Umphreys McGee Debuts Prince Cover In Minneapolis

Umphrey’s McGee played First Avenue in Minneapolis last night for their second show of a three-night stand at the venue famously portrayed in the film Purple Rain. In a nod to the film’s star and local legend Prince, UM broke out a cover composed by the Purple One on the stage he once called home.

The first set eschewed covers in favor of an all original lineup that went big right off the bat with the “You Got The Wrong Guy” > “40’s Theme,” “Puppet String” sequence that began the night. “Puppet String” was stretched out and left unfinished as the UM boys moved on to “Cemetery Walk” which gave way to the title track from their 2014 LP “Similar Skin.” Sandwiched in the middle of “Similar Skin” was a 12-minute “The Triple Wide.” A brief “Little Gift” was followed by a lengthy set closing “Bridgeless.”

A drawn out “Ringo” –complete with teases of Herbie Hancock’s “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” –kept the originals streak going to open the second set. It wasn’t until mid-way through “Bright Lights, Big City” that the first cover of the night came out, the debut of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” UM had previously incorporated the Purple Rain track into one of its Halloween mashups along with Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and their original “Pay The Snucka” which they dubbed “Don’t Fear the Doves, Snucka” and played only once on October 31, 2013. Last night’s proper debut of “When Doves Cry” led back to the end of “Bright Lights, Big City” followed by a stand alone “Partyin’ Peeps.” “Der Bluten Kat” was split up by “Final Word” before “Plunger” and the end of “Puppet String” finished out set two. The lone other cover of the night, Bob Seger’s “Night Moves,” filled the encore slot with guitarist Brendan Bayliss playing his acoustic axe.

Umphrey’s McGee finishes up their three-night stand at First Avenue tonight. The show is being webcasted over at TourGigs which you can purchase here