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The dB's In Concert

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Performing on Friday in support of its first studio release in 25 years — and touring with its original lineup for the first time in 30 years — The dB's noted that some of the crowd at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live hadn't even been born the last time the band came around.

The group kicked off its midday show with the first two tracks from its new album, Falling Off the Sky, then proceeded to pack its set full of songs that span The dB's catalog. Three local brass and wind musicians assisted in "Living a Lie," from 1982's Repercussion, as band founder Chris Stamey reminisced that the horn part for the song was written over the phone. Stamey later dedicated a song to the city of New Orleans as a nod to Jeff Beninato, bassist and founder of the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, who collaborated with The dB's on 1987's The Sound of Music.

These industry veterans know how to put on a show and close in style: At the end of their set, drummer Will Rigby tossed his drumstick in the air, caught it, picked up his suit jacket and coolly sauntered offstage with his bandmates in tow.

Set List
  • "That Time Is Gone"
  • "Before We Were Born"
  • "I Didn't Mean To Say That"
  • "The Adventures Of Albatross & Doggerel"
  • "World To Cry"
  • "Send Me Something Real"
  • "Living A Lie"
  • "The Wonder Of Love"
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