It seems everyone has an opinion on Evan Dando. Usually it has little to do with his music and more to do with his love life and dabbles in rock star excesses. As the former Lemonhead leader has aged he has become even more of an enigma, emerging for random shows in various states of mind and body. In recent years he's been running with a slew of youngins from Ben Lee to Ben Kweller. With the release of his first solo record Baby I'm Bored and a clearer outlook, Dando took the stage at Joe's Pub armed with only a guitar and his classic aloof demeanor. The new songs only sprinkled the set, which was heavy on his former band's material. The rapid-fire set treated the crowd to some old favorites including "Rudderless," "The Turnpike Down," "Frying Pan," "Hospital," "The Outdoor Type" and "If I Could Talk I'd Tell You."
Dando, who is always good for a funny and ironic cover, also whipped out hushed versions of Bob Seger's "Night Moves" and a Led Zeppelin song that I can't recall because Liv Tyler was right next to me, talking through the song. The set seemed to whiz by and while Dando didn't reveal anything new and groundbreaking, it was good to see him in healthy spirits and playing the songs that were the soundtrack to the key moments of my high school and college life. As Dando grows older and hones his solo work into something more memorable, his music will finally catch up to his mystique and reputation.