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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #60 on: Oct 14, 2017, 05:30 PM »
Strangest Thing on repeat  :headphones:

I can't get enough of Strangest Thing, either.  Also Knocked Down.  The ballads have the most majestically beautiful chord progressions and melodies.  I also love that they use the Fender Rhodes 70s electric piano on these tracks, what a warm soothing sound.  I'm turning to these songs everyday lately for a little bit of peace and refuge.

The shows we saw in Seattle and Portland last week were all that I hoped, better performances even than the last tour.  Granduciel's epic soloing on Eyes To The Wind and others is getting Neil Young-like, but with more melodic structure and crescendo payoff.  Put a Gibson Les Paul or a Gretsch White Falcon in his hands and listen to him soar! People are giving them standing ovations, at least they did in Portland.  Seattle audience sat nearly the entire show, once in a while standing up for a few seconds at the end of a loved song.  I miss the standing only venues that I saw all three times on the Lost In The Dream tour.  Also just a little bit bummed I missed hearing Accidentally Like A Martyr second night in Seattle, the show we did not make.

Looking forward to the next US leg to be announced, wish I was in Denver this weekend for the Ogden Theater shows.
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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #61 on: Oct 14, 2017, 08:19 PM »
I'm glad the shows were so good Shug.  I'm so excited for their DC show.  It's at a venue that just opened called The Anthem.  I doubt they will sell out (capacity is 6,000), but I'm hoping it's a standing crowd instead of seated. 

I've been going to Nothing To Find for repeat listens.  There is a little riff in there that is so good but they don't repeat it enough!

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« Reply #62 on: Oct 23, 2017, 11:28 PM »
Saw these guys at Massey Hall in Toronto over the weekend and HOLY SHIT this band is on fire right now. In terms of fiery, jammin' live shows, this was up there with MMJ and Roger Waters for the absolute best I've seen this year. They're really fleshing out these tunes and are in complete control of tone and vibe. Not to mention they've got a super fucking sick light show. They smoked out an entire 3000-seat theatre and then shot out rainbow lazers during "Under the Pressure"! Who else does that?!

"Thinking of a Place" was stretched out to 15 sublime minutes, but unfortunately that pushed them to their curfew and we did not get an encore. The previous night, they busted out "Like a Hurricane" in honor of Neil after their main set, so that was a bit of a bummer. But I suppose you can never go wrong leaving the crowd wanting more.

WOD have now offically been elevated to "never fucking miss these guys" status. A+!

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« Reply #63 on: Oct 24, 2017, 01:15 AM »
Shug, you said you're looking forward to the next leg..any idea when that will be announced? And do you have any thoughts on what region it will be? I'm down here in FL and we often get left out, hoping that's not the case for this tour.

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« Reply #64 on: Oct 24, 2017, 08:20 AM »
Nice! I am very excited for my show here December 20th.

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« Reply #65 on: Oct 24, 2017, 10:49 AM »
how about a sweet recording of the show at the Anthem??

https://archive.org/details/wod2017-10-23

Under the Pressure->Clean Living set closer?? I love Clean Living from the new album and of course UTP is a flat out J-A-M
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« Reply #66 on: Oct 24, 2017, 05:17 PM »
I was at the Massey Hall show on Saturday.  We were really hoping for Thinking of a Place - sadly they didn't play it....though Like a Hurricane was fun.   For some reason they don't play TOAP all that often - it is my favourite song on the album and they do play most of the new album each night.  Even without it was a stellar show..Under the Pressure is amazing this tour.   They can really channel Springsteen/Neil Young/Petty/Dire Straits but in a modern way that is unique.   Highly recommended.

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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #67 on: Oct 24, 2017, 10:57 PM »
I caught the two shows in Denver, and my favorite tune was the closer on the first night, It's Your Destiny, an absolute mind-bender.
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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #68 on: Oct 24, 2017, 11:17 PM »
Thinking of a Place is definitely my favorite song on the new album.

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« Reply #69 on: Oct 25, 2017, 08:19 AM »
I caught the two shows in Denver, and my favorite tune was the closer on the first night, It's Your Destiny, an absolute mind-bender.

that's rad, they haven't played much from Slave Ambient this tour it seems.
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« Reply #70 on: Oct 25, 2017, 08:56 PM »
The DC show was off the charts.  The segues between songs were MMJ-like.  Great setlist, so many great songs, stellar jams, and very cool lights all set the mood and atmosphere right up there with the best of the best.  Thanks Parker for the link.  It has been fun to revisit the show.  They were on the road forever for their last album, and they're bigger and better than ever.  So I predict more US shows in 2018.  I will be there!  oistheone is spot on..... A+

By the way, The Anthem is a new venue in DC, and it outstanding.  DC has never had an MMJ multi night run, but hopefully that will change with this new venue being very appropriate for that.  I've been there twice recently and got perspectives from the floor, the second tier, and third tier.  The back of the floor doesn't even seen too far from the stage.  The top tier is quite high up though.  Plenty of bars with no lines and great selection of beers.

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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #71 on: Oct 26, 2017, 08:30 AM »
https://www.jambase.com/article/the-war-on-drugs-performs-world-cafe-session

The War On Drugs recently set out on tour in support of their new studio album A Deeper Understanding. Last month the Philadelphia-based band stopped by local radio station WXPN to record songs from the album during a live session for World Cafe.

Frontman/guitarist Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, guitarist Anthony LaMarca and multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez were just a couple of days into their tour when they assembled at WXPN Studios in Philly back on September 20. Host Talia Schlanger witnessed the group performing the A Deeper Understanding tracks “Pain” and “Knocked Down.” Check out the pair of tunes below:




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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #72 on: Oct 26, 2017, 11:07 PM »
Shug, you said you're looking forward to the next leg..any idea when that will be announced? And do you have any thoughts on what region it will be? I'm down here in FL and we often get left out, hoping that's not the case for this tour.

I got no special info, just going off the fact that the tour for the last album went on for a year and a half at least.  This one should be the same, I'm figuring.

I love hearing all the stoke and passion for the live show, I'm feeling' too!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts, dudes.

I'll be looking for more dates to go to, preferably some more multi night runs wherever they may happen.  Looks like that won't be until March or April at the earliest with the Europe and Australia tours in Nov and Feb. Tempting to try for some of those Dec US dates, but not gonna travel that far for just one show in a city.  I'm sure more dates will be announced in the next few months.  Can't wait for it, gotta see these guys as much as possible this tour, like O and APR said!!

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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #73 on: Nov 15, 2017, 12:30 PM »
pro shot vid from their November 2nd show in Amsterdam. 

https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html

edit: my GOD "Under the Pressure" is as epic as i remember it being in Denver last month.

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« Reply #74 on: Nov 16, 2017, 07:46 PM »
pro shot vid from their November 2nd show in Amsterdam. 

https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html

edit: my GOD "Under the Pressure" is as epic as i remember it being in Denver last month.

Great find and thanks for posting!  I will be watching this soon and looking forward to "Under the Pressure" my favorite song of their that they also jammed on in DC.

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« Reply #75 on: Nov 19, 2017, 05:52 PM »
Yeah, awesome, thanks for finding this, dude!  We watched it last night, captured the live set of this tour with good sound and camera work. Leave it to Northern Europeans to know what to film and how to do it right.

Strangest Thing has that epic guitar solo, such a beautiful song with an emotive Neil Young-like solo that Adam tears it up on. The way this song is played live might be the one to turn on classic roots rockers who are still skeptical or have not yet been able to get past the 80s sheen. Nice to have Thinking Of A Place in the set since we didn't get to hear that at either of the two shows we went to so far.  I can't believe Neil Young fans are not all over this new set of songs especially the way they are played live.
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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #76 on: Nov 21, 2017, 05:22 PM »
No joke I listened to Strangest Thing at least 5 times today in my truck. Looking forward to this video, thanks for posting.
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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #77 on: Nov 22, 2017, 01:56 PM »
Strangest Thing is my favorite song on this album!   :beer:

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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #78 on: Nov 25, 2017, 11:48 AM »
pro shot vid from their November 2nd show in Amsterdam. 

https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html

edit: my GOD "Under the Pressure" is as epic as i remember it being in Denver last month.
Great show, as I figured “Thinking of a Place” is soooooo good live. Thanks for posting this show :beer:
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Re: The War on Drugs
« Reply #79 on: Jan 31, 2018, 08:04 PM »
New headlining dates just announced in Vegas, Tucson, Phoenix, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee around some of the festivals!

http://www.thewarondrugs.net/tour
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