The Get Up Kids Reunion Show "Mass Pike"
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The Get Up Kids played their first show in three years on September 16 in hometown Kansas City, MO. What was supposed to be a secret show ended up being leaked out to the internet to several fans world-wide. Fans started lining up about 4:30 AM the morning of, people traveling as far as 12 hours for the show. What was originally set up as a special show for locals became a show for several fans from many locations. Initially, fans were told not to travel for the show as the band was planning on organizing a tour in the spring.
This one show was just a 'test' to see how successful the future tour may be, and in turn, would determine rather an official tour would be done. Considering the success, the band will officially be touring some time in the spring.
The Get Up Kids posted a blog, Thanks For Lastnight, on their official myspace:
We would like to thank everyone who came out to our "secret" reunion show last night. We'd especially like to thank the Record Bar for allowing us to do the show and being so gracious to us. We had a great time and hope that you did as well. Check out the new live clips. You won't be hearing from us again until next year but Vagrant will be releasing the deluxe 10 year anniversary edition of "Something To Write Home About" CD/DVD/Book and we will be playing some more shows in 2009. Hope to see you then.
The Get Up Kids"
You can also view SIX new videos from the show on their myspace profile! See one above.
Setlist from the show:
Holiday / Action & Action / Valentine / Red Letter Day / Out of Reach / Ten Minutes / The Company Dime / My Apology / I'm a Loner Dottie, a Rebel ... / Long Goodnight; Close to Home / I'll Catch You / Encore: Campfire Kansas / The One You Want / No Love / Mass Pike / Walking on a Wire.
Thanks to pastepunk for this.
What Jim Suptic said about Sunday night's show:
"Opening energetically with Holiday, followed by Action & Action, the band took little time to brush the dust off themselves, presenting a very tight and chiseled sound. 'Some of these songs are pretty easy, and some of them we’ve never really played,' [Matt] Pryor huffed of My Apology, 'this is one of the latter.' Yet, one would have a hard time believing this band had been apart for the better part of three years, had tours and albums from New Amsterdams, Spoon and Blackpool Lights not been surfaced as the hard proof."
"The energy and chemistry belonged to the Get Up Kids of old. Watching Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic candidly smile while performing the set, consisting of their album Something to Write Home About, played in order, as well as a five song encore, was uplifting and inspiring in terms of hoping for a future for the band. 'This is the healing show,' joked Pryor, regarding the tension between the members of the band towards the end of their careers. 'I mean, I haven’t seen James (DeWees) in two years,' added Suptic later."
(I don't remember where I got this from. I have a collection of articles I've been reading within the past few days.)
I'm now regretting not going. I see that people have traveled afterall - not that I doubted it... it's just, I knew there was going to be more shows and as the official venue website had stated, this show was meant for locals, friends and family... I didn't want to intrude.
For all of those who went, I hope you had a great time! I read a few comments on the Get Up Kids' myspace. Gathering from fans' perspective, videos and articles, the show was a blast. I'm looking forward to seeing a few of my own in the near future. I hope to see you kids around.