Elastica at First Avenue (setlist)
I could not miss them this time around, so I showed up to this show really, really, really early. I waited for nearly an hour before the opening band Peaches and Gonzales came on stage to entertain us.
Peaches, in her bold style, exclaimed, "We're Peaches & Gonzales. We were personally asked by Elastica to open up the show!" That got my attention, I mean, why would Elastica go out of their way to handpick this opening act?
Turns out, I really love them. I knew instantly, then and there, that Peaches was going to do bigger and better things. And, of course, she did.... but whatever happened to Gonzales?
Anyway, as for Elastica, well, of course, they played a bit of their debut album and The Menace, which did not mix that well, because their second album sounded very different in the direction that they wanted to go (which is more choppy electronic loops and beats vs "rockunroll"). This was to be expected, especially since the gap between the first and second album was half a decade apart.
If memory serves me right, all the original band members were there with the exception of Donna Matthews, who left the band. I thought it was Annie, because she was tired of touring, but I guess I was wrong. Taking over for Donna was Paul Jones from Linoleum and new keyboardist Mew.
Typical, but they saved their biggest hit song, "Connection" for (nearly) last, with "Waking Up" ending their encore. When the show came to an end, since was no barrier, I hopped on stage (which was as tall as I was!) and I grabbed the setlist.
I Twist You Shout
I suspected that Elastica was going to break up after this tour, and, of course, they did in 2001.
"Funny how it seems to me now that you were never here. Never really here."
* "Operate" was left off the setlist. The note on the list say "no good."