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Published: 2012/02/12

Umphrey’s McGee Nods to Whitney Houston

Umphrey’s McGee paid tribute to R & P pop star Whitney Houston last night. Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel a few hours before she was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammys party. During their show at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, Umphrey’s McGee teased Houston’s 1987 single “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” during “Ocean Billy.” The song segued into “Glory,” which also included teases of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which Houston turned into a international hit in the film The Bodyguard. Umphrey’s McGee also nodded to their Philadelphia surroundings with their debut cover of Ween’s “Freedom of ’76.” Umphrey’s is set to perform in Baltimore, MD this evening,

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via our Box Scores section

Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 11

Set I: Jazz Odyssey > Ocean Billy ($) > Glory ($$), Conduit > Forks > Resolution > Morning Song > The Triple Wide > Dr. Feelgood > Ocean Billy

Set II: Nothing Too Fancy > The Linear > Nothing Too Fancy, Freedom of ’76 (*), Utopian Fir > Day Nurse > Utopian Fir, Rocker Part II > “Jimmy Stewart” > Rocker Part II, 40’s Theme

E: 1348 > Eminence Front > 1348

($) with I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston) tease
($$) with I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton) tease
(*) first time played, Ween


There are 13 comments associated with this post

sean February 12, 2012, 22:48:49

Metal guitar riffs trapped in a jam band body with stupid hand signs. So weak!

King Rhino February 13, 2012, 01:25:46

Not as weak as your bitchy little comment, sean

dingus February 13, 2012, 04:14:34

sean sounds like a phishhead to me.=douchebagface

capt humongous February 13, 2012, 12:33:11

Whitney can make some chronic bathtub gin apparently.

Wally February 13, 2012, 12:38:46

Best band on the planet right now! Can’t wait until Thursday in Charlotte.

Capt. Bandit February 13, 2012, 16:17:27

Terrible, go figure they would do that. Have to make their shows interesting somehow!

Pete February 13, 2012, 17:04:49

Is this a Phish cover band?

Mattspliff February 13, 2012, 17:22:48

Oddly enough they’re 10x more exciting on a night in night out basis then Phish. You internet shit talkers need to buy a fucking clue.

Brian February 13, 2012, 17:28:10

Love all the Phish heads that can’t see past Trey. Sorry there is other music in the world.

Mike February 15, 2012, 17:30:15

best band on the scene right now..theres no one else who brings the heat so regularly and even on a bad night, theyre still better than pretty much everyone else. and sorry guys, phish is a phan and have been for years but the total lack of jamming and 2 sets of only semi-tight standalones = total trash. 3.0 is the wackness, we want the umph!!!

kevin February 16, 2012, 01:49:55

phish cover band? terrible? Weak?! who the hell r u people?!? go see these boys live, not even live, go get it somewhere and, listen. then come back to this and we’ll see your dumbas praising umph. amazing shows. always a must see.

Mark February 16, 2012, 12:54:24

These guys are talented but there is no mistaking the fact they have adopted the Phish sound. It’s very clear to anyone familiar with both bands. Not saying it’s wrong but it’s kinda cheesy.

Pete March 5, 2012, 16:50:58

Phish is OK at best, this band tops dream theater and that’s hard to do

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