This past week The National played four nights in a row at the Chicago Theatre!
I was fortunate enough to see them two more times - my 7th and 8th shows overall.
(If money wasn’t an object, you know I’d be there all four nights.)
TUESDAY, APRIL 15
I just want to go over my entire day because it was so great.
First, I took my mom out for her birthday dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the city (Quartino’s).
(Sidenote: They always have TV’s playing a classic Italian film there, and 8 1/2 was on that evening.)
Afterwards, I found out that Criterion is releasing their Jacques Demy box set in July!! Just in time for the summer B&N sale!
Then, it was concert time. I had seats in the balcony for the first night and the main floor for the second night.
Daughter was the opening band, and they really impressed me. (I’ve seen a lot of dud opening acts over the years going to various concerts.)
Tuesday’s set list was the standard affair of Trouble Will Find Me / High Violet songs for a while until …
THEY PLAYED LEMONWORLD!
(Since you probably don’t know, Lemonworld is my favorite song by The National - other than Apartment Story - but they rarely play it. This was only the second time they’ve played it since 2011, and I’ve never heard it live.)
I think I nearly went into shock because at this point, I just wasn’t expecting it.
And after Lemonworld, they played Abel, Slow Show, and Ada (with a Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago” outro) all in a row.
Other highlights included Hard to Find, About Today, and Learning.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
When The National opened the show with Start a War, I knew I was in for a great night.
Then, they played Wasp Nest, All the Wine, Abel, Apartment Story, and Green Gloves all in a row. Mind blown.
During the encore break, the guys next to me and I decided to go up to the very front because why not? Nobody was going to kick us out with only four songs to go.
So, I got the best of both worlds that night. The marvelous acoustics of the Chicago Theatre and being up front like I would have been for a general admission show.
To summarize: The National is my favorite band. Can you tell?