Thursday, May 13, 2010

30 years with The Church: Live at the Park West, Chicago, IL

This spring, the legendarily underrated band The Church toured tiny venues in the U.S. for their (amazingly) 30'th Anniversary tour titled "An Intimate Space". The tour was a must-see for their small but die-hard fanbase. Each night, the band played one song from each of their 23 studio albums in reverse chronological order, all while humorously telling tales from the long road and their recording history. Oh yeah, they also gave each ticket holder a immaculately put together program and CD with 4 unreleased tracks. Name another band that would do something remotely close to that, let alone one that has lasted 30 years!?

Best known for the now classic "Under the Milky Way", The Church is one of those bands that should be huge, but bad timing and artistic integrity got in their way. While Coldplay, The Killers, and Muse sell millions of discs (files?) and pack stadiums, The Church consistently create studio masterpiece after masterpiece and tour in relative obscurity. That is a shame for the masses who deserve to hear them, and a blessing for the lucky few whose lives have been changed by their music. Let's hope they keep going for decades to come.

I was able to catch them on the tour in Madison, WI (see pic above) but this show is from the next night in Chicago, IL. Enjoy and huge thanks to the taper; Alien Rendel!!

The Church
April 15, 2010
Park West-Chicago, IL

set 1
1) Pangea
2) Space Needle
3) Reptile
4) Ionian Blues
5) The Unguarded Moment
6) Appalatia
7) Invisible
8) Louisiana
9) Comedown
10) My Little Problem

set 2
11) Mistress
12) Metropolis
13) Under the Milky-Way
14) Already Yesterday
15) 10,000 Miles
16) Fly
17) Almost With You
18) Tear It All Away

19) Disarm
20) Space Saviour
21) Grind

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