Kenswick 7/7

Review by Jeff Bergman (Switch to

Set List (not in order)
I Hate My Fricking ISP
Play This Game
Couldn't I Just Tell You
Love of the Common Man
Black and White
Secret Society
There Goes My Inspiration
Yer Fast (But I Like It)
Love In Action
Bang the Ukelele All Day
Number 1 Lowest Common Denominator
Hammer In My Heart
Buffalo Grass
One World
First Encore:
The Ikon
Open My Eyes
Second Encore:
Worldwide Epiphany
The Kenswick is a nice venue with a so-so sound system. It does have a good Chinese restaurant next door (although the service was on the slow side - the restaurant was filled with TR fans who all needed to eat and be out the door by 8:00 p.m.) This show would be slightly different that the previous power trio show I saw at Westbury The first tip off that this was not going to be just the Power Trio was spotting Jesse Gress walking into the Kenswick at about 7:30 p.m and then walking around inside the theatre during the intermission in-between the opening act and Todd (the extra Line 6 amplifier next to Kaz's rig was the final confirming evidence). The opening act was a local singer and The Kenswick thanked Todd for supporting local talent. After finishing his acoustic numbers (Cliché, Bang on the Ukelele) Todd commented that he is a big supporter of local talent and introduced Jesse. He then commented to the audience that if you don't know who Jesse is? to just ask the regulars - to which a scream from the audience answered that Jesse is the Todd "look-a-like." Mystified, Number 1 LCD, Hammer in My Heart, Buffalo Grass, The Ikon, Open My Eyes and WWE was played by the quartet. Todd teases Jesse prior to the start of Buffalo Grass that the only way to get him off the stage is to play tunes he doesn't know. From my observation it appears Jesse may knows every TR song.

The break in Love in Action was the longest I have witnessed. Todd started to discuss politics and then changes guitars. Kasim explains to Todd that they still have something to finish and that they need closure. The audience gave a good laugh and There Goes My Inspiration and CIJTY are performed prior to finishing Love in Action.

The band and the show seem a lot looser that at the Westbury show. The performance in Westbury was technically superior, with the Kenswich show having a rougher edge to it. This show reminded me somewhat of the The I tour. I am really taking a liking to Trey's drumming - the guy just does not miss a beat and Kasim's bass playing just gets better and better. It was also nice to see Kasim standing again. Some of the older Utopia/ Todd tunes such as Love In Action/One World/Black and White/CIJTY are performed so perfectly - the sound great! Overall, another great show marred only by the fact that the Kenswick needs a better sound system.

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