King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard completed a four-night run at The Caverns in Pelham, TN with two memorable shows on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Australian psych-rockers performed in drag as part of a Pride Night celebration, and on Sunday, they played a rare acoustic show at the Tennessee venue.
After using Thursday and Friday to debut two songs, “Supercell” and “Astroturf”, KGLW moved above ground from The Caverns’ subterranean stage to the venue’s outdoor amphitheater on Saturday and continued to roll out tracks from the band’s forthcoming, “heavy as f–k” album, PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, with the live debut of “Witchcraft”.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – The Caverns – Pelham, TN – 6/3/23 – Preview [Pro-Shot]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Witchcraft” – 6/3/23
The concert took place just hours after Tennessee’s recent controversial drag ban was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, and King Gizzard dressed in drag for the duration of the performance, donning dresses, lingerie, leggings, tops, and sun hats in celebration of Pride Night.
“That f—ing bulls— bloody bill that they’re trying to pass in this state,” said guitarist Joey Walker, “we woke up today, fortuitously, to see that a federal judge, who Donald Trump actually put there, said that it’s a f—ing bulls— thing. So this ain’t no protest, baby, it’s a celebration! Express yourself!”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Comments On Drag Ban, “Ataraxia” – 6/3/23
Sunday was also a special KGLW performance, as the band traded its distorted Flying V’s for a folkier, acoustic sound. It was not the first time the band played an acoustic show. A set from the band’s December 19th acoustic show at The Princess Theatre in Brisbane, Australia was released last year as Live in Brisbane ’21. The show did feature some acoustic debuts, though, including “Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer”, “Han-Tyumi the Confused Cyborg”, “Wah Wah”, and “Trapdoor”.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s “residency tour” continues with a three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre starting later this week. For a full list of upcoming shows and ticketing details, visit the band’s website.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – The Caverns – Pelham, TN – 6/3/23 [Full Show]
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – The Caverns – Pelham, TN – 6/4/23 – Preview [Pro-Shot]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – The Caverns – Pelham, TN – 6/4/23 [Full Show]
Setlist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | The Caverns | Pelham, TN | 6/3/23
Set: Rattlesnake, O.N.E., Minimum Brain Size (With Straws in the Wind Tease), Ataraxia, Straws in the Wind, Gaia (With Motor Spirit tease), Witchcraft (Live debut), Self-Immolate (W/ Drum Solo, Person was arrested in the crowd during this song), Perihelion, Boogieman Sam (With snippets of “Going Up The Country”, “My Babe”, and “Got My Mojo Working”), Magma, Lava, Head On/Pill (With Hot Water and Am I In Heaven? teases)
Note: Performed in drag as part of Drag Night. Evil Death Roll was on the setlist but not played.
Setlist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | The Caverns | Pelham, TN | 6/4/23
Set: Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer (Acoustic Debut), Han-Tyumi the Confused Cyborg (Acoustic Debut), Sleepwalker, It’s Got Old, Muddy Water, The River, Wah Wah (Acoustic Debut, Reprise of The River, Ice V tease), Let Me Mend the Past (Dedicated to Broderick Smith), Trapdoor (Acoustic Debut), The Bitter Boogie (With Bluegrass Breakdown), The Wheel (Jack Johnson and Jet teases), Presumptuous, Ambergris, Most of What I Like (With snippet of “Praise You”), Her and I (Slow Jam 2)
Note: Acoustic Show. Slow Jam I and Sense were on the setlist after Her And I, but were not played due to weather delay.