On Sunday, May 13th, Modest Mouse played the legendary Morrison, Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where the band performed a sold-out and standout show followed up by two weighty encores. Supported by Mimicking Birds, the indie rock group out of Portland, Oregon, Modest Mouse’s performance was a triumphant return to the venue following their 2016 performance co-headlined with Brand New.
The show opened with a pair of tunes off the group’s beloved 2000 album, The Moon & Antarctica, first the soulful “3rd Planet” followed up by the grinding tune, “Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes”. Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ “Black Cadillacs” followed, with huge response from the crowd and many members of the audience singing along to the classic tune. With a string of older tunes opening the show, the band shifted gears to their newest album, 2015’s Stranger To Ourselves, offering up “Lampshades On Fire” and “Shit In Your Cut”.
From there, the group performed older tune “Broke” before 2007’s “King Rat” and 2004’s “This Devil’s Workday”. A gorgeous and stirring rendition of fan favorite “Dramamine” moved into “Dashboard” ahead of another relative new tune from Stranger To Ourselves, “Pups To Dust”. Accelerating to the finish, Modest Mouse paired an edgy take on “Doin’ The Cockroach” off 1997’s The Lonesome Crowded West with one of their most famous tunes, “Float On”, before ending the set with The Moon & Antarctica‘s “Perfect Disguise” and Stranger To Ourselves‘ “The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box”.
With two encores, the first encore saw the group open with an upbeat take on the peppy “Fire It Up” ahead of “Sugar Boats” and a fan-favorite off 1996’s This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About, “Custom Concern”. Bringing up the energy following the slower tune, the band offered up a feel-good crowdpleaser in the form of “Paper Thin Walls” before a take on “Poison The Well”, a tune that hasn’t been officially released by the band on an album. Closing out the first encore, the group landed in the alternatingly folksy and propulsive “Spitting Venom”.
Eliciting a huge response from the crowd, Modest Mouse continued their show following the end of encore one, kicking things off with a take on “Satellite Skin” off 2009’s No One’s First, And You’re Next. Returning to The Moon & Antarctica, the group laid out a nostalgic rendition of “Gravity Rides Everything”, which ended by opening into a spacious, ambient finish. After briefly teasing the iconic acoustic guitar line from “Blame It On The Tetons”, the group then returned to “Satellite Skin” following their first rendition’s amp failure before closing things out with another song off their latest album, “The Tortoise and the Tourist”.
You can watch a full video of Modest Mouse’s sold-out headlining Red Rocks show, courtesy of Lane Mangrum. You can also check out a gallery of photos from Sunday’s show below, courtesy of Andrew Rios.
Setlist: Modest Mouse | Red Rocks Amphitheater | Morrison, CO | 5/13/2018
Set: 3rd Planet, Tiny Cities Made of Ashes, Black Cadillacs, Lampshades on Fire, Shit in Your Cut, Broke, King Rat, This Devil’s Workday, Dramamine, Dashboard, Pups to Dust, Doin’ the Cockroach, Float On, Perfect Disguise, The Ground Walks With Time in a Box
Encore: Fire It Up, Sugar Boats, Custom Concern, Paper Thin Walls, Poison the Well, Spitting Venom
Encore 2: Satellite Skin (Amp Failure), Gravity Rides Everything, Blame It on the Tetons (Tease), Satellite Skin, The Tortoise and the Tourist