The ByrdsRoger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their classic album and country rock touchstone, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and played their first of two nights at NYC’s Town Hall on Sunday (9/23). In between songs, Chris and Roger told stories about how the album was made, and they were backed by Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives (Marty also sang lead on a few songs). The night started with a set of earlier Byrds songs that pointed the way to Sweetheart, and they came out for a encore of classic Byrds songs “So You Wanna Be a Rock n’ Roll Star” and “Turn Turn Turn” which bookended a three-song tribute to Tom Petty. Marty Stuart, who was playing Clarence White’s legendary StringBender guitar (which he now owns), and his band also did a couple of their own songs right before the LP portion of the show. Check out the setlist, and video of them playing “Turn Turn Turn” below.

Chris, Roger, Marty and the rest of them do it again tonight which is sold out, but they’ve added a NJ show to the tour: New Bruswick’s State Theatre on October 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, September 26 at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman w/ Marty Stuart @ Town Hall 9/23/2018
My Back Pages
A Satisfied Mind
Mr. Spaceman
Time Between
Old John Robertson
Wasn’t Born to Follow
Sing Me Back Home
Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man
Mr. Tambourine Man

Set II:
Country Boy Rock & Roll (Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives)
Time Don’t Wait (Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives)

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo:
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Pretty Boy Floyd
Hickory Wind
Life in Prison
One Hundred Years From Now
Nothing Was Delivered
Blue Canadian Rockies
The Christian Life
You’re Still on My Mind
You Don’t Miss Your Water
I Am a Pilgrim
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
American Girl
Runnin’ Down a Dream
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (Pete Seeger cover)

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo – 2018 Tour Dates
Sep 24 /// New York, NY /// Town Hall [Sold Out]
Sep 26 /// Boston, MA /// The Emerson Colonial Theatre
Oct 1 /// Louisville, KY /// Brown Theatre
Oct 3 /// Akron, OH /// Akron Civic
Oct 8 /// Nashville, TN /// The Ryman Auditorium [Sold Out]
Oct 10 /// Roanoke, VA /// The Jefferson Center [Sold Out]
Oct 15 /// Durham Performing Arts Center /// Durham, NC
Oct 21 /// Byers Theatre /// Atlanta, GA
Oct 23 /// EKU Center For The Arts/// Richmond, VA
Oct 28 /// State Theatre /// New Brunswick, NJ
Oct 30 /// Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead /// Munhall, PA
Nov 09 /// Majestic Theatre /// Dallas, TX
Nov 10 /// Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater /// Austin, TX

photos by P Squared