Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Dweezil Zappa For Debut Frank Zappa Cover At Red Rocks

first_imgFollowing the guitar fireworks that closed set one, Umphrey’s had no choice but to turn it up even more, and that’s what they did. Perhaps their best and truest progressive rock song, “Bridgeless” opened the second set in a huge way, as the song’s first section ended and bled into another progressive masterpiece in “2×2”. After this dream pairing of songs, the band started the funky “Bright Lights, Big City”. The song was was a great change of pace and gave fans a chance to dance after raging so hard to begin the set.Another multi-sectional classic was next, as the familiar percussive intro of “Der Bluten Kat” launched the band into outer space. The song was split into two parts, with an impressive cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” in the middle of the song. After finishing the final section of “DBK”, the band gave fans another chance to dance with the synth-laden “Day Nurse”, which led right into the final section of “Bridgeless” to close out the second set.After a short break, Umphrey’s McGee returned to the stage for a great disco-funk version of “Booth Love,” which took a left turn and transformed into “Miss Tinkles Overture” for a raging conclusion to an excellent night one at Red Rocks. Umphrey’s McGee return to Red Rocks tonight to conclude their run at the famous venue, this time with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead filling the opening slot.Check out the full setlist from Umphrey’s at Red Rocks, as well as photos from Phierce Photo, below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks, Morrison, CO – 7/2/16Set One: Glory > In The Kitchen, Roctopus, Speak Up > Water > Utopian Fir[1] > Muffin Man [2] Set Two: Bridgeless -> 2×2, Bright Lights, Big City, Der Bluten Kat > I’m On Fire > Der Bluten Kat, Day Nurse, BridgelessEncore: Booth Love > Miss Tinkle’s Overture[1] With Dweezil Zappa[2] debut, Frank Zappa cover; with Dweezil Zappa Umphrey’s McGee returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, for what’s becoming a yearly July 4th weekend tradition. Expanding to two nights this year, the progressive jam masters hit the stage in Morrison, CO last night for a show filled with old favorites, new songs, rare covers, and an awesome guest appearance by opening act Dweezil Zappa.Set one opened with a classic pairing of “Glory” into “In The Kitchen.” These two songs have been hallmarks of Umphrey’s catalog for years, and it’s great to see them trot out two of their best live tunes to open such a huge weekend at Red Rocks. Next up was “Roctopus”, which only just debuted at UMBowl this year in Las Vegas during its Raw Stewage segment. After that was “Speak Up”, a relatively new song that only debuted this past New Year’s Eve.Glory/In The KitchenFollowing “Speak Up”, the band transitioned from new to old with a performance of the beloved ballad “Water,” played for only the second time this year. The song led directly into “Utopian Fir,” which is where things really got interesting, as Dweezil Zappa came out and ripped it up with Umphrey’s on the jam launchpad. Umphrey’s McGee, and specifically guitarist Jake Cinninger, are hugely influenced by Frank Zappa, so a guest spot by his virtuoso son is a dream come true. The band and their guest worked their way through the jam, and landed on a wild set-closing debut cover of Dweezil’s Dad’s classic “Muffin Man.”last_img read more

Bears’ Matt Nagy praises Khalil Mack: He’s ‘on another level right now’

first_imgEver since the Bears traded for Khalil Mack in 2018, his presence has been felt both on and off the field.After three games this season, Mack leads the Bears with three sacks and three forced fumbles. He has made the Bears’ defense some of the most formidable players opponents face this season. “Through the course of three ballgames and the amount of plays that he’s played, a regular human being, regular football player would be [involved in] 40 to maybe 50 percent on plays whether he had a tackle on it or an assist because he wasn’t at the point of attack,” defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. “He’s in the low 80 percentile, which is off the charts.”The team is 2-1 this so far this season, with their only loss coming from a 10-3 game against the Packers in Week 1. In fact, the Bears have allowed just five total touchdowns this season. Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey with team, might play vs. Broncos Rams’ Aaron Donald on slow start to 2019: ‘I’ve got to get myself going’ Despite being a force on the field, Nagy said Mack’s persona is “chill.”“He just does his thing and he leads by his actions,” he said. “He’s not a rah-rah guy, but he has fun. He’s focused. He finishes every single rep in practice. It doesn’t matter where the ball goes. If it’s a pass down the field 30 yards, he turns around and he runs. He does it every play. That’s the practice part. I don’t see all these guys all the time in here when they’re in the building, I just know that from what I do see he’s pretty chill.”Mack and the Bears will face the Vikings in an NFC North showdown Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Melvin Gordon activated by Chargers, reportedly will have limited role vs. Dolphins “He’s on another level right now,” coach Matt Nagy said (via the team’s website). “He affects every single play. It doesn’t matter if he makes the play or not, he affects it. Every game I’ve watched this year already so far, he dominates. Whether it’s getting a holding call or going after the football, there are turnovers that are occurring. He’s allowing other guys to play well too.”The rest of the Bears’ coaching staff agrees with Nagy, adding that it’s impressive how athletic he is on the field. Related Newslast_img read more