Posted in music | pictures on October 12, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Lemonheads

10:45ish, here come the Lemonheads! They came out and blasted into "Rockin Stroll". From the first chord, first verse you can tell things seem to have fallen in line . There was no fumbling around on stage before starting, no looks of confusion on the face of Dando. My bud who's here from last night turned quickly after the song and said "Like night and day!", commenting on Dando's lucidness, and ability of the band to play the music compared to the previous night (and all other nights of this tour). Last night they didn't perform the entirety of "It's a Shame About Ray", even tho that's what the bill said...

"Confetti" was awesome, and after the first chord of "It's a Shame about Ray" Dando stops like he messed up or something, and then says "Nah, I'm kidding!" and they rocked that sh!t out. That's when I knew they weren't going to have one of those shows I've been reading about. I mean, even tho Dando's sentences didn't make a whole lot of sense, it at least looked as if HE knew what he was talking about. He was conversing with fans, between songs and between amp checks..

They played the [album portion of the show] ...before the band left the stage leaving just Evan and an acoustic guitar to play solo. He never left the stage through the duration of the night, he played what was basically an entire acoustic set after finishing the album. If I had one complaint about the album portion of the show, it would have to be inviting a fan up on stage to sing the lyrics to "Mrs. Robinson". What's up with that? Her voice isn't really projecting through the mic, it's almost like an instrumental.. When Dando asked if someone in the crowd could sing it, we were shouting from balcony "how bout YOU sing it Evan??!?" ... He didn't go near the mic for that one. -[Jay Porks]

From the sound of it, Bowery Ballroom on Monday night (10/10) went
way better for The Lemonheads than their disasterous show at the venue the night before, even though the cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Mrs Robinson" was sang by an audience member because Evan claimed "that even he didn't know the song anymore" (thanks Jonathan). Ever since the tour kick-off, The Lemonheads have had problems "doing the tour as marketed" (a quote from someone close to the band), either because of Evan's alleged bout with pharyngitis or for other, possibly more nefarious reasons.

Regardless, the tour soldiers on with a show in Boston today, continuing until early November before taking a break and then hitting the UK. All tour dates and more pictures from the second night at Bowery Ballroom with New York Rivals and The Shining Twins, including both Lemonheads setlists from that night, below...

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THE LEMONHEADS - 2011 TOUR DATES
Oct 12, 2011 Boston MA The Paradise
Oct 13, 2011 Milford CT Daniel Street
Oct 14, 2011 Pawtucket RI The Met
Oct 15, 2011 Northampton MA Downstairs at Pearl Street
Oct 17, 2011 Toronto ON Lee's Palace
Oct 18, 2011 Detroit MI Magic Stick
Oct 19, 2011 Akron OH Musica
Oct 21, 2011 Chicago IL Double Door
Oct 22, 2011 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
Oct 24, 2011 Denver CO Marquis Theatre
Oct 25, 2011 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge
Oct 27, 2011 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre
Oct 28, 2011 San Juan Capistrano CA Coach House
Oct 29, 2011 San Diego CA Soda Bar
Oct 30, 2011 San Francisco CA The Independent
Oct 31, 2011 Santa Clara CA The Avalon
Nov 3, 2011 Portland OR Mississippi Studios
Nov 4, 2011 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 5, 2011 Seattle WA The Triple Door
Nov 6, 2011 Bellingham WA Wild Buffalo House of Music
Nov 30, 2011 Portsmouth UK Wedgewood Rooms
Dec 1, 2011 Nottingham UK Rescue Rooms
Dec 2, 2011 Leeds UK Cockpit
Dec 4, 2011 Newcastle upon Tyne UK The Cluny
Dec 5, 2011 Glasgow UK Oran Mor Auditorium
Dec 6, 2011 Manchester U KRitz
Dec 7, 2011 Liverpool UK Academy 2
Dec 8, 2011 Sheffield UK Plug
Dec 10, 2011 Birmingham YK Academy 2
Dec 11, 2011 Cambridge UK The Junction
Dec 12, 2011 London UK Shepherd's Bush Empire
Dec 13, 2011 Brighton UK Concorde 2

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Comments (95)

He's still a good looking man. I'll give him that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 12:39 PM

he was wasted and stumbled at the bar like two hours before showtime

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 12:56 PM

is he going to live long enough to make through the tour?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:04 PM

i am incredulous that people paid to see this. the spn doctrs and these guys...who's next, toad the wet sprocket? lol

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:06 PM

hootie

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:13 PM

They've always sucked. If I was actually forced to suffer through a Lemonheads show, I think I'd prefer the stumbling trainwreck so I'd have something to laugh at.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:16 PM

That Nick Valensi look.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:17 PM

i would boone evan

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:27 PM

1:06, Toad is actually still around and rolls through every now and then. If the songs still hold up and people still want to hear them, why the hell not? It beats getting a desk job.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:50 PM

He dedicated "Drug Buddy" to all of the lawyers who make 235K a year!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:59 PM

the songs don't hold up, that's the problem. people really need to cultivate an appreciation for good music, there's plenty out there. yeah i know, music is subjective, blah, blah, blah. those bands all suck and you know it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 1:59 PM

I know it's probably not my place ...

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:05 PM

I always thought Gin Blossoms were underrated. Same goes for Collective Soul.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:08 PM

Letters to Cleo owned the 90's!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:15 PM

But Helmet did a better job than the Lemonheads on their good night!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:15 PM

All of these bands of the 90s are easy to make fun of, but in their heyday they were all pretty good. Not groundbreaking stuff, there can only be one Radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:24 PM

^

All these bands were made fun of plenty IN the 90's as well This isn't really a what were we all thinking deal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:34 PM

go ahead and listen to your lemonheads and ignore the good stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:34 PM

2:24's music collection could probably be used to torture dissidents.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:35 PM

2:08: I agree.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:53 PM

I wish "Hey, That's My Bike!" would reunite!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 2:54 PM

Most of the general run of the mill 90's bands were better than most of the current crap these days.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:05 PM

It's okay to like The Lemonheads. For all the bluster around here on a daily basis, I don't have any friends who don't like some bands that they consider to be guilty pleasures. But the key to that is at least having enough sense to know that they aren't very good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:05 PM

How could Collective Soul possibly be underrated? The fact that even one person liked that shit is an overrating. If you are that one person you should be ashamed of yourself. Hootie gets more respect than those clowns.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:14 PM

Phish at MSG 4 nights!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:15 PM

let's not forget the fun lovin' criminals

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:17 PM

Toad The Wet Sprocket!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:27 PM

Hummus man and the Baby Carrots!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:35 PM

this needs to morph into a "forgotten bands of the 90s" thread stat. ready, go!

soup dragons

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:37 PM

Modern Weepers!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:45 PM

it takes a special kind of ego to have been in a mediocre band that was big almost twenty years ago and allow yourself to be that messed up on stage twenty years later, assuming that people will 'forgive' your nonsence because of how talented you are (were).... not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:48 PM

The Lemonheads were never that big a deal to begini with, so why would anyone now put up with this crap from him?

He's not even that big of a star.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:49 PM

Where have you gone Evan Dando? A nation turns its lonely hearts to you....

wu wu wu

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:50 PM

I like that song "Run" by Collective Soul. It's really pretty. But I guess you were too busy listening to Pavement at the time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:51 PM

soul coughing

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 3:58 PM

EMF

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:03 PM

3:51 - yes, actually.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:06 PM

I probably was too busy listening to Pavement at the time. Though I could have been too busy playing Jenga or plucking nose hairs to listen to Collective Soul as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:07 PM

Temple of the Dog

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:08 PM

Temple of the Dog are still awesome, just sayin. That record kicks ass.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:11 PM

Soul Asylum

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:12 PM

because of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, record companies in the 90's started signing and giving big promotional pushes to any rock band with even the slightest bit of 'alternative' promise. Therefore you had tons of okay mediocre bands that reallly weren't that great in the long run becoming overnight sensations with big machines behind them. The Lemonheads were certainly one of them. If they started their career now in 2011 they would never get arrested and no one would know who they were 20 years from now.

just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:23 PM

Veruca Salt

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:24 PM

fart

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:26 PM

Oh gawd, Collective Soul.

Even as crappy as my musical tastes were then I still recognized how painfully lame they were at the time.

Whoooo0oa, heaven let your light shine down". awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:29 PM

Agree with 4:23 but at the same time a lot of those mediocre bands are so much better than what's out today. There isn't much in the way of mainstream rock unless you can stomach the Coldplays and Daughtrys of the world. I would much rather be listening to the radio circa 1993. But I'm old.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:34 PM

What's funny is that of all these shitty bands, none were mocked harder than the Stone Temple Pilots at the time. At least in my circles. Yet they seem to have escaped the clutches of it. Not to me, mind you, but they don't seem like the have the same general shit stench about them that most of these other bands do.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:37 PM

^ Yeah, same thought about STP. When they broke they sounded like a generic copycat alt band, but those two brother songwriters in the band are actually really talented, wrote a lot of pretty good tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:45 PM

lol, this thread is getting awesome. keep it moving, people.

candlebox*

*this is precisely the product of what 4:23 was talkin about. totally agree.

PS: primal scream

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:47 PM

i actually had the reaction that you guys are talking about with stp after i heard green day. i have always hated them and never understood their popularity. they just always seemed like a bunch of punkass poseurs

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:49 PM

s p i n
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owned the '90s

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 4:56 PM

Green Day are kinda in a different situation. They actually came out of a real punk scene. People forget that. Although they were very 'pop' when they got big overnight, their sound was much more 'basic punk' than any of the other 'alternative' bands of the time, save for maybe Rancid. Green Day would have eventually made a career for themselves no matter what, unlike a lot of those other bands that were just coasting on record companies lust for the next Nirvana. Billy Joe is a really great songwriter and they have a certain amount of real appeal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 6:03 PM

The 90s were the last gasp of radio rock. Looking back, all of these bands had some decent singles and a few of them had a good album or two.

Now there is not 1 modern rock station in NYC, radio is dead and in the next decade or so we will all be laughing about the blog bands of today. Round it goes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 6:15 PM

The Lemonheads are amazing.
Hate your Friends, Creator, Lick, Lovey, Its a Shame about Ray, Come on Feel, Car, Button Cloth...all amazing albums. If you don't care for them, move on. Of all the comment areas in all the world, why are you even here? The show Monday night was extraordinary. It was for the fans, that 20 years later want to hear the hits...Evan delivered them. Take the hate elsewhere. I'm still blissed out from Monday so take a hike.

Posted by me | October 12, 2011 6:39 PM

^ We're here because we like funny BV comments.... And these Lemonhead threads have been goldmines.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:03 PM

lol, yeah man, who gives a fuck about the lemonheads? these comments are way better than any of their output ever was

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:11 PM

where else is there to go?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:28 PM

They might have been better if they were Los Limoncabezas. Theirheir band name suits them though. Friendly. Safe. Uninteresting. Uninspired. If they weren't nominally famous, I'd have been inclined to think of their music as coming from any one of a million pleasant-sounding bands that couldn't get a record deal from their mother.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:33 PM

Is Geggy Tah still together?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:48 PM

who moshes to the lemonheads?!? you know who you are LOL!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:56 PM

the Farm

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:56 PM

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 8:09 PM

Counting crows

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 8:23 PM

Cracker were great in the 90's and are still going strong!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 8:30 PM

Cherokee Sex Workshop

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 8:34 PM

Salt

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:07 PM

ST. Johnny, Skiploader, Dig

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:24 PM

Evan Dando & Dave Pirner were both in 'Reality Bites'. I guess that just about sums it all up.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:44 PM

which one of the shining twins is he banging? so much heroin

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 1:21 AM

he bangs alex, the chubby junky

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 5:29 AM

Alex Weiss
858-692-8919

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 5:30 AM

The sound of grinding metal > Lou Reed + Metallica album > Lemonheads > Green Day
any day

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 8:31 AM

DAVE MATTHEWS AND HIS BAND

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 9:41 AM

Lemonheads are my favorite of all time. Hands down.

Posted by brian | October 13, 2011 10:09 AM

Lemonheads and Dando are so much more than the Ray album. He's a lyrical genius with a voice of gold.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:43 AM

How was this weekends shows anything other than a joke?

As advertised: The Lemonheads performing It's a Shame ABout Ray

The reality:

Not the original line-up of the band that recorded the record

One of the two shows didn't even perform the record

At the show that 'they' did perform the record, the show was barely competent.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:54 AM

Evan Dando is a visionary songwriter who always fields a cracker jack band behind him. Although he was a bit under the weather, the show on Monday was rather good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:56 AM

Is it 4:30 yet?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 11:53 AM

the show on Monday was good, but mostly by comparison to the reports of Sundays show and the others on the tour.

However, as compared to other shows by other bands it wasn't very good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 12:18 PM

Are there any other original members from Ray or is it just Dando?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 1:38 PM

It was barely even Dando.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 2:08 PM

does anyone really care?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 5:33 PM

Heck yeah we care. We wouldn't be here posting if we didn't. Dando I find to be fascinating. Fact that he's even still alive is something of a wonder because he's been getting high (on God knows what all) now for almost thirty years. And not just casually high, but, like, DEDICATEDLY high. He's always been a little out there, a little goofy, like a big weird good-looking loveable kid, but with an obvious amount of talent and a bona fide artist's appetite for self-destruction and/or enlightenment. He's got his haters, which I can understand, but he's also got his followers, like me, who think his music is deceptively good (sunny and catchy and easygoing on the surface, but with some real darkness down below). He's a bit of an anomoly in music as I see it, and if you don't like him or his music, well, go fuck yourself, cuz the rest of us do. I still say he's got a masterpiece left in him. Don't doubt Dando.

Posted by Swearwordguy | October 13, 2011 8:41 PM

Say whatever you want losers. Hate Your Friends and Creator are better than anything you've ever done. Oh wait, no. There was that time you posted some bitter comment on Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 8:42 PM

I don't really think The Lemonheads are a band that has haters. That would require that they occasionally occupy peoples thoughts without the prompt of a post about them. They're just nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 9:12 PM

Swearwordguy makes a good case. I kinda like Dando's solo album, but i'm still waiting on the masterpiece.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:02 PM

The Lemonheads were putting out records before Pearl Jam and Nirvana you idiot...

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:25 PM

The Lemonheads could have been putting out records back when Dando was suffering from Gerber pureed banana withdrawal, and it wouldn't change the fact that they suck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 10:33 PM

Listen to Creator, it's better than so much of the shit that gets put out and praised these days.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 6:35 AM

Been a fan of Evan & the LHs since day 1.
This was one of the last times I'd seen him and it was truly special and restorde my confidence in his genius and art. Obviously he hasn't made much progress on a personal level since then. An article came out after this performance in which Julianna mentions him hitting rock bottom. Had tickets for Monday's show and didn't show up as not to spoil this last experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hykoWPecr4k

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Posted by ciaoluna | October 14, 2011 1:54 PM

Evan is a fantastic man, a fantastic songwriter with a fantastic voice. Yeah, he's fucked up a bit. I've seen Evan play dozens of time. Most of them have been great. Some of them, namely a performance in CT with Juliana Hatfield, were awful. Baby I'm Bored is an amazing album. He may have a pretty face, and people have painted him as some kind of pin up poser, but his brand of brash, unpredictable and maybe unrehearsed rock and roll is what's missing from this current scene of hipsters with their pretty indie sounds recorded to perfection with their macbooks. On top of that he plays Gram Parsons songs second only to Gram; anyone who disagrees with that might be a fucking moron.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2011 8:24 PM

Couldn't agree more. There's more substance and grit and real rock-and-roll spirit and (dare I say!) ART in what Dando does than in anything from Deathcab For Cutie or any of the other punchless emo twits dominating college radio these days. Can't stand these precious little bands like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes who rock about as much as a limp-wristed dummy at zero gravity. What I wouldn't give to hear a couple of chaps like Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell come along and turn the world back on its ear again. Nobody knows how to rock anymore. It's sad. Oh well. There's always my old Van Halen and ZZ Top records to play ad nauseum. I'll take Evan Dando and his shambling hit-or-miss muse ANY FUCKING DAY over Coldplay and Arcade Fire and the rest of this lifeless shit. And I'm only 36!!! Kings of Leon came close with their first two or three albums, but they too quickly sold out and became a large inflated joke much like the rest of them. There. I'm done. I think. Until someone else posts another asinine comment deriding the Lemonheads.

Posted by swearwordguy | October 20, 2011 3:17 PM

@3:17
There's this band named Rush, I bet you'd really like them. Rocking for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:42 PM

Dream Theater last week is what rocked.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 4:23 PM

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