That The Jesus and Mary Chain are still making music is astonishing to me. Unlike the the Gallagher brothers comical, overblown for the press verbal wars of the 90’s, William and Jim Reid genuinely hated each other. They would often fist fight: onstage, back stage, it didn’t matter. While they had great songs and a unique sound, they achieved notoriety with their deranged attitudes and tumultuous shows. One notoriously riotous show took place at a London venue in 1985. After starting the show with 2 minutes of feedback, they left the stage after 15 more and had to hide backstage from the ensuing riot. This potential for pandemonium and “ f*ck you” attitude was what people were looking for, and this outrageousness cemented the Mary Chain’s street cred. All of this tumult took its toll, and in 1999 the band called it quits. This wasn’t the end, however, and in 2007 the brothers got back together to perform at Coachella. After a bunch of best of’s and B-side releases, the Reid’s got the band back together again to record Damage and Joy which was released in March of 2017. The tour for Damage and Joy stopped by the Palace Theatre in St. Paul on Tuesday night.
First up were The Cobbs. Two dudes who share the last name Cobb, Paul and Ryan, have played together since High School. These Philly boys can jam. Their sound would definitely be at home in a 70’s era arena. If Zeppelin and the Stone Roses had a love child, it would be The Cobbs. The twin guitars were riff heavy, with both Cobbs trading licks seamlessly. Their 40-minute set included the cautionary tale of debauchery, Say You Never Knew Me. The thunderous drum runs had the crowd moving and grooving. All in all, a very powerful set!
Set list: Upsidedown – Annie Annie – Climb On Top – Ceilings – Wondering – Like A Shot- Tear – Don’t Walk – Say You Never Knew Me – This Heart
Set List: Amputation – April Skies – Head On – Far And Gone Out – Between Planets – Blues From A Gun – Always Sad – Mood Rider – Teenage Lust – Cherry Came Too – The Hardest Walk – All Things Must Pass – Some Candy Talking – Halfway To Crazy – Reverence Encore: Nine Million Rainy Days – Just Like Honey – You Trip Me Up – The Living End – Taste of Cindy – War on Peace – Never Understand – I Hate Rock And Roll