Kung Fu was at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City over the weekend for the latest stop on their ongoing 2019 winter tour. The five-piece band’s headlining performance on Saturday wasn’t just any typical show from the funk-fusion outfit. Their first set of the night was comprised of a mix of originals from their own catalog, while the second half of the show saw the band treat their New York fans to live interpretations of songs originally made famous by The Who.
The night got off to a thrilling start courtesy of local power-jam outfit, Of Clocks and Clouds. The five-piece rock band, which typically performs as a quartet, took advantage of their busy Brooklyn Bowl debut by delivering a thrilling opening set.
Kung Fu started the first of their own two sets with a performance of “Daddy D”, the funky opening track from their 2016 Joyride LP. Next up was “Cookie Monster”, followed by “Speed Bump Of Your Love” and “Chin Music”. The band continued into a two-song combination of “Pawtyn” into “Chop Suey”. Next up was a rendition of Dispatch‘s “Two Coins” featuring a surprise sit-in from Dispatch guitarist, Pete Francis. Francis would remain on stage to help them perform “Rubbermoon”, before the band sent fans into set-break with a rendition of “Samurai”.
The tribute half of the show began with a lively rendition of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, the climactic anthem from the classic rock band’s 1971 Who’s Next album. Next came “I Can’t Explain”, followed by the “Overture” into “It’s A Boy” combination from 1969′ Tommy. They continued into “Bargain”, another hard-hitting tune off of Who’s Next, before welcoming their second special guest of the evening. This time, they were joined by Pink Talking Fish keyboardist Richard James, who sat in with the band to help play on “Drowned”.
Following the mid-set sit-in, Kung Fu continued with high-energy renditions of “Eminence Front”, “Baba O’Riley”, and “The Real Me”. The set came to a close with another two-song combo of “Pinball Wizard”, followed by “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. The band kept the Who covers going strong into the encore, which started with “Who Are You” and closed with “My Generation”. In the spirit of the night’s tribute performance, the band fittingly took to destroying a majority of their equipment at the climactic ending of “My Generation” in characteristic The Who fashion.
Fans can watch the videos below to relive all the madness captured during the covers portion of Saturday’s show.
Kung Fu – The Who Tribute Full Set – 2/9/2017
[Video: Zak Radick]
Kung Fu – “My Generation” [Side Stage] – 2/9/2019
The next scheduled performance as part of Kung Fu’s winter tour will take place at 8×10 in Baltimore on March 1st. Fans can head over to the band’s website for ticket info.
Setlist: Kung Fu | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 2/9/2019
Set One: Daddy D, Cookie Monster, Speed Bump Of Your Love, Chin Music, Pawtyn > Chop Suey, Two Coins*, Rubbermoon*, Samurai
Set Two [Comprised entirely of The Who covers]: Won’t Get Fooled Again, I Can’t Explain, Overture > It’s A Boy > Bargain, Drowned^, Eminence Front, Baba O’Riley, The Real Me, Pinball Wizard > We’re Not Gonna Take it
* w/ Pete Francis