Michael at "Dantes @ Aladdin Theater" Portland, OR (6/19/03) (More Info)This is an excerpt from Chris', Elion's, and Brian's postings on the Yahoo! PennList. Thanks to them for posting the reports there.
Otherwise, it was a great 75 minute set.
Michael said "You know what? NO!"
He played it during the encore anyway, but dedicated it to everyone except that one guy.
So MP says something to the effect of "I've played everything I prepped for the tour, but I guess I better get that one out of the way" and he did. He then raised his arm in a wave goodbye and left right after. (the only song he played for the encore) Not sure if they were the reason he cut it after one encore or not. :(
Except for that little bit at the end though, the crowd was really great. Huge shouts of applause after every song, lots of good questions when MP had to switch guitar strings, and it seemed like the majority of the crowd was familiar with Resigned and MP4. The biggest applause probably came after "Brave New World". (Michael nailed the little falsetto bit every single time, it sounded f***ng great!)
MP actually talked quite a bit, told some funny stories, most of which have already been recounted on the list. Interestingly, he doesn't seem to have a grudge against The Matrix (when people started booing them, he said "No, they're actually good at what they do"). When asked about Madonna, he said something like "I actually liked her. I called her Louise, though. I'm not sure if she cared for that."
At one point, he told a story about the video for "Long Way Down". When someone shouted out "where do we see it?!", he mentioned the Pennlist, and then said all quietly and conspiratiorially, "I think they're bootlegging it..."
MP played I believe 4 new songs, all fantastic. His upcoming album should be one of his best yet. I'm not sure what the titles actually were, but here is what they might have been called:
"Automatic" (fun, major chord song reminiscent of "Try" or "No Myth")
MP quote of the night: "This is a little song about optimism, or as I like to call it, the pretty side of denial."
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