I could spend a few hours making a list of all the bands I would not bother to see live on a beautiful summer night. But nothing stops me from seeing NRBQ play live, not even a brutally frigid night, just two days after New Year's Eve. It's 100% satisfaction every time and last night was no different.
This might be sacrilege to some, but the current lineup of The Q featuring Casey McDonough on bass and vocals, Scott Ligon on guitar and vocals and John Perrin on drums and vocals rivals anything that Terry Adams has ever had behind him. Last night's 145 minute marathon felt like a classic Q show from the 70's, covering every base the band has run across in their over 50 year career. Deep cuts and fan favorites like "Ain't It All Right," "Little Floater," "A Girl Like That," and "Never Take The Place Of You," alongside covers like Bill Deal and the Rhondells "I've Been Hurt," Lonnie Mack's "Wham," an absolutely gorgeous"You Send Me" and Shirley & Lee's "Feel So Good," all played with the precision of a jazz quartet, the looseness of a garage band and the finesse of a finely tuned pop band.
I was hoping to post the actual setlist but it hasn't appeared as of yet on the net, and my memory just won't work that hard. I did notice that the band had covered the "Pet Sounds" classic "Here Today" a few nights ago in Harrisburg, PA. Damn! Sorry I missed that, but I did get to see "Don't Worry Baby" back in June, which is posted below. The fact that NRBQ had the balls to even attempt it, and so many other gems for all these years, is the main reason I will never give up on these guys.
Do yourself a favor. If NRBQ comes to your town and you've never bothered to see them, please just see them. If you love music, it will change your life.