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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

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