Brain Damaged Eggmen, The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL- 8/5
After the second day of Lollapalooza, the Brain Damaged Eggmen sold out Chicago’s cozy Vic Theater with a line around the block. Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cininnger and Kris Myers joined The Disco Biscuits’ Mark Brownstein and Aron Magner for a karaoke night of classics. The first set was full of songs from various Beatles albums. It opened with “Come Together” after which “Baby You’re a Rich Man” (with some “Blackbird” teases) flowed into a “Norwegian Wood” jam. “I’ve Got A Feeling” (a tune both Bisco and Umphrey’s have covered) was high energy. As they would happen throughout the show, Brownstein and Bayliss joked and danced on the right side of the stage as the crowd took on the backing vocals. After Cinninger tore up the Clapton solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” the set journeyed down the B Side of Abbey Road starting with “Mean Mr. Mustard” and going straight through to “The End” to close out the first set, with the segues floating fluidly.
Set two scattered Pink Floyd’s catalog from the group’s various albums. The Wall started off with “In The Flesh,” as Brownstein belted out the vocals with the audience roaring behind him, followed by “Goodbye Blue Sky”>”Another Brick in The Wall part III.” “Have A Cigar” carried into “Fearless,” the only tune of the evening from Meddle, as Bayliss and Cininnger grabbed acoustic guitars. Next, Brownstein’s bass thumped in a dub section of “Breathe” as the band built around that groove. Bayliss then joked that he hoped he wouldn’t spoil the first song he learned to play on the guitar before the group charged into “Wish You Were Here.” “Comfortably Numb” came next but soon it was just Bayliss and Cinninger onstage for “Pigs On The Wing” as Bayliss strummed out the quick acoustic tune and Cinninger took the vocals. Magner then jumped onto keys as he tackled the piano solo of “Nobody Home” with Cinninger on vocals again. The rest of the Eggmen then strolled to close out with the last two tracks from Dark Side Of The Moon as Myers’ cackles echoed out into the crowd during “Brain Damage” before the show beautifully peaked with “Eclipse.”
For an encore, just like at the first Eggmen show on Jam Cruise this year, “Hey Jude” turned into a karaoke sing-a-long as the rest of the musicians, managers and crew from both the respective Umphrey’s and Bisco camps poured out of the backstage areas to close things out. Indeed, for a fun late night show it’s hard to go wrong when you’re covering two of the greatest bands of all time.