After attending Xavier Rudd's show there on Monday, I went back to Irving Plaza for the Wall Street Rocks Battle of the Bands 2012 Finale. I had no idea who the battling bands were (I showed up in time to hear the "where do we go now" section of "Sweet Child o' Mine" sung pretty badly by some woman.), but Spin Doctors were headlining, and the evening was to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims and wounded veterans. I never thought my ears would be ringing from a Spin Doctors concert, but sure enough, they are as I write this.
I have been to a Spin Doctors show, and recently, I might add. I saw them in October 2011 at Bowery Ballroom for the 20th anniversary of Pocket Full of Kryptonite. Back then, lead singer Chris Barron seemed a little too enthralled at having the "original Spin Doctors" together, repeating that phrase between almost every song (The tally for tonight was only two.). But the original Spin Doctors are back, all the way back to the blues band they were before they struck it big. Taking the stage to the strains of "Hoochie Coochie Man," they funked things up right away with "What Time is It?" Following with "Nice Talking to Me," it became immediately clear that this show wasn't just gonna be a Kryptonite hitfest.
SPIN DOCTORS – 12.04.12 – IRVING PLAZA (1 hour, 29 minutes)
What Time is It? / Nice Talking to Me > Off My Line / Little Miss Can't Be Wrong / More Than She Knows / 'Bout a Train / Some Other Man / If the River Was Whiskey / Have You Ever Seen the Rain? / Jimmy Olsen's Blues / Refrigerator Car > Genuine / Two Princes > Lady Kerosene
Scotch & Water Blues > Yo Mama's a Pajama