MY MORNING JACKET @ MSG

by eliza czander

I usually wouldn’t see a show from a luxury box. I want to be surrounded by beer swilling fans who spent good money on their tickets, not yuppy company whores who are more interested in drinking out the free bar than they are the music. Well, on Wednesday night when a chance meeting with some randoms in the lobby turned into a box and booze invite, I couldn’t say no. It ended up being one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever been to. One of the best New Year’s Eve of my life. Friends had told me that My Morning Jacket was incredible live. That you don’t really know what they’re about until seeing them perform. I now know what they’ mean.

Artist: My Morning Jacket
Song: What a Wonderful Man

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After witnessing nearly four hours of Jim James and the gang playing their hearts out for thousands of screaming fans, I’m bigger fan than ever. With special guest Nicole Atkins belting out covers like “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “Islands in the Stream” there was little these guys could do to make my night any better. Then they went and played one of my all time favorite songs by the great Sam Cooke, “Bring It On Home to Me.” Looking down at MMJ in their white suits, the lights on the crowds, balloons, glow sticks, I was so happy I’d decided against the other overpriced options for the night and came to see the show instead.

Artist: My Morning Jacket
Song: Gideon

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Playing pretty much everything off Evil Urges, they also played favorites like “Gideon, ” “Wordless Chorus,” and “Dancefloors.” After the countdown, followed  by balloon and confetti showers, they played two classic Kool & The Gang songs – “Celebration” and “Get Down On It.” Awesome. Dancing around in our roomy box with our new friends, the show seemed it was over way too early. Glancing down at my watch, I realized it was nearly 1AM. Fuckin’ A. I left, invigorated and revitalized, ready and open to bring in the new year in a big way. I think I may have to do this every year. At midnight they played Charlie Chaplin’s monologue from The Great Dictator as a final countdown to midnight.

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