Goose members Rick Mitarotonda (guitar/vocals) and Peter Anspach (keys/guitar/vocals) waddled into weekend three of the Live From Out There virtual festival series for a special acoustic (read: aGOOSEtic) performance with special guest Jeffrey Arevalo playing the upright bass.
Presented by 11E1even Group and Nugs.tv, the trio kicked off the stream from the solarium at Mitarotonda and Anspach’s house with the popular “Turned Clouds”, from the band’s 2016 Moon Cabin album. Known for its eloquent lyrics and particularly moving jam sections, the bare-bones take on “Turned Clouds” included all of the song’s electric characteristics within an acoustic packaging. Mitarotonda, Anspach, and Arevalo then moved into a take on Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia‘s “Ship Of Fools”, before a rendition of the Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman-penned “His Latest Flame”, popularized by Elvis Presley in 1961.
The hour-long performance continued with an unreleased Goose original, “Elizabeth”, which saw Anspach take over lead vocal responsibilities before an extended acoustic jam section. A cover of Joan Baez‘s “Silver Dagger” came next ahead of the original “Your Ocean”, which the band had not played since 2015 before the bust-out performance at Goosemas on December 21st, 2019. Finally, the three-piece closed with “Madhuvan”, another unreleased, yet fan-favorited track that has taken on many forms in the live setting.
Watch the trio’s set-opener, “Turned Clouds”, below.
Goose – “Turned Clouds” (Acoustic) – 4/5/20
Immediately following the live acoustic performance, fans were treated to the archival video premiere of the band’s show at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY on March 11th, 2020, when they opened for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on their Presto spring tour. This full-band, 75-minute performance included original songs like “Time To Flee”, “Indian River”, “Arrow”, “Butter Rum” and “Madhuvan”. Pigeons guitarist Jeremy Schon joined Goose during the “Arrow” jam and remained on stage for the entirety of “Butter Rum”. Additionally, the band gave an inspired take on the Bill Withers classic, “Lovely Day”, which, in hindsight, appropriately commemorated the recent death of the beloved singer and songwriter.
Watch a pro-shot video of Goose’s “Time To Flee” at the Madison Theater from 3/11/20 below, and scroll down for a detailed setlist.
Goose – “Time To Flee” – 3/11/20 – [Pro-Shot]
Goose has recently postponed several dates on their spring and summer tours because of the global live event shutdowns due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Head to the band’s website for the latest tour information.
Setlist: Goose | aGOOSEtic Live From Out There | Rick & Pete’s House, CT | 4/5/20
Set: Turned Clouds, Ship of Fools (Grateful Dead cover), His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley cover), Elizabeth, Silver Dagger (Joan Baez cover), Your Ocean, Madhuvan
The entire show was performed acoustically by Goose members Rick Mitarotonda and Peter Anspach on guitar, as well as special guest Jeffrey Arevalo on upright bass.
Setlist: Goose | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 3/11/20
Set: Time To Flee, Indian River, Lovely Day (Bill Withers cover), Arrow, Butter Rum, Madhuvan
 w/Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Jeremy Schon