Umphrey’s McGee wrapped up their run at The Fillmore in Detroit with a cohesive show that mixed covers with originals and improv spread throughout, including a tribute to the late King Crimson member John Wetton.
Stringing together tunes like “Plunger,” “Dump City,” “Utopian Fir” and “Speak Up” in the first set concluded with a foray into David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” led by the Michigan native and newly-returned Jake Cinninger.
In the second set, the band busted out King Crimson’s “Red” for just the second time since 2012. The tune, which served as a tribute to the late John Wetton, initially returned in October during the band’s fall tour for the first time in four years. The King Crimson tune stretches back to 2005 and has been covered by 18 times over Umphrey’s McGee’s career.
After a natural pairing of the smooth “Comma Later” and dance-heavy “Den,” Kris Myers took to the mic for a “lounge” version of the metal tune “Nopener,” played in the laid-back style for the first time since Halloween 2015. The show wrapped up with one of the band’s original tunes, “Much Obliged” and the rarity “Kula.”
Next up for UM is a February 17 show with Greensky Bluegrass at ExploreAsheville.com Arena.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
Set I: Gents > Plunger > Dump City, Miami Virtue > Nemo, Utopian Fir > Speak Up > Utopian Fir > Let’s Dance
Set II: Hurt Bird Bath > Cut the Cable > Hurt Bird Bath, August, Red, Comma Later > Den, Nopener
Enc: Much Obliged > Kula