Robyn Hitchcock... Gigography

Robyn Hitchcock
Concert appearance: Mon., 8 Nov. 2004

Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, Ohio US
Set 2

Set list:

I'm Only You
I Got the Hots
Balloon Man
Linctus House
No, I Don't Remember Guildford
Ghost Ship
Uncorrected Personality Traits
One L
One L
We're Gonna Live In the Trees
Sometimes A Blonde
Only the Stones Remain
Full Moon In My Soul
Raining Twilight Coast
Brenda's Iron Sledge
Sally Was A Legend
Creeped Out
Encore: Rock Your Baby (George McCrea) medley
Encore: When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman (Dr. Hook) medley
Encore: Sound & Vision (David Bowie) medley

When it was time for Robyn all the assembled fegs and fans dutifully
trotted forward to place the requests at the edge of the stage, as
suggested by Robyn at the in-store. He said it saves him the trouble
of coming up with a set list, but he'd have one anyway. A new way
of working for him, he explained. He appeared in a shiny new black
and white diamond shirt and got right to it. After each song he'd tune
a little, check the requests and play something good. I got Linctus
House, Michael got I Don't Remember Guildford, a stunning rendition,
I'd say. When it was time he dispensed with the ritual of going away
and then coming right back for the encore, which he played a lot of
on a white Telecaster, fitted with some sort of humbucking pickup
at the neck, but not, as far as I could tell, at the bridge. Hmmm, I
don't know what version that is, unless it's a custom mod. At one
point he was traipsing amongst the tables, singing his Funky
Town/When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman/Sound And
Vision medley. It was an absolutely fantastic show, with Robyn in
fine form, singing more than joking, doing a sort of career retrospective
request thing. It was almost like he forgot to promote his new album, so
he did stick in a couple of tunes from that for good measure. Also for
good measaure he played One L twice in a row, as he insisted the
tuning wasn't right the first time. We expected that the second time
round would end at the first chorus, but nope, he did the whole thing.
It sounded great the first time! After the show I went to the stage to
see what kind of gear might be up there, and there was his own
handwritten setlist, very little of which he followed, which is exactly
what made the gig so great, though once we saw it we wished we
could have heard some of those, too. But we'd have been there all
night if he played every request! I, for one, greatly enjoy Robyn's
strummy side (though the rockin' side is another kind of aural
pleasure, too!). And some of the newer stuff that I wasn't too sure
about from the CDs was a lot more alive for me. V V good.

Christopher H.

Oh yeah. It was hilarious: He started playing Brenda's Iron Sledge and
morphed into Funky Town, then back into Brenda's Iron Sledge. Mind you,
when Michael and I saw him back in 1992 w/ the said: "We're never
playing Brenda's Iron Sledge again. I hate that fuckin song!" I'm glad
he didn't stick to his word.

Coming to mind: At the instore we asked Robyn about a re-issue of A Can
A Bees and he said he's probably not going to re-release anything on cd
anymore. He suggested that maybe someday it might get released via
internet download, or maybe vinyl. And he mentioned he didn't even have
copies of the unreleased Vegetable Girl or Psychedelic Love, but I don't
believe him.


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