Drive-By Truckers rolled into Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl this weekend for a three-night run at the newly re-opened Williamsburg location as part of the band’s 2021-2022 North American tour.
The original Brooklyn Bowl hosted The Wailers (SunDub) back on September 8th after a lengthy closure due to the pandemic and has since seen an abundance of performances throughout September and October.
On Thursday, Drive-By Truckers kicked off the November schedule at Brooklyn Bowl with the first of three nights at the iconic NYC venue, before returning to the stage on Friday night (11/5) for an extensive one-set performance. Members Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton began the night with “Birthday Boy”, from 2010’s The Big To-Do. The band would cycle through a variety of originals nearly spanning its entire catalog, including “Where the Devil Don’t Stay”, from 2004’s The Dirty South, “When the Pin Hits the Shell”, from 2003’s Decoration Day, and “Surrender Under Protest”, from 2016’s American Band.
Notable, however, is that the group didn’t perform a single song from its latest two studio outputs, 2020’s The Unraveling and The New OK, after running through several cuts from these records on night one.
Midway through the 26-song set, Drive-By Truckers dusted off an old cover, “State Trooper”, from Bruce Springsteen‘s classic album, 1982’s Nebraska. This marked only the second take on the track since 2016 when it had been a staple of the band’s live show in earlier years. Following a rendition of the original “One of These Days”, the Truckers then took a shot at another cover, this time Alice Cooper‘s “I’m Eighteen”. After “Shut Up and Get on the Plane” and “Hell No, I Ain’t Happy”, the quintet then closed the show with a reimagination of Prince‘s acclaimed hit, “Sign O’ The Times”.
Drive-By Truckers will continue its three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl tonight, November 6th, before heading off to Wilmington, DE on Monday for a show at The Queen. Head here for tickets and additional tour information, scroll down for a full setlist, and check out a gallery of images from the show, courtesy of Ken Spielman.
Setlist: Drive-By Truckers | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/5/21
Set: Birthday Boy, The Righteous path, Where the Devil Don’t Stay, Ronnie and Neil, 72 (This Highway’s Mean), The Boys From Alabama, Women Without Whiskey, Pauline Hawkins, When the Pin Hits the Shell, Wednesday, Love Like This, Mercy Buckets, Marry Me, Buttholeville, State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen), Surrender Under Protest, Sink Hole, Uncle Frank, Puttin’ People on the Moon, Zip City, The Night G.G. Allin Came to Town, One of These Days, I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper), Shut Up and Get on the Plan, Hell No, I Ain’t Happy, Sign O’ The Times (Prince)