The normally stifling Chicago summer heat and humidity has not really been too bad this year. That's what everyone was saying last week. Sadly for us, Mother Nature decided to kick the Windy City in the ass last night. At 8:00 p.m., it was in the low 90s with, hmmÖ lets say 300% humidity. Ok, so it was hot, you get it, right? Luckily for me, I arrived just in time to snag a spot by the A/C duct. So as long as I stayed within a five-square foot imaginary box, I was as cool as the other side of the pillow. I can't say the same for the rest of the sold out Metro crowd.
Liz Phair walked onto the stage last, letting her band members find their places. Cheers rang out as she grabbed her axe from the guitar tech. Dressed in a short silk skirt and high heels, Liz looked better than ever as she strummed the first few chords of "6'1"" from her 1993 debut, Exile In Guyville. That set the tone for the night, as the majority of her set was pulled from earlier material. Liz Phair did delve briefly into her new album. "Rock Me" sounded great and "Why Can't I?" made me happy, but it was her older material that solidified the evening. "Polyester Bride" and "Johnny Feelgood" were my personal faves and from the crowd reaction, I'd say those two tracks were theirs as well. At the end of her set, Liz left the stage to chants of "LIZ! LIZ! LIZ!," and they continued until she returned for a two-song encore that began with a duet of "Flower." Liz forgot some of the words, but she did it in that cute sort of way, so no harm, no foul. Her current touring band is one of the best of Liz's career and they were extremely tight for the extent of the show. Kudos to her for putting them together.
As the house lights went up, I dreaded leaving my little cool area and having to walk back into the humid Chicago night. After the obligatory, "hey guys, we need to close the balcony," from security, I joined the swell of sweaty, stinky Liz Phair fans and headed over to Double Door for some more rock & roll, but that's a story for another day kids. Enjoy the weekend.
"Help Me Mary"
"Why Can't I"
"Fuck And Run"