Professor Wormbog[3], I Ran[4] > August

Encore: Sabotage[5]

[1] with Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) jam, [2] with Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) teases, [3] with “turbo” ending, [4] with Celtic Alleluia (O’Carroll, Walker) tease in intro, [5] debut, Beastie Boys; Brendan on bass, Jake on keys, Joel on guitar, Andy on drums, Kris on vocals, and Ryan on guitar

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