The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA

Review by Kleingeld Einstein (Switch to

The place was packed. If the 650+ seats weren't sold out there were only a handful left.

The band was relaxed and had fun. The guitar playing was at times sloppier than on the previous shows I've seen this tour, but at other times much more inventive. On a bunch of solos Todd tried things I've never heard him do before. The solo on Open My Eyes, for example, had nothing to do with any previous solos he'd done there, but it worked great.

The venue was excellent -- fairly intimate with good acoustics. The sound system was excellent too but for a totally inept sound crew. For the first two songs Kasim's mike didn't work at all and Todd's mike sounded very thin. The sound guys fiddled around with the board and giggled wires. Finally, Todd diagnosed the problem with one kick of his foot -- a mike cable extension box that was faulty. The kick sent a giant boom through the sound system but fixed both his and Kasim's microphone problems. Throughout the night the band constantly complained that they couldn't hear themselves or each other. Thankfully, the sound in the audience was really good.

Speaking of the audience, the crowd was surprisingly loud and rowdy. I got the feeling that most of the people closest to the stage were season ticket holders who didn't really know what they were seeing; basically zero enthusiasm. From the 5th row back, though, was solid Todd-heads yelling out obscure requests and playing along with Todd's banter.

And speaking of banter, enough blabbing, here's the song list (*surprise for the acoustic choice BTW):

1) I Hate My Freakin' ISP [Y]
2) Couldn't I Just [Y]
3) Love of the Common Man [R]
4) Black & White
5) Trapped
6) Fix Your Gaze
7) There Goes My Inspiration [Y]
8) #1 Lowest Common Denominator
9) Love in Action
10) * I Don't Want To Tie You Down [T] -- absolutely beautiful
11) Bang the Ukulele Daily
12) Yer Fast
13) Secret Society
14) Hammer in My Heart [B]
15) Buffalo Grass
16) One World
- - ENCORES - -
17) The Ikon
18) Open My Eyes
19) World Wide Epiphany
For all interested fellow guitar nerds, unless otherwise noted, guitar used was Foamy, else, [Y]=Yamaha EX-502, [T]=Takamine acoustic, [R]=Rickenbacker John Lennon, [B]=Blade Stratocaster.

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