Phil and Bob Sit in With The Slip
Last night, The Slip celebrated Easter at what is gradually becoming known as their ‘home venue,’ the Narrows Center For The Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts.
With the room festooned with prize-filled Easter baskets (toys, candy, Slip merch coupons), the holiday theme was taken even further when Phil (father of guitarist Brad and drummer Andrew) Barr and Bob (father of bassist Marc) Friedman each sat in on guitar and drums respectively for a family-style take on ‘Next Time You See Me.’
The band delivered some additional nuggets for their fans – opening with a blues-rock version of ‘Nube Eube,’ and beginning the encore segment with the younger Friedman performing the introduction to ‘If One Of Us Should Fall’ on a grand piano situated in the back of the room – the band would close their encore segment with the rarely-performed ‘Moral Decay.’ The Slip also brought forth some new material over the weekend, ‘Airplane/Primitive,’ flowed out of an instrumental that borrowed heavily from their song, ‘Headshot’ in Fall River, and the new Friedman/Barr composition (Brad wrote the lyrics) also appeared the evening before in Boston along with a new, mostly a capella song with three-part harmony called, ‘All I Saw Was You.’ The fervent Boston Slip devotees were delighted with the band’s choice to open with Beatles (‘Tomorrow Never Knows’) and close with Stones (‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’), both of which are rarely covered by the trio.
The Slip will next perform this Thursday at Pearl St. in Northampton, Massachusetts, and two days later they will appear at CODA in New York City as part of the Green Apple Music Festival. Report by Rob Turner