02/15/15 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
02/17/15 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
02/22/15 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston
02/24/15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
02/25/15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
02/26/15 New York, NY Terminal 5
02/27/15 New York, NY Terminal 5
02/28/15 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
03/01/15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
03/02/15 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
What a special night, not only was the show complete sold out, but for one night only, making their only appearance on this No Cities to Love tour, were Grrrl Prty presents Tawst. As you know Lizzo is from here and her ex-band and friends Grrrl Prty were still in town... that it shouldn't surprise anyone at this special DJ/dance intro. Their DJ set included a variety of Riot Grrrl anthems, such as The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb", Le Tigre's "Deceptacon", Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl", Gossip's "Standing In The Way Of Control", among others. They played to the audience, who knew all the songs.
Lizzo (with Grrrl Prty)
That wasn't all, for "Batches & Cookies", a special appearance by Babes in Toyland's drummer Lori Barbero, who flew in from Los Angeles at Babe's reunion show to be in Minneapolis for last night, was on stage to toss out cookies to the crowd.
Just prior to Sleater-Kinney taking the stage, Jade, DJ from The Current, came on stage to thanked us for attending and to remind us that the Current was sponsoring the show.
Of all the cities to love, Minneapolis held a special place in SK's hearts. As Brownstein mentioned how proud she was that First Avenue was celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, she also mentioned how she'll missed David Carr (originally from Minnesota) since he recently passed away, right before the band started to play the title track "No Cities to Love" to their album.
With the very minor exception of a guitar difficulty right before "Ironclad", the guitar tech fixed it right away by swapping out for backup guitar... otherwise the band were in tip-top shape. Both Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, who traded lead vocals, sounded really good. For this tour, the band also featured touring guitarist Katie Harkin, who also did some additional percussions when needed.
The encore started with Tucker coming on stage to announce that Planned Parenthood were at all their shows. They started on their epic five-song encore with "Gimme Love" featuring a rare guitar-less Tucker... touring guitarist Harkin took over the bass.
I also wanted to mention that this wasn't just a SK reunion, but a reunion for all their fans. Personally speaking, I saw old friends I have not seen in nine years and it was all because SK came back to the music scene... so from the bottom of my heart, thank you Sleater-Kinney.
Sleater-Kinney's No Cities to Love album is out now on Sub Pop.
Sleater-Kinney at First Avenue, Minneapolis (14 Feb 2015)