I’m still in somewhat of a haze from this weekend, so bear with me on this one. This weekend would mark my first trip down to Connecticut to see the Breakfast since Sully’s in November, so I was really amped up to head down 95 South to see my favorite band with my favorite fanbase in lower New England. I got to Toad’s Place in New Haven around 9:30 which gave me ample time to get myself conditioned for a night a music.
Saturday night was a co-bill with Roots of Creation so there was a lot of buzz on York St. that night. Plenty of Vibe Tribers getting their last few stacks of fliers out before next months festivities. Roots played a solid hour and a half set which left the Breakfast to hit the stage a little before midnight. They started out with a tight version of Honey Butter to get the crowd loosened up for a funked out set.
Anyways, after Honey Butter was a patient chilled out version of The Chase. I have seen the Chase probably around 50 times and this was the only time I’ve seen it branched out beyond the standard four and a half minute version, so it was worth noting. Tim followed up with a solo tease of Blackbird, probably foreshadowing the Beatles A to Z show the next day, but soon thereafter dropped into Gladys Pimp and Kangaroos with Me. Now I’m a Gladys Pimp connoisseur, so I knew from about 2 seconds into Blackbird that GP was to follow, and as usual it was its high paced funked out self. There’s always talk as to whether Buquebus or Rufus is their best song after Episode 2 or Grand Scheme of Things, but nothing represents the Breakfast’s high powered funk offense as well as Gladys does.
I took a well needed venture outside during the early parts of Taboo and made it back in just in time for Frankenstein. It was well played and I’m fairly certain it was only the second time the band has played it since The Freakout in 2002, so it was well received by me. Adrian smashed his drum solos and nailed them to perfection as per usual. The Existential Funk that followed was the highlight of the show. This song has easily become the best offering from Chris DeAngelis in the past year and continues to evolve every time they drop into it during a show.
The set closing Buquebus was your typical Toad’s Place Buquebus, which is good. Todd Stoops was clearly getting into it as he was getting his face ripped off in front of Tim Palmeiri in the crowd. We all got our faces ripped off at some point and that’s why we go see the Breakfast in the first place. For the encore, The Breakfast was joined onstage by all members of Roots of Creation as well as Rob Somerville of Deep Banana Blackout for a spirited version of The Harder They Come. It was well stretched out and all 10 people onstage got to have their part in jamming it out a bit more. Rob left the stage and left RoC and the Breakfast to perform a two band segue into So Lonely by the Police as sung by Chris DeAngelis. This really capped the show of perfectly as we got to thrash around to the punky reggae sounds one last time that night.
Sunday was a treat as it marked the first Beatles A to Z show since New Years Eve. For the uninitiated Beatles A to Z consists of Tim, Adrian and Ron from the Breakfast as well as Sean Miller and Fred DeLeone on keys. I spent a long portion of the day at the Sunday Afternoon Bakeout getting primed for the show poolside playing some intense games of Stump. I grabbed a couple gypsies for the ride down to Daniel St. and arrived with the first set in progress.
It was a freeform Sunday and the setlist was a solid mix of classic Beatles tracks with some deep cuts mixed in. They’ve played every song in the Beatles arsenal a few times now, so they do a good job of keeping the songs true to form and occasionally jamming out a song or two. One of Adrian’s drum students, Malcolm sat in for a few songs including Helter Skelter and the previously posted Tomorrow Never Knows. Highlight of the show include the latter portion of Abbey Road being split over both sets as well as a nice I am the Walrus.
The Breakfast 6/25/11 Toad’s Place
I: Honey Butter, The Chase, Gladys Pimp And Kangaroos With Me*, Taboo Or Not Taboot, Frankenstein, Existential Funk, Buquebus
E: The Harder They Come** > So Lonely**
* with ‘Blackbird’ (The Beatles) into.
** with the entire Roots Of Creation & Rob Somerville.
Beatles A to Z 6/26/11 Daniel Street
1: And your bird can sing, come together( + jam), I’ll be back again, I’m a loser, not a second time, rain (+jam), she said she said (+jam), tell me why, when I get home, you can’t do that, can’t buy me love, get back, hello goodbye, lady Madonna, paperback writer, rocky raccoon, she’s a woman, tell me what you see, when I’m 64, you never give money.
II: all you need is love, dear prudence, good morning good morning, I am the walrus, I feel fine, revolution, the ballad of john and Yoko, tomorrow never knows, all my loving, come and get it, got to get you into my life, shelter skelter, I’ve just seen a face, let it be, penny lane, she came in through the bathroom window, the end
E: I wanna hold your hand, I’ve got a feeling, it won’t be long