Fred wrote:Was this the first concert performance of Radio?
Erik wrote:Back on October 20, 2004, the Vienna Teng Trio (featuring Marika Hughes and Alan Lin) played the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA for the first time.
Last night, Vienna returned to the Palms Playhouse with Alex Wong and the poster for the 2004 performance was still on display.
Opening the show was Paul Freeman, who had previously toured with Vienna on the east coast and has since made attempts to write songs with both Vienna and Alex individually.
Vienna and Alex joined Paul on one of his songs during his set but I don't know the names of his songs to tell you which one yet.
Vienna and Alex's set went like this:
Whatever You Want
In Another Life
Go On Make Promises (with Paul Freeman)
Stray Italian Greyhound
In The Creases
Mission Street (Vienna solo, by request)
Go On Make Promises made its west coast debut, as officially did the Vienna/Alex version of Radio. Alex's guitar ran out of battery during homecoming, but Paul brought another 9-volt to the stage and he changed it out to play In The Creases. Vienna asked if anyone remembered all of the words to Mission Street before she played it and I don't know if she got all of them right but she finished the song without stopping it.
Paul and Vienna wrote Go On Make Promises together and Winters was the first time that Alex had ever played on it. They had previously only played the song in public at Rockwood Music Hall in New York.
The smoke from the outdoor pizza oven on the corner billowed through the old opera house post-show and it almost seemed like the whole small town was on fire.
The USB version of The Moment Always Vanishing includes a special thank you clip from Vienna and Alex recorded prior to the show. The Winters clip features Alex Wong on backstage stairs railing percussion, Paul Freeman commenting on how cold it is because he is in Winters, narrated by Vienna Teng.
(Previous clips from Seattle include Vienna and Alex describing their trip from Portland north to Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, while using a drawing of some Pacific islands and a clip of Vienna and Alex during Sara Watkins' soundcheck at Mississippi Studios.)
For those attending future shows, check out the USB stick version of the album for one of these limited edition clips from your show. It is a real treat!
stapper2 wrote:Paul Freeman has a powerful voice live and is quite a fun guy.
Does anyone know if "Go On Make Promises" is the title they are officially going with for the song they co-wrote? When I saw them perform it together @Rockwood, they were bantering about how it did not have a title yet. If I recall, they had just written it or just recorded it that day.
Fred wrote:Hey, Stapper2, nice to see you on the Forum! Lots of new folks lately; that's great!
stapper2 wrote:Fred wrote:Hey, Stapper2, nice to see you on the Forum! Lots of new folks lately; that's great!
Thanks for the welcome! The somewhat funny part is that I'm not really "new" to Vienna or even reading posts in the forum as I've been a fan of Vienna's since 2003.
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