Monday, January 4, 2010

Jambase.com - Most Important Shows of the Decade...

Our boys grabbed a spot.

My Morning Jacket | 12/31/06
The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

There have been many epic My Morning Jacket shows over the past decade - their "coming-of-age" afternoon set in the rain of Bonnaroo 2004; their marathon late night set there four years later; the hometown party in Louisville at Waterfront Park in August 2008; and the huge NYE gig a few months later at Madison Square Garden. Any of these concerts could have made our list, but it was MMJ's New Year's Eve 2006 run at The Fillmore that takes the cake. The band was experiencing huge growth, both musically and in terms of ticket sales and would soon be dubbed "America's best live band" by Rolling Stone, LA Weekly and many JamBase writers to name a few. This show put them on one of the most famous stages in the world on the biggest night of them all and they killed it.

The three-night extravaganza culminated in a sprawling NYE celebration that included an ambitious theatrical element inspired by the old video game The Oregon Trail. The mood was built upon a "Donner Party meets Little House On The Prairie" theme with the band dressed as settlers and native Americans, and the spirits came to life with a number of well executed skits that eventually found bassist Two-Tone Tommy coming back from the dead and killing his bandmates in retribution for eating him earlier in the show (food was scarce on the trail). And that was just the backdrop for a night of extremely well played classic Jacket tracks mixed with rare nuggets and a slew of covers including AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Kool & The Gang's "Celebration," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," Wham's "Careless Whisper" and Prince's "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man." The show was an instant classic. But like most of the bands that really stick with us, a Jacket concert is more than just a rock show. It's big, heady stuff and has the ability to open us up and help us feel and connect. It's an experience, and on NYE 2006 My Morning Jacket seized the moment and created something special. What The Fillmore run announced was a world class band with ambitions beyond just performing their songs well. (Kayceman)



9 comments:

sven said...

I was at the MSG garden last year and it was awesome. Been trying to find a recording of the Fillmore NYE show, but only found a partial download 2 years ago. Anybody got the full version? It must be out there somewhere...

Anonymous said...

Good for them.
I didn't make this one, but I was at "Return to Thunderdome"- Bonnaroo 2004 and the Louisville waterfront show (glad they mentioned them)
This show was available in its entirety on archive.org. I just checked and I could only find the first 2 nights.

Honest Abe said...

This was my first MMJ show ever and it was amazing. I was front row, center stage all night long. It was such an incredible night and solidified my love for an amazing band that I had only been listening to for a year or so at the time. The satellite radio recording was pulled from archive.org but I'm not sure why. Check the torrent sites or the MMJ message board; I bet you can find it out there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for this one too. I've found the covers and the partial DL as well

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I have the whole thing on my external hard drive.
I've never posted that big of a file. But I'm willing to do it if nobody with skills has it.

Jason said...

Send it here my man.

sven said...

Yes please, post it and you'll be my new hero for 2010!

ritchiem4812 said...

Someone posted the NYE 2006 show on Demonoid today. Look for "My Morning Jacket - New Years Eve 2006 (Sirius FM Broadcast)".

Jason said...

Thanks for the heads up and thanks "greengrow" over at Demonoid. It's DL'ing now guys.