Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins Covers ‘Purple Rain’ & ‘November Rain’
Keyboardist Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee fit covers of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses into Wednesday night’s livestream. Cummins also performed originals, classical material and more over the course of the 90-minute set dubbed “Cinco de Mayo After Party Hits.”
Joel started the livestream by announcing next week’s performance will be the “JoelBowl2020” in which fans can help determine what he plays. Head to Cummins’ Twitter to participate. He then worked a bit of improvisation into UM rarity “Salamander Strut” before performing Tchaikovsky’s “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies,” Chopin’s “Etude In E Major Opus 10 #3,” Jelly Roll Morton’s “King Porter Stomp” and “Metamorphosis” by Philip Glass. A take on Bud Powell’s “Tempus Fugit” led into a string that was heavy on Umphrey’s McGee originals.
Cummins gave band mate Brendan Bayliss a hard time over schtick in BB’s Wine Not? livestreams. Joel then lit into “Phil’s Farm,” an original from pre-UM band Stomper Bob. “Phil’s” gave way to “Christmas Song” and then the keyboardist presented an extended “In The Kitchen” before performing a “Cemetery Walk I” featuring “Ringo” and “Space Funk Booty” within. Next up was a run of “Purple Rain” by Prince, GN’R’s “November Rain” and a “Cemetery Walk II” finale. Watch the set below:
Improv > Salamander Strut, Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies, Etude In E Major Opus 10 #3, King Porter Stomp, Metamorphosis, Tempus Fugit, Phil’s Farm > Christmas Song, In The Kitchen, Cemetery Walk I > Ringo > Space Funk Booty > Ringo > Cemetery Walk I, Purple Rain > November Rain > Cemetery Walk II