Over the weekend, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong celebrated Halloween with a four-night “Red Hot Sergeant Peppers” run, which included a Halloween proper celebration at Richmond, VA’s The National; followed by a performance at Charlotte, NC’s Neighborhood Theatre; and culminated with a two-night stand at Atlanta, GA’s Variety Playhouse.
Over the four nights, PPPP’s dedicated fanbase “The Flock” were treated to 15+ debut covers, including The Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classics like “Give It Away”, “Around The World”, and their first complete version of “Otherside.” Dressed in red Sergeant Peppers jackets with custom patches on the back reminiscent of the classic RHCP symbol, the band completed their musical costume with white pants that featured black tribal designs from the RHCP album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
On the final night at the sold-out Variety Playhouse, the band surprised fans by putting a twist on the theme and mixing Grateful Dead covers into the material for a night of “Dead Hot Seargent Peppers.” They shocked the crowd by unzipping their Sgt. jackets to show skeleton shirts to signify the change in theme.
On Halloween night, guitarist Greg Ormont celebrated his birthday, as the band worked through a massive segue of “Offshoot > Around The World > Time To Ride > Birthday > Time To Ride” at their sold-out show. Watching Ormont work through the Beatles’ “Birthday” was quite the savory treat on his own birthday.
Luckily for fans, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have shared pro-shot video of “Offshoot > Around The World > Time To Ride > Birthday > Time To Ride” which you can watch below:
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Offshoot > Around The World > Time To Ride > Birthday > Time To Ride”
[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The National | Richmond, VA | 10/31/2018
Set One: Happy Birthday Greg > Poseidon > Offshoot > Around The World* > Jam > Time To Ride > Birthday > Time To Ride, Skipjack > Eleanor Rigby* > Skipjack, Melting Lights > Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band^ > Melting Lights > Can’t Stop*#, Julia > Twist And Shout > Julia
Set Two: Walk Outside > Dear Prudence* > Walk Outside > Otherside@ > Walk Outside, Somethin’ For Ya > You Won’t See Me* > The End* > While My Guitar Gently Weeps*& > Walkabout > Give It Away* > Walkabout > The Liquid, Dawn A New Day, I Am The Walrus* > Horizon
Encore: Zydeko% > Hey Jude^
“Red Hot Sergeant Peppers” Halloween Run Night 1
* First time played
^ Last time played 10/26/2012
# w/ Sunny Day intro
@ Last time played 11/02/2013 (first complete version)
& w/ “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “25 or 6 to 4” teases
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Neighborhood Theatre | Charlotte, NC | 11/1/2018
Set One: Whoopie, Doc, By The Way*# > Porcupine, In My Life* > Henrietta > Give It Away > Walkabout > Lightning, Funk E Zekiel > Drive My Car^ > Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?^ > Drive My Car > Funk E Zekiel > Taxman > Funk E Zekiel
Set Two: Pop Off > While My Guitar Gently Weeps > Otherside > Moonwalk, Fortress, Spacejam > The Hop > F.U. > I Am The Walrus > With A Little Help From My Friends* > Around The World > Jam > Burning Up My Time > Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band > The End > Get Back > The End
Encore: Ocean Flows
“Red Hot Sergeant Peppers” Halloween Run Night 2
* First time played
# w/ “Get On Top” tease
^ Last time played 5/30/2014
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA| 11/2/2018
Set One: Too Long > Aeroplane > Upfunk, Julia > Twist And Shout > Julia, Drunk People > Otherside > Drunk People, Fun In Funk*, Live It Up*, Walk Outside > Dear Prudence > Walk Outside
Set Two: Overrun, Melting Lights > Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band > Melting Lights > With A Little Help From My Friends > Around The World > Jam > Come Together > Time To Ride, Sunny Day > Eleanor Rigby > Sunny Day > Can’t Stop, Whirled > Mellowship Slinky In B Major^ > Whirled
Encore: Avalanche > Tomorrow Never Knows^ > Avalanche
“Red Hot Sergeant Peppers” Halloween Run Night 3
* w/ Terminus Horns
^ First time played
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA| 11/3/2018
Set One: Poseidon > I Am The Walrus > Horizon > Eyes Of The World > Horizon > Funk E Zekiel > Drive My Car > Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? > Drive My Car > Funk E Zekiel > By The Way# > Shakedown Street > Somethin’ For Ya > The Liquid, Doc
Set Two: J-Town^ > Give It Away > Slipknot > CWAlkabout* > The End^ > Dancin’ In The Streets > While My Guitar Gently Weeps% > Norwegian Wood > Slipknot > Su Casa, King Solomon’s Marbles > F.U., Zydeko^ > Hey Jude
Encore: Schwanthem, Suck My Kiss
“DEAD Hot Sergeant Peppers” Halloween Run Night 4
# w/ “Get On Top” tease
* Mash up of “Couldn’t We All” and “Walkabout”
% w/ “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “25 or 6 to 4” teases
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have also announced their first batch of 2019 tour dates, as they will hit the east coast and make their way through the Midwest. The quartet will return to Chicago for their first headlining gig since 2017, as well as their first run through Florida since 2016, which includes stops in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Ft. Lauderdale. Mungion and The Fritz will join Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for support on select dates.
PPPP will open the tour with a two-night run at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony (January 24 & 25th), before their debut headlining performance at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre. The band will then head south, as they hit Charlottesville, VA’s Jefferson Theater (January 30th); Norfolk, VA’s NorVa (January 31st); Asheville, NC’s Orange Peel (February 1st); Raleigh, NC’s Lincoln Theatre (February 2nd); and Charleston, SC’s Charleston Pour House (February 5th).
The band will then continue south with their long-awaited return to Florida, with shows at Jacksonville’s 1904 Music Hall (February 6th); Orlando’s The Social (February 7th); Tampa Bay’s The Orpheum (February 8th); and Ft. Lauderdale’s Culture Room (February 9th).
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will finish the tour with a four-night Midwest run, as the band makes stops at St. Louis, MO’s Old Rock House (February 13th); Bloomington, IN’s The Bluebird (February 14th); Chicago, IL’s Concord Music Hall (February 15th); and Grand Rapid, MI’s The Intersection (February 16th).
A fan presale is underway until Thursday, November 8th at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 9th at 10 a.m. local time here. For more information on upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong 2019 Winter Tour Dates:
1/24 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *
1/25 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *
1/26 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
1/30 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater ^
1/31 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
2/1 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel ^
2/2 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ^
2/5 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House ^
2/6 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
2/7 – Orlando, FL – The Social ^
2/8 – Tampa Bay, FL – The Orpheum
2/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
2/13 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House *
2/14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *
2/15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
2/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection *
* w/ Mungion
^ w/ The Fritz
Below you can enjoy photos from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s final show of their Halloween run, courtesy of photographer Emily Butler.