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That side of Tom and the band’s musical personality was pressed to wax with Mojo, and it was again on full display Tuesday night at the Saddledome with a snarling cover of “Baby Please Don’t Go,” the often-covered blues standard credited to Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams.
Tom embodies the conflicted storyteller role, and the band rages behind him, Mike Campbell firing nasty, brain-rattling guitar leads in between verses.
So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n Roll Star (The Byrds cover)
With Hypnotic Eye still cruising on the charts after opening as the number one record in North America, Tom and the band are getting more and more comfortable with the new songs each night, stretching them in places and discovering new avenues for improvisation and exploration.
“American Dream Plan B” rocked the Rexall Center in Edmonton early in the set, and after a bright and airy “Into The Great Wide Open,” “Forgotten Man” delivered once again, the song’s dark, menacing vibe matched perfectly with Tom’s vocals.
There’s nothing like big amphitheater sing-a-longs.
Four songs into the set, Tom and the band played “Into The Great Wide Open” off the album of the same name released in 1991.
It’s been off the set list for the last several years but has emerged on this tour as an early-show favorite for the guys, especially when they’re playing to a big crowd of fans that know the words and sing along once the chorus comes around.
“Into the great wide open under them skies of blue out in the great wide open a rebel without a clue.”
It doesn’t seem to matter that the band has a song called “American Girl” or name-checks specific American cities and locations in their songs; our friends to the North have a deep love for this music and this band that transcends national borders.
That affection was apparent all day at Rogers Arena, from the fans that waited by the arena’s loading dock starting early in the morning in hopes of catching a glimpse of Tom and the band to the incredible ovation the band received when they took the stage a few