Bay area rock legend Greg Kihn is playing two sold out shows at the very intimate Pleasanton Firehouse this weekend. I managed to catch Friday night's show and it was a gas. Despite some delays due to a fire alarm (!) it was an excellent show. The set list was chock full of many GKB hits including "Remember," "Madison Ave," "Another Girl Another Planet," and "Jeopardy" (of course), as well as a few select covers including a very nice medley of "Ticket to Ride," "Roadrunner" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." I was hoping to hear "Pretty Vacant" in the mix also, but you can't win 'em all. Ry Kihn filled in on vocals on a couple of songs and that added a fresh sound to the band. Ry's guitar was outstanding, as usual.
The only thing that was less than perfect was the sound. It clocked in at well over 100db. I was seated in the first row and despite wearing earplugs, I had to move to the back for a while to get a break from the pounding of the bass drum. The Firehouse is a very small theater and I think the sound system they used is just too much for this venue.
Unfortunately, the sound on some of the videos is quite distorted due to the volume. The sound at the concert was much better than it sounds here. Based on the strengths of this weekends shows, I hope we'll see dates for a full-fledged summer tour.