Umphrey’s McGee Busts Out Prince Cover In Athens


Umphrey’s McGee dusted off a cover of Prince’s “1999” to end their second set on Thursday at the Georgia Theatre in Athens. Last night’s show was the first of a three-night stand at the venue.

The sextet went with all originals to form their opening set in Athens. After pairing “Cut The Cable” and “Walletsworth” to kick off the frame, UM treated fans to a continuous run of “Draconian” into “The Linear” into “Got Your Milk (Right Here)” into “Tribute To The Spinal Shaft” into “The Bottom Half.” Every song of the five-tune sequence that ended the set was extended to at least the 10-minute mark with the exception of “Got Your Milk (Right Here).”

Umphrey’s began Thursday’s second set with a well-jammed “Dump City.” Next, the band reached to 2011’s Death By Stereo for “Miami Virtue” and 2006’s Safety In Numbers for “Women Wine & Song.” A rare standalone “Der Bluten Kat” followed and spanned nearly 25 minutes. Guitarist Jake Cinninger then stepped to the mic to provide the distorted vocals that herald the start of “1999.” UM debuted their take on the title track from Prince’s 1982 studio album during a tribute to The Purple One” held in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 28, 2017. Last night was just the band’s fourth version of “1999” and first since the 2018 Summer Camp Music Festival. Oldie “Phil’s Farm” brought Thursday’s concert to a close as the lone encore in Athens.

Watch fan-shot video by Gregory Marcus of last night’s “1999” below:

Setlist (via VFJ)

Set One: Cut the Cable > Walletsworth, Draconian > The Linear > Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > The Bottom Half

Set Two: Dump City, Miami Virtue > Women Wine and Song* > Der Bluten Kat, 1999

Encore: Phil’s Farm**

  • * with Stratus (Billy Cobham) teases
  • ** with For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica) teases

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