Now that’s more like it!
Micky and the Motorcars returned to Salt Lake City Saturday night for the second time in 2013. Only this time around it was a better venue (the awesome State Room), better set list (2+ hours of music) and both the band and crowd were in high spirits, making for a great evening of music.
Sure, words like festive and upbeat aren’t typically used to describe songs about relationships-gone- bad. But Mick and his band had the crowd singing along out of the starting blocks with “Naive” and “Any Longer Anymore.”
Micky Braun was in good spirits all night, frequently smiling and interacting with the crowd while delivering a great set list that included MMC staples, “Rock Springs to Cheyenne,” “Grow Old,” “Ain’t In It for the Money” and “Bloodshot” as well as cover songs that most Motorcars fans associate with the band, including , “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and “Carolina Morning.” The band also played a cover of sorts in “Nobody’s Girl,” a song written by Mick and Gary Braun’s brother, Willy Braun, of Reckless Kelly.
The slower paced “Seashell” and “Long Enough to Leave” were nice additions to the set. A shoutout request for “St. Lucy’s Eyes” was added at the last minute to the encore followed by a cover of the Faces’ “Stay With Me” to round out the night.
The Motorcars have gone through several lineup changes recently, to the point that it’s hard to find a venue that uses a promotional picture with the current band. But those who thought that MMC was on their last legs need to think again. The new songs the band played Saturday night were really good. Having Dustin Schaefer on lead guitar has put a little more rock into the Austin-by-way-of-Idaho band’s sound.
In other words, fans should really be looking forward to the next Motorcars album in 2014.
Micky and the Motorcars raised their glass to Salt Lake City on Saturday. Their next trip south of the Idaho border can’t come soon enough.