The show began with an announcement stating all photography would be prohibited. Anyone using a device will be escorted out of the venue. This post doesn't have any of the prohibited pictures. I abide by an artist's request ... and I don't want to be kicked out of a show. Electronic music played a cheesy Rocky like theme song for several minutes to set the mood before the band took the stage.
|Photo taken from a wolf shirt website|
After a few songs, John McCrea asked the crowd to put away their devices and enjoy the show to get the most of their entertainment value. The stoned guys in front took pictures of the singer pleading for them not to take pictures. Staying classy Boulder.
The sing along portion of the evening involved CAKE's darker songs. Starting with Sheep Go to Heaven from their 1998 album Prolonging the Magic. The lyrics state, "As soon as you are born you start dying/So you might as well have a good time." Giving everyone an excuse to yell along. Half of the audience was instructed to sing "Sheep Go to Heaven" while the other half sang, "Goats Go to Hell." McCrea conducted the audience like an orchestra while at the same time stating we all had "beautiful voices." Satan is My Motor from the same album was introduced as "a song that is alright for a Christian Evangelists to sing because it's just symbolism...mostly symbolism." The first set ended with Sick of You from their 2011 album Showroom of Compassion. The crowd sang, "I'm so sick of you/So Sick of me/I don't want to be with you."
|CAKE lead singer John McCrea and tree winner |
Guinevere. Photo taken from CAKE's Social Media
My favorite song Stick Shifts and Safety Belts from their 1996 album Fashion Nugget was next. The lyrics state, "Stick Shifts and Safety Belts/Bucket Seats/ All have to go/When I am driving in the car/It makes my baby seem so far." Guitar player Xan McCurdy played the fast paced country licks perfectly.
|CAKE's event poster|
The night ended with The Distance. Inspiring an audience member to crowd surf causing their foot to land on the head of a ten year near the front of the stage. It's just good parenting to take a child to a concert full of drunk stoned smelly hairy guys. The child who was wearing a Make America Cake Again red baseball hat was all right ... physically. Who knows what kind of emotional scars he will be sharing with his psychologist years from now?
See you at the next show. I will be the one hoping we can make America CAKE again.