Umphrey’s McGee resumed their tour with a run through the South that began last night in Birmingham, AL, where the band surprised with the first cover of Van Halen’s “Panama” for the first time since exactly three years ago.
The cover entered the UM canon in 2004 and has been played sparingly in the decade-plus that followed, although three years marks its second longest gap to date, as the band revived the tune in 2010 after almost three and a half years.
The rest of the show leaned heavily on some of the band’s more commonly played songs, including a bulk of material from Mantis including “1348,” “Cemetery Walk I” and “Cemetery Walk II,” which anchored both sets respectively. The band also mixed in fan favorites like “Morning Song” as well as big rock compositions in “Dump City” and “Wizard Burial Ground” to go along with the “Comfortably Numb” set-closing cover.
Umphrey’s return to the stage tonight in Atlanta, GA for a show once again with special guest White Denim at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Sloss Furnace Birmingham, AL
Set I: Goonville > 1348, Booth Love, Plunger, Morning Song, Panama, Dump City
Set II: Cemetery Walk I > Cemetery Walk II, Hindsight, Bad Friday, Thin Air, Wizard Burial Ground, Comfortably Numb
Enc: Soul Food 1> Soul Food 2 > 1348