Goose Rocks The Boat In Bristol

By Stu Kelly / November 19, 2023

Goose, the genre-defying jam band hailing from Connecticut, spread their wings and treated Bristol to a night of musical magic at the Thekla in Bristol. With its unique setting, aboard a converted cargo ship moored in Bristol Harbour since 1984, the intimate venue provided the perfect backdrop for the band’s eclectic sound and improvisational prowess. Bristol is a charming city buzzing with creatives, alternatives, artists, and those who dance to the beat of their own drum. Bristol is also the hometown of world-renowned anonymous artist Banksy, so it’s safe to say that Goose fits right into the city’s eclectic culture. 

The night kicked off with a nautical theme, and the crowd was immediately captivated as Goose opened with “The Whales.” The energy was palpable, and the band wasted no time delving into a seamless transition to “Butter Rum,” which surfaced for the first time since October in Flagstaff, Arizona, after a 14-show gap, which is currently the longest gap between performances for this song. The crowd kicked the energy into high gear and fully participated in the traditional call and response of the song’s title. 

A scorching “Rockdale” paved the way for an extended version of “Wysteria Lane” as the band found a solid stride. One of the show’s highlights was a slowed-down, melodic rendition of “All I Need,” showcasing the band’s versatility and ability to breathe new life into their ever-evolving compositions. The crowd was soaked in this extended version as Rick Mitarotonda found several mountainous peaks, leaving the audience entranced by the dynamic performance.

As the night unfolded, Goose continued to surprise and delight the audience with an unexpected cover of Rupert Holmes‘ “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” which was played for the first time since March 28, 2023 (67 shows). This song’s playful and infectious energy had the entire venue singing along, creating a sense of unity that elevated the whole experience.

The setlist included unfinished gems, such as “Into The Myst” and “The Old Man’s Boat,” leaving fans eagerly anticipating future renditions that would continue to evolve and unfold unexpectedly. A particularly noteworthy moment was the resurfacing of Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” which seamlessly transitioned into “The Old Man’s Boat.” The band’s ability to weave together disparate elements demonstrated their musical prowess and kept the audience on the edge of their seats. “White Lights” served as the perfect closer for the show, leaving the crowd more than satisfied with an exceptional night of music. 

In summary, Goose’s performance at the Thekla in Bristol was a masterclass in musical exploration, blending genres and pushing boundaries. The band’s improvisational spirit and a setlist offering familiar favorites and surprising twists left the audience with an unforgettable concert experience. As the night ended, it was evident that Goose had not only flown into Bristol but had left an indelible mark on the city’s musical landscape.

Setlist (via elgoose.net):

Set 1: The Whales, Butter Rum, Butterflies, Rockdale, Wysteria Lane, All I Need[1]Escape (The Piña Colada Song)[2]Into The Myst[3] -> Can’t Get You Out Of My Head[4] -> The Old Man’s Boat[3]White Lights

Coach’s Notes:
    [1] Slow, melodic version.
    [2] Rupert Holmes.
    [3] Unfinished.
    [4] Kylie Minogue.

Show Notes: Escape (The Piña Colada Song) was played for the first time since March 28, 2023 (67 shows).

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Stu Kelly