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Hey Scampers!,

It has been a while since I personally have gotten to a show and hitting up Umphrey’s McGee and The Werks last weekend was a perfect end to my drought. The Fillmore in downtown Detroit always provides a very intimate setting for every act I have seen there over the years. I love the beautiful cathedral ceilings and artwork.

Umphrey’s really gave us a great performance including a cover of Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” to commemorate the recent loss of their original drummer Mike Mirro. Brendon Bayliss gave a heartfelt speech during the song. Here is a video with audio of the performance featuring a slide show of pictures of Mike:

And here is a transcription of the speech Brenden gives:

“You know Detroit, looking out tonight, seeing so many people…words cannot express how good it feels to be onstage playing live music after so many years together we’ve been doing this. I don’t even know how many, it’s like 16 or something. Way back when we were in college we were starting this thing and it was like, when you’re in college you’re a kid, you have no idea what the fuck you’re supposed to do with the rest of your life, but they tell you you have 4 years to figure it out and you gotta do it well, right?

You know when we started, we were playing bars and 15, 16, 20 people would come out and we’d make about $18 and we were full of self doubt and we had no idea that it was going to get to this point where we are right now. And so I want you guys to know when you’re full of doubt and you have no idea what’s going on in your life and you’re down and you’re out, you’re not thinking anything is going anywhere, it happens to everybody, everybody in this room is in the same position. We all have no fucking clue what is going on. So just believe and have faith because everything will work out in the end. It works out for me, it works out for him, it works out for him, it works out for her, for you, for you, for him, for everybody.”

– Brendan Bayliss

Overall the show was amazing and the band played very tight in my opinion all night long. Opening with 40′s theme gave me a good idea early on that the band was here to give us a good show.

SET I: October Rain, 40′s Theme, Domino Theory, #5, In The Kitchen, Utopian Fir, The Message, Utopian Fir

Set II:
 Bright Lights, Big City, Hangover, Hurt Bird Bath, Don’t You Forget About Me, Bass Solo, August, Mulche’s Odyssey

Encore: Puppet String

Full downloads of the show are always available straight from the band at

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I know I will be listening to this one for some time now to help get through this winter and back into full fledged Festy Season!  My festy gland has been tingling out of control for some time and I can’t wait for this snow to melt here in the mid-west so we can get ourselves back to Chillicothe.

Until next time,