Umphrey’s McGee wrapped up their three-night run at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night, delivering a special 20th anniversary show exactly two decades after their first performance as a band. To celebrate, the group offered two sets of tunes that spanned their career, starting with a song debuted this year and moving back in time, which each subsequent selection’s debut year marching back toward 1998.
The night opened with “Half Delayed,” a track from UM’s new album it’s not us, and moved through newer tunes like “North Route,” “Draconian” and “Similar Skin” before closing the set with “Gulf Stream,” which debuted in 2009.
Set two kicked off with “The Floor” and also featured older live staples like “Higgins,” “Bridgeless,” “Ocean Billy” and “The Triple Wide.” The band had some fun with the career exploration in the second frame, teasing songs like The Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass,” which came in the set-closing “40’s Theme.” After Umphrey’s were presented with a 20th birthday cake before encore, the band rounded out the evening with a couple of the band’s earliest songs, “All Things Ninja” and “All In Time.”
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section. Next up for Umphrey’s McGee is a stop at College Street Music Hall
in New Haven, CT, on January 25.
Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
This was the 20th anniversary of the band’s first live performance. All of the songs played were in order of debut starting in 2017 and going backwards one year for each song.
Set I: Half Delayed, North Route > Draconian, Similar Skin(1) > No Diablo, Comma Later > Puppet String(2) > No Comment > 1348, Gulf Stream
Set II: The Floor(3) > Eat(1) > Higgins(4), Bridgeless(3) > Ocean Billy > The Triple Wide > Ringo(5) > 40’s Theme(6)
Enc: All Things Ninja(7) > All In Time(8)
 started mid-song; incomplete
 with Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (The Rolling Stones) jam
 with Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) teases
 with Shake Ya Ass (Mystikal) lyrics from Brendan
 intro only
 with 10th Grade, Divisions, Nachos for Two, and Thunderstruck (AC/DC) teases