Ah, there is nothing quite like the satisfied sigh one has when leaving a Pat show. Well, except for the satisfied sigh after...never mind.
The night began with Sara reaming me and Chuck (which we deserved!) for abandoning the show troupe at Harley House last weekend. Let's just say there was a reason no one reviewed it...no one was there. First of all, the few scattered tables were about a half mile from the stage, and Pat looked awfully lonely up there. After eventually giving up all hope that any regulars would show up (and that no one was likely to approach the stage), he started to serenade the bikers. The incoherent, up at noon, conservative, "Who The Hell IS This Guy?", not drunk yet, un-Pat appreciative bikers. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against bikers, but Pat and bikers go together like...well, they don't. Pat was cool, though, tried to interact with the ignoring few, made a few good wisecracks, and did his stuff. And, yes, we did eventually "abandon" the show, but only because we could no longer bear to feel Pat's pain. Ask Pipe Jim, even the sound system didn't want to be there!
Anyway, on to Shank last night. What a great show! What a perfect blend of "Pat's Greatest Hits", "Not Often Heard Oldies", and "Cool New Stuff".
I know the order will go wrong at some point, but here are the songs...
"Into Each Other", the new one about "we met at a bar, we went to your house...", another new one, but all I can remember of it was something about "a great big love for you"..., "Ruin My Life", the new "Tiny People With Enormous Heads", "Here I Come With A Brand New Shirt On", "Camping With Lesbians", "Toast", "Imagine A Picture", "I Think I'll Join A Cult", "Hey, Paddy", "Disaster Girl", some short songs including "I Flipped A Coin II", "Be Together Soon", "I Was High", "Chokin' The Gopher" with a debut female singer, "The Likes of Me", "80's", and of course, "Sex and Beer". Is it just me, or do a bunch of the dancers seem to be younger all the time, I mean I know I'm older than most of you, but these gals looked like they were barely in high school. Oh, well.
Anyway, it was for sure one of the best Pat shows I've seen (no, really!); I mean given that even an average show is outstanding!
Other highlights included (only) one broken guitar string, and a nice little miked exchange early on between Pat and Pipe Jim, who really must be a mindreader. Also Murf waltzed in near the end, but we decided not to stop and annoy him, for which I am sure he is grateful.
Still considering RSR for Tuesday night, we'll keep you posted!