Last night I saw a They Might Be Giants concert in which they did a theme of playing at least one song from EVERY one of their albums (and they have A LOT of them now…some which usually get pretty neglected at concerts). It didn’t even occur to me until it happened during the show that this would include selections from the band members’ solo projects, including Mono Puff’s Unsupervised and The Statesmen’s West Virginia, which normally NEVER get played at TMBG-proper concerts. It also didn’t occur to me until on my way home that this was especially unique because the songs were being performed by other band members (aside from the band member who wrote/recorded it) who neither recorded nor, to the best of my knowledge, have ever performed it it before!
This inspired me to start a thread asking about your knowledge/experience of seeing live shows that mixed in stuff from other projects…how much they do it, if they do it at all, if they’ll go for obscure stuff or the song that bought them their first mansion?
Les Claypool - he did about 3 Primus songs, but not til the very end of the show. Two was with the band, one was done solo. I’ve only seen him once, but as I understand it he does mix in different Primus songs each night.
Eric Clapton - performs all the big songs from Cream, Derek & The Dominos, etc…I mean, most people say that Layla is a Eric Clapton song anyway!
Pearl Jam - on a rare occasion (once or twice per tour, and on totally random spots), they’ll do a track from Mother Love Bone or Temple of the Dog. The odds increase if Chris Cornell is in town.
Velvet Revolver - They performed one or two Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N Roses songs, but they weren’t any of the big singles. I’m actually having a hard time remembering what they were…I think Mr Brownstone was one.