Monday, April 5, 2010

One Night With Bob Schneider ... At Bowery Ballroom, 4/3/10

Bob Schneider: April 3 @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

After an excellent set by One eskimO and the horrible infliction that was the second act (review here), Bob Schneider took the stage at Bowery Ballroom. I hadn't seen Schneider in a spell so I was looking forward to it. His shows have become somewhat of a social gathering and it was nice to play catch up with my fellow frontline Bob fans.

Along for the ride, his top notch band, Billy Cassis (guitar) over on the far side of the stage where I could barely peep him, a demure looking Harmoni Kelly (bass), Conrad Chouchroun (drums) who was so close, yet so far away and Jay Thomas (steel drums on "Slower Dear") were in fine form. They are seriously one ass tight band. Schneider seemed to be having an extremely good time though his vocals seemed a little rushed at times and the beginning of "Big Blue Sea" was a little questionable. Somewhere along the line during "Tarantula," he donned a lucha mask. I don't ask questions. I just go along for the ride and he hasn't hit the ditch while I've been riding shotgun yet. Oh sure, there have been moments where I've wondered if we'd go over the rail but, no matter how many times we scrape the rail, I keep going along ... pure adrenalin.

I think the audience may have been the loudest I've heard in a while at one of his shows, seriously loud. One of the best parts of the audience experience, for me personally, I didn't have to endure an obnoxious, loud, drunk chick ... a first for me at a Bob show! I did more than my fair share of off-key singing along and oddly hilarious off-beat dancing because that's the kind of stuff that happens at a Bob Schneider show. Thankfully, there were no small animals or children around for me to frighten!

I had a ridiculously good time. And, I'll tell you again and again, you gotta see Schneider live. Join the cult, he won't make you drink purple kool-aid, only sing and dance.

"Ready, Let's Roll" (camera audio quality dodgy)

Set List

  • Changing Your Mind
  • Till Somebody Catches A Feeling
  • Realness Of Space
  • Gold In the Sunset
  • Everything You Love
  • Bullets
  • Running From The Rain
  • Trash
  • Bombanaza
  • Hand Me Back My Life
  • Hit The Window
  • Big Blue Sea
  • Hard Rock Artist Menu (Cheeseburger)
  • Slower Dear
  • Boom Boom Baby
  • Country Club
  • Your Head Holds Gold. Your Heart Holds Diamonds
  • Band Intro/Captain Kirk
  • Metal and Steel
  • Tarantula
  • King Of The World
  • 40 Dogs (Like Romeo & Juliet)
  • Ready, Let's Roll
  • Getting Better/Hell Yeah