My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses at the Peabody: Review, Photos and Setlist

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Kiernan Maletsky
My Morning Jacket | Band of Horses
August 8, 2012
Peabody Opera House

Jim James does not have hair. He has a mane, and it is his single best asset as a showman. Better than his sleeved cape (his morning jacket, proposes RFT Managing Editor Chad Garrison), better than his drum pad chain, better even than his flying V guitar.

Yes, he can play the hell out of that guitar -- that's one reason he has attained such celebrity and his band has gathered such a devout following. But last night he and his mane proved enormous, a presence so large as to dominate even the truly cavernous stage and bombastic surroundings of the Peabody Opera House.

Across town, the fossilized remains of Slash were more of a Rock God than almost anything else going. Nostalgia is a powerful force and his is a dying breed anyway. But there is Jim James, proving we don't have to rely on the '80s.

Band of Horses is a headliner in nearly every circumstance except this one. In fact, both of these bands held down its own bill last time through St. Louis, both at the Pageant. Still, Band of Horses did not have a line down the block several hours before showtime, as My Morning Jacket did.

Regardless, Band of Horses was no afterthought. Despite its punctual 7 p.m. start time, the band had a solid audience, both in size and enthusiasm. The more contemplative new stuff, which made up most of the middle of the hour-long set, left us in a reverie. Like My Morning Jacket, BoH rarely leaves absolute silence in a song -- there is almost always a hum or wail to keep the room vibrating.

Front man Ben Bridwell turns out to be adorably affable. He introduces his bandmates with kids' show earnestness and, when his guitar fails him during the spectacular "The Great Salt Lake," he chastises it with finger wags and sheepish grins. He graciously receives the crowd's adulation: "The Jacket are in for a real treat." For a moment I thought the roar of applause would actually necessitate the rare opener encore -- the house lights even stayed down for a tantalizing minute or so. But there was a schedule to keep, and the Jacket would need every moment of its time allotment.


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Peabody Opera House

14th St. and Market St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

No the stage is not cavernous, it is one of the largest and finest indoor stages in the world.

Depending on where they place the curtains and drop set pieces it can also present individual artists and small groups very well.  Either way it is value for the admission dollar.

Experts from the Metropolitan Opera Co.were called in to consult and help, as they did with the construction of the Municipal Theater in Forest Park. There is nothing 'bombastic' about Kiel Opera House, (now Peabody) especially its main theater. Of course you can create 'bombastic 'on any stage and in any theater, or hockey arena or stadium, depending on how you 'enhances' life performance. The problem is underutilization. Kiel Opera House is the most underutilized and restricted downtown performing arts center in the world-confined to 3 or 4 shows a month and no side theater. By contrast, opening 3 months of the 2-theater/concert hall AT and T in Dallas accommodated 212 shows, concerts and events. The first 3 months of operation of Kauffman Center in Kansas City (also 2 theaters) will surpass everything the Peabody presents on stage all year. My guess is what is presented in Peabody, though sparse, outdraws what is presented in the Fox. Would you verify that for us?

Chris5150
Chris5150

Band of Horses was fantastic!!!  A great set, great sound and great show!  We could have listened to them for two more hours.  My Morning Jacket is a solid band, but their music blends together pretty quickly. 

- Chris5150

rockon
rockon

Dude, it's a rock n roll show.  People are going to stand, dance, and get rowdy.  I personally thought the crowd was pretty stiff.

liminalstate
liminalstate

Great show, both bands were amazing. Piss ass crowd though, way too much getting up and down for drinks and just general rowdiness. Never thought I'd say it but Puscifer fans were far better behaved and less high/drunk when I was at the Peabody last. 

phusionblues
phusionblues

Great review. Great concert.  Couple things I noticed: Circuital was released in May of 2011 not in 2010.  Also, They played Touch me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 1 then played pt. 2 right after.  I don't know how often they play them back to back, but I feel it is somewhat rare as I have only noticed the two parts split up during live shows (as they are on Evil urges).

Kate Lee
Kate Lee

Great show! Excellent setlists by both bands. Reviewer is right about the pot though. It was nauseating.

Neytiri
Neytiri

This was a really swell show! Glad I wasn't the only one that noticed the lead singer's "morning jacket."

Chad Hanebrink
Chad Hanebrink

One cannot imagine how badly I wanted to see BoH last night. Maybe next time guys.

Amy Schuepfer Berra
Amy Schuepfer Berra

To me, Band of Horses stole the show. I don't think I can hear the recorded version of "Monsters" ever again because hearing it live was absolute perfection.

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