Eels at Ogden Theatre - 10/05/10
With Jesca Hoop
10.05.10 | Ogden Theatre
When we interviewed Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) last week, he said he was having the most fun he's ever had on tour and that it might surprise people how much fun the shows are. Sure enough. Last night's show at the Ogden Theatre was a surprise, especially to those who came expecting something like the Eels last show at the Fox Theatre, which featured Everett and his guitar player, the Chet, telling stories about the songs. The Ogden show was indeed just as Everett said it would be: One big, fat celebration.
But Everett eased into things first. After the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon A Star" played on the system while the house lights were down, Everett came on for a bouncy solo take of "Grace Kelly Blues," the opening cut of his 2000 album Daisies of the Galaxy. He then yelled for the Chet, who came out to join him on "3 Speed" and "End Times."
The party officially started when the other three guys in the band, including Colorado's own Kool G Murder (whose family was in the audience), took the stage and ripped into the boisterous "Prizefighter." The energy surged into "She Said Yeah," the Sonny Bono tune that appeared on the Rolling Stones December's Children (And Everybody's), and "Gone Man," which somehow sounded kind of like Everett fronting the Allman Brothers.
Everett then asked, "Everybody having a good summer?" A few moments later, he says, "The Chet has just informed me that summer is over a week or two ago. It sure feels like summer around here. Fuck it, why don't we just extend summer?" The guys then launched into a gritty take on the Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" and then into chugging rocker "Tremendous Dynamite."
Afterward, Everett and company pulled back a bit and took a breather on some gorgeous versions of "In My Dreams" and "In My Younger Days," during which Everett's voice strained just a bit as he sang the line "I don't need any more misery to teach me what I should be" near the end of the song.