Umphrey’s McGee kept their West Coast tour going last night, turning in a masterful two-set performance during their first night at The Wilma Theatre in Missoula, MT. If the band has shown anything so far on the first few dates of this round of tour dates, it’s that they are a band that’s completely on fire.
After an opening set from Polecat, Umphrey’s wasted no time in heating things up, starting off with their “You Got the Wrong Guy” intro, building it to a wild peak before landing perfectly on the funky standout track “Speak Up”.
After the powerful one-two punch to open the set, the band started up their progressive, multi-sectional powerhouse “Mantis,” which eventually went unfinished as the band transitioned into a fiery “Room to Breathe.” Fun takes on “The Bottom Half” and “Make It Right” followed, before “Yoga Pants” wound its way into the final section of “Mantis” to complete the first set.
Set two kicked off with an Umphrey’s staple, “1348.” When the band opens a set with “1348,” it’s likely that the song will bookend the set, and that’s just what happened on this occasion, as the band would make their second set into one big “1348” sandwich. The band moved from “1348” into the dance-happy “Day Nurse”, which got the crowd moving in a big way. Umphrey’s then launched into an epic segment of non-stop music, starting with a cover of “I Am the Walrus” by The Beatles before segueing into “Tribute to the Spinal Shaft,” then “Much Obliged,” then, finally, a triumphant version of “Hajimemishite”.
Umphrey’s then started up a huge version of “Intentions Clear”, which eventually landed on the aforementioned set-closing final half of “1348.” The band took their encore break, allowing the crowd a moment to catch their breath, before returning to the stage with one of their most classic tunes, “40’s Theme,” which was certainly a high-energy way to close out the show.
Check out full audio from the show, courtesy of taper Mark Smith.
See below for a full setlist from last night’s show. Umphrey’s McGee returns to Missoula tonight for round two at The Wilma Theatre.
Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Wilma Theatre | Missoula, MT | 3/3/2017
Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, Mantis > Room to Breathe, The Bottom Half, Make It Right, Yoga Pants > Mantis
Set 2: 1348 > Day Nurse, I Am the Walrus > Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Much Obliged > Hajimemashite, Intentions Clear > 1348
Encore: 40’s Theme
[Setlist courtesy of allthings.umphreys.com]