Jeff Mangum was devastating tonight in the best ways. The show was really beautiful and celebratory. Honestly though, it will only work at Coachella if everyone is singing along super loud. Otherwise the noise bleed will be too much. Unless he is in a tent, but my guess is he will be in the Outdoor Theater.
I'd heard that his opening band (a different one) joined him on a couple of songs for his previous dates), but I think the backing from Scott, Laura & company is recent. They did it on Sunday. Good sign for Coachella
at ATP the first two shows mangum played with no backing musicians at all. the third show he had a hack and a hacksaw accompany him for the fool and one other song, much to our surprise. I'd never heard of him using backup musicians other than that.
I was really surprised sunday when they were setting up all the extra mics and tuning a cello. I'm thrilled that he decided to do that. it adds so much.
It was awesome. The addition of the instruments was really nice. Jeff's voice is in top form...even more strong than it was at ATP. I'm so curious as to where/when he will play at Coachella. They should give him main at sunset.
Jeff's second encore was unexpected and spectacular as well. Fantastic show.
On an unrelated note, if any of you bought waste tickets for Radiohead tomorrow, here's their update:
Just to update you – please read below from the venue;
Waste customers can begin picking up their tickets at 11:00AM on the day of the show at the venue box office with their photo IDs and printed out confirmations; there are no name changes allowed for these fan club tickets.